BIGGIE AND TUPAC (Nick Broomfield)
Either Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur were casualties in an overheated war between East and West Coast hiphop crews, or they were gunned down for money. Then there's the Nick Broomfield theory.
Broomfield, who has tracked Margaret Thatcher, Heidi Fleiss and Courtney Love with his boom mike and his practised befuddlement, here seeks the truth behind the unsolved murders of the two hiphop icons.
Biggie And Tupac launches this year's Doc Soup, a series of films and discussions hosted by the Hot Docs festival. In the film, Broomfield finds a passel of rappers, hangers-on and dirty cops to talk to, but some of the best stuff is footage of Shakur in his prime or a teenage Biggie rocking the mike outside a Brooklyn bodega.
The whole search leads to record executive and thug dandy Suge Knight, now cooling out in jail. Broomfield makes a contentious and widely disputed case, especially since a recent investigative piece in the Los Angeles Times came to a completely different conclusion about Tupac's murder. Still, worth watching. (October 16, Bloor)