I Am Paul Walker
This feature-length documentary explores the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker, the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster ‘Fast and Furious’ movie franchise.
Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntman
From Bond to Batman - Star Wars to Superman - they jumped, fell, crashed, punched, kicked and exploded their way through the blockbusters of the 70s and 80s. Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntman tells the rough-and-tumble story of the small community of British stunt performers who went on to dominate Hollywood in the 1970s and 80s.
This documentary follows those surfers whose quest it is to ride the biggest wave, the wave of adrenaline. Tim Bonython goes on a global journey to capture the world’s biggest waves and the imagery is a feast for the senses.
The Speed Cubers
It might only be 40 minutes, but this documentary packs a punch. The story follows competitive Rubix Cube solvers Feliks Zemdegs from Australia, who was the uncontested world champion until the arrival of American, Max Park. From the outset it might appear to be another story about serious rivalry in a niche sport, but instead it becomes one of friendship and heroism.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Sure to convert anyone into a Formula 1 racing fan, this docuseries takes you into an entire season of racing, with the best moments and storylines going well beyond that of who’s the best team or winning in the standings. From rifts between team drivers to a driver struggling with a series of crashes, this series is one to watch and offers some truly incredible footage that shows just how much training and skill is required to be in the driver’s seat of one of these vehicles.
One of the most compelling documentaries, what began as a project from Bryan Fogel to go on a doping regimen for the Haute Route to see if he could escape the race’s intense drug testing soon turned into an incredible story that was embroiled in the biggest athletic scandal in history. The “expert” Fogel consulted to be the mastermind behind his doping regimen also happened to be the brain behind Russia’s doping of the Sochi Olympics. This documentary is a thriller, with twists and turns and fascinating characters.
Before there was Seaspiracy, there was Tilikum of SeaWorld. Blackfish is an incredible documentary about the capture and captivity of the orca who spent most of his life as a performing killer whale and later became infamous for killing three trainers across two sea parks. It details the stress that orcas are placed under when separated from their calves in captivity breeding programs or in the wild, which often leads to aggression. It’s comforting to note that from such documentaries and extensive research, real world change can come. Following the documentary’s release, California passed a law to ban captive orca breeding, and SeaWorld announced it would end its breeding program and would phase out all entertainment-driven performances using orcas.
The Last Dance
If you are yet to watch The Last Dance, all we can say is that you need to do it immediately - especially now that Dennis Rodman is getting his own documentary treatment. Across 10 episodes, the docuseries tells the story of Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls and the team’s incredible 1997-98 season. It also delves into the life and career of his teammates, including the likes of Scottie Pippen and Rodman. With hours of unseen footage and candid moments from Jordan, it gives a rare insight into not only his life, but his work ethic, dedication and training.
Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell
It was one of the biggest stories that broke, changing the world forever. When reports of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein broke, it began to unravel a sinister side to fame and power, with many famous faces coming to be embroiled in the story. One such person of his inner circle was his associate and former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who has since been hit with fresh charges relating to sex trafficking. This documentary follows her life and is essential viewing, particularly given that her trial is coming up in November.
This Aussie-made documentary documents the experiences of children living with same-sex parents as they navigate childhood and some of the most formative years of their lives. The film was released in 2015 and premiered at the height of the marriage equality debate in Australia, but it’s worth noting that many continue to face marginalisation and discrimination simply due to their sexual orientation. The film offers an intimate look into family dynamics that might look different to those of others at school, all offered from the perspective of the kids themselves.