EIFF 2015: the best documentaries

EIFF 2015: the best documentaries

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Five must-see documentaries at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream (dir. Grant McPhee)
The late 70s / early 80s was a period of upheaval in social, cultural, economic and any other terms you care to mention. Big Gold Dream tackles this golden period of the Scottish post-punk / indie music scene. Among those offering their reflections are Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice) and Bobby Bluebell (the Bluebells, unsurprisingly).
Filmhouse, Fri 19 Jun, 8pm; Belmont, Tue 23 Jun, 8.25pm; Odeon, Sat 27 Jun, 6.10pm.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (dir. Douglas Tirola)
National Lampoon fans will need no convincing, while anyone familiar with the 80s comedic work of John Belushi, Bill Murray, John Landis, Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner will be fascinated by this film charting its rise from satirical magazine to comedy institution.
Cineworld, Sat 20 Jun, 8.40pm; Sun 21 Jun, 1.15pm.

Misery Loves Comedy (dir. Kevin Pollak)
Do you need to be unhappy to be good at comedy? Actor and comic Kevin Pollak steps behind the camera to interview some of the biggest names in the business (Larry David, Lisa Kudrow and Steve Coogan for three), investigating how to make it in the laugh industry and why on earth they do it.
Cineworld, Thu 25 Jun, 8.40pm; Sat 27 Jun, 3.50pm.

Precinct Seven Five (dir. Tiller Russell)
Corrupt NYPD cops, brutal gangs and Dominican drug barons: it might sound like the latest Scorsese flick, but this is the riveting real-life tale of Brooklyn’s 75th precinct in the 1980s. Gripping stuff.
Filmhouse, Sun 21 Jun, 8.15pm; Cineworld, Mon 22 Jun, 8.35pm.

That Sugar Film (dir. Damon Gameau)
Australian actor Damon Gameau (Balibo) launches his debut film which tackles sugar in the way Morgan Spurlock took on McDonald’s in Super Size Me. Designed as an entertaining exploration of a serious health issue, it features talking heads such as Hugh Jackman and Stephen Fry.
Cineworld, Sun 21 Jun, 6.05pm; Tue 23 Jun, 8.30pm.

Big Gold Dream Trailer

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.