The best of Hot Docs

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Rather than viewing films from in front of the screen, I spent last month mostly behind the camera. … Read more

DOXA occupy world brain

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • This year’s DOXA Festival (doxafestival.ca), our version of Hot Docs, bristles with ideas and provocations over its 10 … Read more

Time to revolt

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Rob Stewart is the underwater filmmaker who, with Sharkwater, showed everyone it’s safe to go back in the … Read more

The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • “When you retire, you become a bit of a leftist,” says one of the interviewees in Dror Moreh’s … Read more

West of Memphis

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • When the hog-tied, naked bodies of three eight-year-old boy scouts were discovered at the bottom of a ditch … Read more

Climate change on-screen

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Recently, I’ve been filming University of Victoria climate scientist Dr. Andrew Weaver, who is campaigning as the BC … Read more

Silver Linings Playbook

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • There’s a point early on in off-beat romcom Silver Linings Playbook where the protagonist, Pat, who has been … Read more

A scene from the movie Midnight Children

Post VIFF, more festivals

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead   • There’s a school of thought that says authors should never be allowed to adapt their own books … Read more