As the popularity of film/TV streaming services has grown, we’ve seen clear trends emerge of what people look for in their entertainment lives – particularly when it comes to binge viewing.
Amid the enduring success of Hollywood blockbusters and TV sitcoms, the one genre that has arguably been streaming’s biggest winner is one of the oldest – documentary.
Rarely a month goes by now where a new true crime docu-saga doesn’t appear on our devices, and it’s clear that as a society we hunger for those “stranger-than-fiction” stories that you can be totally bewildered by and yet utterly engrossed in. This week at Belmont Filmhouse, The Raft is one of those stories.
With astonishing archive footage and an eye-opening reunion of some of the surviving participants, it’s the true story of a 1973 group experiment conducted by a Mexican anthropologist, who set five men and six women adrift on a raft across the Atlantic for 101 days – aiming to study their behaviour and explore the origins of violence and attraction. Think regular folks doing Love Island, on a raft, in the 70s.
The Raft screens from tomorrow (Friday February 15) until Thursday February 21 at Belmont Filmhouse.
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