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Raindance Film Festival inaugural party

Nick Broomfield - Raindance Film Festival inaugural party to celebrate independent film and filmmakers. Event also raises funds for the Independent Film Trust (IFT), which teaches disadvantaged adults and children film making skills. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th April 2014

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Battle For Haditha Review


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The new Iraq war film Battle for Haditha digs its heels into the cracked earth good and deep as if it was a communiqué from an embedded reporter in the field. It was directed by the seasoned British documentarian Nick Broomfield and is, by a large margin, the most sustained and unshakable narrative film to investigate the occupation of Iraq and the instances that keep this unmitigated fiasco in a perpetual tailspin.

It was November 2005 when a convoy of American soldiers were attacked while patrolling a main strip of road in a suburban section of Haditha, a city in the western Iraq province of Al Anbar. The resulting death of Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas is said to be the instigating factor in the massacre that directly followed the attack. The original reports stated that 15 noncombatant civilians were killed in the convoy blast with eight subsequent deaths of "insurgents" handed out by the surviving soldiers.

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Biggie And Tupac Review


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Rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. are starring in a new movie. Surprised? You shouldn't be, considering that posthumously the two legendary rappers have continued to release a steady stream of best selling albums and still frequently appear in music videos, five years after their deaths.

The mystery that shrouds the unsolved murders of two of hip-hop's biggest stars will serve as fuel for conspiracy theorists and rap fans alike for years to come. Biggie and Tupac is a documentary that examines the killings, the evidence, and those most intimate with the stars under the lens of filmmaker Nick Broomfield. (Broomfield is most renowned for the controversial Kurt & Courtney, in which he alleged that Courtney Love conspired to murder her husband Kurt Cobain, former lead singer of the grunge band Nirvana.)

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Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer Review


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Nick Broomfield's new documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer is a wispy and tenuous affair; arbitrary and uncomfortably personal at the same time. Broomfield, the stumbly yet sly provocateur who took some loose conspiracy theories and a no-guts-no-glory attitude and made the documentaries Biggie and Tupac and Kurt & Courtney, aims smaller this time, going for something a little closer to home.

Back in 1992, Broomfield filmed Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer. Wuornos had been convicted and sentenced to death in early 1991 for murdering seven men in Florida. She shot to fame pretty fast for being the first female serial killer of note in the nation's history. The fact that she was a lesbian prostitute who'd been on her own since the age of 13 and claimed to have only killed johns who were trying to rape or kill her only added to the tabloid allure. In the 1992 film, Broomfield documented the attempts of several police officers and Wuornos's mother to make her into a Hollywood development deal, making him oddly empathize with this woman who, although a serial killer, who had been systematically abused and betrayed by pretty much everybody in her life.

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Kurt & Courtney Review


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A can't-lose premise about the "conspiracy to kill Kurt Cobain" gets mangled in esteemed documentarian Broomfield's treatment of the famed grunge hero. There's no resolution at all except for the not-so-stunning revelation that Courtney Love is a real bitch, and the filmmaking itself is so lousy that one can hardly believe it got released in this form.

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