Documentaries are flying high at the box office. Asif Kapadia’s Senna achieved a very respectable spot on the grid â€“ and was pipped by a film about the boyband JLS. It’s all good news for the genre, especially as the Sheffield Doc/Fest is in full swing.
Thousands of film-makers have been pitching and showing their work. Music and sport seem to be the quickest ways to an audience these days – less hectoring than work on, say, Indonesian farmers battling globalisation.
Trash was taken with a British doc about the last surviving record shop in Teesside. Jeanie Finlay’s tender, funny film Sound It Out is also a study of male behaviour and melancholy. For a little doc maker, getting the rights to songs from bands such as New Order and Status Quo could have proved tough.
“Quo were amazing,” she tells me. “They rarely allow their songs in films but I sent it to Rick Parfitt’s (left) manager and when the band saw how it would be used, to illustrate the passion, they charged me 10p.” New Order were similarly keen and liked Saint Saviour’s cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, played live in the little record shop. Right on trend, Sound It Out is looking for crowd-funding to secure distribution. Quo, meanwhile, are still looking for their fourth chord.