Category Archives: Documentary

Mountain (2017)

Gasping, white-knuckled, each time rock crumbled:

Watching climbers on peaks as they stumbled.

The splendour of landscapes (sublime),

With orchestral music (divine).

Such magnificent sights left me awe-struck and humbled.

Risk (2016)

Poitras’ doco: at times uneven, but with moments of insight.

In Assange (in turns, the darling of the left and then the right)

We see a man full of (ego and) contradictions

Who imposed eleventh hour restrictions.

It feels like there’s much more waiting to come to light.

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

There’s no racism here, Land of the Free, and other conceits

Be it in halls of power, schools, prisons, or on the streets

Are exposed here, through the power

Of Baldwin’s words: not only of his hour …

As we learn here that sadly, maddeningly: history repeats.

Be it in halls of power, schools, prisons, or on the streets

Are exposed here, through the power

Of Baldwin’s words: not only of his hour …

As we learn here that sadly, maddeningly: history repeats.

The Eagle Huntress (2016)

Joyous story of trailblazing Aisholpan (forward spurred) …

Stunning shots (particularly: her majestic bird).

Though the elders prescribe

That no girl from their tribe

Should pursue this path, she remains undeterred.

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)

Over 50 years after Stratton flew into town,

A lovely tribute to this critic of world renown.

Here’s our film history: humour, guts …

Terrific editing, with witty cuts.

Best manual filing system? David’s takes the crown.

Embrace (2016)

Aussie doco looking at body image: the shaming,

Low self-esteem, bullying and blaming …

RE: the illusive search for perfection.

An often-powerful, timely reflection

On attitudes that need an urgent reframing.