Dan Carrier’s movies news: I Called Him Morgan; Kedi
27 July, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
I Called Him Morgan
TOP documentary cinema Bertha Doc-House, based at the Curzon Bloomsbury, have another must-see this week.
I Called Him Morgan tells the story of the tragic events that took place in a New York Jazz club in February 1972. Celebrated trumpeter Lee Morgan was performing on stage when his wife Helen calmly walked in, raised a gun and shot him dead.
The murder, understandably, shocked the city’s jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Helen went to prison for the killing and after serving her sentence tried to leave the traumatic past behind her. Then, two decades later, she gave an interview – and using this, as well as other interviews, archive footage and, of course, music, director Kasper Collins has created a moving and haunting narrative that tells their stories.
At the same cinema, catch the celebrated hit film Kedi, which tells the story of the street cats of Istanbul. The city has thousands of them fending for themselves, living in abandoned buildings, scavenging from bins – and often cared for by people who adopt them as if they were neighbours who need a little support.
This film has swept the board at festivals and rightly has earned a general release. If you missed it last month, make up for it – Kedi uses the stories of seven of the city’s thousands of cats to tell us about its streets, its wildlife and its people.