There are many feature-length documentaries which end up hitting the cinemas, and every time I hear about a new one I think “hmm, that’s interesting!”
I then promptly forget about it.
DocuWatch is an ongoing project in which I finally stop doing that. I will watch, and review, 100 recent documentary films that I have not seen before, but which I’m interested in. Note that the definition of the word “recent” can be generously interpreted, but the oldest film on my list is from 1967, and that’s definitely the exception to the rule – almost all of the rest were filmed in the 2000s or 2010s.
Every time I watch a doc, I’ll post a review of it up here, and let you know if it’s worth the time. I might also discuss what I’m learning about documentary filmmaking as I go, and how fairly I think the doc in question represented the issues it was discussing. A lot of the docs I’m watching look to be all kinds of depressing, so I also plan to keep the actual review quite light and fun where appropriate – for some of these docs, I’m going to need to inject some light to balance out the darkness!
The list of the films I plan to watch can be found, appropriately enough, under “The List” at the top of the page.
I make no commitments about time. If I set a schedule for myself, this starts to feel like work, and I reserve the right to do whatever I want, whenever I want.
At the end of it all, I’ll sort all 100 docs into order, from best to worst, and go in-depth as to my reasoning as I do so. I won’t be doing that for a while, though.
I hope you enjoy the blog!