Real Films

Film Directory


    2014 Director:

    Laura Poitras

    In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-­9/11 America when she started receiving... [read more]

  • The Lovers and the Despot

    2012 Director:

    Ross Adam, Rob Cannan

    ‘The Lovers and the Despot’ is a sensational romance-thriller documentary, a story where art, love and megalomania collide. In the afterma... [read more]

  • No Fire Zone

    2012 Director:

    Callum Macrae

    Our film reveals the true extent of crimes against humanity in the final weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war - told through eye witness testimony and shocking video evidence... [read more]

  • Yes Men Are Revolting

    2012 Director:


    The Yes Men

    With the environment on the brink of collapse, the Yes Men ask a pressing question: at a time when corpo... [read more]

  • A Whole Lott More

    2011 Director:

    Victor Buhler

    Lott Industries in Ohio, USA employs 1200 workers with developmental disabilities. For decades, the company has built car parts. However, with the decline of the auto indu... [read more]


    2013 Director:

    David Bond  Producer: Ashley Jones

    Filmmaker DAVID BOND becomes the Marketing Director for Nature.  Too much time indoors m... [read more]

  • Who Is Dayani Cristal?

    2011 Director:

    Marc Silver

    An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for ide... [read more]

  • Ping Pong

    2011 Director:

    Hugh Hartford

    Call this old age, extreme edition: Eight players with 703 years... [read more]

  • Town Of Runners

    2011 Director:

    Jerry Rothwell

    Long-distance running is a way of life in the Arsi region of Ethiopia. In a country well-acquainted with poverty, famine and war, world-beating athletes are a source of in... [read more]

  • Hell & Back Again

    2011 Director:

    Danfung Dennis

    The intensely personal story of Sergeant Harris and Marine battalion Echo Company from the start of the 2009 tour of Afghanistan to their return, the decompression and reh... [read more]

  • Swandown

    2012 Director:

    Andrew Kotting

    Swandown is a poetic film-diary about encounter and culture. It is also an endurance test and pedal-marathon. Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair pedalled a plastic swan... [read more]

  • The Bengali Detective

    2011 Director:

    Philip Cox

    The secrets of Kolkota’s and London’s Bengali community revealed by overweight dance obsessed intrepid detective Rajesh Ji. Mixing dance and song wi... [read more]

  • Self Made

    2010 Director:

    Gillian Wearing

    Self Made is Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing’s debut feature. If you were to play a part in a film, would you be yourself or a fictional character? Hu... [read more]

  • Calvet

    2011 Director:

    Dominic Allan

    The powerful, tortured paintings of French artist Jean Marc Calvet sell from $20,000 a piece, he has major solo exhibitions in New York and yet, until 7 years ago, he had ... [read more]

  • Guilty Pleasures

    2010 Director:

    Julie Moggan

    Every four seconds a Harlequin Mills & Boon romance novel is sold somewhere in the world. In India, the books give Shumita hope that her straying husband will return. ... [read more]

  • Moving to Mars

    2009 Director:

    Mat Whitecross (d.) and Karen Katz (p.)

    Moving to Mars tells the story of two families from Burma who travel from a vast refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border to their new homes in the United Kingdom.... [read more]

  • Up in Smoke - formerly Burning Needs

    2011 Director:

    Adam Wakeling

    Slash and burn farming generates more carbon emissions annually than all air and road travel put together. It is one of the biggest contributors to deforestation and globa... [read more]

  • Black Gold

    2005 Director:

    Nick Francis and Marc Francis

    Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry - worth over $80 billion - making coffee the most valuable trading co... [read more]

  • Here's Johnny

    2007 Director:

    Adam Lavis, Kat Mansoor and Will Hood

    Here's Johnny enters the surreal world of famous graphic artist Johnny Hicklenton, who is battling against Multiple Sclerosis. Living in an increasing state of immobil... [read more]

  • Afghan Star

    2008 Director:

    Havana Marking

    Through the eyes of young, talented and ambitious pop hopefuls all competing to become the next Afghan Star we experience the birth of a new, optimistic Afghanistan. 10 ye... [read more]

  • My Kidnapper

    2010 Director:

    Mark Henderson, Kate Horne

    In 2003 Mark Henderson was one of eight backpackers taken hostage by Marxist guerrillas while trekking in the Colombian jungle. What had started as an innocent tourist adv... [read more]

  • Sounds Like Teen Spirit: a Popumentary

    2009 Director:

    Jamie Jay Johnson

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  • We are Together

    2007 Director:

    Paul Taylor (d.) and Teddy Leifer (p.)

    Filmed over three years, We Are Together tells the remarkable and moving story of a group of children who use music to overcome hardship and loss. It is the ... [read more]

  • Erasing David

    2009 Director:

    David Bond (d.) Ashley Jones (p.)

    David Bond has nothing to hide...but does he really have nothing to fear? David Bond lives in one of the most intrusive surveillance states in the world. He dec... [read more]

  • The End of the Line

    2008 Director:

    Rupert Murray

    If we do nothing, the world's oceans will be empty of fish within our lifetimes. This beautifully-filmed international documentary is a searing investigation of how it... [read more]

  • The Yes Men Fix the World

    2009 Director:

    Mike Bonnano, Andy Bichlbaum & Kurt Engfehr

    This film is about disasters and risk - the risk that big business is prepared to take with our lives. Political pranksters, The Yes Men have been c... [read more]

  • Chosen

    2008 Director:

    Brian Woods

    Chosen is testament to the power of a compelling story, simply told. It deals with a subject often whispered but rarely spoken about - the sexual abuse of schoolboys by te... [read more]

  • The Solitary Life of Cranes

    2008 Director:

    Eva Weber

    The Solitary Life of Cranes takes the viewer on a journey high up in the sky, to look at London's ever-changing landscape through the eyes and words of crane ... [read more]

  • In Search of the Anti Christ


    Jamie Campbell & Joel Wilson

    Filmmaking duo Jamie and Joel attempt to make sense of religion in the US by investigating the Rapture. Little known in the UK, up to one third of the population of the Un... [read more]

  • The Maze


    Donovan Wylie

    BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and Magnum photographer, Donovan Wylie, charts the story of the Maze prison in Northern Ireland, from being a shining example of the architec... [read more]

  • Mass E Bhat


    Richard York & Hannan Majid

    As it continues its own industrial revolution, Bangladesh is, in many ways a perfect example of what we refer to as 'a developing nation'.   Ma... [read more]

  • Fatherland

    2007 Director:

    Taghi Amirani

    Fatherland tells the story of the filmmaker's late father's extraordinary double life pre- and post-Iranian Revolution. The film is set against a huge historical c... [read more]

  • Semangat (Spirit)

    2009 Director:

    Adam Gutch & Chu-Li Shewring

    In the jungles of Borneo, an Iban father on the cusp of old age begins a river journey to seek help for his sick child. Troubled by uncanny visions, which arise out of the... [read more]

  • Guca

    2006 Director:

    Milivoj Ilic

    Guca is the name of a small village in Serbia which for over 40 years has been home to the national trumpet festival. Once a small local affair, it now pulls crowds of ove... [read more]

  • How is Your Fish Today?

    2006 Director:

    Xiaolu Guo

    A young man in southern China has killed his lover. He starts a lonely escape across the whole country towards his land of wonder, a snowy village at the northe... [read more]

  • Bukom: the Fighting Spirit

    2006 Director:

    George Amponsah

    The story of a Ghanaian fishing village, with a proud fighting tradition, which has become a Mecca for finding new boxing talent. The film becomes a &'fish out of water'; ... [read more]

  • Farewell Song

    2006 Director:

    Arthur and Luther Jones

    Since the communist takeover in 1949, China's orchestras have been controlled and funded by the government. But as market economics returned to the Mainland in the 199... [read more]

  • Heavy Water - A Film for Chernobyl

    2006 Director:

    David Bickerstaff & Phil Grabsky

    Based on Mario Petrucci's award-winning book-length Poem for Chernobyl, Heavy Water, this film tells the story of the people who dealt with the world's wo... [read more]

  • Kimmie

    2006 Director:

    Hazel Chandler

    Kimmie follows the journey of Liberian child's rights activist, Kimmie Weeks, 23, as he returns home from exile in the USA for the first time in six years. Ki... [read more]

  • Reunion

    2006 Director:

    Monica Magyarosy

    Filmed over a Memorial Day Weekend in Buffalo, New York, Reunion is a heartfelt, touching and frequently funny portrait of the very first reunion of an extended Jewish fam... [read more]

  • Sargy Mann

    2006 Director:

    Peter Mann

    Sargy Mann is an inspiring story about one artist's battle to overcome adversity in the shape of blindness, and continue his life's work and passion, to paint.... [read more]

  • Sooner or Later

    2006 Director:

    Paul J Cronin

    Using contemporary footage and archived out-takes of Haskell Wexler's 1969 feature Medium Cool, Sooner or Later takes a lyrical look at the life of t... [read more]

  • Specky

    2006 Director:

    Anne-Claire Pilley

    A short documentary musing how short-sighted people could have survived the Stone Age. Through a series of experiments involving her specky relatives, the direc... [read more]

  • Talk to Me

    2006 Director:

    Mark Craig

    In 1985, Mark Craig bought an answer machine. He then kept every message it recorded...for 20 years! Talk To Me is a personal life journey from long-ha... [read more]

  • The Word Was God

    2006 Director:

    Mark Boulos

    Filmmaker and artist Mark Boulos' short film looks at language, religion, and the ecstasy of prayer: the film contrasts the last village in Syria where Aramaic - the l... [read more]

  • Living With the Tudors

    2007 Director:

    Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope

    After 4 years of participation as costumed historical re-enactors, Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope were given unprecedented access with their cameras to the UK's oldest ... [read more]

  • Steal This Film II

    2007 Director:

    Jamie King

    Professor and activist Jamie King has become a figurehead for the opposition in the war against file sharing. Steal This Film II explains how and why the war ha... [read more]

  • Alive Day

    2007 Director:

    Tom Eldridge

    A feature documentary following young US veterans, injured in Iraq, as they take their first steps out of military care. Given a brief discharge from hospital, 12 sev... [read more]

  • Small Town Boy

    2007 Director:

    Moby Longinotto

    This wonderful short follows the courageous and isolated young David Birch as he prepares to ride through his small country village as the first ever, gay male carnival qu... [read more]

  • Tres Pesos

    2007 Director:

    Ruth Cross

    Unfolding in three chapters of rare intimacy and candour, Tres Pesos offers an insight into the everyday lives of young Cuban reggaeton musicians. Living in the... [read more]

  • Life After the Fall

    2008 Director:

    Kasim Abid

    Life... [read more]

  • Drum Room

    2008 Director:

    Miranda Pennell

    The empty spaces of an ambiguous building open up to reveal a group of aspiring musicians as they play together, alone. Filmed within a music school, Drum Room focuses on ... [read more]

  • Every Other Friday

    2008 Director:

    Sam Hunt

    Every other Friday for 25 years, Albert O'Conner (Albie) has run a disco at the Barrow-In-Furness Catholic Church Hall for those in the area with mental or physical di... [read more]

  • King of South Shields

    2008 Director:

    Tina Gharavi

    In 1977, the boxer Muhammad Ali travelled to the North East of England and was married in a mosque in South Shields. This film examines how this event affected the sense o... [read more]

  • Stone Pastures

    2008 Director:

    Donagh Coleman

    Stone Pastures tells the story of a nomadic family living on the Himalayan plateau of Ladakh. In this high altitude cold desert, the nomads' way of life is fa... [read more]

  • Hackney Fandango

    2008 Director:

    Tom Hunter

    Hackney Fandango is a short documentary charting a day in the life of one dancer in east London through the different dance forms practised in the area.  An up... [read more]

  • The Madman and the Cathedral

    2009 Director:

    James Rogan

    In a small town not far from Madrid, a former monk has spent the last forty years single-handedly building a cathedral. With no planning permission and using mostly recycl... [read more]

  • Shelter in Place

    2009 Director:

    Zed Nelson (director) & Hannah Patterson (producer)

    A compelling portrait of a community living on the fenceline of big industry, touching on issues of civil rights, environmental pollution and their battle against corporat... [read more]

  • H2NY

    2009 Director:

    Michael Landy

    This twenty seven minute documentary by artist Michael Landy charts his fascination with Jean Tinguely's 1960 art work Homage to New York, the most famous of Tinguey&#... [read more]

  • Journey to the Moon

    2009 Director:

    Kutlug Ataman

    Journey to the Moon explores an urban myth that in 1957, a group of villagers from Turkey's remote Black Sea coast were conned by a local politician into believing he ... [read more]

  • Backstory

    2009 Director:

    Mark Lewis

    A short documentary exploring the fabulous history and unique technique of cinematic rear projection, the method by which the 'real' was introduced into studio fil... [read more]

  • The Joneses

    2009 Director:

    Moby Longinotto

    Platinum blonde Jheri Jones lives on a remote trailer park in Pearl, Mississippi - the poorest of US States, home to the Ku Klux Klan and heart of the Bible Belt. Two of h... [read more]