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Doc Heads Presents “The Street” At London Union Chapel

Doc Heads presents a special event – Zed Nelson’s “The Street” at the London Union Chapel on 19th February

Focusing on one East London street and its inhabitants over a four-year period – a film about love and loss, a community unravelled by gentrification, and the nation’s slide into Brexit.
As the glinting steel and mirror-glass skyscrapers of London’s financial hub edge ever closer, the area surrounding Hoxton Street has been transformed by luxury developments and sky-high property prices. This traditional East London street, less than a mile from the City of London, has become the last bastion of the areas disadvantaged – a concentration of the aged, poor and dispossessed.

Set against rapid gentrification, the fallout from Grenfell and the eruption of Brexit, Zed Nelson’s feature-length debut is a comic, tragic and deeply moving portrait of not just a street, but a nation on the cusp of enormous change.

Afterwards director Zed Nelson will be in conversation with Docheads’ Katharine Round.

★★★★ “Quietly enraging. An unmissable portrait”
The Guardian

★★★★ “Accomplished. Surprising tenderness and humour”
The Times

★★★★ “A purposeful, poignant pictures of loss. Watchful, patient documentary”
Total Film

★★★★ “An intimate and original exploration of an oft neglected topic. Captivating.” Little White Lies

Doors open at 7pm on 19th February 2020.




Discounted Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020 Passes for Members

Don’t miss out on Sheffield Doc/Fest, a world leading film festival and marketplace celebrating, sharing and debating the stories of our time. The Festival will take place 4-9 June 2020.

Doc Heads members have access to a limited number of special passes at a discounted rate of £219+VAT on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Festival Pass is the only way to access the Film Programme, Alternate Realities Programme, Talks & Sessions, Marketplace, Doc/Player and all social events and parties at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020.

For details of how to buy your discounted pass, please log in to this site or email



Discounted Sheffield Doc/Fest tickets for Docheads members

Don’t miss out on Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction visual storytelling. In 2019, the Festival will take place 6-11 June 2019. 

Doc Heads members have access to a limited number of special passes at a discounted rate of £219+VAT on a first-come, first-served basis. Please login to see more about how to claim your pass.



Members offer – 10% off CinemaJam/NFTS courses this Spring

Fancy a Spring course from CinemaJam/NFTS?

Cinema Jam and Short Courses@NFTS are teaming up with us at Docheads to offer five lucky members 10% off their upcoming weekend masterclasses with some big industry names , including Editor Mick Audsley (12 Monkeys), Producers Gareth Wiley (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Mark Foligno (The King’s Speech), and Cinematographer Tony Pierce (The Remains of the Day).

These intensive, practical weekend courses bring together a small group of professionals in central London.

Get more info and claim your discount code by logging in to your membership and following this link

This offer is valid for 5 codes only, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Secrets of Sound Design

10th-11th March, 2018 . Tileyard Studios
Edit Like A Legend 
7th-8th April, 2018. Central London
How To Be A Successful Producer
with Mark Foligno (KING’S SPEECH) and Gareth Wiley (VICKY, CRISTINA, BARCELONA)

21st-22nd April, 2018 . Central London
Cinematography Short Course

12th-13th May, 2018 . Central London
For any queries about accessing the discount code, please contact



New events at Union Chapel in July – including Q&A screening of Five Broken Cameras

New dates added for our second season of Docheads – we’ll be screening on 14th June at Ritzy Brixton, 21st at Hackney Picturehouse, 29th at Crouch End Picturehouse with a final date on 18th July at the Union Chapel in Islington.

We’re also thrilled to be hosting a special Q&A screening of Oscar-nominated Five Broken Cameras with co-director Emad Burnat in attendance.

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, the film is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son Gibreel, the footage spans five years in his village, Bil’in, as a separation barrier is built and the villagers start to resist the decision. Burnat watches and films the struggle, led by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and himself are either shot or arrested. One camera after another is shot at or smashed. Each of the 5 cameras tells part of his story.

This special screening is followed by a Q&A with Emad Burnat and Dr Shohini Chaudhuri, lecturer at Essex University and author of a number of books on world cinema and the ethics of film spectatorship

Presented by DocHeads in partnership with Union Chapel Church and the department of philosophy and art history at the university of Essex.



Docheads second cinema season at Picturehouse cinemas

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be launching the second season of our critically-acclaimed programme of short documentaries at Picturehouse Cinemas across June! We love Picturehouse, so we’re thrilled to be working with them.

The season, called “The Past in the Present”, is a collection of films that explore how our lives are shaped by the events that precede them – through secrets, mysteries, memories and myths. Our aim is to be innovative, boundary-pushing and cinematic: delivering an immersive experience designed for the big screen.

We’ll be showcasing work from some of the most exciting documentary filmmakers working today. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, Victoria Mapplebeck’s 160 Characters brings to life the secrets buried in a vintage mobile. Fish Story by Charlie Lyne (Beyond Clueless, Fear Itself) searches for the truth behind a fishy tale. Florence Kennard’s Norma’s Colours is a dream-like exploration of memory told through Norma’s extraordinary belongings.  In Calling Home, Jade Jackman uses phone recordings from the women the government doesn’t want you to hear, memories of detention from residents of  the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire. Off the Grid by Meghna Gupta, takes us to Sandwip, a Bangladeshi island without electricity that straddles past and present.

We’ll be screening at the following cinemas:
7th June – Picturehouse Central
15th June – Brixton Ritzy
21st June – Hackney Picturehouse
29th June – Picturehouse Crouch End.

Each screening will feature a Q&A with one of our filmmakers, so come along and join in the discussion.



Peter Broderick at Somerset House – members offer

With the rise of streaming, Netflix and the democratisation of HD cameras over the last ten years the world of documentaries has transformed. Scores of films are being made and new methods are being devised to bring them to audiences.

One man at the centre of this transformation is Peter Broderick, a distribution expert who has guided hundreds of film makers on how to get their films to as many people as possible. This one-off Unorthodocs special at Somerset House on 10th April is a rare opportunity to hear from Peter directly when he will he give a master class on the new world of documentary distribution. If you have made a documentary, want to make one or are just interested in how the creative economy works, join us for a fascinating and informative evening exploring the current landscape of an evolving industry.

DocHeads has two free tickets to offer to our members!

If you are a DocHeads member and would like to enter the competition, please tweet the following:  Join distribution guru Peter Broderick for a masterclass in documentary distribution @docheads

The winner will be announced on Friday 7th April.



Success for our new cinema screenings

Thank you to all of you who came along to make our very first *cinema* DocHeads a cracking success!

What a fabulous night it was! A sold-out, packed-out cinema always makes us very happy so we were thrilled to have a full house for our launch, which features some of the most exciting documentary filmmakers of the moment, including “Notes on Blindness” directors Pete Middleton & James Spinney who joined us for the Q&A.

And luckily you agreed. Feedback from the night was overwhelmingly positive, calling the night “insightful”,”inspiring”, “stellar”,a “fantastic opportunity to see new and innovative documentaries in the mainstream”, and our personal favourite – “more please!”.

More? Well why not! We’re screening this programme across some of our favourite cinemas & venues over the coming month – our next screening is at the absolutely brilliant Lexi Cinema this Thursday 23rd and we’d love you to join us. 

Every successful screening helps us show how short documentaries belong on the big screen, helping us to create more opportunities for filmmakers and audiences alike.

Book your tickets here & don’t forget to invite your friends too:

You can see the full list of venues at screenings here



Would you like a cinema release for your short doc?

DocHeads has teamed up with Film London to launch an exciting new programme of short docs playing exclusively across some of London’s best cinemas – including Bertha DocHouse, the Lexi and many more.


The run will launch mid-March and we are taking submissions now – so check the conditions below and submit today. Deadline for submissions is 10th February, so don’t delay!


Conditions and How to Submit:

Send a password-protected link of your film to with “Docheads Cinema Submission” in the subject line. Please include a brief (100 word max.) description about your film and a brief bio of the filmmaker (again, 100 words).


  1. Films must be premieres – that means they haven’t launched at a film festival and are not online.
  2. We consider films from 3 – 15 minutes long. They must be a documentary. We are not programming short fiction films.
  3. You must hold the rights for your film to be screened
  4. We are programming already made films only. Please don’t contact us with your ideas.
  5. Deadline for submissions is midnight, 10th
  6. Doc Heads will choose 5 films to launch the cinema programme and selected filmmakers will be contacted directly.
  7. If selected, filmmakers must be available to attend screenings for Q&As
  8. The first programme will be announced on 23rd February



Discounted Sheffield Doc/Fest tickets for DocHeads members

Don’t miss out on Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017, a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction visual storytelling. In 2017, the Festival will take place 9-14 June 2017.

Doc Heads members have access to a limited number of special passes at a discounted rate of £209+VAT on a first-come, first-served basis. Please login to see more about how to claim your pass.