Ballerina I’m Not (2017)

Director: Francesca Zappitelli

Writer: Francesca Zappitelli (Screenplay)

 

Plot: An underground, underdog story of the prolific journey that women take to follow their dreams and find their way in a male dominated fight industry.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Insightful Documentary on Tough Industry

 

Story: Ballerina I’m Not starts as Francesca tells the story of what gave her motivation to dream of becoming a wrestler, being able to follow in the footsteps of the legends of the likes of The Fabulous Moolah, we the struggles at home she faced and the training to undertook to start in the industry.

We see the different styles of wrestling that Francesca learns through the years, we also see the professional friends and enemies, the hardships and sacrifices she has made along the way for her dream.

 

Thoughts on Ballerina I’m Not

 

Documentary/SportsWomen’s wrestling is one of the hottest discussions in the biggest industry in wrestling today, the WWE. It has been years of the women trying to prove themselves as athletes over just eye candy and now they are finally getting taken seriously. With this documentary we get to learn about the women who have not made it to the big leagues and must try to make a name for themselves in the independent industry where the other competitors will do anything to get to the top. This is fresh to see because we seen clips of the men who have gone all over the world and found it easier to gain respect but seeing the women side of things we get to see how much tougher it is for them.


Scene of the Movie –
Proving herself fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me There isn’t enough wrestling clips to show the full timeline of the career.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that shows how difficult the wrestling industry is for women, we she how they don’t always get treated equally even with the women getting taken a lot more seriously at the top of the industry. If you have ever wondered how difficult the independent wrestling scene is, you will learn a lot, you will also learn how the athletes will continue to learn their trade through the years.

 

Overall: Documentary fans and wrestling fans should be watching this one.

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Our Last Tango (2017)

 OUR LAST TANGO will be released in UK cinemas on 22nd September www.ourlasttangofilm.co.uk #OurLastTangoFilm

 

Director: German Kral

Writer: German Kral, Daniel Speck (Screenplay)

 

Plot: The life and love story of Argentina’s famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Dance Documentary

 

Story: Our Last Tango starts with our 80-year-old dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes telling their story of how they met as teenagers and how their styles just clicked, we learn how they were just the perfect match when it came to stage and dancing for 50 years.

We learn how the two did have their difference on and off the stage but did take Tango to a new level for a new audience, we see how their own personal lives affects life decisions which eventually led to the break-up of the dancing partnership.

 

Thoughts on Our Last Tango

 

StoryThe film here shows us the way tango evolved to keep up with more popular or modern dance trends from the 1950s right up to the modern-day times, we learn how the two most iconic dancers from the field went from small venues to bring invited around the world to show off the tango. We do learn the personal effects of the long-term dance partnership on the two stars, we do get to follow this story like the students and journalists interviewing the two icons which helps us relate to the learning process too.

Documentary/MusicWhen you watch a documentary you want to learn about the subject matter, that happens here, while you don’t learn how to tango, that will require lessons, you will learn how it became popular in the modern culture.

Final ThoughtsTango will always be a dance people will talk about, not many can master and this will give you the lessons about the two icons of the dance that helped bring it into the modern world even after their own personal differences.

 

Overall: This is a good watch for documentary fans.

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Argentina, Germany 2015
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Runtime: 85 minutes

 

OUR LAST TANGO premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and also screened at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan and the Berlin International Film Festival.

Director German Kral was born in 1968 in Argentina and moved to Germany in 1991 to study film at the Munich Film School. A former pupil of Wim Wenders, between 1993 and 1996 he worked with Wenders on the feature film A Trick of the Light. His film Música Cubana (2004), executive produced by Wim Wenders, had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has been sold all over the world.

 

OUR LAST TANGO Key Production Credits

 

Production Companies: Lailaps Pictures, Horres Film & TV, German Kral Filmproduktion

Screenwriter / Director: German Kral

Producers: Nils Dünker, Dieter Horres, German Kral

Co-producers: Birgit Rothörl, Josef Brandmaier

Executive Producers: Wim Wenders, Rodrigo Furth, Jakob Abrahamsson

Director of Photography: Jo Heim BVK, Félix Monti ADF

Costumes designer: Giselle Peisojovich, Cecilia Belsito

Production designer: Matías Martínez

Sound: Celeste Palma

Sound designer: Jörg Elsner

Music composer: Luis Borda, Sexteto Mayor

Editor: Ulrike Tortora

Cast: María Nieves Rego, Juan Carlos Copes

 

 

About Celluloid Circus and the Argentine Film Festival

 

Celluloid Circus is a film events and promotions company championing the most exciting films from around the world including outstanding Spanish-language films such as Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent and Damián Szifron’s BAFTA Best Foreign Film winner Wild Tales.

 

In 2012 Celluloid Circus launched London’s first Argentine Film Festival to provide a showcase for the best contemporary films from and about Argentina, and in 2016 celebrated their fifth festival with Argentine director Pablo Trapero in attendance at special summer edition across Curzon and Picturehouse Cinemas in London’s West End.

 

2017 will see Celluloid Circus take a new direction with this, it’s first theatrical release of a Spanish-language title into UK cinemas.

 

 

 

I Am Heath Ledger (2017)

Director: Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray

Writer: Hart Snider (Screenplay)

 

Plot: Friends and family of the late actor Heath Ledger remember his life and career.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fascinating Documentary

 

Story: I am Heath Ledger starts as we hear from friends and family about the drive from a very young age that Heath had, we learn how he would record his life and we see these previously unseen recordings of his own adventures, as he continued to learn his craft.

We learn how the fellow stars from Australia would come together to support each other through their time in Hollywood.

Seeing how many people both in personal and in the Hollywood world were touched by Heath is fascinating and showed us what a great man Heath was and how he should always be remembered.

 

Thoughts on I Am Heath Ledger

 

Final ThoughtsHeath Ledger is easily one of the biggest losses in modern Hollywood time, he potential was just coming through after The Dark Knight but he was taken from us too soon. Seeing how his life goals were achieved, how he went out with little to no experience to become a lead in a Hollywood. Seeing how he helped people, always wanted to learn and improve his craft is fascinating to see. This is a must watch for any of the fans of his, actors and Hollywood.

 

Overall: One for everyone to watch.

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Faberge: A Life of Its Own (2017)

FABERGÉ: A LIFE OF ITS OWN will be released On Demand, DVD & Blu-ray from 10th April

 

Director: Patrick Mark

Writer: Patrick Mark (Screenplay)

 

Plot: This feature-doc tells the epic story of the Faberge name, from Imperial Russia until the present-day, spanning one hundred and fifty years of turbulent history, romance, artistic development and commercial exploitation. From the bejewel led Easter eggs of the Romanov Tsarinas to the 1970s allure of ‘Brut by Faberge’ aftershave, and from the Russian revolution to today’s high-fashion glitz in New York and London, the film explores a multi-faceted world that began with one man: the prodigiously talented Peter Carl Faberge, Court Jeweler of St Petersburg. Shot at locations across Russia, Europe and USA (including the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II), the film features interview contributions from the world’s foremost Faberge authorities, as well as personal reminiscences from Faberge family members.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fascinating Documentary

 

 

Thoughts on Faberge: A Life of its Own

 

ThoughtsWe have all heard of a Faberge Egg Correct? Well learning about the history of how one designer Peter Carl Faberge studied European culture before designing his own style of jewellery, eggs and antiques. Seeing how the name became a worldwide name before the Russian revolution left nearly all the history destroyed but seeing the popularity of the Faberge name continue to rise, be it for the collection or brand new marketing using the name.

watching how everything in the history of Faberge has unfolded is a fascinating watch for all the history fans out there, the jewellery fans as well as the Russian historians.

 

Overall: When you come to watch documentaries, this is one well worth watching.

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Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

MISSION CONTROL will have preview screenings and is available On Demand & DVD from 14th April.

Director: David Fairhead

 

Plot: At the heart of the Apollo program was the special team in Mission Control who put a man on the moon and helped create the future.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fascinating Look at the Men in Mission Control

 

Story: Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo starts as we meet the men who were part of the original Mission Control unit, we see how they reacted to learning of Russia’s achievement to get an unmanned spacecraft into space. We see how these men were almost drafted to work in NASA to make Kennedy’s promise of a man on the moon happen.

We learn the ups and downs these men had to go through during the race to the moon, be it the tragedies NASA faced, the successful mission and of course the most famous mission of success Apollo 13.

 

Thoughts on Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

 

Documentary/HistorySpace travel has fast becoming one of the most interesting achievements in modern human history, so taking a look at different views on the achievement is always a great thing to look at. Having this in documentary format gets the interviews with the men who were involved in some of the biggest and most impactful moments in space travel.

Final ThoughtsWith Hidden Figures recently becoming one of the most popular films of 2016/17 space travel achievement has gained a new audience. This film gets to show us the men behind the mission that made household names of Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin or Jim Lovell as these men were just as important to the achievement in space travel. The household names are the faces of the mission, these men were the brains behind it all. This is refreshing to watch because it doesn’t focus on the astronauts through the situations, it follows the technicians as they all have pressure placed on them to keep the astronauts alive through all of the missions.

 

Overall: This is a must watch for all the space buffs out there because it is another look at the biggest achievements in modern human history.

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