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The battle for control and access to public land is one that has been raging around the world for decades. In the United States wild horses are allowed to run free on public land, but there’s a problem. These mustangs require grazing all year round, and that’s where the issues begin. The population is managed …

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People are often brought together by a shared passion. In the case of Roger, Donald, Nick and Wal that love was for astronomy and looking at the stars. As post-doctoral researchers the group met at Caltech fifty years ago. It began a friendship that would last the rest of their lives and start their individual …

Mexican cinema was pretty quiet on the world stage for over a decade but recently there’s been some green shoots of recovery. Whilst not reaching the heights of Y Tu Mamá También and Amores perros the likes of Biutiful, Heli and Light After Darkness have all made an impact on the festival circuit. However, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ …

There’s nothing quite like real craftsmanship. Even with all the technological advances we’ve seen since the industrial revolution some things remain the same. In order to create a sculpture in bronze, it is necessary to take the same steps taken in the fifth century BC for the Riace bronzes. The process behind creating these sculptures …

Gaspar Noé has been working hard to build up a reputation as the enfant terrible of modern film-making. In his previous outings, I Stand Alone, Irreversible and Enter the Void, he set about assaulting the viewer; using the camera as a weapon of violence to beat the audience to a bloody pulp. In his new …

The cork pops and the water of life generously fills many large tumblers played by an enthusiastic professional orchestra. This short whiskey commercial is a fascinating display of musical and cinematic skill long enough to unforgettably entertain the audience and infuse it with energy bursting from the commercial’s London-based director Jorn Threlfall. Threlfall’s enthusiasm is equally …

If you ask most people in this country to name a famous Czech writer it’s odds on that the response will be either Franz Kafka or Milan Kundera. However, if you were to ask the same question in Prague or Brno you’re likely to receive a different reply. There’s a good chance the response you’ll …

Writing this on Remembrance Sunday, there’s no better time to meditate on the human cost and victims of modern warfare. There have been many documentaries and films written about the futility of war, but in the modern arenas of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan (to name but a few) the emphasis is normally about the involvement …

Most sport seems to be rife with corruption and cricket is no exception. In the superb Death of a Gentleman, Johhny Black, Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber exposed the hold a few rich men have over the game. Young Maassai Warriors take cricket to their hearts in Barney Douglas’s documentary Warriors, using it as a …

With the development and widespread access to new technologies the price of making a film has rapidly dipped. No longer do you need reels of film, a huge crew and a long post-production process. Under house arrest and banned from making films, Jafar Panahi got creative and used an iPhone to make This is Not …