Cinema is about looking. How we look is the preoccupation of these films, reflecting on cinema’s past and present, and our perception of the world. The documentaries in this collection discover the world behind the scenes of film, from portraits of auters such as Roy Anderson and Agnès Varda, to Mark Cousins’ new exploration of the nature of watching film in The Story Of Looking
In collaboration with the Art History Festival, we’ve curated a collection of films that celebrate and explore art history, from the beauty on display in Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Frida Kahlo to Frederick Wiseman’s musings on the nature of artistic spaces in National Gallery. Find more information on the festival here.
The Venice Film Festival gives out its highest honour, the Golden Lion Award, this weekend. This collection celebrates previous winners, showcasing the quality and diversity that emerge from the festival year after year.
The restoration of the seminal Jazz On A Summer’s Day reminds us of the impactful relationship between music and documentary, as do these musical portraits and concert films, from X-Ray Spex to Whitney Houston.