Woody Allen: A Documentary (15)
23 June - 28 June 2012
Given unrestricted access to Woody Allen and his key collaborators, this intimate documentary captures the breadth of Allenís career while allowing us a chance to explore the creative process that has made him such a prolific and talented filmmaker.
A wealth of amazing archive material unearths Allenís early years as a comedian and chat-show regular (wait till you see him with the boxing kangaroo!) before a traumatic initial brush with the Hollywood machine on Whatís New, Pussycat? triggers his determination to retain creative control of his subsequent output. With clips spanning the breadth of Woodyís career, director Robert B. Weide outlines the seismic shift between the early outright comedies and the more mature phase beginning with the Oscar-winning Annie Hall, which saw Allen striking an often precarious balance between laughter and seriousness. Although respectful of Allenís privacy, the film still gives us a peek into his writerly habits, while a key interview presents an eternally self-deprecating talent. The result is as warm, witty and entertaining as Allenís best movies.