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Review excerpts from UK and international critics:

Star Men, director Alison Rose

  • The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw
    Enormous charm and food for thought...eminently likeable.

  • Empire
    Charming...a real life Big Bang Theory reunion.

  • Time Out, Tom Huddleston
    Exceedingly watchable...a tribute to four remarkable minds.

Brakeless, director Kyoko Miyake

  • The Guardian, John Crace
    A beautifully made piece of television, combining forensic analysis with intensely moving personal testimonies.

The Road - A Story of Life and Death, director Marc Isaacs

  • The Independent, Anthony Quinn
    Isaacs' film deserves to be ranked with John Krish's great portrait of age and infirmity, 'I Think They Call Him John'.

  • The Times, Wendy Ide
    Compassionate and profoundly moving.

Outside the Court, director Marc Isaacs 


  • The Sunday Times, AA Gill
    What emerges is a provoking, touching, funny, smart and occasionally pitiful series of vignettes that are presented with care, consideration and dignity.

  • The Guardian, Stuart Jeffries
    Outside the Court could have been exploitative, but was mostly tender, occasionally beautiful and had me crying for an hour.

  • Time Out, Phil Harrison – Pick of the Day
    It’s an unadorned and minimalist affair….but trust grows, the floodgates open and eventually he elicits all manner of illuminating testimony.

Out of the Ashes, directors Tim Albone and LucyMartens

  • The Mirror, David Edwards
    Here's a documentary that's amusing, affecting and life-affirming in equal measure.

  • Empire, David Parkinson
    Strewn with amusing, exciting and sometimes shameful moments, this inspiring documentary chronicles the side’s progress through the lower ranks of the ICC system, with highlights such as a victory over Jersey contrasting with Taj’s dismissal as coach. This is a fitting and utterly charming tribute to a dreamer who refused to be tyrannised into accepting defeat.

Guilty Pleasures, director Julie Moggan 

  • Time Out, Pick of the Day, Phil Harrison
    Funny, grim and unexpectedly revealing.

  • Sunday Times, Critics Choice & Pick of the Day, Victoria Segal
    This lovely documentary looks at the phenomenon from both sides...Sharply edited, without mocking its subjects, this is a film that acknowledges the power of these grown-up fairy tales.

Shed Your Tears And Walk Away, director Jez Lewis

  • The Observer, Mark Kermode
    Jez Lewis's documentary is something special – a poetic, powerful and often very painful film made with a raw intimacy that bespeaks harsh truths.

  • The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw
    Jez Lewis has made a passionate and sometimes despairing documentary…The director's real concern for Cass makes the film a compelling, heartfelt document.

  • The Financial Times, Nigel Andrews
    At the London Film Festival this stunning British documentary walked away with everyone's tears…Will Cass make it? We come to love him, so we care…Lewis shows no mercy, knows no defeat... this is sobering, determined, marvellous film-making.

Men of the City, director Marc Isaacs

  • The Times, David Chater
    No one has ever made a film about the City that is so singular, so evocative and so human.

  • TimeOut, Phil Harrison
    We all knew that the city of London was dysfunctional in many, varied ways. But Marc Isaac’s excellent film turns the spotlight on four of its reluctant prisoners with touching, occasionally revelatory results….Isaac’s wry but compassionate eye finds poetry in each of these lives, challenging the vast inequalities of aspiration and opportunity he finds, but also asking us to ponder who the real winners and losers are. A truly evocative slice of London in all it’s tawdry yet incorrigibly hopeful glory.

The English Surgeon, director Geoffrey Smith 

  • Time Out
    This is one extraordinary documentary, approaching hugely emotive subject matter with nimble delicacy and, it has to be said, steely reserve when it comes to filming a brain operation performed under only local anaesthetic. A life-affirming, unforgettable portrait of a true humanitarian. 

  • The Guardian
    A lovely film, the best documentary for a long time.


Garbage Warrior, director Oliver Hodge 

  • Time Out, London
    This film does offer a fascinating glimpse of alternative living styles and point an accusing finger at the inactivity of our sleeping global masters.

  • Empire Magazine
    Telling the epic story of maverick US architect Michael Reynolds…Documentarian Oliver Hodge depicts his subject as a true humanitarian.


All White in Barking, director Marc Isaacs 

  • Variety
    Incisive, surprisingly upbeat. Isaacs refrains from demonizing anyone here, and instead crafts a communal portrait infused with compassion.


Philip and His Seven Wives, director Marc 

  • Financial Times, Karl French – Critics Choice
    A disturbing, intimate study of low-key madness, denial and ritual humiliation.