We are half way through 2014 and there have been some amazing documentaries already - here is my top ten to date.


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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Bob

    on 4 Aug 2014 01:43

    I really enjoyed Mistaken For Strangers.

  • Comment number 12. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 3 Aug 2014 19:22

    Two titles that probably would have made Mark's list had he seen them.
    Plan for Peace is the story of "Mister Jacque" a french business man who became instrumental in bringing about a peaceful end to the apartheid regime in South Africa.
    The other being The Missing Picture a memoir of family life under the Khmer Rouge, illustrated with clay figures.

    Looking ahead 'Life Itself' a documentary on the life and times of Roger Ebert and The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer's follow up to The Act of Killing. And the title alone should be reason enough to want to see Jodorowsky's Dune.

  • Comment number 11. Posted by information1st

    on 1 Aug 2014 20:30

    Great list Mark, one of your best blogs. The fly-fishing one really caught my eye as did a few others.

  • Comment number 10. Posted by NightOfTheHunter

    on 1 Aug 2014 16:45

    Apropos of nothing, it's August 1st. Mark, "Jeremy" just turned 41. Thought you should know.


  • Comment number 9. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 1 Aug 2014 14:03

    Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny's Pictures?

    BBC1, Tuesday August 5th, 2305 - 0020

  • Comment number 8. Posted by Arch Stanton

    on 31 Jul 2014 15:06

    Indeed, some very interesting looking docs' there. I shall be seeking couple of them out for certain.

    Anybody who is interested in film related docs', might consider attending this month's Frightfest. here in London. There will be a screening of David Gregory's documentary, 'Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau', which looks to explore the events that surrounded the writer/director being fired from his own film, after only four days into the shoot, and replaced by John Frankenheimer.

    As a fan of Stanley's previous work, Dust Devil, and with the sorry saga of 'Dr. Moreau having become part of 90's movie lore, I'm now looking forward to hearing from those who were involved to hopefully uncover exactly what did go on at that time. I've always been inclined to think that, whatever the events surrounding The Island Of Dr. Moreau debacle, these must have been largely responsible for denying us much of what the talented Mr Stanley might have otherwise offered us over the decades since.

    'Drew: The Man Behind The Poster' is also screening, spotlighting the immense talent and career of artist Drew Struzan. If you're not familiar with his name, I guarantee you'll be familiar with many of his poster illustrations, from Police Academy, First Blood, Back To The Future, The Goonies, Blade Runner, Indiana Jones and Star Wars to Big Trouble In Little China, The Thing, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Hellboy and many others. A true master of the final golden age of film poster artists, (sigh -thanks Adobe!) this doc' should be a real treat.

  • Comment number 7. Posted by Bob

    on 31 Jul 2014 12:28

    I had so much trouble posting that on my Android tablet that I gave up. Where should I direct my technical whining?

  • Comment number 6. Posted by Bob

    on 31 Jul 2014 12:27

    There's actually two Maier documentaries - there's on by the BBC, too, broadcast in 2013 I think - and, technically, they're both 2013, according the interweb which, of course, has never been wrong to date.

  • Comment number 5. Posted by PJ Hughes

    on 31 Jul 2014 12:21

    In a way it's a pity that this didn't take place slightly earlier or, at least, make mention of the Sheffield DocFest that has very recently taken place!

  • Comment number 4. Posted by Chriscamerafilm

    on 31 Jul 2014 07:31

    I love documentaries and 'Finding Vivian Maier' is my favourite of the year so far and i'm surprised that it hasn't surfaced in your top 10 so far (are there reasons for this?).

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