Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Fascinating documentary exploring one woman’s obsession with recording world events.

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USA 2019
Dir Matt Wolf
Certificate tbc
Courtesy of Violet Pictures

Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years (starting with the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis at the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle), amassing 70,000 VHS tapes in the process. Matt Wolf’s documentary explores Stokes’ unrivalled collection of revolutions, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows and commercials, and unveils the fascinating and complex woman who dedicated her life to this visionary and maddening project.