School Life

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Headfort the delightful rambling boarding school in the heart of the countryside 50 miles outside of Dublin, is the sort of educational establishment most of us would have given our right arms to spend our childhoods in. The cameras spend a year there for this affectionate portrait by Irish documentarian Nease Ni Chianain which for … Continue reading



Whitney : Can I Be Me

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  With his new documentary on Whitney Houston one of the best selling pop singers of all time, Nick Broomfield with his co-director Rudi Dolezi, tries really hard not to sensationalize her life story, which is nigh on impossible given the facts of all the traumas and dramas that Houston was involved in.  They did … Continue reading



Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

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  Although we see a great deal of the legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik in this enchanting profile on him, he evidently had only agreed to the project with director Michael Roberts if he kept the cameras primarily on the impressive list of fashion heavyweights and celebrities who lined up to testify that Blahnik is … Continue reading




Boys For Sale

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One of the most surprising facts to come out of first time filmmaker Itako’s intriguing documentary about the whole culture of young Japanese rent boys, is that they were also so relatively normal and matter-a-fact about their profession that they had all chosen as an easy way to make money.  Most of the 10 boys … Continue reading



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