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DATE  February 15
DIRECTOR  Christopher Kenneally
CAST  Keanu Reeves, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Soderberg, James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, Lena Dunham

SEE ALSO  Like the sound of this? There are two other movies about film and filmmaking, both from the 1930s: Romance Of Celluloid and Another Romance Of Celluloid.

SYNOPSIS  Keanu Reeves interviews filmmakers about traditional film and digital filmmaking, 3D and how the industry is changing.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Vindication at last for Reeves fans who have been claiming for years that there's substance behind the surfer dude. Victory! Ahem. Also, an in-depth discussion of modern filmmaking from the people who actually do it.
• Watch the trailer on Vimeo

McCullin

McCullin

DATE  January 1 (UK)
DIRECTOR  David Morris, Jacqui Morris
CAST  Don McCullin

FUN FACT  The film was shot on 16mm in tribute to McCullin's own working methods.

SYNOPSIS  A documentary on the life of the internationally-renowned photo-journalist Don McCullin, who created some of the 20th century's most memorable images of war and strife.

WHAT TO EXPECT  McCullin's life is fascinating, and if photography or late 20th century history is your passion then this might just be right up your rubble-strewn alley.
• Watch the trailer on Vimeo

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

DATE  January 11
DIRECTOR  David Gelb
CAST  Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono

FUN FACT  Approximately 80% of the world's bluefin tuna catch is used for sushi.

SYNOPSIS  85-year-old Jiro Ono is renowned as the world's greatest sushi chef and has won three Michelin stars for his work. He dreams of sushi and still doesn't believe he's achieved perfection. This documentary chronicles his approach to his art, and the thorny questions as he approaches retirement and his son looks to succeed him.

WHAT TO EXPECT  A fascinating insight into the place where art and food collide, as well as an interesting look at Japanese culture.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

The Punk Syndrome

The Punk Syndrome

DATE  February 1
DIRECTOR  Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi
CAST  Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, Toni Välitalo

SEE ALSO  Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, another rock documentary about a band with their own struggles to face.

SYNOPSIS  A documentary about Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipävät, who in addition to rocking out are also intellectually disabled.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Humour, punk attitude and a rant about pedicures.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story Of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

DATE  February 8
DIRECTOR  Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett
CAST (VOICES)  Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Cameron Diaz

BASED ON  Graham Chapman's book, also called A Liar's Autobiography. He wrote a sequel called Calcium Made Interesting, which we're saying is the book title least likely to deliver ever.

SYNOPSIS  The factually inaccurate story of Monty Python member Graham Chapman, using audio recordings he made before he died, contributions from other Pythons and the animation talents of 14 different companies.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Python insanity and utter surrealism. The visuals are worthy of Gilliam's Python originals.
• Watch the trailer below

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

DATE  May 3
DIRECTOR  Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
CAST  Tim Allen (narrator)

FUN FACT  Researchers have seen chimps eat medicinal plants when they're unwell.

SYNOPSIS  A baby chimp is separated from his troop and adopted by an adult male until he's old enough to survive alone.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Adorable baby chimpanzee? Job done.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube

Trashed

Trashed

DATE  March 1
DIRECTOR  Candida Brady
CAST  Jeremy Irons

BASED ON  An idea of Brady's.

SYNOPSIS  Jeremy Irons travels the world, investigating the global waste problem and how rubbish is dealt with everywhere.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Jeremy Irons' sonorous voice talking us through an environmental problem, which will make greens of all of us.
• Watch the trailer on YouTube


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