Articles by Matthew Hays

  • Viva Politica!

    Viva Politica!

    Montreal’s documentary film project Cinema Politica celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall. Founders Svetla Turnin and Ezra Winton look back at their success and discuss the future of an organisation that has gone viral, with over 90 chapters.

    Profiles By Matthew Hays • Published September 18th, 2013

  • Book Review: Goin’ Down The Road

    Book Review: Goin’ Down The Road

    Geoff Pevere’s new book re-examines Donald Shebib’s Canuck Classic Goin’ Down the Road

    Reviews By Matthew Hays • Published April 19th, 2013

  • Hunting for The Fruit Hunters

    Hunting for The Fruit Hunters

    Yung Chang’s new film explores fruit and those who are obsessed by it. Hays observes a doc auteur branching out into new styles and genres.

    Profiles By Matthew Hays • Published October 2nd, 2012

  • Art Attack

    Art Attack

    Is funding for art docs under attack? Hays surveys the Canadian scene and comes up with unusual answers.

    Features By Matthew Hays • Published February 1st, 2012

  • Documemories

    Documemories

    An anthology celebrates the NFB’s Challenge for Change documentaries.

    Reviews By Matthew Hays • Published April 1st, 2011

  • Porn Again

    Porn Again

    Mia Donovan’s Inside Lara Roxx is a powerful profile of a Montreal woman whose life was tragically transformed when she contracted HIV while performing sex for a hard-core movie. Hays profiles first-time feature director Donovan and her relationship with Roxx.

    Profiles By Matthew Hays • Published April 1st, 2011

  • The Uphill Battle for Real Filmmakers

    The Uphill Battle for Real Filmmakers

    Bunbury FIlms founder Frederic Bohbot on the documentaries that inspire him, and the government policies that don’t.

    Profiles By Matthew Hays • Published February 1st, 2011

  • Doc Classics: No Sad Songs

    Doc Classics: No Sad Songs

    A look back at Canada’s first documentary on AIDS.

    Reviews By Matthew Hays • Published November 1st, 2010

  • The Côté Code

    The Côté Code

    Controversial Quebecois Indie Côté embraces the documentary aesthetic while making quirky narratives.

    Profiles By Matthew Hays • Published September 1st, 2010

  • Going Native

    Going Native

    Reel Injun is a documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people in film, from the silent era to today. Matthew Hays looks at Neil Diamond’s film, which traces how the image of First Nations people in cinema has influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history.

    Profiles By Matthew Hays • Published September 1st, 2009

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