Hong Kong documentary film festival Life is Art casts a wide net over culture and lifestyle

Event curated by Movie Movie presents 12 films, including Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse biopic, Amy, a portrait of photographer Sebastião Salgado, and Hongkonger Edward Lam's 'What is Man?'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 August, 2015, 5:14am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 August, 2015, 5:14am

Enthusiasts of the documentary film format will rejoice in the launch of Life is Art, a tightly curated programme of international titles organised by Movie Movie, the on-demand film channel presented by Broadway Cinematheque.

A programme of 12 documentaries that cover a range of lifestyle and culture topics will be shown at four cinemas (Broadway Cinematheque, AMC Pacific Place, Palace IFC and Broadway The One).

The festival opener, Amy, is the latest feature by Senna director Asif Kapadia and one of 2015’s best reviewed documentaries since its premiere at Cannes Film Festival in May. It charts the tragic life of singer Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27.

Another music documentary is set to close the festival. Roger Waters The Wall is a concert film co-directed by Pink Floyd co-founder and ex-member Waters, and Sean Evans, creative director of the titular live tour. It features footage from both the concert and Waters’ road trip across Europe.

The creative forms of painting, photography and fashion are represented by three personal portraits: German art dealer and forger  Wolfgang Beltracchi in Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery; Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in The Salt of the Earth; and American style icon Iris Apfel in Iris.

While the traditions of food and architecture are respectively surveyed in Steak (R)evolution and the 3D Cathedrals of Culture, the disciplines of dance and design are considered with portraits of their young participants in Ballet Boys and the Hong Kong-made Designers Inbetween.

As an extension of his recent ELDT On Screen series, Hong Kong theatre director Edward Lam is contributing What is Man?, his stage adaptation of The Water Margin, to the theatre part of the Life is Art programme.

The festival runs from August 28 to September 30. A concurrent programme of feature films covering the same subject areas is also available on Movie Movie for  subscribers.

 Go to moviemovie.com.hk/lifeisart for programme details.