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Battsek, John

Works: 55 works in 219 publications in 5 languages and 11,682 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Biographical films  Drama  History  Rules  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs  Case studies 
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 )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar, Rodriguez's sound struck 2 renowned producers and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed, the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero
The Tillman story( Visual )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 1,083 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 911 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 )

29 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 881 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
Happy Valley( Visual )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 666 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
We live in public by Ondi Timoner( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 602 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 Internet pioneer, 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
The green prince = al-Amīr al-akhḍar by Nadav Schirman( Visual )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 596 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
How I live now by Rosoff( Visual )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American teenager is sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, but soon they begin to struggle as war breaks out
The final year by GREG BARKER( Visual )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 559 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 428 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
Eric Clapton : life in 12 bars by Eric Clapton( Visual )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 335 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
A state of mind by Daniel Gordon( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in Korean and English and held by 335 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
Studio 54 by Steve Rubell( Visual )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For 33 months, from 1977 to 1980, the nightclub Studio 54 was the place to be seen in Manhattan. A haven of hedonism, tolerance, glitz and glamour, Studio 54 was very hard to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with news of who was there filling the gossip columns daily. Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, succeeded in creating the ultimate escapist fantasy in the heart of the theater district
Fire in Babylon by Stevan Riley( Visual )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 271 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 234 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
Spiral( Visual )

2 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in French and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of how a cycle of fear, hatred, and violence has taken hold and created a resurgence of anti-Semitism in France and in the wider world
Westwood : punk, icon, activist by Vivienne Westwood( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With exclusive, unprecedented access is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of Vivienne's life, her fashion, her personality, her activism and her cultural importance. Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time
We are X( Visual )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 213 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
Happy Valley by Sally Wainwright( Visual )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 210 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."
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
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