Film review: ‘KING OTTO’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

The rousing and often funny documentary King Otto recounts Greece’s against-all-odds win in the 2004 European Football (ie soccer) Championships and the battle for acceptance by the team’s German coach, Otto Rehhagel.  The film’s title refers to 19th century monarch, King Otto of Greece who was himself a Bavarian import. Rehhagel was a famously rugged and aggressive player and a

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Film review: ‘ZAPPA’, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Frank Zappa, musician, composer, band leader, producer, visual artist, the list goes on, was a perplexing and brilliant figure and perhaps appropriately but still frustratingly, the lengthy and detailed documentary, simply titled Zappa, doesn’t allow us to gain a complete handle on that brilliance.  The film comes from director Alex Winter, yes Bill from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure who,

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What’s on ‘Built For Speed’, Friday 22nd January 2021

This week on ‘Built For Speed’ we speak to Sally Ingleton, the director of the new Australian documentary about environmental activism, ‘Wild Things’.  We’ll also take a look at the much talked-about new drama ‘Promising Young Woman’ and family film ‘Elfkins: Baking a Difference’.  There’ll also be plenty of fine music with the latest in indie rock and classic rock

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Film review: ‘CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MCGOWAN’, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Cinema-goers would be be pretty optimistic if they expected a documentary about the brilliant but chaotic musician and Pogues frontman, Shane McGowan to be a smooth and straightforward ride, particularly as the director is frequent Sex Pistols documenter, Julien Temple.  A swirling storm of words and images stitched together from interview fragments, concert film, stock footage and even animated fantasy

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