True Stories season - Picturehouse Spotlight

True Stories season

From June to September we bring you an array of inspiring and compelling documentaries.

Pioneers from all backgrounds, challenging society’s cultural and political structures, defining artistry and making history, are at the centre of this True Stories season.

These films will be playing across all Picturehouse Cinemas. Keep an eye out for more True Stories films coming on sale soon!

Check out the listing below:


Diego Maradona- From Sun 9 June

On 5 July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a world-record fee, and for seven years all hell broke loose. It was a perfect match: the world’s most celebrated footballer, blessed on the field but cursed off it, and the most dysfunctional city in Europe.

The charismatic Argentine quickly led the club to their first-ever title. In the sprawling chaos of Naples, where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself. But there was a price: Diego could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the pitch, but when the magic faded he became almost a prisoner of the city.

Made by the award-winning team behind Senna and Amy, using over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive, this is the wild and unforgettable story of God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and ultimately redemption.

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Freedom Field + Recorded Q&A with director Naziha Arebi- Wed 12 June

Filmed over five years, FREEDOM FIELDS follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. Through the eyes of these accidental activists, we see the reality of a country in transition, where aspirations and personal stories of love collide with history. An intimate film about hope, struggle and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury, and a love letter to sisterhood.

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On Her Shoulders- Tue 18 June

Mobbed by iPhone cameras and pushy reporters, 23-year-old Nadia Murad leads a harrowing but vital crusade: to find the most influential platforms in the world and speak out on behalf of the embattled Yazidi community who face mass extermination by ISIS militants. Having narrowly escaped with her own life, Nadia must now relentlessly recount on radio shows, at rallies, and even on the floor of the United Nation”s general assembly her ordeal as a Yazidi sex slave and witness to her family”s brutal killings. Though excruciating, she forces herself to revisit these realities again and again. For without her testimony, the genocide happening right in front of the world”s eyes might go completely unnoticed.

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Five Seasons- Wed 19 June

As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts centre in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet.

Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons will reveal all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.

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Apollo 11- Wed 26 June

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 70mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

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