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Film from Wednesday 19 August

Watch essential docs

As well as hip indie films, the Utopia’s Summer Follies programme also includes a couple of essential documentaries.

Watch essential docs

We have already talked about Brett Morgan’s moving Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck”, which is playing once again at the Utopia next Monday evening.

The film has been called “an editing tour de force” by the New York Times, whose Sara Stewart went on to say: “As the credits roll, it’s hard not to just root for the sensitive, progressive, fiercely creative Cobain and wish that he’d lived long enough to find a little peace of mind.”  

But equally impressive, and undoubtedly of greater importance, is Laura Poitras’s “Citizen Four”, the film she made about the Edward Snowden whistleblowing scandal. Poitras was contacted by Snowden, calling himself Citizen Four, to document his story as he leaked NSA documents pertaining to its worldwide surveillance programme.

Empire’s review summary said the film is: “Bold, unblinking filmmaking--no less than a living document of a global scandal straight from the whistleblower. Alarming and essential--anyone with a phone should see it.”

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