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Winter Solstice

John Boorman

John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was Catch Us If You Can in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber & Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Conclusions

Faber & Faber Ltd, 2020

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...I have a walk-down well. Steps take you down so that you can fill your pail. The well is ancient and appears on the earliest Ordnance Survey maps. Over the years I have become aware that if I stand by the well at the winter solstice, I can...

Les Hôtes de l’air (Glimpses of Bird Life)

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Natural history films don’t get a high profile in any but the most comprehensive film histories, but they should, for these are some of the most painstaking and rewarding of all film-making efforts. Sometimes taking years to make...

March of the Penguins (La Marche de l’empereur)

Barry Keith Grant

Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University, Canada. He is author of Film Genre (2007) and Voyages of Discovery (1992) and co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001) and 100 Documentary Films (2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Documentary Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...March of the Penguins, about the life cycle and mating habits of the Antarctic emperor penguin, is one of the most engaging nature documentaries ever made, a skilfully shot and constructed account of this animal’s extraordinary life. Winner...

Heroes of the North Sea

Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell is Senior Curator (Non-Fiction), BFI National Archive, UK. He is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and co-editor of The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (BFI 2004) and Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain (2010) and has been a regular contributor to BFI Screenonline. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 British Documentaries : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2007

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...Like several films discussed here, Heroes of the North Sea has physically survived largely by chance and, so far as most cinema histories are concerned, might just as well not have. Apparently the solitary item on the filmographies of its...

Snow

Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell is Senior Curator (Non-Fiction), BFI National Archive, UK. He is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and co-editor of The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (BFI 2004) and Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain (2010) and has been a regular contributor to BFI Screenonline. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 British Documentaries : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2007

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...Geoffrey Jones was an individualist who embraced industrial film-making as consistent with a personal style, one blending movement and sound into a joyous, rhythmic whole. Obvious comparisons are animators Len Lye and Norman McLaren...

Hum, Buzz, Gurgle: Ecological Soundscapes in Poetic Ecodocs

Vocal Projections : Voices in Documentary

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...This chapter explores the construction of voice, and in particular, the production of non-human ecological soundscapes, in poetic documentaries about the challenges of the Anthropocene. Offered as a new field of acoustic studies within...

Primate

Barry Keith Grant

Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University, Canada. He is author of Film Genre (2007) and Voyages of Discovery (1992) and co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001) and 100 Documentary Films (2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Documentary Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...Shot at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Frederick Wiseman’s Primate shows us in graphic detail a variety of scientific experiments on different species of simians, many involving behaviour modification with potential...

Supersocieties (Life in the Undergrowth)

Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell is Senior Curator (Non-Fiction), BFI National Archive, UK. He is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and co-editor of The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (BFI 2004) and Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain (2010) and has been a regular contributor to BFI Screenonline. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 British Documentaries : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2007

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...For three decades, David Attenborough has been best known for fronting BBC nature programmes. On account of series like Life in the Undergrowth, he more than anyone personifies British documentary for the general public. This is apt because...

Biopolitics of Gesture

Cinema and Agamben : Ethics, Biopolitics and the Moving Image

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The genealogy that Giorgio Agamben provides for cinema in his short but powerful text “Notes on Gesture” strikes in its singularity. Rather than thinking of cinema as an art of optical spectacles, he approaches the medium in terms...

New Thai Cinema

Thai Cinema : The Complete Guide

I.B. Tauris, 2018

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...Defining a corpus of films as “New Thai Cinema” is not an easy task, since despite the enormous boom in filmmaking at this period, there is no sudden and clear-cut “new Thai cinema” movement at this moment (Chaiworaporn and Knee, 2006, p...