Hot Docs 2014: Sex, Britpop and Misfits

By Arthur Yeung

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is a special time of year for B and me. We connected at the festival, three years ago, and formed what would become the mighty Frameline co-hosting team that you now listen to every Thursday. As Hot Docs’ opening night (April 24) draws closer, here are four films that I’m really looking forward to. Perhaps you’ll use the sex, music and misfit themes as starting points for your viewing itinerary. I know you’re freaky like that.

Yes, it’s Britpop’s 20th anniversary. PULP reunite for a hometown gig in Sheffield and the Blur vs. Oasis debate gets (re)heated in No Distance Left to Run (2010).

Love Hotel: a few of the 2.8 million Japanese who flee their tiny living (crawl) spaces and long work hours each day for privacy and intimacy at “love hotels” show us exactly what happens behind the closed doors.

The Condemned: deep in a Russian forest as large as Germany lies a maximum-security prison that 260 murderers call home.

Hot Docs runs April 24 to May 4, 2014. Frameline’s coverage continues this Thursday, April 24.

PULP pic | NME