July 31, 2021

Romford Film Festival 2020 Nominees *** Best Documentary ***

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As you will know if you have been checking out our Website, Social Medias or Podcast, 365Flicks has teamed up with Romford Film Festival in 2020 and while it has been super unpredicable because of world events we have really enjoyed the process. There are some really strong entrys to the Festival and debating the Nominees for each category has been tricky to say the least. However since we have started to announce each category on Facebook as of Monday (11/05/2020) I thought I would also bring you the list of Nominees.

Now obviously with todays current global events things have been thrown up in the air with the festival but I still wanted to bring you guys the news as it unfolds for when the event does go ahead. I can say that there is a severely impressive line-up this year including some fairly stand out short movies and some cracking features. In amongst all these we had the hard task of picking a Best Documentary and we had so much trouble dropping this category to 8 that we went against Romford tradition and went with 10 nominees (Spoiler Alert, not for the last time either).



High Flying Jade..

Director – Katherine Sweetman

Cast – Jade White

Walking the line between mindfulness and adrenaline rush, an American, bipolar, aerialist tries to reconcile her suicidal inclinations, her past life as an air traffic controller and the pressures of training for opening night at the Vietnamese circus.



Director – Claudio Von Planta

Cast – Marc Hauser

CHASING THE JET STREAM follows the pioneering adventure of Marc Hauser, a Swiss entrepreneur and motivational speaker who wants to become the first skydiver in the world jumping into a hurricane force jet stream at 8,000 to 10,000 meters altitude. With this record, Marc wants to bring attention to the nascent technology of airborne wind energy systems, which can harness high-altitude wind power. This new technology has the potential to defuse the global energy crisis.




Ospreay: The Rise of an International Pro Wrestler

Director – Jack Williams   

Writer – Jack Williams, Ryan Carse

A crowd-funded feature length documentary on British professional wrestler Will Ospreay, from his humble beginnings to the precipice of global stardom. Covering a span of 4 years, this true underdog story follows Ospreay’s rise as a struggling child barely given a chance, to being the face of the UK wrestling scene and becoming an international star

Check out the 365Review of Ospreay HERE



Reclaiming The Negative..

Score/Director/Writer/Cinematographer – Mike Beech

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, roughly 31,000 North Koreans have defected from their home country to South Korea. In 2018, photographer Tim Franco began shooting a series of large format portraits using an unusual technique for a book detailing some of their experiences.






ruth weiss, the beat goddess..

Director – Melody C. Miller

Cast – ruth weiss

In a life that has spanned 91 creative years, ruth weiss is one of the last living significant poets of the Beat Generation. Born to a Jewish family during the rise of Nazism, as a 10-year-old refugee, she escaped to the United States. ruth became a Jazz troubadour exemplifying the zeitgeist of Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco. In the 1940s, she opened up and organized the first poetry readings in cafes and bars in North Beach, giving a platform to many poets.





The Butcher Baronet..

Director – Paul Stainthorpe

Cast – Paul Stainthorpe, Richard Laverick, Steven Landles

One public house leads three friends to uncover another local legend. Durham’s Dick Whittington. They discover the amazing story of Sir John Duck.





The Last Day on Duty..

Director – Jon Cortegoso Otaduy

Cast – Javier Herran

“La última Guardia” covers the last stretch of the career of Javier Herrán, a firefighter stationed in Urioste (Bizkaia). As he approaches retirement, you will get an insight into the workings of a well-oiled group and, particularly, the life of one of the brigade’s most eccentric firefighters with rank of corporal, who does not want to face up to retirement. The film focusing on his journey along with Javier Galbarriartu opens a window onto the work of a profession whose members risk their lives for other citizens. This documentary that discusses life and ageing reveals the feelings of the main character who still seems young, both physically and at heart, and who loves a job that he does not want to give up.


The Patagonia Triple Crown..

Director – Nomade Media

Cast – Evan Garcia

A group of kayakers find themselves in the difficult mission of running the three less explored and most dangerous rivers of the south of the world. The Pascua River, Bravo and Baker. They will overcome the difficult tests that the patagonia will put on them, in addition they will learn about of the complicated environmental situation that Chile is suffering in its fight for fresh water.

Everybody Flies..

Director – Tristan Loraine, Beth Moran

Cast – Tristan Loraine

‘Everybody Flies’ is Fact Not Fiction Films’ latest feature documentary following former Airline Captain, Tristan Loraine, who uncovers the facts about the air we breathe on commercial aircraft.







Cast – Hugo Speer

At a time of crisis for refugees, a group of volunteers drive a convoy of trucks carrying vital aid from England, across Europe, to Serbia. But will they make it past stringent custom controls? Can they do it in the 5 days allotted? GIFT OF HOPE charts a difficult, emotional journey where the volunteers witness some terrible human suffering, and have to fight to get aid to the people that need it.


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