As the popularity of feature length documentaries continues to surge into the mainstream, DocHouse continue to provide a range of screenings for all audiences.

Their latest programme sees them taking a tour around London’s lesser known cinemas, with a series of screenings, guests and panel discussions. The films are all feature length, and don’t have a full theatrical release planned, but other than that they vary broadly.

In the East of London at Rich Mix Cinema, there’s Displaced Persons – about an ex-pat Swede, bringing his family to Sweden after marrying in Pakistan. It sounds like an interesting piece about identity and nationality.

…all about Russia’s preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics sounds like an intriguing film…

In the North, the story of Putin’s Olympic Dream, all about Russia’s preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics sounds like an intriguing film – and surely a stark contrast to London’s own Olympic preparations, which are still fresh in the memory. Central London plays host to a documentary intriguingly titled Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, which presumably is about both Gore and the state of American politics. And in West London’s Riverside Studios, there’s a film called The Turtle’s Rage, about a daughter building a relationship with her father, set against the conflicts of the Middle East and their new home in Berlin.

It’s an interesting set of screenings, and a great use of smaller venues and more community based screenings. There’s nothing like the atmosphere of watching a documentary, and having the space and time to discuss it afterwards. Q&A sessions and discussions can bring a new layer of understanding to a film, and the challenges around making films on these issues.  

…a great programme of events, and a brilliant way to see unusual screenings locally…

This seems like a great programme of events, and a brilliant way to see unusual screenings locally. Lets hope DocHouse continue bringing dynamic content to wider audiences for a long while yet.

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Graduated Bristol UWE with a degree in Media Practice - since then I've been working in TV and travelling as much as possible. I'm a bookworm, I watch a lot of movies, and I have a major addiction to baking.

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