Tuesday, 13 March 2012


“In the USA, suicide is far more common than homicide, with someone taking their own life every eighteen minutes, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is where more people have chosen to end their lives than anywhere else in the world. In 2004, 24 people died. Eric Steel's documentary attempts to capture the combination of suffering and the search for release from those desperate enough to find themselves on the precipice of the bridge during that year. He also films them falling.

Whatever your stance on suicide, Eric Steel’s methods of obtaining his information remain somewhat questionable. Did he lie to the Golden Gate committee about what his crew were filming, and when he interviewed the family members of those who jumped, did he tell them that they had footage of their suicides? If you listen to a God-loving relation to one of the dead then it's pretty clear he didn't. Regardless, The Bridge is one of the most powerful and controversial documentaries in recent memory, and proves beyond doubt that people suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business – unmissable.” DW

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