Go-Go’s Director Picks Fave Documentaries

Fun. That’s the word that comes to director Alison Ellwood’s lips when you ask her to describe the experience she had helming the recently released Showtime documentary The Go-Go’s.

GO-GO’S director Alison Ellwood at the Whisky a Go Go
(Photo credit: Jules Kueffer/Courtesy of SHOWTIME)

A fan of the band dating back to her childhood growing up in Australia, Ellwood’s path to editing future projects like the 2005 Oscar-nominated feature Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and directing the 2013 mini-series documentary History of the Eagles had its roots in an obsession she had with National Geographic dating back to when she was 5 years old (“I wanted to be a photojournalist from the time I can remember from first looking at that magazine and wanting to travel. So I ended up becoming a documentary filmmaker, which is pretty close.) The following is a trio of Ellwood’s favorite documentaries.


Edith Bouvier Beale in a scene from Grey Gardens
(Photo by Herb Goro/public domain)

Grey Gardens—Albert and David Maysles (1975)
“Truth is stranger than fiction. You can’t make that shit up!”




From left: Albert Maysles, Mick Jagger, David Maysles, Charlie Watts
(Photo courtesy of Maysles Films)

Gimme Shelter—Albert and David Maysles; Charlotte Zwerin (1970)
“Love the Stones and it’s all about the unmasking of the counterculture.”




From left: Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer), Nigel Tufnel (Christoper Guest) and David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) in This Is Spinal Tap
(Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)

This Is Spinal Tap—Rob Reiner (1984)
“Pure brilliance! I want to make a fake doc one day!”

The Go-Go’s is currently airing on Showtime.

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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