When I see a documentary about a famous figure, I expect to learn something new. I’ll leave it to the biopics to play up familiar aspects, dramatize particular moments, and bend the truth. When it comes to the documentary and the subject is an active participant in the filmmaking, then we should be able to go deeper. Sadly, Hawking rarely lets us get a fresh look at one of history’s greatest minds. Walking into the film, we know the surface of Stephen Hawking: he’s a genius, he’s disabled, and he’s famous. Other than some cursory moments about Hawking’s marriage and the professor’s sense of humor, Hawking is a disappointingly shallow exploration about the man who discovered the depth of the cosmos.
Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead. Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films. The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies. There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance). I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.