Dan Carrier’s movie news: Bertha Doc-House at Bloomsbury Curzon; Platform Films; Live at Monterey
07 July, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
Jimi Hendrix: Live at Monterey, at the Picture House, Piccadilly, July 8
Hats off to the people behind the documentary film firm Bertha Doc-House – what a brilliant addition to the London film scene they are. Make time for a trip to the Bloomsbury Curzon – the former Renoir in the Brunswick Centre – and check out the programmes put together by the dedicated documentary company who have a screen in the depths of the refurbished cinema. This week, they are featuring a Q&A with Abacus director Steve James (July 7) and an event with Mick Rock, a photographer who has worked with David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed (July 12). On July 18, they are showcasing a selection from the forthcoming Sheffield Film Festival, while their weekly offerings are mouthwatering for those who like factual films. See www.dochouse.org for a full line up.
• Camden-based documentary makers Platform Films have set up a crowd-funding project to help raise cash for a new film on the life and work of Marxist thinker Ralph Miliband. See www.platformfilms.co.uk for more details.
• It was 50 years ago that Jimi Hendrix, The Mamas and the Papas, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and a host of other big name acts took the stage at Monterey – and to mark the anniversary, you can see director DA Pennebaker’s film that chronicled this all-star line up at the legendary music festival. The screening of The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Monterey is at the Picture House, Piccadilly Circus, on Saturday (July 8).