Sydenham Film Club presents Stories We Tell 7.30pm on Thursday March 27 at the Golden Lion 116 Sydenham Road SE26 5JX
Putting documentary to the test, Sarah Polley’s playful investigation of her family history is a challenging joy.
£5 on the door; Free to members http://www.sydenhamfilmclub.org/membership/
On the surface this profoundly personal and award-winning documentary from actor/director Sarah Polley explores her search for her biological father. But it quickly reveals itself to be a powerful investigation of the nature of identity, truth and perception.
Exploring this and other family secrets through a series of interviews, Oscar-nominated Polley interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.
Stories We Tell was shortlisted for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary and won countless awards. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch one of the most creative documentaries of recent years
★★★★★ ‘[A] tender, painful, intimate film’ Peter Bradshaw THE GUARDIAN
★★★★★ ‘Her movies ache with ethical quandary; Stories We Tell aches the most.’ Joshua Rothkopf TIME OUT
★★★★ ‘Heart- tweaking, brain-teasing and hugely enjoyable, Polley’s tangled memoir confirms her as an unflinching anatomist of secrets and lies.’ Kevin Harley TOTAL FILM
★★★★ ‘Sarah Polley’s remarkable Stories We Tell transcends every cliche in this confessional/investigatory genre, and it’s one of the year’s highlights.’ Michael Phillips CHICAGO TRIBUNE
‘Stories We Tell, uniquely, reveals its process as if we are thinking, sifting and selecting along with the filmmaker.’ Sophie Mayer SIGHT AND SOUND film of the week