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Non-fiction features and programs, often stranger than fiction, and just as dramatic or comical…

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Civilisations (TV Series)Civilisations (TV Series) (2018)
Inspired by Kenneth Clark's classic documentary series CIVILISATION (1969), this nine-part series tells the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, updating the subject matter to avoid the Eurocentricism that marred the earlier show. Presented by brilliant historians Simon Schama,…
Islands of the EmpireIslands of the Empire (1985)
Dir. Alister Barry, Rod Prosser, Russell Campbell
Documentary from Wellington production company Vanguard Films (SOMEONE ELSE'S COUNTRY) offering a valuable examination of military relationships between NZ and the USA from WWII onwards. Made in 1985, the 63 minute main feature has been digitally restored, and is presented alongside the short film NO SPY…
Meeting GorbachevMeeting Gorbachev (2018)
Dir. Werner Herzog, André Singer
Werner Herzog directs this candid documentary based on three interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. With fascinating ruminations on the often temporary nature of social and political reform, it's certainly a less energetic outing for Herzog, but no less engaging.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My MindRobin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)
Dir. Marina Zenovich
Documentary exploring the life and work of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died in 2014. An illuminating celebration of a brilliant mind and a kind heart.
Leunig Fragments, TheLeunig Fragments, The (2019)
Dir. Kasimir Burgess
A documentary portrait of Michael Leunig, the cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet who counts as one of Australia's National Living Treasures. Filmed over 5 years, we observe him reflecting on his art, his mortality, and his formidable career.
Biggest Little Farm, TheBiggest Little Farm, The (2019)
Dir. John Chester
Inspirational and utterly picturesque documentary made by a farmer who ditched city life and moved onto 200 acres of barren farmland with his wife, transforming it into an ecologically sustainable rural utopia.
Frida: Viva La VidaFrida: Viva La Vida (2019)
Dir. Giovanni Troilo
Feat. Asia Argento
Asia Argento narrates this documentary about the enigmatic, iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, exploring her letters and diaries to present both the revolutionary feminist and the tormented individual.