As Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, Disco invites audiences to indulge themselves in the wild spirit of the 70’s from this Friday, we thought we’d use the occasion to look at some of the best documentaries made about artists and movements from this colourful decade.
Inside Deep Throat
“I find pornography boring on the screen. The only thing that perpetuates it is censorship”
The documentary by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato examines one of the most controversial film releases in the U.S.: little did the filmmakers know that Deep Throat, a pornographic film made on a shoestring budget, would become one of highest grossing independent films. Inside Deep Throat shines light on the making, the unexpected success and its inevitable influence on society and cinema.
“Studio 54 made Halloween in Hollywood look like a PTA meeting”
Little is known about what happened behind the scenes of infamous Studio 54 that was once considered to be the greatest nightclub in the world. Now, 39 years later, the founders break the ice about the celebrity hub known for its extravagant interior design, strict entry policies and wild rumours that are still as intriguing as they were back in the 70s. Studio 54 is out in UK cinemas & on demand 15 June.
David Bowie: 5 Years
“Icon. Artist. Provocateur”
The intimate portrait focuses the early stages of the legendary singer’s life opening the doors to a world of self discovery and reinvention. A collection of unseen archival footage and interviews with close friends sculpts his journey during the 5 most significant years of his career in which Bowie not only redefined his style, persona and music but also the mind set of a whole generation.
Searching for Sugar Man
“The Rock icon who didn’t know it”
The story of an unsuccessful musician in the U.S. unaware of the fame he had risen to on the other side of the world where he is believed to be dead sounds more like a Hollywood blockbuster than a real story – director Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar winning documentary untangles the mystery of a man who unknowingly shaped the anti apartheid movement in South Africa through his music.