“This wonderfully entertaining Storyville film goes some way towards finding a convincing account of who DB Cooper might have been”

The Hijacker Who Vanished: The Mystery of DB Cooper

“Fans of modern American folklore may be familiar with the story, but even those who are not should relish this authoritative opportunity to pull up a seat and get out the popcorn. This wonderfully entertaining Storyville film goes some way towards finding a convincing account of who DB Cooper might have been.”
Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian

“The Hijacker Who Vanished was a documentary that couldn’t fail to entertain. The case is one of those delicious, stranger-than-fiction mysteries. It wasn’t a film about the identity of DB Cooper, but about the power of myth, the unreliability of memory and our desperation to believe in something.”
Anita Singh, The Telegraph

“The enthralling The Hijacker Who Vanished picked through the evidence, considering possible endings as well as telling the stories of those who may have been, or claimed to be, the man. This last element was by far the most fascinating, with some suspects far more credible than others.”
Sarah Hughes, The i

“Never have I seen more people wanting to dob in their relatives for an unsolved crime carrying a 45-year jail stretch. What was striking was how desperately each party believed that they knew the real Cooper, a well-trodden media path of a case that has thrown up more theories than Shergar.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

Return from Isis: A Family’s Story, BBC1

“What would a psychologist make of Samantha Sally? A battered wife whose extremist husband made her accompany him to Syria to join Islamic State? Or an easily bored sociopath who went along for ‘the thrill’? The answer, as Joshua Baker’s excellent documentary suggested, probably lies somewhere between the two.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“Sally’s account felt partial, but so did this film. Frustratingly, given it was four years in the making, there were many avenues unexplored. By far the most powerful part of the film was an interview with Sally’s son Matthew, now safely back in the US and being cared for by his father. It was tough to listen to this poor kid trying to shrug off the horrors that he’d lived through.”
Anita Singh, The Telegraph

“Sam claimed she was tricked into crossing into Syria, after which Moussa, a well-off Moroccan who liked his cocaine, made his intentions about joining ISIS clear. But none of it added up. The documentary never came close to explaining how or why Sam could have let this happen and the film-maker made his scepticism known.”
Shane Watson, Daily Mail

Is Covid Racist?, Channel 4

“An eye-opening and enraging documentary. Dr Ronx Ikharia presented with a quietly restrained fury, taking the viewer through every misstep, from lack of PPE to government indifference.”
Sarah Hughes, The i