Love a good doc, surprised we don’t have a dedicated thread already, unless I missed it.
My top 10 would probably be
Dogtown and Z-Boys
The Staircase (original one)
Etre et Avoir
Summer of Soul
A lot of that stuff is a little heavy going but I also love the more left field docs. Spellbound, Hands on a Hardbody, United Skates, Kings of Pastry, Anvil, Demon Lover Diary all had me glued to them.
Haven’t seen a good doc in a while. What’s good out there?
not a big documentary fan - just not keen on the format, so take these with a bit of a ‘he doesn’t know what he’s on about’ but I did enjoy
Act of Killing - obvious one but a genuinely fascinating and staggering concept
Collective - I think this is the name. One which was on iPlayer about a club fire which led to the discovery of corruption in the medical system of Romania. A really ‘wait what’ type thing which just gets more scary as every new development comes up
The Imposter - about the case of a guy who pretends to be the missing son of a family despite having different colour eyes/hair and being a different nationality
Room 237 - about a group of people interpreting The Shining in different ways. Think a lot of their theories are nonsense but it’s genuinely fascinating seeing how people apply what they think to the film and the depth they go to
In preparation for a trip to Indonesia, I watched Act Of Killing & The Look Of Silence and read The Jakarta Method. It made me delve into a pit of despair about humanity and “the west” from a whole new perspective that I knew nothing about.
There’s a series called Paul T. Goldman which uses the same reconstruction methods as Act of Killing to fool the person into revealing more than they intended but it’s a lot lighter. Would recommend it if you can track it down. I don’t think it’s been shown anywhere in the UK yet.