The best documentary cinema, in short
Tickets on sale with Music Glue (e-tickets only)
Doors open 19:00
Films start 19:30
This event is in Union Chapel Bar. Access is via the gate to the left of the main entrance.
DocHeads in association with Film London, Film Hub London and BFI Film Audience Network, and in partnership with Union Chapel Church, will present a programme of short documentaries.
Doc Heads believes that the shortform is the future, and this new programme premieres films from some of the most exciting filmmakers of the moment – Oscar-nominated, BAFTA winning, Staff-Picked. Innovative, boundary-pushing and cinematic: it’s an immersive experience designed for the big screen.
But this isn’t just about great films; this is also event cinema. Each screening is themed and offers the audience an opportunity to take part in intelligent discussion with filmmakers and other high-profile speakers around important stories.
The programme of Doc Heads highlights the stories of the excluded or marginalized and takes us into new corners of the world, experiencing blindness through the eyes of a child; the world of journalists chasing car crashes in Cambodia; teenagers tempted by the far-right in Bradford; poetry in the Calais jungle and the life wisdom of a hog dog seller on the streets of London.
Pete Middleton & James Spinney premiere Radio H, a follow-up to the multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed Notes on Blindness ( ★★★★★ “A visionary, lyrical film” The Times). Throughout the 1980s, John Hulls’ eldest daughter Imogen was the self-styled presenter of ‘Radio H’, an ambitious make-believe radio show recorded on her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a counterpoint to John’s landmark investigation of blindness, this short film revisits Imogen’s childhood recordings, as she reflects on her life growing up with a blind father.
Max Cutting & James Dougan premiere Nightcrawlers of Phnom Penh, a visceral, cinematic insight into the lives of real-life “Nightcrawlers” chasing car crashes in the Cambodian city to sell photos.
Christian Cerami presents the theatric premiere of BAFTA shortlisted and Grierson nominated Black Sheep , a look at the wave of islamophobia sweeping Britain through the eyes of two young men. Set in the North of England, it explores the dynamics of working-class youth culture, rising inequality and deeply inherent xenophobia.
Stephan Bookas & Tristan Daws’ Refugee Blues charts a day in ‘the jungle’, set to the verses of WH Auden’s 1939 poem Refugee Blues. More intimate than anything seen in the mass media, this documentary poem counterpoints the camp’s harsh reality of frequent clashes with the French riot police with its inhabitants longing for a better future.
Jamie Roberts presents Dinner Time, the world according to hot dog seller Arezki on a Thursday night in Soho.