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The Cult Next Door, How to Sell a Banksy & NYC Sign Painters 🏚🖼🖌

Hello there, Welcome back to yet another edition of The Roc. If it's your first time joining us, wel

Rocumentaries 📼

February 12 · Issue #14 · View online
Curated links to the very best documentaries

Hello there,

Welcome back to yet another edition of The Roc. If it’s your first time joining us, welcome to the club — please take a seat by the fire. 
This week’s digest features a few more carefully selected treats for you to feast your eyes upon…

The Cult Next Door ★★★★★
A documentary about the extraordinary discovery of a hidden Maoist cult that hit the headlines in 2013, when police uncovered that its leaders had imprisoned their followers for several decades, in and around Brixton, South London. The film features interviews one woman in particular, who remarkably, was actually born into the cult and spent her first 30 years trapped within its confines; stories of harrowing abuse and indoctrination emerge.

Watch it now on BBC

How to Sell a Banksy ★★★★
A low budget production following the story of an ordinary man, Chris Thompson, who stumbled across a Banksy piece that he was able to remove from its location. The artwork was such poor condition it looks more like 4th century relic. The only thing worse is the quality of the cinematography — the film genuinely feels like it might have been shot using a Gameboy camera. 
Despite this, the tale unfolds into something unexpectedly entertaining. Following a shaky start, Chris Thompson’s honesty and authenticity, reveals him as a smart and unexpectedly endearing character. Worth persisting.

Watch it now on Netflix

Up There ★★★★
A wonderful little micro documentary about the lost art of sign painting, in New York City. Beautifully composed shots and authentic interviews give insight into the lost art of hand painted advertisements.

Watch it now on Vimeo

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