The Unholy

USA, 2021, Director Evan Spiliotopoulos, 100 minutes

Reviewer John Jane

“Where God builds a church, the Devil will build a chapel” this paraphrased quote from sixteenth century theologian Martin Luther is heard at least twice through the film and in some way provides the sub-text for Evan Spiliotopoulos’ pseudo-religious supernatural film. Full review


2021 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

WHEN & WHERE May 6-16, 2021 | Entire Program Online

Fanny: The Right to Rock

Canada, dir. Bobbi Jo Hart, 2021, 96 mins

Available: May 6, 2021 12:01am - May 16, 2021 11.59pm

While the eighties gave us the Bangles and the Go-Go's, the early seventies gave us Fanny. Started up by Filipino-American bassist Jean Millington and her sister lead guitarist June Millington who had both played together in high school as Svelte along with drummer and friend Brie Darling, who also identified as Filipino-American. Full review

 

 

Your Mother’s Comfort

Brazil/USA, dir. Adam Golub, 2020, 75 mins

Available: May 6, 2021 12:01am - May 16, 2021 11.59pm

In Portuguese with English subtitles

Adam Golub’s socio-political documentary chronicles the struggle of Indianara Siqueira, a trans woman, political activist and den mother to the occupants of Casa Nem, a sanctuary for Rio de Janeiro’s transgender and LGBT. Full review


What About Our Future?

Canada, dir. Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos & Cláudio Cruz, 2020, 24 mins

Available: May 6, 2021 12:01am - May 16, 2021 11.59pm

This twenty minute documentary looks at a movement of high school students across Metro Vancouver known collectively as the Sustainabiliteens. The film observes their preparations for the climate change rally that was expected to have Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in attendance. Full review


Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

UK, dir. Celeste Bell & Paul Sng, 2021, 90 mins

Available: May 6, 2021 12:01am; May 16, 2021 11.59pm

Reviewer John Jane

Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché started out as a publicly funded project initiated by Celeste Bell, Poly Styrene’s only child from her marriage to musician Adrian Bell. Since her mother’s death at the age of 53, (almost) exactly ten years ago on April 25, 2011, Bell has become the de facto curator or the mother’s personal archives. Full review



Leonardo

Italy/France/Spain/United Kingdom/United States, 2021, directors Daniel Percival & Alexis Cahill, 8 Episodes at 55 minutes each

FORMAT 4K (Ultra HD)

Reviewer John Jane

The series chronicles fifteenth century High Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci's life and career through the works that made him legendary, and some of the people that influenced his psyche. While the dialogue is in the English language, and most of the actors coming from Britain and Italy, it’s truly an international project with five countries involved in the production. Full review



SpiderMable - A Real Life Superhero Story

Canada, 2020, Director Kelly Wolfert, 115 minutes

Reviewer John Jane

Kelly Wolfert’s feel-good documentary, and as its subtitle suggests, is the story of a real life superhero. The film, in fact, centres on Mable Tooke AKA SpiderMable. Wolfert’s film, and Mable’s story both start in Mable’s home town Edmonton, Alberta in 2015. Full review

 



Promising Young Woman

USA, 2020, Director Emerald Fennell, 113 minutes

FORMAT D-Cinema, Blu-RayTM, & DVD, also available on AppleTV

Reviewer Erin Jane

This is the story of a woman who is tired of the hypocrisy, the low-key abuse, and the outright danger of a deeply, insidiously patriarchal society. To reconcile her grief over a close friend’s as yet undefined trauma, Cassie (Carey Mulligan) drops out of med school and spends her nights pretending to be a vulnerable extremely drunk female..... Full review

 

 


News of the World

USA, 2020, Director Paul Greegrass, 124 minutes

FORMAT 4K, Blu-RayTM, & DVD, also available on AppleTV

Reviewer John Jane

News of the World is a Paul Greengrass’ film adapted from former Toronto, Ontario resident Paulette Jiles’ 2016 novel of the same name. It’s a curious title for an allegorical Western that serves as a kind of parable for our “unprecedented times.” Full review