Ever since Making A Murderer came along and blew our tiny minds, we’ve been on the hunt for other gripping documentaries to get involved with – especially on these long, dreary winter evenings when there isn’t much else to do except make a duvet nest and hibernate with a mug of tea.
So, if you’re looking for a quick docu-fix then you needn’t navigate too away from that Netflix account, because not only are they championing THE serial crime documentary of the century – if you haven’t heard the name Steven Avery yet then you’ve basically been living under a rock – but Netflix also boast a bevvy of other fantastic factual flicks to keep you engrossed on a partcularly cold Sunday arvo.
Here’s a quick round up of Team LOOK’s best Netflix documentaries to get you started. Question is, do you have enough time in the day….
Man On Wire (2008)
Ok, so if you have vertigo this one might not be for you, but James Marsh’s masterful film about Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers in New York is nothing short of astonishing. It even bagged an Oscar.
Narco Cultura (2013)
This real crime documentary gives us an inside (and quite often very scary) look at the world of narco traffickers in Mexico, and how they are elevated to almost celebrity status amongst the Latino community. Expect lots of underhand dealings, drugs and violence – all perpetuated by greed. Thrilling stuff.
Believe it or not, but this provocative and shocking exploration into environmental issues and sustainability might actually turn you off milk forever. Be warned. The startling yet humorous journey taken by an aspiring environmentalist to seek a worldwide solution is probably one of the most interesting documentary films you’ll see all year.
Ok (following on with the animal theme), if you haven’t seen Blackfish yet then you are in for a serious treat. Remember when you were little and all you wanted to do was go to Sea World? Well be prepared – this documentary about the dangers of keeping giant killer whales in captivity will have all those childhood dreams shattered. It’s absolutely brilliant.
Chef’s Table (2015)
This Netflix own docu-series goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the most renowned and internationally acclaimed chefs, exploring their cullinary vision and passions. Another warning, this show is HIGHLY addictive, and do not watch if you are feeling in any way hungry… Beans on toast simply won’t suffice.
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz (2014)
This look into the life of internet phenomenon Aaron Swartz is a great watch for anyone interested in the power of the world wide web. Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political awareness eventually saw him caught up in a lengthly and bitter legal battle – a process that ultimately cost him his life, aged only 26. Poignant and personal, this flick is a must see.
Liz Garbus’ Netflix original bio-doc about legendary singer, artist and activist Nina Simone had music fans champing at the bit ever since it’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Featuring rare footage, live performances and interviews with those that knew the charismatic Simone best, this documentary gives exclusive and personal insight into one of the greatest performers of the modern age.
Room 237 (2012)
Fans of cult horror flick The Shining rejoice – this incredibly intricate and interesting documentary explores all the popular conspiracy theories surrounding the movie, as critics, fanboys and professional film analysts alike come together to give their take on what Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 shocker is really all about. We’ll say no more….