Posted in: Biographies, Music
Spice Girls: Giving You Everything
Spice Girls were the first major British pop music phenomenon of the mid-'90s to not have a debt to independent pop/rock. Instead, the all-female quintet derived from the dance-pop tradition that made Take That the most popular British group of the early '90s, but there was one crucial difference. Spice Girls used dance-pop as a musical base, but they infused the music with a fiercely independent, feminist stance that was equal parts Madonna, post-riot girl alternative rock feminism, and a co-opting of the...
Contra A Copa: The Other Side of Brazil’s World Cup
In 2007 Fifa choose Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup, it seemed like a brilliant idea hosting the World Cup in the most football fanatic country on the planet. Little did they know that it would become the focus of some of the largest protests Brazil has seen in decades. The mass civil uprising began in June 2013 and it surprised even some of the most jaded Brazilians. The World Cup itself is currently being classed as the most expensive ever, with the Brazilian government spending an estimated $14 billion...
Posted in: Society
After Porn Ends
After Porn Ends is a documentary that not only examines the lives and careers of some of the biggest names in the history of the adult entertainment industry but what happens to them after they leave the business and try and live the "normal" lives that millions of other Americans enjoy. They hailed from the rural South, steel towns, and the San Fernando Valley. As teenagers and young adults, none of them thought that porn was in their future. They were artists, baseball players, child prodigies, and even Ivy...
Posted in: Crime, Health
Behind Closed Doors: Elderly Care Exposed
BBC's Panorama takes it upon themselves to investigate the state of some of Britain's care homes for the elderly. Through the use of secret filming this documentary reveals some truly disturbing cases of neglect. We are shown what its like for some elderly folk living in such care homes and how the workers, the very people trusted with ensuring the well being of family members mistreat their...
Amazon’s Retail Revolution
British people now do more of their shopping online than any other nation and in 2013, tens of millions of British customers used Amazon to buy 4.5 billion pounds' worth of goods. The story of the growing use of Amazon is the story of the internet age. Time and again, founder Jeff Bezos has moved the goalposts for many industries. Publishers, retailers and even the French minister of culture criticise Amazon's practices and bemoan its sheer size, but Amazon defends its record for providing customers with choice...
Posted in: Mystery
Where is Flight MH370?
This is the inside story of a disaster that seems unimaginable in our time. How can an airliner full of people vanish without a trace? 26 nations joined the hunt for Malaysian airlines flight MH370. When MH370 disappeared the families of those on board were plunged into a nightmare and the world needed answers. This film is a forensic examination of events, it follows the scientists and engineers who unearth a trail of clues where there were none, piecing together what might have...
Posted in: Psychology
The Trouble With Evan
This Fifth Estate documentary was filmed in 1994 and is about a troubled 11 year old called Evan and his family. His parents agreed to have video cameras installed in their home for a 3 month period which resulted in recording Evan’s emotional...
Posted in: Health
Children of Darkness
Children of Darkness is an Oscar nominated 1983 documentary film produced and written by Richard Kotuk and Ara Chekmayan. It explored the topic of juvenile psychiatry - an acute lack of mental health care in America for seriously emotionally disturbed youth. Many children in these institutions were simply warehoused and the common basic form of therapy was drugs, which didn't really help the kids but merely controlled them. The film not only uncovered the mistreatments in mental institutions but it also...
Posted in: Crime
Harold Jones: The Welsh Child Killer
15 year old Harold Jones was a child murder who in 1921 was tried and acquitted for the murder of an 8 year old girl. After his acquittal he killed an 11 year old girl. He pled guilty to both and went to prison. He was released in 1941 at age 35. Jones was a sadist. His gratification came from causing...