This year has been a great year from documentaries, spanning a variety of genres and subjects to broaden your mind. Here are the nominees:
Pussy Riot- A Punk Prayer
Following on from their attempt to play a gig at Moscow’s enormous Cathedral of Christ Saviour that sparked the interest of global news in February last year, this documentary divulges the lives, protests and trials of the punk band and feminist art collective Pussy Riot. A bold and vivid documentary that the champions the battle for freedom fighters, challenging the political body that is stifling social liberty in Russian society even now in the 21st Century
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The rise and fall of two Scottish rappers; never taken seriously because of their Scottish heritage and who were laughed out of every record company until finally they posed as Americans for a chance to make it big…and they succeeded! For three years the pair managed to fool colleagues and fans before the truth came out; this documentary follows the incredible tale of their rise to stardom and uncovers “the lies about the lies about the lies”…
The Moo Man
A 2012 British documentary film directed by Andy Heathcote, about an organic dairy farm run by Steve Hook in Sussex, England. The film follows Hook’s struggle to keep the 55-head-herd farm afloat in the face of growing demands and competition from supermarkets, and marks the relationship the farmer has with his cows. Selected by Sundance Film Festival 2013, this is a beautiful, loving and discreet film; a documentary that addresses the sad swell of the economy that causes traditions such as farming to be squeezed out, whilst following a man’s hard labour and his love for his animals.
The Spirit of ‘45
Taking archive footage, interviews and sound recordings from post-war Britain in 1945, Ken Loach’s new film documents the harsh poverty of pre war Britain through to the creation of our welfare state after the war. The Spirit of ‘45 uncovers the unprecedented and unshakable sense of community felt in the aftermath of the war and endured for many years through to Thatcher’s day; a sense of community that we hope will re-emerge in this present day.
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
Critically acclaimed director Shane Meadows returns with dazzling star cast of Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary Mounfield and Alan Wren. After their 16 year split, this documentary follows the reformation of the Stone Roses in 2012, capturing the band at work and at home as they prepare themselves for the much anticipated reunion gigs which took place in Manchester. “This film isn’t a history lesson, nor is it a two hour concert film. It is a film about defying the odds, sticking it to the man and telling the cynics to shut their pie-holes!”
The Moet British Independent film Award winners will be announced on Sunday December 8th at Old Billingsgate in London in an event hosted by the actor and BIFA patron James Nesbitt. The event will be live cast by Film3Sixty.