Joining a raft of outstanding 2019 documentaries (Maiden, Knock Down the House, Fyre), The Kingmaker begins as a fitfully amusing exploration of a political ghost, before blossoming out into something all together bleaker, darker and more relevant. For those not completely crushed by this week's political developments, it is an engaging, perfectly pitched piece, and further evidence that director Lauren Greenfield is one of the leading voices in documentary filmmaking.
Imelda Marcos will be familiar to some and a complete unknown to others. When we first meet her she is a strange creature, bedecked in out-of-place vintage attire and travelling around the
Imelda goes from being an endearing, rather captivating figure to almost becoming the villain of the piece, as we see her family manipulate and lead a campaign of disinformation to cleanse their image. At one point the documentary's figurehead utters the words "perception is real and the truth is not’, and you’ll struggle to not react with horror at how central such an idea feels to our contemporary political discourse. Shot and edited over five years, the breadth and depth of
As a director