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Battsek, John

Works: 49 works in 184 publications in 4 languages and 10,460 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Biographical films  Drama  History  Rules  Film adaptations  Coming-of-age films  Sports films 
Roles: Producer, fmp
Classifications: ML420.R757, 782.4216213
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Battsek
Searching for Sugar Man by Malik Bendjelloul( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, a few fans in the 90s decided to seek out the truth of his fate. What follows is a heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all
The Tillman story( Visual )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev's riveting and enraging documentary
In the shadow of the Moon by David Sington( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of NASA's Apollo program and the lunar landings by American astronauts made between 1968 and 1972. Features rare archival footage and interviews with surviving astronauts
One day in September by Kevin Macdonald( Visual )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the shocking and incredibly true story of the brutal massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by a team of extreme Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Told with actual video shot during the crisis
We live in public by Ondi Timoner( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the complicated effects the web is having on our society as seen through the eyes of artist, futurist, and visionary, Josh Harris. Director Ondi Timoner documented more than a decade of Harris' increasingly tumultuous life and experiments, including one that involved living under 24-hour electronic surveillance, which led to his mental collapse
How I live now by Meg Rosoff( Visual )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund. But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive
The green prince = al-Amīr al-akhḍar by Nadav Schirman( Visual )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based upon the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel's prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him
Happy Valley( Visual )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the 2011 Penn State child molestation scandal, in which Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of several accounts of child sexual abuse and head coach Joe Paterno and university administration were implicated in a coverup. Looks at the effects of the scandal on the Penn State student body, Penn State alumni, and residents of State College, Pennsylvania. Covers Paterno's sudden decline in health and subsequent death in the wake of the scandal, with commentary by Paterno family members
The final year by Greg Barker( Visual )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office
Legion of brothers( Visual )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Afghanistan, immediately post-9/11. Small teams of Green Berets arrive on a series of secret missions to overthrow the Taliban. What happens next is equal parts war origin story and cautionary tale, illuminating the nature and impact of fifteen years of constant combat, with unprecedented access to U.S. Special Forces
A state of mind by Daniel Gordon( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in Korean and English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first documentary filmed in North Korea by Westerners, the film follows two young gymnasts, 13-year-old Pak Hyon Sun and 11-year-old Kim Song Yon, for over eight months as they as they balance school and family life with intense training in preparation for participation in the Mass Games. Made up of three elements--gymnastics, backdrop and music--they are similar to Olympic opening ceremonies, mind-bogglingly elaborate, but on an impressively larger scale. Inside this synchronized athletic display are two giggling girls--proof of the resilience of smaller human freedoms--in the face of paranoia and almost constant mind control
Eric Clapton : life in 12 bars( Visual )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told through his own words, the documentary reflects on his traumatic childhood, his difficult struggle with drugs and alcohol, the loss of his son, and how he always found his inner strength and healing in music. It features extensive interviews with Clapton himself, along with his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and heroes, including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison
Fire in Babylon by Stevan Riley( Visual )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presented is the incredibly captivating story of the glorious domination of the West Indian cricket team who, with a combination of phenomenal skill and fearless spirit, became the longest reigning winning team in sports history
Stones in exile by Rolling Stones( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the spring of 1971, the Rolling Stones reluctantly departed the U.K. to take up residence in France. Keith Richards settled at a villa called Nellcote in Villefranche-sur-Mer and this became the venue for the recording of much of the band's masterpiece, Exile on Main Street. Tells the story in the band's own words and through extensive archive footage of their time away from England and the creation of this extraordinary double album, which many regard as their finest achievement
Happy Valley by Sally Wainwright( Visual )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school's storied football team. His program was lauded for not only its success on the field but also its students' achievements in the classroom. And Paterno took on mythic national stature as 'Saint Joe.' But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Was Sandusky's abuse an 'open secret' in the town? Did Coach Paterno and the Penn State administration value their football program more than the lives of Sandusky's victims? Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky's arrest as key players in the scandal agreed to share their stories, Happy Valley deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale. Director Amir Bar-Lev creates a parable of guilt, redemption, and identity crisis for a small town caught in the glare of the national spotlight."--Sundance Film Festival
We are X( Visual )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted but truly unstoppable virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world's most devoted fans
The serpent's kiss( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artist Meneer Chrome has come to a secluded country estate to create a masterpiece. Hired by wealthy patron Thomas Smithers, he plans to create an extravagent garden carved out of the wilderness. But Chrome's true aim is to bankrupt Smithers and allow the evil Fitzmaurice control over Smither's beautiful wife Juliana. But what Chrome doesn't count on is his passion for their beautiful, mysterious daughter
Once in a lifetime : the extraordinary story of the New York Cosmos by Danielle Steel( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Untold story of America's first great soccer team and its larger-than-life superstar reveals how a scrappy team of ragtag athletes rose from total anonymity to stratospheric celebrity only to flame out in a New York minute
Manhunt( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The May 1, 2011 raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan that culminated in the killing of Osama bin Laden took 40 minutes. The CIA's hunt for binLaden took two decades. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Festival, Manhunt tells the remarkable true story of the nearly 20-year pursuit of the world's most notorious terrorist. Directed by Emmy-nominee Greg Barker, the film features testimony and recollections - some shared for the first time - from top CIA officers, many of them women, who labored to eliminate bin Laden's terrorist organization and eventually the man himself. Based on the book "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9/11 to Abbottabad" by Peter Bergen, this documentary feature is a real-life spy thriller that reveals behind-the-scenes accounts from CIA analysts, targeters and operatives, who testify to the disagreements, frustrations, tragedies and triumphs that make up this fascinating yet painful chapter in American military and political history"--from container
Restrepo by Tim Hetherington( Visual )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, focusing on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats
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