Dramatic Documentaries


Before the Flood

Last Breath


Documentaries have risen from the fiction film’s poor relation to becoming flagship cultural events, around which genuine social change can occur. This year the PFF has two eco-docs primed to shock you out of complacency. Before The Flood (St Mary’s Church, Swanage Oct 21) has Leonardo Di Caprio embarking on a personal journey to learn about the Climate Crisis and to overcome his cynicism. Blue (Durlston 23 Oct- sponsored by Purbeck Sub Aqua Club & The Etches Collection 26 Oct- sponsored by The Salt Pig) is a more meditative piece that reflects on our changing oceans with some beautiful underwater photography. Also underwater is Last Breath (Durlston Oct 19- sponsored by Dorset Water Park) – a pulse-pounding true account of commercial diver Chris Lemons’ incredible near-death experience (think Touching The Void but at the bottom of the North Sea). 




We also have a pair of documentaries about epic voyages. The Raft (Durlston, 30 Oct) tells of a fascinating Stanford Prison style social experiment that set 11 people adrift on a raft for 100 days in 1973, and Home (Durlston 27 Oct- sponsored by JJ Moore Butchers) follows British adventurer Sarah Outen as she circumnavigates the globe by bike and kayak. She will be at the screening to introduce the film and answer your questions. 




Finally, we have two big discussion pieces which will be followed by Q & As. The Biggest Little Farm (The Rex, 19 Oct – sponsored by Lotek) features the Chesters, who fled the New York rat race to establish a self sustaining farm. Organic Farmer and activist James Odgers will lead the Q&A after the film. The Divide (The Rex, 22 Oct) highlights the ever-increasing gap between the have and have-nots by following 8 individuals in both the UK and US. Former MP Annette Brooke will hold the post-film Q & A.






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