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THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE 2017 FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS WILL BEGIN OCTOBER 2016 FOR PRODUCTIONS PREMIERED IN 2016.
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The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.
With Amy (like our previous film Senna) we have tried to push the use of archive material to the forefront of factual storytelling. We believe this approach to documentary filmmaking is both compelling and essential.
Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon twenty years after his death. KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK is a visceral journey through Cobain's life and career through the lens of his home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, and journals.
The film is based entirely on primary-source material.
Hosts and competitors tell the behind-the-scenes story of 60 years of Eurovision - the greatest and maddest song contest on earth.
You think you've seen all there is to see on Eurovision and then along comes Rory Sheehan and you realise you don't know the half of it. Thanks to him and his wonderful producer Verity Maidlow, the film gave us a full and intelligent history of the world's biggest song contest. Among the gems Rory unearthed were a fascinating look behind the scenes of the 1971 contest and a Spanish documentary which covered the 1974 outing. There was only one surviving extract from the original contest and Rory managed to track it down together with some footage which had been thought lost of Gigliola Cinquetti's entry for 1964. There was also rare rehearsal footage from 1977 and a colour version of Lulu's performance of "Boom Bang-A-Bang". He found some lovely B roll stuff too from a regional news report of the 1982 contest extolling the virtues of Harrogatet. The end result? A beautiful, surprising, wonderfully textured film which loves its subject and gives it all the light and shade it deserves.