Every month, we’ll tell you about new shows to hit terrestrial and cable channels, as well as streaming sites in Singapore.
Asian subscribers may have been frustrated at the limited library available to them when Netflix first launched in the region, but Del Deo is quick to reassure that Netflix is committed to not only expand the platform’s documentary offerings but also finding more diverse, authentic voices from the region.
Here are the best original movies, TV shows, shorts and documentaries to watch on Disney+ when it launches on 24 March.
Can a movie really be cursed? A new documentary series for horror streamer Shudder delves into the truth behind the myth.
As far as the spirit #MalaysiaBoleh goes, we can rest assured that Malaysian producers Poh Si Teng and Cheyenne Tan flew their country flag high at the Oscars 2020.
Director Sasha Rainbow discusses her documentary short 'Kamali', which focuses on a seven-year-old skateboarding girl in India.
A new documentary follows Leicestershire-based company, who Pailtoy were responsible for producing 'Star Wars' merchandise which is now worth thousands of pounds to collectors.
The Amazing Johnathan said in 2014 that he had a year to live. Documentary maker Ben Berman got in touch and the result is one of 2019's strangest movies.
Renowned documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has pulled a screening of a film about former Rolling Stones guitarist Bill Wyman.
Dan Reed's documentary Leaving Neverland, about alleged child abuse by Michael Jackson, aired for the first time on HBO last night.
The rapper has spent the weekend defending himself for his part in the fraudulent music festival.
A new Netflix Originals documentary series will look at how depictions of war changed in Hollywood following the Second World War. Called ‘Five Came Back’, the series will focus on the stories of five filmmakers as told through interviews with five current Hollywood legends. Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Lawrence Kasdan and Paul Greengrass will discuss how the experiences of five directors of the time who served int he war, influenced war on the big screen once they returned.
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who died within a day of one another last week — at ages 60 and 84, respectively — had a mother-daughter relationship like no other. Fisher often joked that she and her mother, next-door neighbors in Beverly Hills, were living in a reality show. The Bright Lights trailer shows a few moments that back up her quip — Fisher chiding Reynolds about her ancient cell phone, the two picking out an outfit for Reynolds’ cabaret show — but also hints at a deeper look at the family’s complicated history.
Secret ending? Nope.Running time: 110 min (~2 hours)“Tsukiji Wonderland” is a documentary about the history and workings of Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. It features interviews with renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono (from “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”) and René Redzepi (co-owner of Danish restaurant Noma).“Tsukiji Wonderland” is a love letter to the Tsukiji fish market, which was supposed to move on 7 Nov this year but might end up not moving at all. But it’s not just about the legendary seafood hub, as the documentary reveals. It’s about the steadfast dedication of the Japanese to deliver the finest culinary experience possible, from the freshest ingredients to the intimate knowledge of the quirks of seafood to ensuring this heritage is passed on to the next generation. By the end of “Tsukiji Wonderland”, you can almost smell the fish market in the cinema. I did, and so did my viewing partner.HighlightsFor the love of fishA large part of the film revolves around the intermediate wholesalers, who are the middlemen between the distributors and the fishmongers. It might sound impossibly boring, but their single-minded love and focus on fish is fascinating to watch. They know fish better than they know people, and their knowledge is unrivalled by any text on the subject. Most importantly, their knowledge is borne from the love of fish, rather than a purely commercial motivation.Japanese work ethicFrom chef to distributor to fishmonger to wholesaler, every single person in the supply chain is committed to doing their best, regardless of whether it cuts into profits or if it is laborious. It’s an impressive display of the Japanese work ethic, which brooks no compromises on quality. To see them speak of their craft with such surety and confidence speaks volumes, and gives an experience that stretches far beyond the fish market.Pure passionIn addition to this work ethic, you can see the tremendous emotion that they imbue their jobs with. For such a tightly conservative and highly reserved society, the fact that you can tell the impending Tsukiji fish market move (although that might not happen anymore) terrifies them is an indication of how much human feeling has been invested. The significance of the fish market goes back generations as several of the intermediate wholesalers can attest to.Real insightOne of the greatest draws of the film is seeing the whole process of the tuna auctions, something that the public is occasionally barred from doing. Although you don’t get to hear the actual bargaining (it’d be in Japanese and confidential anyway), it’s a breathtaking sight to see so much tuna laid out for the best people in the business, and to watch the auction played out as a high stakes game of poker. This segment alone is worth the price of the ticket.LetdownsLengthyIt’s a romanticised view of the Tsukiji fish market, to be sure, and with the romanticism comes long and pensive scenes. The film clocks in at a hefty 110 minutes, so some trimming could have helped to sustain the interest throughout the film. Nevertheless, many of the quieter scenes are powerful, emotional moments that shows us the inherent passion of the fish market.“Tsukiji Wonderland” is the best documentary of 2016, hands down.Should you watch this at weekend movie ticket prices? Yes.Should you watch this more than once? Nah.Score: 4.0/5“Tsukiji Wonderland” opens in cinemas:- 6 Oct 2016 (Singapore)Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes atmarcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.
Latest trailer for documentary on absorbing true crime case that screened at the Toronto Film Festival and will debut on Netflix on Sept. 30
Why the 1994 film was made — and why it was meant to never see the light of day, even though the filmmakers had no idea their work was for naught
British actor Adam Deacon has spoken out about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in a new documentary with Stephen Fry. Deacon, now 33, has been making headlines since winning the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2012, but it’s his off-screen issues that’ve been in the press in recent years, starting with a very public falling out with fellow Brit actor Noel Clarke. Deacon was subsequently sectioned for three weeks after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“Where to Invade Next” is a documentary about how other countries handle social issues, such as education and incarceration. It focuses mainly on European countries, and makes many comparisons to America. It features Michael Moore (the filmmaker), Claudio Domenicali (CEO of Ducati), Krista Kiuru (Finnish Minister of Education), Time Walker (Finland teacher), and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (former Iceland president).
You’ll never look at another bloated superhero film the same again after experiencing this seven hour and 20 minute trailer that’s just been released for the longest film ever made, ‘Ambiancé’.
Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. “The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)” is a documentary about Singapore’s xinyao (新谣) scene, which are the primarily Mandarin songs that were composed and sung by Singaporeans. It features interviews with Liang Wern Fook, Eric Moo, Billy Koh, JJ Lin and Stefanie Sun.
The making of documentary for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will debut at this year’s South by South West (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, prior to its inclusion on the film’s digital and Blu-Ray home releases in April. 'Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey’ will be shown on Monday 14 March at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, with a Q&A following the screening with some of the filmmakers. Co-producer Michelle Rejwan, visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett and supervising sound editor Matthew Wood will attend the Q&A following the feature length documentary.
The documentary Holy Hell, about a long-running cult based in California and Texas, is filled with horrifying revelations and cringe-worthy moments of outright absurdity. Allen, now 53 years old, was just 22 when he was invited by his sister to join what, at the time, seemed like a joyous commune in California. Video that Allen captured as the group’s unofficial filmmaker depict a yuppie paradise on the California coast, filled with dancing and singing and spiritual awakening imparted by its leader, a man who went only by the name Michel.