Issue 4 | September 2006


Britdoc 06

By Hannah Patterson

Viewing contemporary world documentaries in the Gothic environs of Keble College’s made for a surreal experience at this year’s inaugural Britdoc festival, but with some of the most intriguing films focused on issues of identity and place, such divergence of content and context seemed entirely appropriate.
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Look Both Ways

By Nancy Harrison

Look Both Ways is Australian director Sarah Watt’s debut feature. An innovative combination of live action and animation, the film is a chronicle of a blistering hot weekend in Adelaide, with an interlocking narrative of a group of people whose common point of reference is a railway accident.

Video Art

By Catherine Elwes

Sylvia Martin’s addition to the burgeoning catalogue of publications mapping the history of video art is, like its predecessors, a partial account. In common with earlier chronicles, her vision is dominated by American video history, but tempered by a useful bias in favour of her native Germany.

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

By Jonathan Lemon

The concept of “jamming econo” as espoused by The Minutemen, reflects the essence of the early ‘80s underground music scene to which they belonged. In a time of corporate greed, mass-consumerism, and Reagan’s conservative politics...

Birds Eye View Part III: Documentaries

By Nancy Harrison

After last year’s launch as the only major UK festival exclusively highlighting women filmmakers, the Birds Eye view team took a slightly different approach this year by dividing their festival offering into three separate parts...