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Paul Sykes: At Large

 

Paul Sykes was a heavyweight boxer and weightlifter from Wakefield in England, he had ten professional fights but his entire adult life was marred by alcohol abuse and both petty and violent crimes. All ten of his fights came during a period of rehabilitation and relative sobriety between 1978 to 1980, in his sixth fight he knocked American David Wilson out cold and continued to punch him. The American was put on a life support machine and spent a month in hospital.

 

Sykes spent 21 out of 26 years incarcerated in 18 different prisons – mostly for violent crimes – in a period spanning the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and was considered one of the countries most difficult prisoners. Upon his release from Hull prison in 1990 producer Roger Greenwood followed him in order to make this documentary, Paul Sykes: At Large. The film reveals Sykes to be a very intelligent but clearly unhinged individual.

 

In the years which followed this documentary Sykes failed to control his drinking and his physical and mental health further declined, he was given an ASBO by Wakefield council at the turn of the century after a string of incidents of disorder whilst drunk. He died in 2007 from alcohol related liver disease. He was survived by two sons, both of whom are now serving life sentences for two separate murders.

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Money and Speed: Inside the Black Box

 

Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box is a thriller based on actual events that takes you to the heart of our automated financial world. Based on interviews with those directly involved and data visualizations up to the millisecond, it reconstructs the fastest and deepest U.S. stock market plunge ever.

 

Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box is a TouchDoc developed by Marije Meerman from public broadcaster VPRO’s documentary series Backlight and design studio Catalogtree. This explorative documentary is a marriage of strong storytelling and meticulous visual analysis. The TouchDoc showcases the new possibilities opened up by the merger of the television with the computer screen.

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Quants - The Alchemists of Wall Street

 

Quants are the math wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system who designed the financial products that almost crashed Wall street. The credit crunch has shown how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behaviour. Now the quants are at the heart of yet another technological revolution in finance: trading at the speed of light. 

 

What are the risks of treating the economy and its markets as a complex machine? Will we be able to keep control of this model-based financial system, or have we created a monster? A story about greed, fear and randomness from the insides of Wall Street.

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Milk? (Food conspiracy documentary)

 

Milk is about a basic food in our diet, a food so fundamental that its value for our health often goes unquestioned. Using engaging storytelling through endearing characters and beautiful visuals, this documentary aims to investigate the case for milk as a nutritious food. Is milk good for us or not? We interview prominent and compelling figures in this debate, ranging from government officials, industry experts, biologists, anti-milk activists, raw milk advocates and an endearing milk-loving dairy farmer in our quest to elucidate the matter and illuminate lesser-known arguments about milk. As recent food documentaries such as Food Inc, King Corn and Fresh have shown, our society has a complex relationship with our food that often goes unexamined, perhaps to our own detriment.

 

The average person is increasingly socially and politically aware, hungry for knowledge and particularly eager to consume information that is presented in an entertaining manner and with a touch of humour. This documentary strives to deliver all of this and more, using strong characters to build a story. Key characters will be used to engage viewers in the human stories behind their views and for some, their extensive campaigns for change. The content will focus on Canada and North America, but will also make comparisons with other countries regarding attitudes towards milk consumption and dairy policies.

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Too Posh To Pay (White-Collar Crime Documentary)

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Revealing documentary that uncovers the so-called respectable members of the middle classes who cheat, fiddle and steal their way through life, from petty crime such as fiddling tax and insurance to more serious offenses like burglary, forgery, and fraud.

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Cat Ladies (Obsessive Pet Owners Documentary) - Real Stories

 

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Cat Ladies unravels the real story behind the oft-ridiculed 'cat lady' - a cultural stereotype and figure of ridicule for women of a certain age with too many furry companions. Through the intimate portrait of four unique 'cat ladies' we create a sensitive and emotionally honest portrait of women whose lives and self-worth have become intractably linked to cats.

 

It's not the number of cats that defines someone as a 'cat lady', but rather their attachment, or non-attachment, to human beings. They create a world with their cats in which they are accepted and in control - a world where they ultimately have value.

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Saddam: America’s Best Enemy

 

The Devil has been hunted down, captured and exhibited, America overcame Saddam Hussein a tyrant is dethroned, Iraq celebrates and the world is now free from evil. That is the legend but forty years of relations between Saddam Hussein and the United States tell a whole other story.

 

This is the story of a man and a superpower who used one another, the United States regarded him to be a more reliable and dependant Arab tyrant with whom they could deal with. It is a story of intertwining ambitions, shared cynicism and mutual mistrust, from his first steps towards power to his final fall Saddam Hussein saw nine American presidents come and go.

 

American sought to be the uncontested guardian of the Middle East, however, Saddam saw himself as master of the Arabs, but they had more in common than a mere hunger for power. As far back as this story goes Saddam and the United States were a necessary evil for each other.

 

This is the story of a tragic misalliance.

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Edmund Kemper: In His Own Words

 

With the release of Netflix new series entitled Mindhunter there has been a resurgence of interest in one particular serial killer who is depicted throughout, his name is Edmund Kemper or ‎The CoEd Killer. This film manages to combine two interviews together with a sprinkle of dramatisation to give us great insight into Ed’s mind and the motives which lay behind his crimes.

 

If you have seen Mindhunter you will be familiar with a lot of what is said in these interviews as they heavily influenced the dialog scripted for his character. The first interview was recorded in 1984 and the second is from 1991.

 

We quickly learn of the root cause for Kemper’s hatred towards women, his mother. At the age of 9 Kemper witnessed his parents go through a rough divorce. Now stuck living with his two sisters and mother, Clarnell, he is the victim to much psychological abuse much of which comes directly from his mother who constantly belittled Kemper on account of his size and mocks his ‘weirdo’ personality.

 

His mother increasingly enforced the ‘fact’ that no woman will ever love him, teaching him to hate himself, but as a result it was everyone else Kemper started to hate, especially women.

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The Silk Roads

Our western ideal is under great pressure and we can do nothing to influence it, we take refuge in our everyday lives and hide behind new borders, we can’t seem to cope in a world in which we increasingly feel out of place. No wonder says British historian Peter Frankopan, author of the bestseller “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World”.

 

We are the product of a history in which we have always given ourselves the leading role, as a result, we can’t seem to see the connection between our actions and the changes around us. Before we can understand where the world is headed we need to look back.

 

Frankopan holds up a mirror to us that shows us an unexpected portrait of our Western civilization and the way we perceive our position in the world, he explains in this film why we must adapt.

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The Seven Five

 

The Seven Five was released in 2014 and it documents the police corruption which was rampant in New York City back in the 80’s, focusing primarily on 75th precinct of the New York Police Department. The main protagonist is Michael Dowd, a former police officer who served for 10 years before getting arrested in 1992, his arrest ultimately led to one of the largest police corruption scandals in New York City history.

 

Using archived footage from the Mollen Commission investigation in 1992 and interviews with Dowd and fellow officers such as Ken Eurell and Adam Diaz this film beautifully stitches together a wild tale of corruption.

 

Dowd himself is now considered to be the dirtiest cop in NYC history, a man who headed a ruthless criminal network that stole money and drugs all in the name of financial gain.

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Icarus

 

Watch this. When they started filming it was just about doping and how to beat it...and then Russia happened. 9/10 easy.

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Revolution OS 

Revolution OS is a 2001 documentary film that traces the twenty-year history of GNU, Linux, open source, and the free software movement.

 

Directed by J. T. S. Moore, the film features interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs including Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf.

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Inside Rolls Royce Documentary HD

 

 

Filmed over a landmark six-month period for the marque, Inside Rolls-Royce captures the extraordinary lengths Rolls-Royce’s dedicated and passionate workforce goes into creating and presenting the world’s finest motor cars.

The film tracks the crafting of the Celestial Phantom – the most valuable Bespoke Rolls-Royce ever created. The extraordinary feat of hand-setting 446 diamonds into the car’s interior serves to display Rolls-Royce’s hallmark attention-to-detail.

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