Dogwoof are thrilled to announce that Mistaken For Strangers is the 2014 recipient of the "Best Documentary" award at the East End Film Festival. This award is designed to recognise "the most unique, human and arresting real-life stories presented at the festival."
Sitting in on this year's jury were Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (British artists and filmmakers), Emad Burnat (Palestinian director of Academy Award nominated “5 Broken Cameras”), Tristan Anderson (BAFTA winning documentary filmmaker), and Shanida Scotland (member of BBC’s Storyville).
Mistaken for Strangers tells the story of rock band The National's 2010 European tour, as seen through the eyes of lead singer Matt Berninger's younger brother Tom. Matt invites Tom to join them as a roadie, but Tom has other ideas and his camera comes along for the ride. As he tries to capture the behind-the-scenes action, he winds up the band by poking the camera where it’s not wanted, learns that they aren’t as rock-and-roll as he wants them to be and generally fails in his tour duties. Tom’s camera captures his journey as he finds himself living in Matt’s shadow and acting out in a way only a little brother can - drinking, complaining, and struggling to balance his ambition with his responsibilities. An amazingly intimate and spirited film, Mistaken For Strangers delves into the joys and struggles of brotherhood.
Catch a screening of Mistaken For Strangers at a cinema near you.