CONOR MCGREGOR: NOTORIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gavin Fitzgerald. Not to be confused with the 2009 biopic of rapper Notorious B I G, this documentary charts the rise from obscurity and poverty to wealth and success of mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor. Director Gavin Fitzgerald was granted lots of intimate access to McGregor over the four years of filming. We first meet him when he is living in his mother's house in rural Ireland, broke but full of ambition. He regularly trains in a run-down gym in Dublin. But he is determined to Continue reading

THE GROUND WE WON – interview with Christopher Pryor

Shot in black and white, The Ground We Won is a verite documentary exploring one season with a rural New Zealand rugby team. Director Chris Pryor joined us on the program and spoke with guest host Terry Phibbs. It screened at MIFF on August 8 and August 10. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/si5fu7crt5c8tst/chris_pryor_the_ground_we_won_9_aug_15.mp3 Continue reading

ALL THIS MAYHEM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Eddie Martin. Most skateboarding documentaries are pretty dull and of limited interest, mainly aimed at fans of the sport who will get off on the extreme action and stunts. There have been a few exceptions though where they have occasionally had broader appeal - films like Stacy Peralta's 2001 documentary Dogtown And Z-boys, which looked at the evolution of the skating culture in California in the 70s with the Zephyr skate team, and Lords Of Dogtown, Catherine Hardwicke's dramatised version of the same story starring Heath Continue reading

THE ARMSTRONG LIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Alex Gibney. Lance Armstrong is something of a modern American hero. A former teenage cycling champion and cancer survivor he won an unprecedented seven consecutive Tours de France before retiring from the sport in 2005. However, his achievements were always surrounded by whispers of banned substances, illegal drugs and blood transfusions aimed at sustaining his endurance during the most famous and gruelling of bicycle races. But Armstrong was always able to use his wealth, power and celebrity status to deflect these rumours Continue reading

TT 3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Richard De Aragues. Every year since 1907 the Isle of Man has hosted the Tourist Trophy, a motorcycle endurance race that has been recognised as the greatest motorcycle road race in the world. Competitors race around 60 miles of winding roads and small villages at speeds of up to 250km/h. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is also amongst the most dangerous motorsport events, as over 200 people have died during the race or its practice runs, with many more being injured. This staggering statistic hangs over the film, Continue reading