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The New Man (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Drama | 18 November 2016 (UK)
A creative documentary about becoming a parent... and how to reconceive yourself. Fiction director Josh Appignanesi turns the camera on himself and his wife as they undergo the ordeal of ... See full summary »

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Josh Appignanesi (co-writer), Devorah Baum (co-writer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Adam Andrusier Adam Andrusier
Lisa Appignanesi Lisa Appignanesi
Richard Appignanesi Richard Appignanesi
Chloe Aridjis Chloe Aridjis
Geoffrey Baum Geoffrey Baum
Josh Baum Josh Baum
Shirley Baum Shirley Baum
John Berger ... Himself
Anna Colton Anna Colton
Sophie Fiennes
Katrina Forrester Katrina Forrester
Antony Gormley
Mark Greenfield Mark Greenfield
Hannah Kuper Hannah Kuper
Nick Laird Nick Laird
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A creative documentary about becoming a parent... and how to reconceive yourself. Fiction director Josh Appignanesi turns the camera on himself and his wife as they undergo the ordeal of becoming parents in the era of man-children and assisted reproduction. Faced with fatherhood, Josh spirals comically into an envious career funk. But life-threatening complications emerge- the couple are tested to the brink, confronting shattering losses. It's a portrait of our generation going through a revolution in reproduction- forced to find new ways to think about ourselves as creative beings. We hear from Slavoj Zizek, John Berger, Darian Leader (20,000 Days) and Zadie Smith. Universal yet still taboo, it's a film for everyone who has children, wants them, or still feels like a child themselves.

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A film-maker looks inside his own soul.
5 June 2019 | by donluigi87See all my reviews

British film-maker Josh Appignanesi turns the camera on himself and his wife Devorah to document their much longed for pregnancy. His candid introspection and self-interrogation strikes a chord, but doesn't, at first, reveal anything particularly novel about impending parenthood. Then the pregnancy becomes complicated, the happiness is stalked by tragedy and the immense generosity of Appignanesi and his wife in sharing this most intimate of journeys becomes clear. Told simply through snatches of conversations with friends and family, and subtle sound design, this is a profoundly moving and revealing study of a life-changing event.


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