Which film, documentary or tv show has inspired you the most?

We all need a little bit of joy at the moment, so I thought it might be nice to collectively share the movies/documentaries/shows that have inspired us and given us the good feels.


  • Feminists: what were they thinking and Pina are so inspiring and a must watch.

    Movies, depends on my mood but I would say:
    Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Dr Sleep, His House, Bridges of Spies, Chicago, All Kubric work. I could go on haha I love all art in its mediums :)
  • I love how annoyingly precise is Wes Anderson, especially in The Grand Budapest Hotel - every element in that movie is there for a reason.
    Lately I discovered Midnight Gospel on Nextflix - copletely different style - but also super super cool.
  • Another great one from the 1970's was 'The Undersea World of Jaques Cousteau'. This was an incredibly forward thinking marine biology documentary series led and presented by Jaques who just a decade earlier had invented the aqualung, enabling man to go into the depths for extended periods of time.

    The technology they had to film .. yes with 'film'(!) undewater was basic by todays standards and some of the dives they went on were frought with technical challenges .. but the footage they brought back changed peoples perception of what was under the oceans around the world and sparked further oceanographic reseach in many countries.

    Jacques exploits inspired me to always be at the edge of my comfort zone and go far beyond when projects required it.

    His thinking provided me with a curiousity about just about everything and eventually I learned to scuba dive myself.

    The feeling of freedom from gravity, wonder at the incredible diversity under the waves and the need to protect this environment that we depend on has stayed with me ever since.

  • I enjoyed the new Jeff Goldblum series on Disney recently - good for a light-hearted easy watch. I (somewhat obsessively) rate pretty much everything I watch on IMDb, if anyone wants a scroll. It's a mix of movies and docs https://www.imdb.com/user/ur37518069/ratings
  • I am enjoying watching the two Photography programmes currently on Sky Arts (Master Photography of the Year and Rankin) - always inpiring to see other people's creative processes and practices.

    A star is Born (James Mason and Judy Garland) - on BBC iPlayer

    The silence of others (El silencio de otros) - not recommended for lifting spirits but if you are interested in Spain and its recent history, it is a must - might still be on BBC iPlayer. I am glad it's been wining international recognition.
  • In the 1970's was a TV series by James Burke, a brilliant, brilliant man and great TV presenter. It was called 'Connections'. James Burke researched and wrote the entire series himself. It oulined all the key scientific discoveries that led to our 'modern world'. He showed that creative endouvour is not linear .. it depends on a lot of random meetings, events and chance discoveries that at the time are perhaps put to one side .. then later used in a completelty different way to explain a new discovery or create new science. That series sparked so many of my friends careers. James Burke deserves national recogintion for it.
  • @Pip Jamieson Awww, nice one Pip. Didn't know about this. That's tonight's telly sorted. :-D
  • @Pip Jamieson I quite like Mad Men for the professional side but for switching my brain off, as this is when I come up with my creative ideas and solve problems. Any cheesy Christmas movie - I’m talking the Hallmark kinds - this is when it all comes to me. I know, it is so weird and not cool at all, but hey ho. Guess my brain needs cheese and Christmas , haha.
  • The Last Dance, Michael Jordan doc.
    I loved how series showed his dogged determination at becoming the best at what he does, and trying to get over setbacks - despite at times being a bit of a pig to his team mates.
  • Documentaries wise, when this question arises, my easy go to answer is "Grey Gardens". Tv shows, I would say "Unorthodox", I was very moved by it, it's super well acted, produced, etc
  • Not sure if anyone has said it already but Keith Haring street art documentary that was on BBC - I think its now on Iplayer
  • Oh SUCH a good question!

    This year, I fell back in love with 'Princess Mononoke' - every time I watch it, I am reminded of how important it is to respect this beautiful world we live in.

    Oh and if you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend 'I Am Not Your Negro': an elegant portrayal of the work and observations of James Baldwin about race relations in America. Just thinking about it makes me want to watch it again ...
  • @Carina Toma Toma I like that Abstract always comes up for creatives, I just completed an Interview for one of our Leeds muralists and Abstract came up!

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