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On the 17th of March all around the world people celebrate St Patrick’s Day. At Beamafilm, we have handpicked a few great films that highlight Ireland, its people and its contribution to the history books.
The Palio di Siena is the world’s oldest horserace, a tradition that dates back to the 14th century. Now, in Cosima Spender’s doucmentary “Palio“, you can experience the excitement for yourself.
From critically acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders, Tokyo-Ga follows the director as he travels to Japan to pay homage to his idol, Yasujirô Ozu. Ozu’s films such as Tokyo Chorus, Tokyo Story and Late Spring have had such a major influence on Wenders’ cinematographic style that he declares in the film that Ozu is “his only master” in this art form.
Set just off the coast of sunny North Queensland, Palm Island is a tropical paradise. But its shady history sparks memories of Australia’s colonialist past; a darker time, characterised by racial hatred and persecution.
At a school in Paris, Kindergarten children form a circle around a candle with their teacher, Pascaline, to study philosophy. Taking part in a learning experiment, they discuss universally relevant topics such as love, difference, intelligence, liberty, authority and growing up. During these special sessions there is no judgement; just very young children learning to build a discourse and to think for themselves.
Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Visitors’ is a compelling and provocative meditation on our fixation with screen-based media. Set to a compelling score by Phillip Glass, the film expands on his central themes of the hypnotic nature of technology and drives the point home with artful imagery.
Alex Gibney, one of the most important documentary directors of our time, has fascinated audiences for years with films such as Freakonomics and the Oscar Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side. But Going Clear is Gibney’s latest bombshell that has people talking. As an in-depth investigation into group psychology and cult abuse within the Church of Scientology, Going Clear is astonishing in its salacious detail. From the notorious ‘auditing’ and the crazy ramblings of the Church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard to details of the Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman divorce, Gibney opens up the mystery surrounding this aggressive and paranoid organisation and analyses the roles played by star Scientologists, Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
20 years on from the most important moment in his career, Jonah Lomu is still global rugby’s first true superstar. Jonah took the world by storm in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final, smashing England with a 4-try steamroll, despite being anaemic, exhausted, and suffering from kidney disease. The most recognisable All Black ever and one of the most iconic rugby players of all time, he went down in history during South Africa’s Rugby World Cup, and still remains the legend of international rugby.
Ever since Hiroshima we’ve known the dangers of radioactivity. Its atomic potential, its deadly leakage, and the difficult issue of waste disposal, amongst other crucial detracting considerations. But could nuclear power in fact be the solution to global warming? Sundance Film Festival hit “Pandora’s Promise” makes a convincing argument supporting the view that nuclear energy, such as uranium, is in fact Earth’s greenest choice for an energy source. In “Pandora’s Promise”, director Robert Stone and his team of experts including Stewart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens and Mark Lynas set about proving that nuclear power is much more clean, and less dangerous, than traditional fossil fuels.
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