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Cosmos: Possible Worlds (TV Series)Cosmos: Possible Worlds (TV Series) (2020)
Dir. Ann Druyan, Brannon Braga
Sequel to the landmark documentary series COSMOS, which in turn updated the original series presented by Carl Sagan in 1980. Astrophysicist Neil…
Ken Burns' Country MusicKen Burns' Country Music (2020) Recommended
Dir. Ken Burns
Formidable 8–part, 16 hour PBS series by the legendary documentarian Ken Burns, exploring the history of country music and it's cultural impact…
Laurel CanyonLaurel Canyon (2020)
Two part documentary series exploring the music and culture of Laurel Canyon and the wider LA rock scene of the 60's and 70's. Features incredible…
#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories (2019)
Dir. Sabina Fedeli, Anna Migotto
Feat. Helen Mirren
Documentary marking the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, featuring Helen Mirren reading from Anne Frank's diaries and providing a moving…
20402040 (2019)
Dir. Damon Gameau
Structured as a visual letter to his 4–year–old daughter, the director of THAT SUGAR FILM embarks on a journey to explore what the future…
63 Up63 Up (2019)
Dir. Michael Apted
Continuation of the ground–breaking documentary series following the lives of 14 British people since 1964, providing yet another plethora of…
Amazing GraceAmazing Grace (Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin) (2019) Aro Favourite
Dir. Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott
Soul–shaking concert film featuring the mighty Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January…
Apollo 11Apollo 11 (2019) Recommended
Dir. Todd Douglas Miller
A handsomely mounted, meticulously conceived documentary presenting the events of the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon, led by commander Neil…
Aznavour By CharlesAznavour By Charles (Le regard de Charles) (2019)
Dir. Charles Aznavour, Marc di Domenico
Documentary exploring the extensive film diaries of French–Armenian singer, songwriter and actor Charles Aznavour, which he shot from the late…
Biggest Little Farm, TheBiggest Little Farm, The (2019) Recommended
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,…
Booksellers, TheBooksellers, The (2019)
Dir. D.W. Young
A wistful and fascinating behind–the–scenes glimpse into the world of antiquarian and rare book collecting. Focusses on shops, dealers…
BrabhamBrabham (2019)
Dir. Akos Armont
Revealing portrait of Australian icon and motor racing trailblazer Jack Brabham, the forgotten godfather of modern Formula 1 and winner of 14 grand…
Camino SkiesCamino Skies (2019)
Dir. Fergus Grady, Noel Smyth
A Kiwi take on the inspirational experience of six pilgrims who embark on the historic 800 kilometre Spanish pilgrimage known as the Camino de…
Dan Carter - A Perfect 10Dan Carter - A Perfect 10 (2019)
Dir. Luke Mellows
An intimate portrait of iconic All Black Dan Carter that traces his journey from rural New Zealand to international rugby superstar.
David Crosby: Remember My NameDavid Crosby: Remember My Name (2019)
Dir. A.J. Eaton
Soulful and deeply personal documentary on musician David Crosby, a founding member of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash. A fearless and at…
Diego MaradonaDiego Maradona (2019) Recommended
Dir. Asif Kapadia
Documentary celebrating the career of football genius Diego Maradona, the charismatic Argentine who lead Naples to their first ever title.…
Earth From Space (TV Mini-Series) (2019)
Feat. Chiwetel Ejiofor
Captivating documentary miniseries presenting earth from never–seen–before perspectives, and exploring how fast our planet is changing.…
For My Father's KingdomFor My Father's Kingdom (2019)
Dir. Vea Mafileo, Jeremiah Tauamiti
Director Vea Mafile'o crafts this deeply personal documentary portrait of her father, a Tongan patriarch whose dedication to pouring large amounts of…
For SamaFor Sama (2019) Recommended
Dir. Waad Al-Khateab, Edward Watts
Groundbreaking document of Syrian War, produced, directed and narrated by a journalist and political rebel under the pseudonym Waad Al–Kateab.…
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…
Hail Satan?Hail Satan? (2019) Recommended
Dir. Penny Lane
Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, HAIL SATAN? is an inspiring…
Herbs - Songs of FreedomHerbs - Songs of Freedom (2019)
Dir. Tearepa Kahi
Passionate celebration of the iconic NZ band Herbs, from the director of POI E. More a social movement than a band, and at one time boasting up to 23…
Hermitage: The Power of ArtHermitage: The Power of Art (Ermitage. Il potere dell'arte) (2019)
Dir. Michele Mally
A documentary about the Hermitage in St Petersburg, a vast museum boasting the largest collection of paintings in the world. Explores the daily life…
Hillary: Ocean to SkyHillary: Ocean to Sky (2019)
Dir. Michael Dillon
Director Mike Dillon revisits his original footage of Sir Edmund Hillary's extraordinary 1977 adventure boating up the entire Ganges river, which…
HoneylandHoneyland (2019) Recommended
Dir. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Feat. Hatidže Muratova
Sublime environmental documentary set in the remote mountainous village of Bekirlija, North Macedonia, where a wild bee keeper is quietly observed…
Jean Paul Gaultier: Freak and ChicJean Paul Gaultier: Freak and Chic (2019)
Dir. Yann L’Henoret
An all access look behind the scenes into the glamorous world of visionary French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, as he prepares an outrageous…
Leunig Fragments, TheLeunig Fragments, The (2019) Recommended
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…
Liam Gallagher: As it WasLiam Gallagher: As it Was (2019)
Dir. Gavin Fitzgerald, Charlie Lightening
Rockumentary following the Oasis singer as he attempts a dramatic solo comeback, since scaling the dizzying heights of rock n roll fame in the 90's…
Marianne & Leonard: Words of LoveMarianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019)
Dir. Nick Broomfield
Evocative exploration of the relationship, which developed in the 1960s, between the late Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen –…
Martha: A Picture StoryMartha: A Picture Story (2019) Recommended
Dir. Selina Miles
Suburb documentary about photographer Martha Cooper, who saw the value and beauty in New York graffiti in the 1970's, and became an icon of the…
Memory: The Origins of AlienMemory: The Origins of Alien (2019)
Dir. Alexandre O. Philippe
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the theatrical release of ALIEN, this documentary reveals the untold origins of the cinematic masterpiece –…
Mystify: Michael HutchenceMystify: Michael Hutchence (2019)
Dir. Richard Lowenstein
Intimate rise–and–fall portrait of the charismatic frontman of the mega–selling Australian rock band INXS, who died in…
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The BandOnce Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019)
Dir. Daniel Roher
Long overdue documentary telling the moving story of Robbie Robertson and the creation of history–making roots rock group The Band. Features…
PavarottiPavarotti (2019) Recommended
Dir. Ron Howard
Feat. Luciano Pavarotti
Director Ron Howard continues his foray into musical documentary, following THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK with this in–depth look at the life…
PJ Harvey: A Dog Called MoneyPJ Harvey: A Dog Called Money (2019)
Dir. Seamus Murphy
Beautifully impressionistic documentary set around the making of PJ Harvey's 2016 album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, shining light on an…
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm StreetScream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street (Scream Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street) (2019)
Dir. Tyler Jensen, Roman Chimienti
Feat. Mark Patton
Insightful documentary exploring the homo–erotic subtext in the controversial second installment of the NIGHT ON ELM STREET horror franchise,…
Serengeti (TV Series)Serengeti (TV Series) (2019)
BBC wildlife documentary on the iconic animals that inhabit the Tanzanian National Park's magnificent Pride Lands over the course of a year.…
Soldiers Without GunsSoldiers Without Guns (2019)
Dir. Will Watson
Inspiring tale of coalition soldiers as they land unarmed into the heat of a 10 year civil war on the Pacific Island of Bougainville using only the…
Suzi QSuzi Q (2019) Recommended
Dir. Liam Firmager
The story of trailblazing American rock singer–songwriter Suzi Quatro, who helped redefine the role of women in rock 'n' roll when she broke…
The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin PhillippsThe Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps (2019) Recommended
Dir. Julia Parnell
An absolutely unflinching portrait of the genius New Zealand songwriter Martin Phillipps whose band The Chills exemplified the "Dunedin Sound" with…
Valley of the Boom (TV Mini-series)Valley of the Boom (TV Mini-series) (2019)
Feat. Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn, Lamorne Morris
Mixing scripted drama with documentary interviews, this entertaining mini–series looks at the explosive, game–changing birth of Silicon…
Ailo's JourneyAilo's Journey (A Reindeer's Journey) (2018)
Dir. Guillaume Maidatchevsky
Remarkable nature documentary set in picturesque Lapland, following a reindeer from birth to adulthood. Narrated by Golden Globe winner Donald…
Andre the GiantAndre the Giant (2018)
Dir. Jason Hehir
HBO documentary examining the life and career of pro wrestler André René Roussimoff, better known as Andre the Giant. As well as being one of the…
AngieAngie (2018)
Dir. Costa Botes
Documentary exploring the legacy of sexual abuse in New Zealand's Centerpoint commune, through the eyes of articulate survivor Angie Meiklejohn and…
CeliaCelia (2018) Recommended
Dir. Amanda Millar
Inspiring documentary written, directed and produced by former TV current affairs journalist Amanda Millar, which follows the career of Celia…
Civilisations (TV Series)Civilisations (TV Series) (2018) Recommended
Inspired by Kenneth Clark's classic documentary series CIVILISATION (1969), this nine–part series tells the story of art from the dawn of human…
Clinton Affair, The (TV Mini-series)Clinton Affair, The (TV Mini-series) (2018) Recommended
The Bill Clinton impeachment scandal of 1998 is methodically detailed in this Alex Gibney–produced six–part documentary series, with full…
Elvis Presley: The SearcherElvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Recommended
Dir. Thom Zimny
The definitive film about Elvis Presley, from his childhood in Tupelo right through to the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. Includes…
Eulogy, TheEulogy, The (2018)
Dir. Janine Hosking
Australia's greatest, and perhaps most overlooked, classical pianist Geoffrey Tozer is the subject of this documentary presented by music educator…
Eyes of Orson Welles, TheEyes of Orson Welles, The (2018)
Dir. Mark Cousins
Mark Cousins (THE STORY OF FILM – AN ODYSSEY) examines the visual world of Orson Welles through his non–cinematic work, uncovering new…
Fahrenheit 11/9Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Recommended
Dir. Michael Moore
Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald J. Trump presidency and gun violence, while…
Finke: There and BackFinke: There and Back (2018)
Dir. Dylan River
Documentary about the Finke Desert Race, an off road, two–day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads that weaves across unforgiving desert…
Free SoloFree Solo (2018) Recommended
Dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
An astonishing human achievement story that follows 'free solo' climber Alex Honnold as he prepares for the unthinkable: to scale the face of the…
Generation WealthGeneration Wealth (2018)
Dir. Lauren Greenfield
Director Lauren Greenfield (THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, THIN) uses 25 years of experience documenting cultural movements to address the uniting theme…
Heart Dances, TheHeart Dances, The (2018) Recommended
Dir. Rebecca Tansley
The director of CROSSING RACHMANINOFF returns backstage for what is this time a behind–the–scenes account of the unique artistic…
Ice King, TheIce King, The (2018)
Dir. James Erskine
Documentary about the magnificent figure skater John Curry, who was a 1976 Olympic and World Champion after being outed as gay on the night of the…
In Search of GreatnessIn Search of Greatness (2018)
Dir. Gabe Polsky
A perceptive documentary exploring greatness in sport, and what it takes to excel – nature versus nurture being an enduring theme. Includes…
In the ZoneIn the Zone (2018)
Dir. Robyn Paterson
Documentary about American Terrance Wallace who pioneered a scheme to strategically re–zone the families of disadvantaged Maori and Pasifika…
John Mcenroe: In the Realm of PerfectionJohn Mcenroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018)
Dir. Julien Faraut
Beautifully impressionistic documentary celebrating the career of tennis legend John McEnroe, set at the final of the 1984 French Open.
Kusama - InfinityKusama - Infinity (2018) Recommended
Dir. Heather Lenz
The incredible story of top–selling artist Yayoi Kusama, who overcame countless odds (wartime trauma, mental illness, sexism, racism) to bring…
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018) Recommended
Dir. Stephen Loveridge
A uniquely textured portrait of innovative Sri Lankan–English pop star and activist Maya Arulpragasm, drawn from a cache of personal tapes shot…
McQueenMcQueen (2018) Recommended
Dir. Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
Documentary about the extraordinary life and work of British designer Alexander McQueen, whose fashion shows, described as "savagely beautiful",…
Meeting GorbachevMeeting Gorbachev (2018) Recommended
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…
Midnight Oil 1984Midnight Oil 1984 (2018)
A passionate portrait of Australia's iconic rock band Midnight Oil during the year 1984, in which they embarked on a tour promoting their politically…
Old DogOld Dog (2018)
Dir. Sally Rowe
Retired New Zealand farmer and dog whisperer Paul Sorenson is the focus of this documentary exploring his unconventional and intuitive dog training…
Pick of the LitterPick of the Litter (2018) Aro Favourite
Dir. Don Hardy, Dana Nachman
A compelling (even suspenseful) documentary about the surprisingly intensive process of training guide dogs for the blind. The film follows…
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (TV Series)Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (TV Series) (2018)
Liam Neeson narrates this six–part series produced for CNN that reveals the history of one of the world's most revered and honoured figureheads…
Price of Everything, ThePrice of Everything, The (2018) Recommended
Dir. Nathaniel Kahn
Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, this documentary examines the role of art and artistic passion in todays money–driven,…
RBGRBG (2018) Recommended
Dir. Julie Cohen, Betsy West
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the worthy subject of this documentary exploring her life and career, successfully fighting gender…
Robin Williams: Come Inside My MindRobin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Recommended
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…
RockabulRockabul (2018)
Dir. Travis Beard
Intrepid Australian journalist and director Travis Beard explores the Afghan heavy metal music scene, and how the long conflict in Afghanistan has…
Science FairScience Fair (2018)
Dir. Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster
A Sundance–winning documentary produced by National Geographic that follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate…
She ShearsShe Shears (2018) Recommended
Dir. Jack Nicol
A documentary about the minority of women who belong to NZ's shearing industry, following 4 female shearers who are preparing for Golden Shears, the…
Song Keepers, TheSong Keepers, The (2018)
Dir. Naina Sen
A passionate documentary about the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, centered around their wildly successful tour of Germany in 2015.…
SpitfireSpitfire (2018)
Dir. David Fairhead, Ant Palmer
The story of the iconic fighter plane and pilots that helped win the Battle of Britain in World War II, told personally in the words of the…
Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with FireStieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire (2018)
Dir. Henrik Georgsson
Comprehensive documentary about Swedish author Stieg Larsson, who died at the age of 50, and posthumously became one of the world's most famous…
Studio 54: The DocumentaryStudio 54: The Documentary (2018)
Dir. Matt Tyrnauer
In–depth account of how the world's most famous (and infamous) nightclub, Studio 54, was created by co–owners Ian Schrager and Steve…
Tea With the DamesTea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018)
Dir. Roger Michell
Feat. Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright
British acting legends Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith discuss their remarkable lives at Plowright's country home in…
The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam NeillThe Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill (2018) Recommended
Feat. Sam Neill
250 years after Captain James Cook began his epic exploration of the Pacific, Sam Neill journeys in the wake, uncovering stories that resonate from…
They Shall Not Grow OldThey Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Aro Favourite
Dir. Peter Jackson
Ground–breaking documentary that employs state–of–the–art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage to…
Three Identical StrangersThree Identical Strangers (2018) Aro Favourite
Dir. Tim Wardle
Fascinating and moving documentary telling the incredible story of triplets who never knew they existed until they were 19, but after a joyous…
Watergate (TV Mini-series)Watergate (TV Mini-series) (2018)
Dir. Charles Ferguson
Definitive and thoroughly detailed documentary TV miniseries about one of the biggest criminal conspiracies in modern politics, The Watergate Scandal.
Westwood: Punk, Icon, ActivistWestwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018)
Dir. Lorna Tucker
Unvarnished account of the grande dame of punk and "enfant terrible" of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood, told in her own words, and through…
WhitneyWhitney (2018)
Dir. Kevin MacDonald
The latest documentary to explore the troubled world of pop singer Whitney Houston, with her breathtaking musical talents playing second fiddle to…
Won't You Be My Neighbor?Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Recommended
Dir. Morgan Neville
The director of 20 FEET FROM STARDOM explores the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers, whose show "Mister…
Working Class BoyWorking Class Boy (Jimmy Barnes Working Class Boy) (2018) Recommended
Dir. Mark Joffe
Documentary about the iconic rock n roll icon Jimmy Barnes, focusing on his early life in Glasgow before moving to Australia and joining Cold Chisel.…
YuliYuli (2018)
Dir. Iciar Bollain
Feat. Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martinez
Rousing biopic of the Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, nicknamed Yuli by his father, who saw recognised his talent for dance and sent him to…
78/5278/52 (78 Shots & 52 Cuts) (2017)
Dir. Alexandre O. Philippe
An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that…
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to PowerAn Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (An Inconvenient Truth 2) (2017)
Dir. Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen
The heroic and haggard Al Gore continues his crusade to make the world stop destroying itself in this timely update of his seminal 2006 climate…
ArcadiaArcadia (2017)
Dir. Paul Wright
An evocative, captivating documentary about the British countryside which employs a hallucinatory montage of rare and sometimes unseen archival…
Becoming BondBecoming Bond (2017)
Dir. Josh Greenbaum
A unique documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger–than–fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic…
BlueBlue (2017)
Dir. Karina Holden
Australian documentary exploring our impact on the world's oceans and what might be required to protect them now and in the future. The issues raised…
Blue Planet II (TV Series)Blue Planet II (TV Series) (2017) Recommended
Technically advanced sequel to the 2001 BBC nature documentary series narrated and presented by Sir David Attenborough. Filming took place over a…
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryBombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Recommended
Dir. Alexandra Dean
A revelatory and entertaining portrait of enigmatic Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr, whose ravishing beauty consistently belied her brilliant mind,…
Born Racer: The Scott Dixon StoryBorn Racer: The Scott Dixon Story (2017)
Dir. Bryn Evans
Portrait of 5–time Indy Car world champion, New Zealander Scott "Iceman" Dixon. Provides a unique glimpse into the world of motor sport with…
Buena Vista Social Club: AdiosBuena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017)
Dir. Lucy Walker
Taking up sixteen years after the original documentary, this sequel follows the five original band members from the Buena Vista Social Club on their…
City of GhostsCity of Ghosts (2017) Recommended
Dir. Matthew Heineman
The director of CARTEL LAND lands on Syrian soil for another risk–taking venture that documents the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered…
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life & Stories of Australian CinemaDavid Stratton: A Cinematic Life & Stories of Australian Cinema (2017)
Dir. Sally Aitken
Beloved Australian film critic, director and presenter David Stratton is the subject of the documentary A CINEMATIC LIFE, and the presenter of the…
Diana: In Her Own WordsDiana: In Her Own Words (2017)
Credible documentary on Princess Diana, based on unreleased audio interviews from 1991 which reveal her thoughts at a very specific point in her life.
DriesDries (2017)
Dir. Reiner Holzemer
Prolific but lesser–known Belgian designer Dries Van Noten is the worthy subject of this fashion documentary, which intimately follows the…
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 BarsEric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017) Recommended
Dir. Lili Fini Zanuck
An unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of blues–rock and guitar legend Eric Clapton, told through his own words and songs and…
Faces PlacesFaces Places (2017) Recommended
Dir. Agnes Varda, JR
Feat. Agnes Varda, JR
Charming French documentary created by and starring beloved new wave director Agnes Varda, who recruits a charismatic young photographer/muralist…
Farthest, TheFarthest, The (2017) Recommended
Dir. Emer Reynolds
The incredible journey of the Voyager spaceship is retraced by the people who worked on the ground–breaking NASA mission in this exhilarating…
FilmworkerFilmworker (2017)
Dir. Tony Zierra
An intimate portrait about a British actor named Leon Vitali who, after playing the role of “Lord Bullingdon” in Stanley Kubrick's BARRY LYNDON,…
Final Year, TheFinal Year, The (2017)
Dir. Greg Barker
A detailed insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team throughout 2016, their last year in office. Director Greg Barker has…
Go-Betweens, The: Right HereGo-Betweens, The: Right Here (2017) Recommended
Dir. Kriv Stenders
The story of Brisbane rock music legends The Go–Betweens is told in this unflinching and insightful documentary, spanning three decades of…
Gospel According to Andre, TheGospel According to Andre, The (2017)
Dir. Kate Novack
Intimate portrait of legendary fashion editor André Leon Talley, who began his life in the segregated American South and rose to become one of the…
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and BamiGrace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017)
Dir. Sophie Fiennes
A journey through the private and public worlds of pop icon Grace Jones. Experienced documentarian Sophie Fiennes cares little for polish, or for the…
GurrumulGurrumul (2017)
Dir. Paul Damien Williams
Documentary about internationally acclaimed indigenous Australian artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who wrote music inspired by his community on…
Have You Seen the Listers?Have You Seen the Listers? (2017)
Dir. Eddie Martin
Masterful documentary on the life of world–renowned Brisbane artist Anthony Lister, exploring his origins as a street artist and his…
Human FlowHuman Flow (2017) Recommended
Dir. Ai Weiwei
Cherished iconoclastic artist Ai Weiwei directs this unflinching documentary exploring the global refugee crisis. With brilliant cinematography by…
I Am Heath LedgerI Am Heath Ledger (2017)
Dir. Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray
A loving documentary about the life of renowned actor Heath Ledger. Deliberately eschewing his death at age 28 from a prescription drug overdose, the…
I Used to Be Normal - A Boyband Fangirl StoryI Used to Be Normal - A Boyband Fangirl Story (2017) Recommended
Dir. Jessica Leski
A passionate and proud interrogation of music fan culture following the lives of four diverse women aged 16–64 who are self–confessed…
JaneJane (2017)
Dir. Brett Morgen
Documentary about primatologist and ethnologist Dr. Jane Goodall, who redefined our understanding about what it is to be human through her…
Joanna Lumley's IndiaJoanna Lumley's India (2017)
Feat. Joanna Lumley
Actress and presenter Joanna Lumley, who was born in India in the last days of The Raj, travels back this country to explore it's wildlife, culture,…
King, TheKing, The (2017) Aro Favourite
Dir. Eugene Jarecki
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki travels in a 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud once owned by Elvis Presley and along his state–wide journey amasses a…
KobiKobi (2017) Recommended
Dir. Andrea Bosshard, Shane Loader
A loving portrait of Swiss goldsmith Kobi Bosshard, widely regarded as the grandfather of contemporary NZ jewellery, made by his daughter, filmmaker…
LA 92LA 92 (L.A. '92) (2017)
Dir. T.J. Martin, Dan Lindsay
Immersive documentary about the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Weaving together stunning and rarely seen archival footage, the riots following the beating…
Leaning into the WindLeaning into the Wind (2017) Recommended
Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer
Equally worthy follow–up to the director's previous film about Andy Goldsworthy, RIVERS AND TIDES, again providing a meditative and vibrant…
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for LizardsManolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards (2017)
Dir. Michael Roberts
Warm–hearted portrait of celebrity cobbler MANOLO BLAHNIK, who is considered by many fashionistas to be the best shoe–maker of the last…
Maria by CallasMaria by Callas (2017)
Dir. Tom Volf
Definitive portrait of the Greek–American opera singer Maria Callas, using her own writings, letters and reminiscences to tell the story of her…
McKellen: Playing the PartMcKellen: Playing the Part (Ian McKellen: Playing the Part) (2017) Recommended
Dir. Joe A. Stephenson
Celebration of the extraordinary life and work of Sir Ian McKellen, based around excerpts from a 14 hour interview, but also including…
McLarenMcLaren (2017) Recommended
Dir. Roger Donaldson
After THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN, director Roger Donaldson tributes another Kiwi hero of motorsport, Bruce McLaren, for this elegant documentary…
MountainMountain (2017) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jennifer Peedom
Feat. Willem Dafoe
A reflective but adrenaline–fueled documentary exploring our timeless enchantment with mountains, in the unique form of a collaboration between…
My Year With HelenMy Year With Helen (2017) Aro Favourite
Dir. Gaylene Preston
With unique access to high–ranking candidate Helen Clark, filmmaker Gaylene Preston casts a wry eye on proceedings as the United Nations turns…
No Ordinary SheilaNo Ordinary Sheila (2017) Recommended
Dir. Hugh MacDonald
The immensely inspiring life–story of one Sheila Natusch, nonagenarian natural historian, mountain climber, intrepid cyclist and publisher of…
Pecking OrderPecking Order (2017) Aro Favourite
Dir. Slavko Martinov
Members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club prepare for the NZ National Championships in this hilarious, heartwarming slice of Kiwi…
Planet Earth II (TV Series)Planet Earth II (TV Series) (2017) Aro Favourite
Feat. David Attenborough
Follow–up to the landmark 2006 BBC series, once again presented and narrated by the unbeatable Sir David Attenborough, and produced in…
QuestQuest (2017) Aro Favourite
A piercing insight into working class black America during the Obama years, this is an inspiring, tragic and universally relatable documentary that…
Rumble: The American Indians Who Rocked The WorldRumble: The American Indians Who Rocked The World (2017)
Dir. Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
A fascinating and rousing documentary profiling the impact of American Indian musicians on the development of rock music. Musicians featured include…
Ryuichi Sakamoto: CodaRyuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017) Aro Favourite
Dir. Stephen Schible
Beautiful portrait of revered Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, that captures the unique compositional process of a new work he…
Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History (TV Series)Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History (TV Series) (2017) Recommended
An eight–part CNN series that incisively explores the music tied to iconic moments in history. Includes interviews with Pat Benatar, Melissa…
SpookersSpookers (2017) Aro Favourite
Dir. Florian Habicht
A delightfully surprising documentary feature about an Auckland "scream park" called Spookers that provides brave hordes of paying customers with the…
Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, The (TV Series)Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, The (TV Series) (2017)
Feat. Morgan Freeman
6–episode National Geographic TV Series presented by Morgan Freeman, which explores themes central to humanity such as love, belief and power,…
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird HamiltonTake Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017)
Dir. Rory Kennedy
The remarkable story of an American icon who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever. Transcending the surf genre, this in–depth portrait…
This is GreeceThis is Greece (2017)
Survey of Modern Greece with presenter Michael Scott covering nationhood, religion, food, philosophy, sailing and more.
UnrestUnrest (2017) Recommended
Dir. Jennifer Brea
A groundbreaking documentary about the mysterious condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Made a by Jennifer Brea, a woman who suffers from the…
Whitney: Can I Be MeWhitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Recommended
Dir. Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal
Bearing less of his signature subjectivity, veteran documentarian Nick Broomfield explores Whitney Houston's meteoric rise to stardom, turbulent…
Yellow is ForbiddenYellow is Forbidden (2017) Aro Favourite
Dir. Pietra Brettkelly
Simply stunning fashion documentary from New Zealand director Pietra Brettkelly that swirls around the beguiling personality of Guo Pei, a dynamic…
1916: The Irish Rebellion1916: The Irish Rebellion (2016) Aro Favourite
Feat. Liam Neeson
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Irish Rebellion, this superb three–part documentary covers the impact of this seminal event.…
All Governments LieAll Governments Lie (All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I. F. Stone) (2016)
Dir. Fred Peabody
Documentary about independent journalism inspired by iconoclastic rebel journalist I. F. Stone, offering a timely critique of American mainstream…
Ants on a Shrimp: Noma in Tokyo Ants on a Shrimp: Noma in Tokyo (2016)
Dir. Maurice Dekkers
After achieving the rarefied status of the "World's Best Restaurant" owner–chef René Redzepi moves his entire 'Noma' team from Denmark to a…
Author: The JT LeRoy StoryAuthor: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jeff Feuerzeig
The seductively fascinating account of a major literary con, Jeremiah ‘Terminator’ LeRoy, who became a cult celebrity through his raw and…
Banksy Job, TheBanksy Job, The (2016)
Dir. Ian Roderick Gray, Dylan Harvey
Like an inferior fan–made follow up to EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, this art–heist documentary follows the self–described art…
Beatles, The: Eight Days a WeekBeatles, The: Eight Days a Week (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ron Howard
Ron Howard's thrilling compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.
Before the FloodBefore the Flood (2016)
Dir. Fisher Stevens
Nearly ten years after THE 11TH HOUR, Leonardo DiCaprio presents an update on his clarion call to address global climate change, travelling to five…
Between Land and SeaBetween Land and Sea (2016)
Dir. Ross Whitaker
Feat. Fergal Smith, John McCarthey, Pat Conway
Unique surfing documentary following a community of surfers over the course of 12 months as they convene in the Irish town of Lahinch, known for it's…
Beware the SlendermanBeware the Slenderman (2016)
Dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky
Chilling documentary exploring the Slenderman stabbing, in which two 12–year–old girls attempted to kill their friend in order to impress…
Bright LightsBright Lights (2016) Recommended
Feat. Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds
A touchingly intimate portrait of an eccentric Hollywood royal family – actress Debbie Reynolds and her beloved children, Carrie Fisher and…
CamerapersonCameraperson (2016)
Dir. Kirsten Johnson
Extraordinary autobiographical documentary by acclaimed cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, who has collected film clips spanning the past 10 years of…
Casablancas: The Man Who Loved WomenCasablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (2016)
John Casablancas tells his own story about his glamorous and star–studded career as founder of the Elite modeling agency in the 1970s, and…
Chasing AsylumChasing Asylum (2016) Recommended
Dir. Eva Orner
A hotly topical documentary exposing the real impact of Australia's offshore detention policies and explores how 'The Lucky Country' became one where…
Chicken PeopleChicken People (2016)
Dir. Nicole Lucas Haimes
An American alternative to our home–grown quirky chicken doco PECKING ORDER, this equally delightful real–life "Best in Show" follows…
Citizen Jane: Battle for the CityCitizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016)
Dir. Matt Tyrnauer
Documentary about urban theorist and activist Jane Jacobs, who campaigned in the 1960's against the building of mass high–rise accommodation…
Coming War on China, TheComing War on China, The (2016)
Dir. John Pilger
The chilling history and nature of the US military's presence in the Pacific is explored by John Pilger in a way the mainstream media won't –…
Crazy About Tiffany'sCrazy About Tiffany's (2016)
Dir. Matthew Miele
A fully authorized documentary about the iconic Tiffany & Co., told by those behind and in–front of the gold–plated counters, exploring…
DancerDancer (2016)
Dir. Steven Cantor
Documentary portrait of ex–pat Ukrainian Sergei Polunin, an extraordinary talent at the Royal Ballet who, at the age of 21, has an existential…
David Lynch: The Art LifeDavid Lynch: The Art Life (2016)
Dir. Jon Nguyen
An essential portrait of film–making iconoclast David Lynch, who takes us on an intimate journey from his childhood in idyllic small town…
Dawson City: Frozen TimeDawson City: Frozen Time (2016)
Dir. Bill Morrison
Staggering documentary about the miraculous excavation in 1978 of 533 silent film reels, buried in 1929 under a swimming pool or hockey rink in…
Destination Flavour: ScandinaviaDestination Flavour: Scandinavia (2016)
Australian celebrity chef and author Adam Liaw travels through Denmark, Sweden and Norway to explore the new Nordic food revolution. This 7 part…
Eagle Huntress, TheEagle Huntress, The (2016) Recommended
A 13–year–old nomadic Mongolian girl breaks a 2,000 year–old gender barrier to follow her father and train hunting eagles in this…
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own WordsEat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)
Dir. Thorsten Schütte
Wildly entertaining portrait of the enigmatic performer, featuring oodles of archival footage, interviews and performances. Like his music, this is…
EmbraceEmbrace (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Taryn Brumfritt
Empowering documentary follows Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfit on an extensive crusade to illuminate the global issue of women's body image and its…
Family, TheFamily, The (2016) Recommended
Dir. Rosie Jones
The heartbreaking story of an Australian religious sect led by Anne Hamilton–Byrne, a former yoga instructor who harnessed the power of charm,…
Fire at SeaFire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
Dir. Gianfranco Rosi
A poetic, quietly profound documentary that captures traditional life on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa alongside the compassionate response to the…
First Monday in May, TheFirst Monday in May, The (2016) Recommended
Dir. Andrew Rossi
Star–studded glimpse into the hectic preparation involved in the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition…
Free Man, TheFree Man, The (2016)
Dir. Toa Fraser
Kiwi filmmaker Toa Fraser examines the life of world–champion freestyle skier Jossi Wells, who travels and trains with a troupe of…
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie CouricGender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (2016)
Journalist Katie Couric sets out across America to explore what it means to be a boy or a girl in the modern day, examining the role of science,…
Gimme DangerGimme Danger (2016)
Dir. Jim Jarmusch
Feat. Iggy Pop
Director Jim Jarmuschs' self–described love letter to The Stooges, one of the most influential American bands of all time. Focusing on the…
GleasonGleason (2016)
Dir. Clay Tweel
Sundance hit documentary exploring the world of football hero Steve Gleason, whose career as defensive back in The New Orleans Saints was tragically…
Greeks, TheGreeks, The (2016)
Feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson
National Geographic landmark "event series" featuring historians, archaeologists, actors, athletes, scientists and artists all weighing in on the…
Harry & SnowmanHarry & Snowman (Harry and Snowman) (2016)
Dir. Ron Davis
This heartfelt story spans the career of Snowman, the "Cinderella Horse" that astonished a nation. After Harry rescued him from the slaughterhouse…
heART of the matter, TheheART of the matter, The (2016) Recommended
Dir. Luit Bieringa
A valuable historical documentary tracing the remarkable shifts in educational philosophy in New Zealand during the post WWII years, in which…
I Am Not Your NegroI Am Not Your Negro (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Raoul Peck
A hit at the 2017 NZ Film Festival, this astonishing documentary examines the life and work of literary iconoclast James Baldwin. Based on his…
Jim: The James Foley StoryJim: The James Foley Story (2016)
Dir. Brian Oakes
A moving look at the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped and publicly executed by ISIS, directed by his childhood…
Joanna Lumley's JapanJoanna Lumley's Japan (2016)
Feat. Joanna Lumley
British actress and presenter Joanna Lumley continues her series of travel documentaries with a 2,000 mile journey across the four main islands of…
Kate Plays ChristineKate Plays Christine (2016)
Dir. Robert Greene
Feat. Kate Lyn Sheil
A fascinating documentary following an actress who is preparing to play the role of newscaster Christine Chubbuck, who famously committed suicide on…
KediKedi (2016) Recommended
Dir. Ceyda Torun
An enchanting profile of an ancient city of Istanbul and its people, as told through the separate stories of seven roaming cats whose mysterious,…
Killing Season, The (TV Series)Killing Season, The (TV Series) (2016)
Journalistic investigation of a notorious unsolved serial killer case involving ten dead sex workers discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island. Believed…
Land of the Enlightened, TheLand of the Enlightened, The (2016)
Dir. Pieter-Jan de Pue
A creative documentary hybrid, which stages facts and fantasy side by side to reveal an intimate and poetic portrait of Afghanistan. Reminiscent of…
Le RideLe Ride (2016)
Dir. Phil Keoghan
Feat. Phil Keoghan
Bike enthusiast and television personality Phil Keoghan attempts to recreate and ride the famously tough–as–hell route of the original…
Letters From BaghdadLetters From Baghdad (2016) Recommended
Feat. Tilda Swinton
The complex history of the Middle East and British colonial power is explored in this documentary centered around the remarkable life of British…
Life, AnimatedLife, Animated (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Roger Ross Williams
The inspirational, unique story of Owen Suskind, a young man living with autism whose life is enriched by Disney animated films, and the…
Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected WorldLo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)
Dir. Werner Herzog
Acclaimed Documentarian Werner Herzog approaches the internet as a curious outsider on an exotic vacation. Meeting the digital natives, getting…
Marina Abramovic in Brazil: The Space in BetweenMarina Abramovic in Brazil: The Space in Between (2016)
Dir. Marco Del Fiol
Intriguing documentary following the provocative and adventurous Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic (THE ARTIST IS PRESENT) as she travels…
Matilda and MeMatilda and Me (2016)
Dir. Rhian Skirving
Behind–the–scenes doco that follows comedian Tim Minchin during the Australian rehearsals for the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's…
My Journey Through French CinemaMy Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage a Travers le Cinema Francais) (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier's personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key…
National Bird: Drone WarsNational Bird: Drone Wars (2016) Recommended
Dir. Sonia Kennebeck
A chilling expose of America's modern warfare program in which the ethics and possibilities of a deadly new technology are being determined, with…
Notes on BlindnessNotes on Blindness (2016) Recommended
Dir. Pete Middleton, James Spinney
An extraordinary audio cassette diary of the deterioration of academic John Hull's eyesight provides the source material for this detailed and…
Oasis: SupersonicOasis: Supersonic (2016) Recommended
Dir. Mat Whitecross
Highly entertaining portrait of mouthy Brit–pop icons Oasis and their meteoric rise from the council estates of Manchester to some of the…
OJ: Made in America (TV Series)OJ: Made in America (TV Series) (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ezra Edelman
A hugely acclaimed, definitive exploration of the O.J. Simpson “Trial of the Century” from the producers of ESPN Films prodigious doco series "30…
One More Time With FeelingOne More Time With Feeling (2016) Recommended
Dir. Andrew Dominik
Feat. Nick Cave
Nick Cave opens up like never before for close friend and film–making collaborator Andrew Dominik, who crafts an astonishing yet sensitive…
Poi E: The Story of Our SongPoi E: The Story of Our Song (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Tearepa Kahi
An aptly feel–good documentary account of the unlikely pop hit that boldly mashed up "Kapa Haka" song tradition and Te Reo Maori lyrics with…
Project Greenlight (TV Series) - Season 4Project Greenlight (TV Series) - Season 4 (2016)
Dir. Jason Mann
Feat. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
The fourth season of the excellent HBO series in which the winners of a film–making competition are followed through the production process of…
Richie McCaw: Chasing GreatRichie McCaw: Chasing Great (2016)
Dir. Justin Pemberton, Michelle Walshe
Intimate documentary follows Richie’s final 365 days leading the All Blacks as the most capped rugby player of all time attempting to…
RiskRisk (2016) Recommended
Dir. Laura Poitras
The director of CITIZENFOUR focuses on another political dissident, Julian Assange, whom she followed for six years through controversies and…
Score: A Film Music DocumentaryScore: A Film Music Documentary (2016)
Dir. Matt Schrader
An interesting insight into the art of composing film scores that gleans commentary from a diverse range of more than 60 composers (including Hans…
Soundbreaking (TV Series)Soundbreaking (TV Series) (Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music) (2016) Recommended
Soundbreaking explores the history of recorded music. Featuring more than 150 original interviews, the series charts a century's worth of innovation…
Story of God, The (TV Series)Story of God, The (TV Series) (2016)
Feat. Morgan Freeman
Ambitious cross–cultural survey of what God means to people and how religion has shaped world history , narrated and produced by Morgan…
TickledTickled (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. David Farrier, Dylan Reeve
Utterly engrossing documentary from Kiwi journo David Farrier, who stumbles into the bizarre world of "competitive tickling" that leads him on an…
Tracking EdithTracking Edith (2016)
Dir. Peter Stephan Jungk
Documentary about the brilliant photographer Edith Tudor–Hart, who led a double life as a KGB agent and was instrumental in the recruitment of…
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken LoachVersus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016)
Dir. Louise Osmond
A revealing tribute to the life and career of one of Britain's most eminent film–makers and socially–conscious artists, whose prolific…
WeinerWeiner (2016) Recommended
Dir. Josh Kriegman, Elyyse Steinberg
Shockingly funny all–access doco that exposes the machinations of a political campaign following former congressman Anthony Weiner's earnest…
WhiteleyWhiteley (2016)
Dir. James Bogle
A vivid and stimulating chronicle of the life and art of troubled Australian painter Brett Whiteley, who died in 1992 at the age of 53, and helped to…
Why Am I?: The Science of UsWhy Am I?: The Science of Us (2016) Aro Favourite
An internationally lauded four part series that details the findings of a 40–year study by the Otago School of Medicine that follows every baby…
Wizard ModeWizard Mode (2016)
Dir. Nathan Drillot, Jeff Lee Petry
Robert Gagno aspires to be a world pinball champion in this poignant documentary which explores pinball culture through the life of a dedicated…
Zach's CeremonyZach's Ceremony (2016)
Dir. Aaron Petersen
A complex, emotive story of an Aboriginal boy's journey to manhood captured over 10 years under pressures from his loving but staunch father, the…
Zero DaysZero Days (2016)
Dir. Alex Gibney
Cyber–warfare documentary from the Academy Award–winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, who provides the most comprehensive account yet of…
25 April25 April (2015)
Dir. Leanne Pooley
An animated take on the tragic 1915 Gallipoli Campaign of WW1 told through the perspective of six New Zealanders who were involved. The voice cast…
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015)
Dir. Marc Silver
Devastating dissection of the aftermath of a racially charged encounter between a young black male and a middle aged white man that turns fatal.
A Ballerina's TaleA Ballerina's Tale (2015)
Dir. Nelson George
Nuanced portrait of African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside…
A Family AffairA Family Affair (2015)
Dir. Angeliki Aristomenopoulou
An intimate and intoxicating portrait of the renowned Xylouris family, who have been maintaining the musical traditions of their native Crete for…
A Flickering TruthA Flickering Truth (2015) Recommended
Dir. Pietra Brettkelly
In documenting one man’s precarious quest to restore thousands of hours of film heritage in the post–Taliban Kabul, New Zealand filmmaker…
Act of KindnessAct of Kindness (2015)
Dir. Costa Botes, Sven Pannell
Charting the ripple effects of real compassion, this inspiring true story follows a spirited young New Zealander’s search for the Rwandan samaritan…
All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower RecordsAll Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015)
Dir. Colin Hanks
The story of US–based Tower Records and its unconventional founder, Russ Solomon, whose legacy rose out a humble drugstore in 1960 to become a…
AltheaAlthea (2015)
PBS documentary account of the story of Althea Gibson, a truant from the tough streets of Harlem, who overcame extraordinary odds to becomes the…
AmyAmy (2015) Recommended
Dir. Asif Kapadia
The compelling but undeniably downbeat story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. From the…
Batkid BeginsBatkid Begins (2015)
Dir. Dana Nachman
Misty–eyed documentary records the occasion when a city came together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish, to fight crime as…
Being EvelBeing Evel (2015)
Dir. Daniel Junge
A candid look at the great American daredevil Evel Knievel that examines both the myth and his legacy.
Best of EnemiesBest of Enemies (2015) Aro Favourite
Dir. Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Riveting account of the frequently explosive televised debates between the liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley that transfixed…
Black Panthers, The: Vanguard of the RevolutionBlack Panthers, The: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)
Dir. Stanley Nelson Jr
Well–crafted doco that examines the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial…
Breaking a MonsterBreaking a Monster (2015)
Dir. Luke Meyer
Chronicle of the break–out year of the black heavy metal band "Unlocking the Truth" that follows 13–year–old members Alec Atkins,…
Cancer - The Emperor of All MaladiesCancer - The Emperor of All Maladies (2015) Recommended
Dir. Barak Goodman
Ken Burns produced this illuminating study of Cancer from its first mention in Egyptian scrolls to the present day medical laboratories where the…
Cartel LandCartel Land (2015) Recommended
Dir. Matthew Heineman
Unnerving documentary follows a group of citizens as they attempt to counter drug related crime on the Mexican–American border.
City of GoldCity of Gold (2015) Recommended
Dir. Laura Gabbert
Intoxicating portrait of Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold who's adventurous and egalitarian approach to food saw him become the first culinary…
Cobain: Montage of HeckCobain: Montage of Heck (2015) Recommended
Dir. Brett Morgen
The definitive documentary on Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with Nirvana.
Crossing Rachmaninoff Crossing Rachmaninoff (2015)
Dir. Rebecca Tansley
Absorbing documentary follows aspiring piano soloist Flavio Villani as he prepares Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 for his first orchestral…
Culture High, TheCulture High, The (2015)
Dir. Brett Harvey
Documentary that explores the deep–seated roots of the morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveals the fascinating path it has taken to get…
Daft Punk: UnchainedDaft Punk: Unchained (2015)
Dir. Hervé Martin-Delpierre
A reverent exploration of the seminal French electronic musicians who are famed for performing in robot attire that hides their faces. Featuring…
Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream AllianceDark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance (2015) Recommended
Dir. Louise Osmond
An inspirational and life–affirming rags–to–riches true story of a barmaid who bred a champion racehorse. Set in a former mining…
David Attenborough's Conquest of the SkiesDavid Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies (2015)
Landmark series from Sir David Attenborough tells the story of the intricate engineering behind nature's greatest aeronauts, featuring gliding…
David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the VertebratesDavid Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (2015)
David Attenborough embarks on a remarkable 500 million–year journey revealing the extraordinary group of animals that dominate our world, and…
Dawn of Humanity (2015)
National Geographic documentary focusing on a 2013 fossil discovery and the 2–year excavation process that followed, with insights into how…
Day That Changed My Life, TheDay That Changed My Life, The (2015)
Dir. Christopher Dudman
Documentary on the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch which weaves together extensive interviews to provide a sensitive and personal account of…
De PalmaDe Palma (2015)
Dir. Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow
Feat. Brian De Palma
A comprehensive overview of the career of prolific and sometimes controversial film–maker Brian De Palma, an avid disciple of Alfred Hitchcock…
Death in Leon (TV Mini-series)Death in Leon (TV Mini-series) (Muerte en Leon) (2015)
Dir. Justin Webster
A non–fiction series about the murder of Isabel Carrasco, a controversial politician and president of the Provincial Council of Leon, Spain.…
Deep WebDeep Web (2015)
Dir. Alex Winter
Keanu Reeves narrates this engrossing documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, and largely beyond the law. In…
Dreams RewiredDreams Rewired (2015)
Dir. Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart
Feat. Tilda Swinton
Enchanting and baffling, this experiment in retro–futurist re–appropriation matches a vast amount of fascinating silent–era film…
Elstree 1976Elstree 1976 (2015)
Dir. Jon Spira
STAR WARS fans will enjoy this good–natured doco that looks at the lives of the film's bit–part actors and extras as they reminisce about…
Emperor's New Clothes, TheEmperor's New Clothes, The (2015)
Dir. Michael Winterbottom
Feat. Russell Brand
Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom team up to present this angry, but also blackly funny, examination of the growing disparity between different…
Ever the LandEver the Land (2015) Recommended
Dir. Sarah Grohnert
Documentary exploring the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand’s most…
Finders KeepersFinders Keepers (2015)
Dir. Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel
Certifiably wacky, but not unbelievable, tale of the legal battle over ownership of an amputated human leg. It's a highly amusing subject matter…
FrancofoniaFrancofonia (2015) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alexandr Sokurov
Feat. Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath
A richly evocative and insightful historical cine–essay from celebrated dir. Alexander Sokurov (RUSSIAN ARK) that charts the relationship…
Free to RunFree to Run (2015) Recommended
Dir. Pierre Morath
The social history of running is chronicled with extraordinary passion and depth in this examination of the trajectory of running from an elitist,…
Gayby BabyGayby Baby (2015)
Dir. Maya Newell
Revealing study of modern day Australia observes the lives of four children whose parents are either gay or lesbian, and explores the ways in which…
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of BeliefGoing Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney
A lacerating expose of the inner–workings of the Church of Scientology from prolific truth–seeker Alex Gibney. Drawing heavily on…
Grand Designs New Zealand (TV Series)Grand Designs New Zealand (TV Series) (2015-2017) Recommended
New Zealand iteration of the immensely popular British design show has Wellington architect Chris Moller taking us behind the scenes of some…
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (TV Mini-Series)Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (TV Mini-Series) (2015)
David Attenborough revisits the Great Barrier Reef after nearly 60 years. His visit takes him from the most exposed part of the reef as well as down…
Ground We Won, TheGround We Won, The (2015) Aro Favourite
Dir. Christopher Pryor
A revealing portrait of contemporary manhood as observed through the rites and rituals of a rural New Zealand rugby club made up of…
He Named Me MalalaHe Named Me Malala (2015)
Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Inspiring documentary tells the tale of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and how her staunch advocacy for girls…
Heart of a DogHeart of a Dog (2015)
Dir. Laurie Anderson
Feat. Laurie Anderson
Prolific performance artist Laurie Anderson directs this brave but gentle autobiographical cinematic essay, centered around themes of death and love,…
Hitchcock/TruffautHitchcock/Truffaut (2015)
Dir. Kent Jones
Feat. Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock
A lovingly crafted portrait of Hitchcock and his profound impact on cinema history, this adaptation from the 1966 book by Francois Truffaut is based…
How to Change the WorldHow to Change the World (2015) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jerry Rothwell
Another absorbing maritime documentary from the director of DEEP WATER that tells the tale of a group of friends who in 1971, in defiance of the U.S.…
Hunt, The (TV Series)Hunt, The (TV Series) (2015)
From the producers of PLANET EARTH come this spectacular nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough that looks at the contest between predator…
Hunting Ground, TheHunting Ground, The (2015) Recommended
Dir. Kirby Dick
A scorching exposé of the startling prevalence of sexual assaults and institutional cover–ups at college campuses across America. Through raw…
I Am Cait (TV Series)I Am Cait (TV Series) (2015)
TV series that follows the transformation of Bruce Jenner from a man to Caitlyn Jenner, a woman, by showing the struggles and publicity of changing…
I Am ThorI Am Thor (2015) Recommended
Dir. Ryan Wise
A spiritual cousin to THE STORY OF ANVIL, this is another endearing tale from the fringes of the "heavy metal" music scene, this time charting the…
Janis: Little Girl BlueJanis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
Dir. Amy Berg
Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) narrates this documentary portrait of the ground–breaking American singer of the 1960s, who pioneered a raw and…
Jeremy Scott: The People's DesignerJeremy Scott: The People's Designer (2015)
Dir. Vlad Yudin
Glossy tale of fashion designer Jeremy Scott's ascent from a small Missouri town to his current position as the Creative Director of Moschino.
Jinx, The (TV Series)Jinx, The (TV Series) (The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst) (2015) Recommended
Dir. Andrew Jarecki
Riveting series examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon, Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.
Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian AdventureJoanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Adventure (2015)
Actress Joanna Lumley embarks on the world's greatest train journey for this three–part series. Travelling from East to West, she departs from…
Keeping Up With the Kaimanawas (TV Series)Keeping Up With the Kaimanawas (TV Series) (2015)
Horsey reality TV show following Northland's Wilson sisters as they tame and train New Zealand's indigenous horses, the endangered Kaimanuwas of the…
Kevin McCloud's Escape to the Wild (TV Series)Kevin McCloud's Escape to the Wild (TV Series) (2015)
GRAND DESIGNS present Kevin McCloud travels the globe to visit people living 'off the grid' in some very remote spots.
Landfill HarmonicLandfill Harmonic (2015)
Dir. Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley
Documentary portrait of Paraguayan music teacher Fabio Chavez and his Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a children's orchestra which performs with…
Life in a WalkLife in a Walk (2015)
Dir. Yogi Roth
Filmmaker, author and scholar Yogi Roth invites his cancer–embattled father on a life–changing walk along the Camino de Santiago, the…
Listen to Me MarlonListen to Me Marlon (2015) Recommended
Dir. Stevan Riley
A deeply revealing – and at times discomforting – look at the life of Hollywood icon and enigma Marlon Brando, utilizing hundreds of…
Look of Silence, TheLook of Silence, The (2015) Recommended
Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer
Devastating sequel to the acclaimed THE ACT OF KILLING examines the genocide from the victim's perspective, following a family of survivors as they…
Louis Theroux: My Scientology MovieLouis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (2015)
Dir. John Dower
Louis Theroux brings his wry charms feature–length look at what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.
Mask You Live In, TheMask You Live In, The (2015)
Dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Seeking to inspire a society to raise a healthier generation of boys and young men, this cogent documentary identifies the pervasive cultural and…
Mavis!Mavis! (2015) Recommended
Dir. Jessica Edwards
Rousing chronicle of the life and music of singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples.
MeruMeru (2015)
Dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Eye–popping documentary captures the struggles of three elite climbers as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in…
Miss Sharon Jones!Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)
Dir. Barbara Kopple
Energetic as well as intimate, this portrait of the mighty soul singer by acclaimed documentarian Barbara Kopple bravely chronicles the effect that…
Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, TheMusic of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, The (2015)
Dir. Morgan Neville
From the director of the Oscar winning 20 FEET FROM STARDOM comes this beautiful portrait of the international music collective founded by legendary…
National Theatre: 50 Years on StageNational Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (2015)
A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of London's National Theatre. The theatrical gala features a veritable who's–who of British stage talent…
Nightmare, TheNightmare, The (2015)
Dir. Rodney Ascher
Unique and chilling documentary that takes a look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.
Noma: My Perfect StormNoma: My Perfect Storm (2015)
Dir. Pierre Deschamps
All–access look into the remarkable life of Chef Rene Redzepi and his multiple award–winning restaurant Noma.
Older Than IrelandOlder Than Ireland (2015) Recommended
Dir. Alex Fegan
100 years of Irish history is explored in this fascinating documentary about 30 Irish men and women who are all over 100 years old. A uniquely…
Only the DeadOnly the Dead (2015) Recommended
Dir. Bill Guttentag, Michael Ware
Graphic, but never exploitative account of the invasion of Iraq as captured by the lens of Australian war correspondent Michael Ware.
PalioPalio (2015)
Dir. Cosima Spender
Peggy Guggenheim: Art AddictPeggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) Recommended
Dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Luminous portrait of the arts patron extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune and adventurous taste into one of the premier collections of…
Putuparri and the RainmakersPutuparri and the Rainmakers (2015)
Dir. Nicole Ma
Enlightening documentary about an Aboriginal man living in Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia that maps out his ancestors' spiritual connection to…
Queen of Ireland, TheQueen of Ireland, The (2015)
Dir. Conor Horgan
Triumphant Irish doco about the referendum on marriage equality for same–sex couples, focused on drag queen and gay rights activist Pandora…
Requiem for the American DreamRequiem for the American Dream (2015)
Dir. Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks
A bracing encapsulation of Professor Noam Chomsky's political and philosophical views, focusing particularly on the damaging effects of inequality in…
ResetReset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2015)
Dir. Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai
Delightful depiction of renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (best known for choreographing the dance sequences in Black Swan) in his…
Return of the Free China JunkReturn of the Free China Junk (2015)
Dir. Robin Greenberg
Moving follow–up to THE FREE CHINA JUNK, this time covering the international effort to rescue the original junk (used to sail between Taiwan…
RonaldoRonaldo (2015)
Dir. Anthony Wonke
An often surprising examination of the life and career of famed soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Seymour: An IntroductionSeymour: An Introduction (2015)
Dir. Ethan Hawke
Award–winning documentary on the life and career of classical pianist Seymour Bernstein, who abandoned fame as a performer in favour of a…
SherpaSherpa (2015) Recommended
Dir. Jennifer Peedom
Superb doco captures the 2014 climbing season on Everest from the point of view of Sherpa Phurba Tashi, including the tragic avalanche and its…
Sinatra: All or Nothing at AllSinatra: All or Nothing at All (2015) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney
Feat. Frank Sinatra
Alex Gibney's intimate examination of the legendary musician Frank Sinatra, spanning his lengthy career over an epic four–hour running time.…
Steve Jobs: The Man in the MachineSteve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)
Dir. Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney directs this piercing and decidedly unflattering documentary examining the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le MansSteve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)
Dir. Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna
Retrospective account of the making of Steve McQueen's cinematic passion project LE MANS, a flop at the time, but one whose verisimilitude has earned…
Story of China with Michael Wood, The (TV Series)Story of China with Michael Wood, The (TV Series) (2015) Recommended
Feat. Michael Wood
Veteran historian and broadcaster Michael Wood follows his celebrated Story of India with this in–depth portrait of the most populous country…
TomorrowTomorrow (2015)
Dir. Cyril Dion, Melanie Laurent
French actress Melanie Laurent explores hopeful solutions in response to the publication of a study forecasting the possible extinction of mankind by…
UnbrandedUnbranded (2015)
Dir. Philip Baribeau
Gorgeously photographed odyssey follows four friends as they travel across public land from Mexico to Canada with 16 horses.
Walt Disney: His Life and LegacyWalt Disney: His Life and Legacy (2015)
Dir. Sarah Colt
This comprehensive account of Walt Disney's career from his early films to Disneyland provides a keen insight into his motivations and values.
Welcome to LeithWelcome to Leith (2015) Recommended
Dir. Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker
A living nightmare unfolds for the townsfolk of the North Dakota town of Leith (pop. 24) when a notorious white supremacist moves in with a nefarious…
What Happened, Miss Simone?What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) Recommended
Dir. Liz Garbus
Essential biographical documentary about the extraordinary Nina Simone, filled with previously unseen archival footage of the singer, and produced by…
Where to Invade NextWhere to Invade Next (2015) Recommended
Dir. Michael Moore
A good–natured comic polemic from film–maker Michael Moore, who this time "invades" a host of European nations in pursuit of progressive,…
Why ANZAC with Sam NeillWhy ANZAC with Sam Neill (Tides of Blood) (2015)
Feat. Sam Neill
Sam Neill examines the enduring myths of the Anzac legend, sharing his family's war stories and uncovering forgotten truths. From the Gallipoli…
Winter at WestbethWinter at Westbeth (2015)
Dir. Rohan Spong
A vibrant showcase of three elderly artists who reside in the historic and unique Westbeth Artists Housing in New York City's west village. Filmed…
Wolfpack, TheWolfpack, The (2015) Aro Favourite
Dir. Crystal Moselle
A poignant, stranger–than–fiction documentary about the six Angulo brothers, raised entirely within the confines of their Lower East Side…
Women He's UndressedWomen He's Undressed (2015) Recommended
Dir. Gillian Armstrong
Indeed "fabulous" documentary about the life of the Australian costume designer and three–time Oscar winner Orry–Kelly, who despite his…
Yorkshire Vet, The (TV Series)Yorkshire Vet, The (TV Series) (2015)
Animal lovers will adore this documentary series following the work of the staff of Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk, North Yorkshire –…
20,000 Days on Earth20,000 Days on Earth (2014) Aro Favourite
Dir. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Feat. Nick Cave, Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue
A 24–hour portrait of writer and musician Nick Cave, blending fiction and reality, as it examines the artistic process and the power of the…
A Lego BrickumentaryA Lego Brickumentary (2014)
Dir. Daniel Junge, Kief Davidson
Jason Bateman narrates this cheerful doco that takes a look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building–block toys.
Adjust Your TrackingAdjust Your Tracking (2014) Recommended
An informal companion piece to REWIND THIS!, this documentary even shares a few of its commentators but narrows the focus down to a range of…
Advanced StyleAdvanced Style (2014) Aro Favourite
Dir. Lina Plioplyte
An irresistible and inspirational portrait of the lives of seven unique New York women whose dynamic, eclectic personal style and vital spirit have…
All This MayhemAll This Mayhem (2014)
Dir. Eddie Martin
The dark side of competitive sport is laid bare in this chilling account of Australian brothers Tas and Ben Pappas, talented skateboarders who moved…
Art + SoulArt + Soul (2014)
An in depth journey through the heritage, politics and imagination in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Presented by Hetti…
Aunty & the Star PeopleAunty & the Star People (Aunty and the Star People) (2014) Recommended
Dir. Gerard Smyth
The extraordinary story of an unassuming elderly women from Berhampore, Wellington who leads a double life as the famous "Jean Aunty", founder of a…
Awake: The Life of YoganandaAwake: The Life of Yogananda (2014)
Dir. Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman
An enlightening documentary about Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda who brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920. Yogananda was the author of…
Banksy Does New YorkBanksy Does New York (2014)
Dir. Chris Moukarbel
Documentary chronicling the famed street artist's "31 works of art in 31 days" in New York city.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt MeBig Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2014) Recommended
Dir. Drew DeNicola , Olivia Mori
The definitive story of the "greatest band that never made it", this long overdue documentary tells the story of legendary Memphis band "Big Star",…
Billy Connolly's Big Send OffBilly Connolly's Big Send Off (2014)
Dir. Mike Reilly
Feat. Billy Connolly
A frank but humorous look into the business and philosophy of death by the ageing Scottish comedian, whose own public battle with cancer and…
Black Panther WomanBlack Panther Woman (2014)
Dir. Rachel Perkins
Revealing look at the Australian Black protest movement of the 1970's and its affiliation with the American Black Panthers, told from the perspective…
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela SmartCaptivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014)
Dir. Jeremiah Zagar
One of the highest profile murder trials of the 20th Century is revisited in this fascinating documentary about the murder of Gregg Smart in New…
Cathedrals of Culture (TV Series)Cathedrals of Culture (TV Series) (2014)
Dir. Wim Wenders, Robert Redford, Michael Glawogger
If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? `Cathedrals of Culture' offers six startling responses to this question. Filmed entirely in…
CitizenfourCitizenfour (2014) Recommended
Dir. Laura Poitras
Oscar–winning documentary that chronicles the first meetings between whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald, the explosive…
Cosmos (TV Series)Cosmos (TV Series) (Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey) (2014) Aro Favourite
Feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson
National Geographic presents this superb 21st century update of Carl Sagan's influential book and TV series of the 1970's. Using breathtaking…
CowspiracyCowspiracy (2014)
Dir. Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn
A thought–provoking and engaging investigation of the contentious hypothesis that animal agriculture is the leading cause of greenhouse…
Death: A Series About Life (TV Mini-Series)Death: A Series About Life (TV Mini-Series) (2014)
Norwegian documentary filmed around the world on 100 locations in 25 countries tackling death from the physical, spiritual, creative, commercial and…
Dinosaur 13Dinosaur 13 (2014) Aro Favourite
Dir. Todd Douglas Miller
Riveting documentary chronicling the discovery of the largest complete T–Rex ever found, and the ongoing Goliath struggles faced by the…
Dior and IDior and I (2014) Recommended
Dir. Frederic Tcheng
Ravishing documentary takes a peek inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind–the–scenes look…
Do I Sound Gay?Do I Sound Gay? (2014)
Dir. David Thorpe
Amusing documentary about the stereotype of the gay voice as director David Thorpe, recently heartbroken and anxious over the sound of his own voice,…
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon FilmsElectric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) Aro Favourite
Dir. Mark Hartley
A wildly entertaining trip through the heady rise and fall of The Cannon Group – a prolific film production company responsible for countless…
Erebus: Operation OverdueErebus: Operation Overdue (2014)
Dir. Peter Burger
The tragic yet compelling story of Air New Zealand's doomed DC–10 which crashed into Antarctica's Mount Erebus in 1979.
Fed UpFed Up (2014)
Dir. Stephanie Soechtig
An urgent documentary on the obesity epidemic whose major message is that sugar is the biggest culprit. Made in the style of compelling forerunners…
Filmed in SupermarionationFilmed in Supermarionation (2014)
Dir. Stephen La Rivière
Carefully–crafted love letter to the groundbreaking and iconic puppetry technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, creators of…
Finding FelaFinding Fela (2014)
Dir. Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney trains his inquisitorial eye on the celebrated musician Fela Kuti, a revolutionary political figure and a leading proponet of Afrobeat.
First Contact (TV Series)First Contact (TV Series) (2014)
Provocative reality television documents the journey of six Australians who are challenged about their perceptions of indigenous Australians.
From Scotland With LoveFrom Scotland With Love (2014)
Scottish history as told through a vast collection of real home movie and archival footage, this is a charming filmic tapestry of everyday family…
Future Shock! The Story of 2000ADFuture Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2014)
The story of mighty British sci–fi comic 2000AD is passionately told by the creators and artists Pat Mills, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, John…
Generation LikeGeneration Like (2014)
Top quality and highly topical PBS documentary which posits the question "Are kids using social media or is social media using kids?" to explore the…
Genesis: Sum of the PartsGenesis: Sum of the Parts (Genesis: Together and Apart) (2014) Recommended
Dir. John Edginton
Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks reunite to do this official documentary spanning the prog–rock and…
Genius of the Ancient World Genius of the Ancient World (2014)
Historian Bettany Hughes takes a tour through the ancient world and examines the works of three key philosophers, Socrates, Confucious and Buddha.
Glen Campbell: I'll Be MeGlen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)
Dir. James Keach
Centering around Campbell's tragic diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, this tour doco follows the country music legend across America for 15 month's…
Great Museum, TheGreat Museum, The (2014)
Dir. Johannes Holzhausen
Fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of one of the most famous cultural institutions in the world, The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
Great Welsh Adventure, A (TV Series)Great Welsh Adventure, A (TV Series) (2014)
Feat. Griff Rhys-Jones
"Exiled" Welshman and popular Brit comedian Griff Rhys Jones reveals the unusual delights hidden amongst the icy peaks, roaming valleys and stunning…
Green Prince, TheGreen Prince, The (2014) Recommended
Dir. Nadav Schirman
Absorbing account of how a son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, became a spy for the Israelis.
Hidden Kingdoms (TV Series)Hidden Kingdoms (TV Series) (2014)
Feat. Stephen Fry
This six part BBC nature series uses camera wizardry to contrive high–stakes animal adventures. While seasoned Attenborough viewers may be put…
Hip Hop-erationHip Hop-eration (2014) Aro Favourite
An utterly delightful character–driven documentary that tells the humorous, heartfelt and life–affirming story of an elderly Waiheke…
Human Universe (TV Mini-Series)Human Universe (TV Mini-Series) (2014)
Professor and "Rock star Physicist" Brian Cox travels the globe to investigate the origin of the human species. Through interviews with historians,…
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney StoryI Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014)
Dir. Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker
Good–natured portrait of the revered performer Caroll Spinney, the man inside Big Bird's suit since Sesame Street began.
I Dream Of WiresI Dream Of Wires (2014) Recommended
Dir. Robert Fantinatto
A must for electronic music fans, this is a well–researched and cohesive delve into the history and recent resurgence of the electronic modular…
In Search of ChopinIn Search of Chopin (2014)
Dir. Phil Grabsky
The life and music of Polish–born pianist and composer Fryderyk Chopin is explored in the detailed format of dir. Grabsky's previous "In Search…
Intrepid New ZealandIntrepid New Zealand (2014)
Ambitious follow–up to Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald's FIRST CROSSINGS (2012) finds the pair tackling a new set of legendary journeys…
IrisIris (2014) Recommended
Dir. Albert Maysles
Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles' final film is an insightful portrait of fashion icon Iris Apfel who has had an outsized presence on the New…
Irish Pub, TheIrish Pub, The (2014)
Dir. Alex Fegan
A warm celebration of Irish pub culture, featuring delightful character vignettes and insightful explorations of the family tradition of pub…
Italian Americans, The (Mini-Series)Italian Americans, The (Mini-Series) (2014)
Documentary series that deftly explores the real history and impact of Italian Americans on America through archival clips and interviews from 1890…
Jodorowsky's DuneJodorowsky's Dune (2014) Aro Favourite
Dir. Frank Pavich
Feat. Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger
Billed as the greatest sci–fi movie never made, Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's groundbreaking novel DUNE makes for a…
Keep on Keepin' OnKeep on Keepin' On (2014) Recommended
Dir. Alan Hicks
Infectious documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23–year–old…
KorengalKorengal (2014)
Dir. Sebastian Junger
Follow–up to RESTREPO picks up where it left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the…
Lambert and StampLambert and Stamp (2014) Recommended
Dir. James D. Cooper
Feat. Christopher Stamp, Kit Lambert
Passionate documentary chronicling the curious origin–story of THE WHO, where two aspiring filmmakers looking for a subject came across the…
Land of the BearsLand of the Bears (2014)
Dir. Guillaume Vincent
Set in the wilderness of the Kamchatka Peninsula this riveting nature film follows the daily adventures of five wild brown bears.
Last Days in VietnamLast Days in Vietnam (2014) Recommended
Dir. Rory Kennedy
An exhaustive, Oscar–nominated documentary directed by the daughter of Robert Kennedy about the final panicked days of the Vietnam War as the…
Life ItselfLife Itself (2014)
Dir. Steve James
Feat. Roger Ebert
Profoundly significant film–critic Roger Ebert is the subject of this unique cinematic portrait. Originally an adaptation of his memoir, the…
Life on Us (TV Series)Life on Us (TV Series) (2014)
A detailed look at the human body as a walking ecosystem, teeming with a wide variety of life forms and microbes in their trillions.
Man from Coxs River, TheMan from Coxs River, The (2014)
Dir. Russell Kilbey
Feat. Luke Carlon, Chris Banffy
Surprise hit doco from Australia follows a daring collaboration between a skillful horseman and a National Parks ranger who attempt a daring brumby…
Merchants of Doubt, TheMerchants of Doubt, The (2014) Aro Favourite
Dir. Robert Kenner
The director of FOOD INC. takes on corporate titans once again, here exposing their duplicitous agenda to mislead consumers on climate change using…
Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane, The (TV Series)Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane, The (TV Series) (2014)
Dir. Toby Paton
A series for road enthusiasts which explores the secret life of the M6 – one of Britain's busiest roads.
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James BrownMr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014)
Dir. Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney's extensive portrait of the "Godfather of Soul" was made with cooperation of the Brown Estate and expertly contextualises a wealth of…
Nancy Wake: Gestapo's Most WantedNancy Wake: Gestapo's Most Wanted (2014)
The heroics of Wellington–born Nancy Wake, aka 'The White Mouse', are given a pulpy treatment in this doco–drama celebrating the famed…
Nas: Time is IllmaticNas: Time is Illmatic (2014)
Dir. One9
Spirited doco that delves deep into the making of Nas' benchmark album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.
National GalleryNational Gallery (2014) Recommended
Dir. Frederick Wiseman
Director Frederick Wiseman applies his rigorously patient and observational style to explore one of the great museums of the world: The National…
Next Goal WinsNext Goal Wins (2014)
Dir. Steve Jamison, Mike Brett
The rousing underdog story of American Samoa's national football team – officially the worst international team in the world – whose…
Nigel Latta (TV Series)Nigel Latta (TV Series) (2014)
Clinical psychologist Nigel Latta goes in–depth on some of the most urgent problems facing New Zealand society today in this confronting…
NOW: In the Wings on a World StageNOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)
Dir. Jeremy Whelehan
Feat. Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Richard III.
On Any Sunday: The Next ChapterOn Any Sunday: The Next Chapter (2014)
Dir. Dana Brown
Following up his father's classic ON ANY SUNDAY, Dana Brown chronicles the passionate international following of motorcycle racing.
Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl (TV Series)Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl (TV Series) (2014)
Following on from the SBS series on Sydney suburb Cabramatta and its dense Vietnamese population, this landmark history of Lebanese Australians looks…
Our Big Blue Backyard (TV Series)Our Big Blue Backyard (TV Series) (Wild South: Our Big Blue Backyard) (2014)
From Northland to Stewart Island, this 6 part series explores the colourful and varied fauna within New Zealand's unique marine environments.
Overnighters, TheOvernighters, The (2014) Recommended
Dir. Jesse Moss
The burden of compassion is at the heart of this story of Jay Reinke, a church Pastor who runs the "overnighters" program in the oil pipeline…
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a CyclistPantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (2014)
Dir. James Erskine
A powerful case study on the rise and fall of a Tour de France champion and the corruption at the heart of the sport, this documentary examines the…
Pirates of the AirwavesPirates of the Airwaves (2014)
A docudrama on the story of Radio Hauraki, which rocked the state–monopolised airwaves in the sixties as a pirate radio station aboard a ship…
Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & SupermarketsPulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014)
Dir. Florian Habicht
Imaginative Kiwi filmmaker Florian Habicht collaborates with Jarvis Cocker to mark UK pop rock band Pulp's last ever concert.
PumpPump (Pump, the Movie) (2014)
Dir. Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Joshua Tickell
Eye–opening examination of America's oil addiction and investigation into alternative energy sources that are considerably cheaper and…
Queen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch UnveiledQueen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch Unveiled (2014)
A.N. Wilson guides the viewer through revealing look at the life of Queen Victoria, told through a selection of the Monarch's correspondences..
Real History of Science Fiction, The (TV Series)Real History of Science Fiction, The (TV Series) (2014)
The story of one of the liveliest and most stimulating genres in popular culture told through its impact on cinema, television and literature. Each…
RoadRoad (2014)
Dir. Michael Hewitt, Diarmuid Lavery
Petrol head doco with a big heart, narrated by Liam Neeson and following the lives of a family who have dominated road racing for over 30 years.
Salt of the Earth, TheSalt of the Earth, The (2014) Aro Favourite
Dir. Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
A visually stunning and deeply affecting portrait of Sebastião Salgado, an acclaimed humanitarian photographer, who for over forty years has…
ScandimaniaScandimania (2014)
River Cottage's Hugh Fearnley–Whittingstall tours the key regions of Scandinavia, exploring our increasing fascination with its crime drama and…
She's Beautiful When She's AngryShe's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) Recommended
Dir. Mary Dore
A retrospective but indeed still relevant account of the history of the tenacious and resilient women who founded the modern women's movement from…
Spandau Ballet: Soul Boys of the Western WorldSpandau Ballet: Soul Boys of the Western World (2014) Recommended
Feat. Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp
Top notch documentary about the band Spandau Ballet, who were key proponents of the "New Romantic" pop movement of the early 1980's and went on to…
Sunshine SupermanSunshine Superman (2014) Recommended
Dir. Marah Strauch
Hair–raising portrait of the late Carl Boenish, pioneer of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more…
Takedown: The DNA of GSPTakedown: The DNA of GSP (2014)
Dir. Kristian Manchester
A look at the life and career of Ultimate Fighting Champion's welterweight world champ Georges St–Pierre.
That Sugar FilmThat Sugar Film (2014)
Dir. Damon Gameau
Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly…
This is BrazilThis is Brazil (2014)
A crash course in the food, football and culture of Brazil – a country centre of attention in 2014 with the FIFA World Cup in full swing.
Today's Russia: A Literary LandscapeToday's Russia: A Literary Landscape (2014)
Feat. Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry presents this overdue reappraisal of Russian literature for a Western audience. Imbued with Fry's characteristic personal touches and…
Topp Country (TV Series)Topp Country (TV Series) (2014)
Lynda and Jools Topp hit the road for this food flavoured tiki tour of New Zealand.
Trust Me I'm a DoctorTrust Me I'm a Doctor (2014)
Michael Mosley heads a team of four Doctors in this BBC TV show investigating the reliability of common health claims such as "can pollution give you…
UtopiaUtopia (2014)
Dir. John Pilger
John Pilger looks at the Aboriginal plight and suppressed colonial past of his native Australia in this hard–hitting documentary which renews…
War That Changed Us, TheWar That Changed Us, The (2014)
Commissioned by the ABC to mark the centenary of the First World War, this series draws on the personal testimonies of six Australians – revealed…
What Now? Remind MeWhat Now? Remind Me (2014)
Dir. Joaquim Pinto
Extraordinary documentary portrait written, directed by and staring the acclaimed Portuguese director, producer and sound designer Joaquim Pinto. At…
When the Queen Came to TownWhen the Queen Came to Town (2014)
Dir. Maurice Murphy
A commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s first Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Whitey: United States of America v. James J. BulgerWhitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)
Dir. Joe Berlinger
The director of PARADISE LOST helms this multi–faceted documentary that uses the trial of infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger to examine…
11 (One) (2013) Recommended
Dir. Paul Crowder
Definitive, thrilling documentary recounting the history of Grand Prix Racing featuring the many casualties and living legends of the sport,…
12 O'Clock Boys12 O'Clock Boys (2013) Recommended
Dir. Lotfy Nathan
A delinquent dirt–bike gang is idolized by a young Baltimore youth in this artful urban documentary.
20 Feet From Stardom20 Feet From Stardom (Twenty Feet From Stardom) (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Morgan Neville
[This] is the most satisfying music documentary of the last five years, maybe even longer, and that is really saying something. It is the story of…
A Story of Children and FilmA Story of Children and Film (2013) Recommended
Dir. Mark Cousins
Film essayist Mark Cousins offers this edifying "mosaic" of films about childhood and their representation of children across various states of being…
Aim High in CreationAim High in Creation (2013)
Dir. Anna Broinowski
With ambitions to stop a new gas mine from being established near her Sydney home, director Anna Broinowski (FORBIDDEN LIES) goes to North Korea to…
Anger Within: Jonah Lomu - A Rugby LegendAnger Within: Jonah Lomu - A Rugby Legend (2013)
Dir. Frederick Khan, Stephane Le Goff
A thoughtful, respectfully made documentary on the life of legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, charting his difficult upbringing in South…
Antarctica - A Year on IceAntarctica - A Year on Ice (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Anthony Powell
A superb, multi–faceted insider's chronicle of life on the Earth's formidable southern pole that masterfully captures both the environmental…
Armstrong Lie, TheArmstrong Lie, The (2013) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney
Master documentarian Alex Gibney wrestles with the tainted legacy of disgraced Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong.
Battle of the Sexes, TheBattle of the Sexes, The (2013)
Dir. James Erskine, Zara Hayes
An entertaining, fast–serving account of the famous 'Battle of the Sexes' match between tennis champion Billie Jean King and her chauvinist…
Beyond the EdgeBeyond the Edge (2013) Recommended
Dir. Leanne Pooley
Feat. Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa
Thrilling, definitive docu–drama on Sir Edmund Hillary's historic 1953 scaling of Everest with sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
BlackfishBlackfish (2013) Recommended
Dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite
A series of deaths caused by a Seaworld killer whale is used to shed light on harmful living conditions in this persuasive activist documentary.
Broadway IdiotBroadway Idiot (2013)
Dir. Doug Hamilton
Flashy, upbeat doco charts the journey of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong from pop–punk rocker to Broadway lead in the stage version of…
Budding Stars Of The Paris Opera BalletBudding Stars Of The Paris Opera Ballet (2013)
Intimate six–part series spanning a whole school year at the Ecole de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris, detailing it's busy inner workings and the…
Charley Boorman's South African Adventure (TV Series)Charley Boorman's South African Adventure (TV Series) (2013)
Feat. Charley Boorman
Charley Boorman (LONG WAY ROUND) tackles 6,000 miles of South African terrain in this latest solo adventure from the intrepid motorcyclist.
Crash Reel, TheCrash Reel, The (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Lucy Walker
Direct from its premiere at the 2013 NZ Film Festival – champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce's life–changing injury and foolhardy…
Cutie and the BoxerCutie and the Boxer (2013) Recommended
Dir. Zachary Heinzerling
An insightful and perceptive doco on the relationship between an elderly Japanese couple who also happen to be alternative artists: Ushio Shinohara,…
Dirty WarsDirty Wars (2013)
Dir. Rick Rowley
Chilling docu–drama follows journalist Jeremy Scahill and the trail of secrets and lies he uncovers while investigation America's covert wars.
Doctor Who (TV Documentaries)Doctor Who (TV Documentaries) (An Adventure in Space and Time; The Ultimate Guide) (2013)
Feat. William Hartnell
'An Adventure in Space and Time' – This 50th anniversary commission dramatises how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen in 1963. William…
Finding Vivian MaierFinding Vivian Maier (2013) Recommended
Dir. John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Doing for art world what SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN did for music, this arresting documentary discovers a nanny whose previously unknown cache of…
Galapagos Affair, The - Satan Came To EdenGalapagos Affair, The - Satan Came To Eden (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
Constructed from several memoirs and unearthing actual archival footage, this extraordinary documentary investigates the bizarre, unsolved mystery of…
Galapagos With David AttenboroughGalapagos With David Attenborough (2013)
Feat. David Attenborough
David Attenborough explores the extreme and unique environment of the Galápagos islands in this latest documentary from the iconic naturalist.
Gardening With SoulGardening With Soul (2013) Recommended
Dir. Jess Feast
Heart–swelling documentary on Sister Loyola Galvin, a 90–year–old stalwart of Island Bay's Home of Compassion who offers pearls of…
Generation IronGeneration Iron (2013)
Dir. Vlad Yudin
A modern day sequel to PUMPING IRON, this new documentary on competitive body building takes a ROCKY–esque approach to its entertaining look at…
GiselleGiselle (2013) Recommended
Dir. Toa Fraser
While the Met Opera and National Theatre have established international brands and reputations to lead them, Toa Fraser’s GISELLE has something…
GMO OMGGMO OMG (2013)
Dir. Jeremy Seifert
Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert chronicles his family's growing awareness of Genetically Modified Organisms in the everyday food they're consuming in this…
Golden Hour, TheGolden Hour, The (2013)
Superb 'Sunday Theatre' docu–drama relives the inspirational story behind New Zealand's greatest–ever day at the Olympics, in which…
Good Ol' FredaGood Ol' Freda (2013)
Dir. Ryan White
This light documentary on The Beatles heydays as recalled by their secretary and head of the band's fan club, Freda Kelly, makes for an enjoyable,…
Gore Vidal: United States of AmnesiaGore Vidal: United States of Amnesia (2013) Recommended
Dir. Nicolas D. Wrathall
Stimulating portrait of the one of the 20th century's most iconoclastic commentators drawing on a wealth of archival material and candid interviews…
Grayson Perry: All in the Best Possible Taste (TV Series)Grayson Perry: All in the Best Possible Taste (TV Series) (2013) Aro Favourite
Turner–Prize winning artist and renowned transvestite Grayson Perry visits the taste tribes of Britain, dissecting the class system into three…
Heston's Fantastical Food (TV Series)Heston's Fantastical Food (TV Series) (2013)
Taking a leaf from James May's gleefully ambitious 'Toy Stories', Heston Blumenthal sets out create giant, fully edible versions of some of Britain's…
History Of The EaglesHistory Of The Eagles (2013)
Dir. Alison Ellwood
Meticulous patchwork of archival and concert footage, and never–before–seen home movies that explore the evolution and enduring…
History of WWE, TheHistory of WWE, The (50 Years of Sports Entertainment) (2013) Recommended
Feat. Hulk Hogan, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, John Cena
The history of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation) that started in 1963 as a regional promotion to…
Hot AirHot Air (2013)
Dir. Abi King-Jones, Alister Barry
Is it possible for a small democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of the age? That is the question posed by this timely…
In Bob We TrustIn Bob We Trust (2013)
Dir. Lynn-Maree Milburn
Father Bob Maguire, an irreverent Catholic priest with a broad following, fights to stay part of his South Melbourne parish against the wishes of a…
InRealLifeInRealLife (In Real Life) (2013)
Dir. Beeban Kidron
A revealing journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, examining the impact of the internet on the youth of today.
Inside Out: The People's Art ProjectInside Out: The People's Art Project (2013)
Dir. Alastair Siddons
Documentary portrait of French artist and TED prize–winner JR (Jean–Pierre Romel), who creates a global participatory art project that…
Inside the Human BodyInside the Human Body (2013)
The BBC update Dr. Robert Winston's landmark documentary series on the human body by taking us on a fantastic voyage through our inner universe with…
Journey to Planet Sanity, AJourney to Planet Sanity, A (2013)
Dir. Blake Freeman
Filmmaker and skeptic Blake Freeman takes an elderly deliveryman who is easily swayed by superstition on a tour of America's bogus psychics and…
Kill Team, TheKill Team, The (2013)
Dir. Dan Krauss
Difficult but important expose of 21–year–old soldier Adam Winfield's attempts to alert his military superiors to heinous war crimes…
Killing LincolnKilling Lincoln (2013)
Dir. Adrian Moat
Feat. Billy Campbell
Bill O'Reilly's novel about the assassination of President Lincoln from the point of view of John Wilkes Booth is the basis for this uneven but…
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, TheKingdom of Dreams and Madness, The (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Mami Sunada
Feat. Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata
Priceless documentary on the inner workings of Studio Ghibli and its great 'sensei', Hayao Miyazaki, as he approaches retirement while completing his…
Last Impresario, TheLast Impresario, The (2013)
Dir. Gracie Otto
The colourful, endlessly creative life and legacy of British theatre impresario and film producer Michael White is explored in this expansive…
LeviathanLeviathan (2013) Recommended
Dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
Darkly philosophical documentary by the maker of SWEETGRASS provides a poetic and highly immersive portrait of life aboard a commercial fishing…
Lily Cole's Art MattersLily Cole's Art Matters (2013)
Feat. Lily Cole
Supermodel and Cambridge Arts graduate, Lily Cole, hosts a series of intimate, observational portraits with some of today's most renowned…
LinsanityLinsanity (2013)
Dir. Evan Leong
A light–footed account of Asian–American basketballer Jeremy Lin's sudden and explosive rise to prominence, where as a struggling bench…
Mademoiselle CMademoiselle C (2013)
Dir. Fabien Constant
This backstage pass to former Vogue Paris editor–in–chief Carine Roitfeld's entry into the New York publishing world lacks the bracing…
Mary Meets MohammadMary Meets Mohammad (2013)
Dir. Heather Kirkpatrick
Thought–provoking doco follows the unlikely relationship that develops between Tasmanian pensioner Mary, and Mohammad, an Afghan man imprisoned…
Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, DeathMedieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death (2013)
Historian Dr Helen Castor examines everyday life for medieval society, from Queens to peasants, and in particular the trials of childbirth in the…
Michael Mosley's Science of YouMichael Mosley's Science of You (2013)
The mysterious worlds of biology and medicine are explored by physician Michael Mosley in this insightful dissection of the human body.
Mistaken for StrangersMistaken for Strangers (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Tom Berninger
Distinctive among rock–docs, this was made by the underachieving, metal–head brother of indie–rockers 'The National''s…
Moaning of Life, The (TV Series)Moaning of Life, The (TV Series) (2013)
Self–described philistine Karl Pilkington branches out from his AN IDIOT ABROAD hijinks to visit faraway countries, explore endangered cultures…
Moo Man, TheMoo Man, The (2013)
Dir. Andy Heathcote
Beautiful story of the struggles of a maverick British dairy farmer who, in an age of giant agriculture, decides to cultivate a close relationship…
Muscle ShoalsMuscle Shoals (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Greg Camalier
A marvellous and comprehensive celebration of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the unlikely birthplace and subsequent epicentre of some of America's most…
New Zealand From AboveNew Zealand From Above (2013)
A stunning, high–definition aerial history of New Zealand taking in the country's many and varied landscapes and iconic locations.
One Direction - This is UsOne Direction - This is Us (2013)
Dir. Morgan Spurlock
SUPER SIZE ME's Morgan Spurlock directs this official documentary of the English boy–band juggernaut, who emerged from being solo contestants…
Pandora's PromisePandora's Promise (2013)
Dir. Robert Stone
Dir. Robert Stone documents the shifting viewpoints of scientists and environmentalists in this fascinating, counter–intuitive argument for…
Paris RevealedParis Revealed (2013)
Three part documentary goes in–depth into the history and architecture of a Paris' most iconic landmarks: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame,…
Particle FeverParticle Fever (2013) Recommended
Dir. Mark Levinson
Exhilarating doco that tracks the first round of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. The film follows the experimental…
Pervert's Guide to Ideology, ThePervert's Guide to Ideology, The (2013) Recommended
Dir. Sophie Fiennes
Director Sophie Fiennes' wacky and endlessly insightful follow–up to THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA, once again written and presented by the…
Punk Singer, ThePunk Singer, The (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Sini Anderson
Feat. Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon
A living celebration of influential punk frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, who became a feminist icon of the 1990's as a founding figure of the "Riot Grrrl"…
Pussy Riot: A Punk PrayerPussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)
Dir. Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
A galvanizing portrait of the all–female punk rockers whose headline–grabbing music and performance art continues to bring Putin's…
Red ObsessionRed Obsession (2013)
Dir. David Roach, Warwick Ross
Winemakers and wine lovers discuss the coveted vintage of France’s Bordeaux region and the impact of China's voracious appetite for this finite…
Rewind This!Rewind This! (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Josh Johnson
An Aro Favourite carried by our shameless bias, this essential documentary pays timely and passionate tribute to the humble video cassette and its…
Rise of the ContinentsRise of the Continents (2013)
Geologist Iain Stewart hones in on the earth's iconic landmasses to hypothesize the rise of a new supercontinent in 250 million years. Four episodes.
SalingerSalinger (2013)
Dir. Shane Salerno
A revealing, if contentious look into the life and times of American writer J. D. Salinger, best known for authoring 'The Catcher in the Rye'.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf'sScatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013)
Dir. Matthew Miele
Affectionate rememberances abound in this warm–hearted documentary on the iconic Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of…
Search for Weng WengSearch for Weng Weng (2013)
Dir. Andrew Leavold
A bizarre history of Filipino B–films, as told through director Andrew Leavold's personal quest to find the truth behind its midget James Bond…
Secrets of Britain (TV Series)Secrets of Britain (TV Series) (2013)
A PBS–produced series that goes behind the scenes to reveal detailed history and contemporary insights about various British landmarks and…
Seduced and AbandonedSeduced and Abandoned (2013)
Dir. James Toback
Feat. Alec Baldwin
Off–the–cuff film documentary following writer–director James Toback his actor buddy Alec Baldwin trying to secure financing for…
Six by SondheimSix by Sondheim (2013)
Dir. James Lapine, Todd Haynes
Feat. Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera
Very highly regarded HBO television documentary which explores the back–stories of six timeless Sondheim songs. Featuring a rare musical…
Skeptics - Sheen of GoldSkeptics - Sheen of Gold (2013) Recommended
Dir. Simon Ogston
Essential documentary on the legacy of the Skeptics, an innovative and controversial Kiwi post–punk band best known for their notorious…
Sound CitySound City (2013) Recommended
Dir. Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl directs this passionate and engaging tribute to the obsolete world of analogue music production and LA's legendary…
Spirit of '45, TheSpirit of '45, The (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ken Loach
In this illuminating documentary, Ken Loach movingly celebrates the radical changes during postwar Britain under the new Labour government, which…
Stone Roses, The - Made of StoneStone Roses, The - Made of Stone (2013) Recommended
Dir. Shane Meadows
Dir. Shane Meadows enthusiastically documents the reunion of iconic band the Stone Roses, who were instrumental in paving the way for the Britpop…
Story of the Jews, TheStory of the Jews, The (2013) Recommended
Simon Schama leads this exhaustive five–part documentary series on the Jewish story and experience, from past to present.
Stuart Hall Project, TheStuart Hall Project, The (2013)
Dir. John Akomfrah
Personalised portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who is regarded as one of the founding figures of the New Left and a key architect of…
Summit, TheSummit, The (2013)
Dir. Nick Ryan
A documentary marking out events surrounding on one of the deadliest days in mountaineering history, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on the…
Sunnyboy, TheSunnyboy, The (2013)
Dir. Kaye Harrison
Follows the journey of enigmatic Australian musician Jeremy Oxley, lead singer of Sunnyboys as he emerges from a 30–year battle with…
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep GordonSupermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)
Dir. Mike Myers
Mike Myers steps behind the camera to direct this doco about the life and career of legendary talent agent and producer, Shep Gordon, whose wide and…
Supersized Earth (TV Series)Supersized Earth (TV Series) (2013)
The ingenuity of engineers and constructors is explored in this spectacular BBC series focused on the planet's biggest and tallest man–made…
This Ain't No Mouse Music!This Ain't No Mouse Music! (2013)
Dir. Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling
Essential documentary on German–born American producer Chris Strachwitz, founder of the multifarious record label Arhoolie Records which is…
This is Roller DerbyThis is Roller Derby (2013)
Dir. Daniel Hayward
An entertaining ride that visits the pioneering Australian leagues of Roller Derby and meets the women who have kick–started the roller derby…
Tim's VermeerTim's Vermeer (2013) Recommended
Dir. Teller
Feat. Penn Jillette
Science and art coalesce in this extraordinary story of Texan tech pioneer and obsessive polymath Tim Jenison's attempt to perfectly reproduce a…
Trials of Muhammad Ali, TheTrials of Muhammad Ali, The (2013)
Dir. Bill Siegel
Excellent, illuminating profile of Muhammad Ali's trials outside of the boxing ring, in particular his fight against being conscripted into the US…
Unknown Known, TheUnknown Known, The (2013)
Dir. Errol Morris
Controversial former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in…
Vikings, The (TV Series)Vikings, The (TV Series) (2013)
Going beyond their bloodthirsty reputation, Neil Oliver charts the rise of the Vikings, from their prehistoric Scandinavian homelands to a vast…
Walking the CaminoWalking the Camino (Six Ways to Santiago) (2013)
Dir. Lydia Smith
Award–winning profile of six travelers undertaking the famed Camino De Santiago pilgrimage.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaksWe Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney
Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney rigorously investigates the creation of the controversial WikiLeaks website and its conspicuous founder, Julian…
Which Way is the Front Line From Here?Which Way is the Front Line From Here? (2013)
Dir. Sebastian Junger
Sebastian Junger offers a moving tribute to his late co–director on RESTREPO, Tim Hetherington, with added reflection on the state of…
Wild About New Zealand (TV Series)Wild About New Zealand (TV Series) (2013)
This stunning Wild South venture, clearly inspired by the BBC's Natural History unit, follows adventurer Gus Roxburgh into the heart of New Zealand's…
Wonders of Life (TV Series)Wonders of Life (TV Series) (2013)
This third installment in physicist Brian Cox's exposition of the origins of the universe focuses on the fundamental principles that enabled life to…
A Band Called DeathA Band Called Death (2012) Recommended
Dir. Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino
Forgotten proto–punk band "Death" are rescued from obscurity in this remarkable and spirited story of three African–American brothers who…
About Face: Supermodels, Then and NowAbout Face: Supermodels, Then and Now (2012) Recommended
Dir. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
A who's who of famous models reflect on their time in the spotlight in this fascinating symposium on aging, sexism, race, and the evolution of…
Act of Killing, TheAct of Killing, The (2012) Recommended
Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer
A staggering human rights documentary that elicits (and re–stages) boastful confessions of Indonesia's surviving death squad members, whose…
Africa (TV Series)Africa (TV Series) (2012)
Feat. David Attenborough
A stunning natural history series – even by the BBC's high standards – which employs state of the art technology to offer a whole new…
Ai Weiwei: Never SorryAi Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) Recommended
Dir. Alison Klayman
As he prepares for a new series of exhibitions, China's most famous contemporary artist and dissident is profiled in this superb documentary.
America Revealed (TV Series)America Revealed (TV Series) (2012)
Based on the BBC's "Britain From Above", this all–encompassing series examines the United States through its vast infrastructures, looking at…
Andrew Marr's History of the WorldAndrew Marr's History of the World (2012) Recommended
A 'definitive' account of human history, according to acclaimed British journalist Andrew Marr, filtered through the 'big stories' of the last 70,000…
Art of AmericaArt of America (2012)
Art critic Andrew Graham–Dixon guides us from the Puritan settlers in Massachusetts to the contemporary art scene in New York and LA in this…
Attenborough: 60 Years in the WildAttenborough: 60 Years in the Wild (2012)
Feat. David Attenborough
A superb tribute to the life and times of the BBC's talismanic natural history host, who revisits the stories behind his award–winning shows…
B.B. King: The Life of RileyB.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)
Dir. Jon Brewer
Exhaustive documentary on blues legend B.B. King, melding recollections, milestones, and insights from the likes Bill Cosby, Carlos Santana, Bonnie…
Beware of Mr. BakerBeware of Mr. Baker (2012) Recommended
Dir. Jay Bulger
Prodigious drummer Ginger Baker reflects on his explosive but chequered musical career that peaked with Cream and Blind Faith, but that was marred by…
Bones Brigade: An AutobiographyBones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012)
Dir. Stacy Peralta
Skateboarding legend turned director Stacy Peralta turns his camera on himself and as well on the sensational titular skateboarding team, and traces…
British, TheBritish, The (2012)
Britain’s tumultuous history is dramatised in this seven–part BBC series looking at the monarchs, leaders, reformers, inventors, pioneers and…
Central Park Five, TheCentral Park Five, The (2012)
Dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
The latest in a long line of films documenting extraordinary injustice, Ken Burns directs this devastating and exhaustive account of the 1989 case of…
Charles Bradley: Soul of AmericaCharles Bradley: Soul of America (2012)
Dir. Poull Brien
Late–blooming soul sensation Charles Bradley is the focus of this powerful documentary charting the singer's road to redemption through music.
Chasing IceChasing Ice (2012) Recommended
Dir. Jeff Orlowski
National Geographic photographer James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey project, which sees him capture time–lapse photographs of numerous glaciers…
Classic Albums - Peter GabrielClassic Albums - Peter Gabriel (So) (2012) Recommended
Peter Gabriel's quintessential 80's album "So" is deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key…
Creative MindsCreative Minds (2012)
Geoffrey Rush headlines this insightful series of interviews with Australia artists who speak openly about their influences, personal development,…
Crusades, TheCrusades, The (2012)
Medieval historian Thomas Asbridge re–examines the religious fanaticism and unspeakable brutality of the 'Holy War', first explored for the BBC…
DetropiaDetropia (2012)
Dir. Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
A sobering cinematic tapestry focusing on the monumental decline of Detroit, which has become in effect a "post–industrial hellscape" and the…
Diamond Queen, TheDiamond Queen, The (2012)
The Queen's forthcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations are prefaced by this definitive overview of the her lengthy reign.
Dirty Business - How Mining Made AustraliaDirty Business - How Mining Made Australia (2012)
An insight into the riches and turmoil behind Australia's nickname of "the lucky country", and how the mining of its vast natural resources has…
Dust Bowl, TheDust Bowl, The (2012)
Dir. Ken Burns
The Great Depression and the subsequent decade–long drought experienced by farmers during the 30s forms the basis of this latest historical…
ESPN: 30 for 30ESPN: 30 for 30 (30 Films 30 years of sporting History) (2012-2015) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock
In 2009, ESPN commissioned an unprecedented series of documentary films that reveal the little–known stories behind some of the most dramatic,…
First Crossings (TV Series)First Crossings (TV Series) (2012)
This rugged adventure series literally retraces the steps of New Zealand's pioneer explorers in the intrepid, no–holds–barred style of…
For No Good ReasonFor No Good Reason (2012)
Johnny Depp visits upon renowned graphic artist Ralph Steadman for this rightly mischevious portrait of the last of the original "Gonzo" visionaries…
Francesco's Shakespeare in Italy (TV Series)Francesco's Shakespeare in Italy (TV Series) (2012)
Further travels with charismatic Italian architect Francesco da Mosto, here exploring the Bard's great love affair with Italy, with the likes of…
Freddie Mercury - The Great PretenderFreddie Mercury - The Great Pretender (2012)
Dir. Rhys Thomas
'Queen' fans are in for a treat with this loving documentary that paints a portrait of a man very different to his flamboyant persona. Focused on his…
Gallipoli From AboveGallipoli From Above (2012)
An Australian–centred 'corrective' history of the Gallipoli landing, which focuses on the scale and achievement of the ANZAC's deployment of…
Gatekeepers, TheGatekeepers, The (2012) Recommended
Dir. Dror Moreh
Six former heads of Israel’s Shin Bet secret service agency open up about their work and the state of the Israel–Palestine divide in this…
Great Barrier ReefGreat Barrier Reef (2012)
Three–part series narrated by Monty Halls offering a definitive guide to the secrets of what is the largest living structure on the planet…
Gregory Crewdson: Brief EncountersGregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012) Recommended
Dir. Ben Shapiro
Engaging, illuminating documentary shot over a decade, that follows Crewdson as he roams a disintegrating suburban America and stages his…
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly FictionHarry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012)
Dir. Sophie Huber
Feat. Harry Dean Stanton
An appropriately enigmatic portrait of cult character actor Harry Dean Stanton through his own words and the recollections of David Lynch, Wim…
HooliganHooligan (2012)
Dir. Donal MacIntyre
British investigative journalist Donal Macintyre – once attacked by football hooligans for exposing their organised violence in an earlier…
House I Live In, TheHouse I Live In, The (2012)
Dir. Eugene Jarecki
The definitive documentary on the 'war on drugs' to date, this canvases the people and the stories on both sides of the law to reveal the profound…
How Far is HeavenHow Far is Heaven (2012) Recommended
Dir. Christopher Pryor, Miriam Smith
A genuine triumph. Directors Christopher Pryor and Miriam Smith deftly compare the lives of the Sisters of Compassion (only three resident at the…
How to Cook like Heston (TV Series)How to Cook like Heston (TV Series) (2012)
Culinary wizard Heston Blumenthal gets practical with this hands–on series on how to perfect home cooking with everyday ingredients.
How to Grow a PlanetHow to Grow a Planet (2012)
A three–part 'unpacking' of the world's eco–system and evolutionary history by geologist Iain Stewart, whose agenda for a healthy planet…
How to Make Money Selling DrugsHow to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)
Dir. Matthew Cooke
This brash expose of drug world mores frames itself knowingly as a 'how to' guide comprised of interviews with dealers, suppliers, law enforcers, and…
How to Survive a PlagueHow to Survive a Plague (2012)
Dir. David France
Oscar–nominated documentary about the collaboration between two activist groups – ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and TAG…
Human Scale, TheHuman Scale, The (2012)
Dir. Andreas Dalsgaard
A keen insight into the problems of high density modern living and the ways more socially–minded urban planning can mitigate these…
Ian Thorpe: The SwimmerIan Thorpe: The Swimmer (2012)
Dir. Gregor Jordan
A fascinating plunge into the mindset of Australia’s greatest and most polarizing Olympian, whose record five gold medal haul is challenged as he…
Imposter, TheImposter, The (2012) Recommended
Dir. Bart Layton
An extraordinary account of a French–Algerian con artist named Frédéric Bourdin and his impersonation of an American teenager who returns to…
In Search of HaydnIn Search of Haydn (2012)
Dir. Phil Grabsky
Lucid, unpretentious biography of 'the father of the symphony' Joseph Haydn drawing on interviews with both musicians and historians. The third…
IntersexionIntersexion (2012)
Dir. Grant Lahood
New Zealand's first 'out' intersex person, Mani Bruce Mitchell, reaches out to other intersexuals around the world in this a frank exploration of the…
James Nesbitt's IrelandJames Nesbitt's Ireland (2012)
Feat. James Nesbitt
Actor James Nesbitt celebrates the sights, sounds and tastes of Ireland, a country famed for the charm of its people, it's rugged landscapes and rich…
Jerusalem - The Making of a Holy CityJerusalem - The Making of a Holy City (2012)
Simon Sebag Montefiore presents this balanced and edifying history of Jerusalem, from its 3,000 year old foundations, to its contentious present day…
Journal de FranceJournal de France (2012)
Dir. Raymond Depardon, Claudine Nougaret
A revealing travel journal as survey of legendary French photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon's lens work as he captures fading pockets of his…
Katy Perry: Part of MeKaty Perry: Part of Me (2012) Recommended
Dir. Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
Feat. Katy Perry
A suitably bubbly and inspirational fly–on–the–wall doco that intimately follows the candy–coloured pop chantreuse, Katy…
Kea: Mountain ParrotKea: Mountain Parrot (2012)
Wild South documentary takes a closer look at New Zealand's notorious native mountain bird, famous for its mischievous behaviour, but less known as a…
Kevin McCloud's Man Made HomeKevin McCloud's Man Made Home (2012)
The erudite Grand Designs host takes on his own self–build project in this short series following his attempt to construct a sustainable…
Kingdom of Plants (TV Series)Kingdom of Plants (TV Series) (2012)
Feat. David Attenborough
David Attenborough updates his previous botany series, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS, with the help of new technology to gain further insight into the…
Last Ocean, TheLast Ocean, The (2012)
Dir. Peter Young
Sobering environmental documentary on the depletion of marine life in the Antarctic's Ross Sea, which factors as part of an international movement to…
Last Shop StandingLast Shop Standing (2012)
With 2000 record shops having disappeared in the UK alone since the turn of the milennium, this engaging documentary charts the rise, fall and…
London: The Modern BabylonLondon: The Modern Babylon (2012) Recommended
Dir. Julien Temple
Julien Temple directs this vast, illuminating portrait of London, charting the story of its immigrants and bohemians from the beginning of the 20th…
Love, MarilynLove, Marilyn (2012)
Dir. Liz Garbus
Hollywood's elite read earnestly from from a box of Marilyn Monroe's personal letters, diaries and private musings that were discovered in the home…
Make Hummus Not WarMake Hummus Not War (2012)
Dir. Trevor Graham
Asutralian documentarian Trevor Graham extols his love for hummus in this humorous homage to the chickpea's most distinguished dish.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is PresentMarina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (2012) Aro Favourite
Dir. Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre
Mesmerising arts documentary that follows the Serbian–born veteran performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The…
MarleyMarley (2012) Recommended
Dir. Kevin MacDonald
An exemplary music documentary on Rasta icon Bob Marley, produced and endorsed by the reggae legend’s family.
Metal Evolution (TV Series)Metal Evolution (TV Series) (2012)
Dir. Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn
The makers of METAL: A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY delve into a the history of heavy metal and hard rock, using the “Heavy Metal Family Tree” as a…
Mission to LarsMission to Lars (2012)
Dir. James Moore, William Spicer
Uplifting to a fault, this moving documentary follows the goal of two siblings to realise their autistic brother's lifelong dream of meeting his…
More Than HoneyMore Than Honey (2012)
Dir. Markus Imhoof
Another stern documentary portent of the consequences that the stedily diminishing bee population will have on the world's eco–system and…
MurdochMurdoch (2012)
Dir. Janice Sutherland
Two–part documentary that tells the inside story powerful and controversial media mogul, Ruper Murdoch. Friends, rivals, colleagues past and…
Nina Conti: Her Master's VoiceNina Conti: Her Master's Voice (2012) Recommended
Dir. Nina Conti
Feat. Nina Conti
A poignant documentary from master ventriloquist and comedienne Nina Conti, who takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and former–lover Ken…
Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta (TV Series)Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta (TV Series) (2012)
A powerful, engrossing docu–drama on Sydney suburb Cabramatta, an area know for its dense Vietnamese population, and more notoriously, racial…
Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary JourneyOrbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey (2012)
The planet's wild and varied weather is studied in relation to the earth's orbit in this spectacular BBC nature series.
Paul Kelly: Stories of MePaul Kelly: Stories of Me (2012)
Dir. Ian Darling
Prolific Aussie singer–songwriter Paul Kelly is afforded a generous, if honest personal portrait in this fine documentary mapping the artist's…
Persistence of VisionPersistence of Vision (2012)
Dir. Kevin Schreck
The fascinating journey of master animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and his 30–year quest to create his ultimately…
Ping PongPing Pong (2012) Recommended
Dir. Hugh Hartford
Like any good documentary [PING PONG] assembles a great cast of characters and like all good sports movies it makes full use of the built–in…
Pink Floyd - The Story of Wish You Were HerePink Floyd - The Story of Wish You Were Here (2012)
Dir. John Edginton
Pink Floyd reminisce about the making of their hugely successful album 'Wish You Were Here' and reflect upon it's enduring legacy.
Planet OceanPlanet Ocean (2012)
Dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Michael Pitiot
Photographer Yann Arthus–Bertrand takes us underwater to observe the ocean's greatest natural mysteries while advocating the need for…
Politically Incorrect Guide to Grown Ups, ThePolitically Incorrect Guide to Grown Ups, The (2012)
Psychologist Nigel Latta's third installment in his popular 'politically incorrect' series turns the spotlight on the adults and the complexities of…
Produced By George MartinProduced By George Martin (2012)
Dir. Francis Hanly
Long overdue and intimate profile of Britain’s most celebrated record producer and 'fifth Beatle’, Sir George Martin. Features interviews with…
Queen of Versailles, TheQueen of Versailles, The (2012) Aro Favourite
Dir. Lauren Greenfield
A billionaire couple who've made their fortune in time–share real estate experience the harsh reality of the economic crisis in the midst of…
Queen's Palaces, TheQueen's Palaces, The (2012)
Fiona Bruce tours three exceptional royal buildings in search of the history and treasures hidden within them, in this Diamond Jubilee–timed…
Raising the CurtainRaising the Curtain (2012)
Australia's thespian greats contribute to the rich history of Australian theatre in this three part retrospective. Includes interviews with Cate…
Rising from AshesRising from Ashes (2012)
Dir. T.C. Johnstone
The inspirational story behind Rwanda's bid to send a cycling team to the 2012 Olympics under the leadership of a Tour de France veteran.
Room 237Room 237 (2012) Recommended
Dir. Rodney Ascher
Though straining credulity from the outset, this wildly entertaining round table of film obsessives and conspiracy theorists tackles the apparent…
Searching for Sugar ManSearching for Sugar Man (Searching for Sugarman) (2012) Recommended
Dir. Malik Bendjelloul
A unique, engaging music mystery that follows the late–60's Detroit based musician Sixto Rodriguez, who faded into obscurity in America amidst…
Shadows Of LibertyShadows Of Liberty (2012)
Dir. Jean-Philippe Tremblay
Fascinating documentary about media ethics, exploring the impact that corporate media ownership has on quality of journalism. Focusses on the USA,…
She-Wolves: England's Early QueensShe-Wolves: England's Early Queens (2012)
Dr Helen Castor explores the lives of seven queens who challenged male power during medieval and Tudor England in this proto–feminist history…
Shihad: Beautiful MachineShihad: Beautiful Machine (2012) Aro Favourite
Dir. Sam Peacocke
A dignified and highly satisfying chronicle of the iconic Kiwi rockers, brimming with revealing anecdotes about the band's fight with fame, the…
Side By SideSide By Side (2012)
Dir. Christopher Kenneally
An earnest Keanu Reeves fronts this broad but insightful overview of the rapidly changing landscape of movie production and exhibition from both an…
Silence in the House of GodSilence in the House of God (Mea Maxima Culpa) (2012)
Dir. Alex Gibney
Prolific documentary maker Alex Gibney investigates the Catholic Church’s outrageous protection of its sexually offending priests.
Something From Nothing: The Art of RapSomething From Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
Feat. Ice-T
Ice–T rounds up a who's who of the hip–hop world for this expansive documentary on the trends, influences, and philosophies to emerge in…
Source Family, TheSource Family, The (2012) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos
Utterly fascinating story of The Source Family, a 150–strong spiritual commune in the Hollywood Hills during the hippy era, presided over with…
Step Up to the PlateStep Up to the Plate (Entre les Bras) (2012)
Dir. Paul Lacoste
French chef Michel Bras, an eccentric three–star Michelin restaurant owner, looks to hand over the reins to his willing but individualistic son…
Stories We TellStories We Tell (2012) Recommended
Dir. Sarah Polley
Indie actress turned director Sarah Polley investigates a long–held family secret in this absorbing personal documentary.
Storm Surfers: The MovieStorm Surfers: The Movie (2012)
Dir. Justin McMillan, Christopher Nelius
In the vein of storm chasers, two Aussie thrill–seekers hunt down and ride improbably large waves in this death–defying surf documentary.
Story Of The Doobie Brothers, TheStory Of The Doobie Brothers, The (Let The Music Play) (2012) Recommended
Dir. Barry Ehrmann
Generous official biography of the American music legends whose series of hit records dominated FM radio in the 1970s. Surviving and thriving…
Story Of Wales, The (TV Series)Story Of Wales, The (TV Series) (2012)
An ambitious, all–encompassing 30,000 year history of Wales, as told by the BBC's Huw Edwards. Covers everything from the Tudor Court, to the…
Survivors: Nature's Indestructible CreaturesSurvivors: Nature's Indestructible Creatures (2012)
Professor Richard Fortey conducts this fascinating search across the globe for life forms which have survived the three biggest mass extinctions in…
Then the Wind ChangedThen the Wind Changed (2012)
Dir. Celeste Geer
When a firestorm of 'cyclonic fury' swept through Victoria in 2009, Australia was rocked by its worst natural disaster in recorded history.…
Uncharted WatersUncharted Waters (2012)
Dir. Craig Griffin
Wayne Lynch, an unheralded Australian surfing legend who was among the sport's pioneers in the 1960s and 70s, is the subject of this salty…
Under African SkiesUnder African Skies (Paul Simon's Graceland Journey) (2012) Aro Favourite
Dir. Joe Berlinger
Feat. Paul Simon, Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte
Twenty–five years after the phenomenal success of 'Graceland', Paul Simon on his return to South Africa to reconnect with the musicians who…
Underground, TheUnderground, The (2012)
Comprehensive, all–access documentary on the inner workings of the London Underground, filmed during the train network's biggest overhaul in…
Untold History of the United States, The (TV Series)Untold History of the United States, The (TV Series) (2012)
Dir. Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone is the voice and reasoning behind this fascinating, if contentious revisionist Cold War history through American foreign…
Venus and SerenaVenus and Serena (2012)
Dir. Maiken Baird, Michelle Major
Dominant tennis sister act Venus and Serena Williams get their due in this broad documentary covering the siblings' gifts for tennis, relationship…
West of MemphisWest of Memphis (2012) Aro Favourite
Dir. Amy Berg
Documentarian Amy Berg, with crucial the backing of Peter Jackson, investigates the crime, arrest, and long legal campaign to free the ‘West…
Wildest Africa (TV Series)Wildest Africa (TV Series) (2012)
In–depth natural series celebrates both the continent's vibrant culture and incredible wildlife on a majestic scale. Nine episodes across…
Wildest Arctic (TV Series)Wildest Arctic (TV Series) (2012)
A continuing, in–depth natural series celebrating the continent's incredible wildlife on a majestic scale.
Wildest Latin America (TV Series)Wildest Latin America (TV Series) (2012)
A continuing, in–depth natural series celebrating both the continent's vibrant culture and incredible wildlife on a majestic scale.
Woody Allen - A DocumentaryWoody Allen - A Documentary (2012) Recommended
Dir. Robert. B. Weide
Feat. Woody Allen
Candid look at the life and times of Woody Allen covers his career from fledgling comic writer to iconic director with a series of revealing…
A Life for BalletA Life for Ballet (2011)
Dir. Marlène Ionesco
Elite French dancer Pierre Lacotte's passion for ballet and his fellow ballerina Ghislaine Thesmar is lovingly explored in this documentary tribute…
America in Primetime (TV Series)America in Primetime (TV Series) (2011)
A fascinating discussion of character archetypes throughout the history of American television, which doubles as a glimpse into the social and…
Arctic with Bruce ParryArctic with Bruce Parry (2011)
BBC documentarian Bruce Parry ventures to the Arctic to experience how people live in its spectacular wilderness, and how they're coping with the…
Autoluminescent: Rowland S. HowardAutoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (2011) Recommended
Dir. Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn
The singular punk guitarist Rowland S. Howard, best known for his work in "The Birthday Party", is paid fitting tribute in this poignant doco of…
Bears of the Last FrontierBears of the Last Frontier (2011)
Biologist and adventurer Chris Morgan uses his motorcycle to explore the resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic Alaskan…
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called QuestBeats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)
Dir. Michael Rapaport
Actor Michael Rapaport directs this compelling documentary on maverick the American hip hop group revered for their innovative fusion of hip hop and…
Being ElmoBeing Elmo (A Puppeteer's Journey) (2011) Recommended
Dir. Constance Marks
The inspiring story of Kevin Clash, the man and voice behind Sesame Street's most popular character is uniquely documented in this delightful…
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 2011 Season, TheBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra 2011 Season, The (2011)
Three masterful concert works from the 2011 season of the world's pre–eminent orchestra. EUROPA CONCERT – Featuring acclaimed Flamenco…
Best Of Palettes Collection, The Best Of Palettes Collection, The (2011)
Intriguing series using the latest in art investigation and video animation to explore the history, techniques and controversies behind some of the…
Bible, The - A HistoryBible, The - A History (2011)
Enlightening, SBS–broadcast examination of the origins and ideas behind "the most influential book ever written."
Billy Connolly's Route 66Billy Connolly's Route 66 (2011)
Feat. Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly goes all 'Easy Rider' in this breezy American travelogue by motorcycle, stretching some 2488 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica.
Billy T - Te MovieBilly T - Te Movie (2011) Recommended
Dir. Ian Mune
Feat. Billy T. James
Infectious, long overdue documentary celebration of comedy legend Billy T James' career in TV, sketch, and film, and his enduring influence on Kiwi…
Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, TheBlack Power Mixtape 1967-1975, The (2011)
Dir. Göran Hugo Olsson
A cache of 16mm footage shot by Swedish reporters investigating the Black Power movement is restored the re–edited with supporting context is…
BlakeyBlakey (2011)
The legacy of sailing legend and environmental crusader Peter Blake is celebrated in this quality commemorative TVNZ production.
Bobby Fischer Against the WorldBobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
Dir. Liz Garbus
Examining the fine line between genius and madness, this fascinating documentary magnifies the life and times of prodigious chess talent Bobby…
Bombay BeachBombay Beach (2011)
Dir. Alma Har’el
Hypnotic and highly innovative documentary about a ghost town on the Salton Sea in Southern California, which is home to a failed 1950's development…
Brain Games Brain Games (2011)
National Geographic series offers a vigorous mental workout with various 'brain teasers' as it explores the revelations of neuroscience and the…
Brian Eno 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell to EarthBrian Eno 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011) Recommended
Though "unauthorized", this is a thorough and serious appraisal of the 1970's–period career of artist/producer and "non–musician", Brian…
BuckBuck (2011) Recommended
Dir. Cindy Meehl
A soothing and ultimately inspiring portrait of legendary trainer Buck Brannama, whose compassionate approach to horse rearing inspired the film,…
BullyBully (2011) Recommended
Dir. Lee Hirsch
A shattering documentary on the difficult social problem of bullying, which gives a voice to the victims who suffer repeated physical and verbal…
Chelsea Flower Show, The (2011)
Feat. Carol Klein
Superb highlights from the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show from 2006 to 2010. Spread across 5 discs, divided by year, this covers…
Cinema AsiaCinema Asia (2011) Recommended
Excellent five–part overview of the key creative and industrial movements within the exciting, often groundbreaking Asian filmmaking…
Civilization: Is the West History?Civilization: Is the West History? (2011)
A compelling overview of the world as we know it, in which historian Niall Ferguson takes us through the ascendancy of Western civilisation via its…
Classical Destinations (TV Series)Classical Destinations (TV Series) (2011)
Welsh singer Aled Jones fronts this latest addition to the 'Classical Destinations' canon. Dubbed the "ultimate travel guide to classical music", the…
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's HopeComic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011)
Dir. Morgan Spurlock
Morgan Spurlock enthusiastically pays homage to the largest and most talked–about convention of its kind, Comic–Con, a mecca for 'geek'…
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood RebelCorman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) Recommended
Dir. Alex Stapleton
A passionate portrait of prolific B–movie director and producer Roger Corman, exploring his extraordinary career in which he successfully…
Curse of the Gothic Symphony, TheCurse of the Gothic Symphony, The (2011)
Dir. Randall Wood
A group of brave and committed musicians take on an 80 year curse in an attempt to stage one of the longest, largest and most technically difficult…
Daytime TigerDaytime Tiger (2011)
Dir. Costa Botes
In 1999, NZ writer Michael Morrissey was diagnosed with manic depression, or bi–polar disorder (Morrissey prefers the older term). He has…
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to TravelDiana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) Recommended
Dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Whirlwind portrait of fashion trailblazer Diana Vreeland, a force of nature as former editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Known for her…
Disappear in LightDisappear in Light (2011)
A distilled portrait of Wellington playwright and performer Jo Randerson, whose work towards the staging of her play "Good Night, The End" provides…
DragonslayerDragonslayer (2011)
Dir. Tristan Patterson
Languidly shot documentary aims to capture the aimlessness and indolence of youth in its portrait of one Josh Sandoval, a 19–year–old pro…
Dreams of a LifeDreams of a Life (2011)
Dir. Carol Morley
The unknown life of Joyce Vincent is sensitively reconstructed and explored in this troubling documentary about the death of a woman whose body lay…
Eames: The Architect and the PainterEames: The Architect and the Painter (2011) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey
A vital documentary on design power couple Charles and Ray Eames, whose enduring bond as both married partners and collaborators gave us numerous…
Earth Flight (TV Series)Earth Flight (TV Series) (2011)
A continuation of the BBC's recent theme of documenting wildlife from their point–of–view, this takes in some of the world's greatest…
East to WestEast to West (2011)
An epic six part series which traces the birth of civilisation back to the Middle East, arguing that the influence of ancient Greece on world history…
El Bulli - Cooking in ProgressEl Bulli - Cooking in Progress (2011) Recommended
Dir. Gereon Wetzel
A treat for culinary aficionados, this rigorous but appetizing fly–on–the–wall doco takes diners behind the scenes of (the now…
Expedition TigerExpedition Tiger (2011)
Inspiring documentary affords rare insight into the South Asian state of Bhutan – a mythical sanctuary for tigers which holds the promise of a…
Fabric of the Cosmos, TheFabric of the Cosmos, The (2011)
Author of 'The Elegant Universe', physicist Brian Greene, seeks to charge our perceptions and conventional wisdom around the nature of the universe…
FastestFastest (2011)
Dir. Mark Neale
Definitive account of biking madness follows Valentino Rossi's pursuit for a tenth world title, busted leg and all. Numerous spills are captured on…
FightvilleFightville (2011)
Dir. Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
A serviceable fight documentary on minor league mixed martial arts, a bloody and competitive world populated by working class rough necks and…
Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie MovieFilms of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie (2011)
Dir. Ric Meyers
Overview of the history of the martial arts film by genre enthusiast Ric Meyers, who peppers an impressive assemblage of film excerpts with trivia,…
Finding Life Beyond EarthFinding Life Beyond Earth (2011)
Science and speculation converge in this eye–opening look at the work of astrobiologists who have dedicated to lives to exploring the potential…
First PositionFirst Position (2011) Recommended
Dir. Bess Kargman
A winning ballet documentary in the competitive spirit of SPELLBOUND, this focuses on six young gifted ballerinas as they prepare for the prestigious…
Flying MonstersFlying Monsters (2011)
David Attenborough presents this short, but captivating documentary on who ruled prehistoric skies. Explores the evolution and extinction of airborne…
Foo Fighters: Back and ForthFoo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011)
Dir. James Moll
Chronicles the 16 year history of the Foo Fighters, from the band's first cassette demos – recorded when Dave Grohl was still Nirvana's…
Food Truck, The (TV Series)Food Truck, The (TV Series) (2011)
Outgoing Auckland chef Michael Van de Elzen takes on New Zealand's fast–food favourites in this enterprising local series aimed at…
Forks Over KnivesForks Over Knives (2011)
Dir. Lee Fulkerson
Examines the profound (yet obvious) claim that many so–called "diseases of affluence" can be prevented, controlled or even reversed by…
Freedom RidersFreedom Riders (2011)
Dir. Stanley Nelson Jr
A lesser noted, but equally important strain of the American Civil Rights Movement vis–a–vis Rosa Parks's famous bus boycott, this…
From the AshesFrom the Ashes (2011) Recommended
Dir. James Erskine
A gripping flashback to the summer of '81 where England's struggling cricket team – spearheaded by a swashbuckling Ian Botham – rallied…
From The Sky DownFrom The Sky Down (2011)
Dir. Davis Guggenheim, David Guggenheim
Feat. Bono , The Edge
Twenty years after it's making, U2 return to Hansa Studio in Berlin to discuss the making of the groundbreaking "Achtung Baby' with Academy Award…
Frozen Planet (TV Series)Frozen Planet (TV Series) (2011) Recommended
Another spectacular, seen–to–be–believed documentary from the BBC's natural history unit, this time focusing on life in the Arctic…
Fry's Planet WordFry's Planet Word (2011) Recommended
Dir. John Paul Davidson
Feat. Stephen Fry
This five–part BBC series joins Stephen Fry as he travel's the continents exploring the nuanced diverse world of human language.
George Harrison: Living in the Material WorldGeorge Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Feat. George Harrison
Martin Scorsese argues for the greatness of The Beatles' unassuming lead guitarist in this full–bodied hagiography. As with his Bob Dylan…
Get Fresh with Al BrownGet Fresh with Al Brown (2011)
Down–to–earth chef Al Brown continues to plod around the country, this time sourcing the best fresh produce and ingredients to whip up…
Girl ModelGirl Model (2011)
Dir. David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
This disturbing insight into the 'supply chain' of the modeling business follows the entry of a 13–year–old Russian girl into the fashion…
Global Radar (TV Series)Global Radar (TV Series) (2011)
Te Radar seeks out environmental do–gooders both here and abroad in these further 'sustainable adventures' from the intrepid Kiwi comedian.
Go Back To Where You Came From (TV Series)Go Back To Where You Came From (TV Series) (2011)
Sure to touch a nerve, this provocative SBS series tackles the divisive asylum seeker issue by asking six ordinary Australians to board a leaky…
Godfathers Of GanjaGodfathers Of Ganja (Square Grouper) (2011)
Dir. Billy Corben
Feat. Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mickey Rooney
Colourful portrait of the pot–smuggler's paradise that was 1970's Miami, populated with redneck pirates, a ganja–smoking church, and the…
HappyHappy (2011)
Dir. Roko Belic
Roko Belic (GENGHIS BLUES) tackles the lofty subject of happiness in this feel–good global documentary on self–improvement and…
Harry Belafonte: Sing Your SongHarry Belafonte: Sing Your Song (2011)
Dir. Susanne Rostock
Feat. Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte's triumphant life and times as an entertainer and civil rights campaigner is movingly retold in the context of America's social…
Hell and Back AgainHell and Back Again (2011) Recommended
Dir. Danfung Dennis
Photojournalist Danfung Dennis captures both the intensity of combat and the despair of life back home in this incredible insight into the realities…
Hiding Behind the Green ScreenHiding Behind the Green Screen (2011)
Dir. Paora Joseph
An empowering documentary on the negative impact of marijuana on New Zealand youth, as openly discussed by four young men who are mentored by two…
How Earth Made UsHow Earth Made Us (2011)
Epic series that reveals how the tumultuous forces of the planet have powerfully influenced mankind, and shaped in someway every aspect of our…
How to Die in OregonHow to Die in Oregon (2011)
Dir. Peter Richardson
Unflinching documentary about assisted suicide, centering around the Death with Dignity Act in the state of Oregon, which allows physicians to…
How to Start a RevolutionHow to Start a Revolution (2011)
Dir. Ruaridh Arrow
The remarkable story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Gene Sharp, the elderly, softly spoken man whose writings concerning the way to wage a…
Human Planet (TV Series)Human Planet (TV Series) (2011) Aro Favourite
A massive new undertaking by the BBC, this natural history series focuses on the human species in the relation to the natural world, and how humans…
If a Tree FallsIf a Tree Falls (2011) Recommended
Dir. Marshall Curry
Part coming–of–age tale, part cops–and–robbers thriller, this extraordinary documentary tells the story of Daniel McGowan,…
iGeniusiGenius (How Steve Jobs Changed the World) (2011)
Hurried Discovery Channel documentary produced in the aftermath of the Apple founder's untimely death pays homage to the 'Church of Jobs' through…
Impressionists, The: Painting and RevolutionImpressionists, The: Painting and Revolution (2011)
A deep–focus investigation into the revolutionary achievements of the Impressionist movement by British art critic Waldemar Januszczak. Across…
Inside Child PovertyInside Child Poverty (2011)
Dir. Bryan Bruce
Wellington documentary maker Bryan Bruce investigates the appalling level of child poverty in New Zealand, and travels to Sweden to found out why…
Interrupters, TheInterrupters, The (2011) Recommended
Dir. Steve James
Another grim, yet by turns inspiring social documentary from dir. Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), who expands his chronicle of urban…
Into the AbyssInto the Abyss (Death Row Portraits) (2011) Recommended
Dir. Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog sits down with the perpetrators of a triple homicide in this darkly lucid investigation into the paradoxes of human nature. Probing…
Italy: Love It or Leave ItItaly: Love It or Leave It (2011)
Dir. Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi
This thoroughly engaging road trip throughout picturesque Italy doubles as a serious critique of a nation beset by various social, economic, and…
James May's Man Lab (TV Series)James May's Man Lab (TV Series) (2011)
Feat. James May
TOP GEAR's James May attempts to restore the 'traditional skills' lost to the modern man – say, disarming a WWII–era bomb, the art of…
JigJig (2011)
Dir. Sue Bourne
Big–hearted backstage doco on the little known world of competitive Irish Dancing, centred on the sweat and tears behind the 2010 World…
Jiro Dreams of SushiJiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) Recommended
Dir. David Gelb
Mouth–watering profile of 85–year–old sushi grand–master Jiro Ono and his relentless pursuit of perfection, it features…
Julian Assange - A Modern Day Hero?Julian Assange - A Modern Day Hero? (Inside the World of WikiLeaks) (2011)
Fascinating, if patchy insight into the media whirlwind created when whistle–blowing website WikiLeaks published the Afghan War documents in…
Kate Bush - Under ReviewKate Bush - Under Review (2011)
A critical review of Kate Bush's landmark recording Hounds Of Love, featuring archived footage of the enigmatic Bush herself, as well as a…
KlitschkoKlitschko (2011)
Dir. Sebastian Dehnhardt
Unmovable boxing brothers Vatali and Wladimir Klitschko are the subject of this hard–swinging documentary on the championship pedigree of the…
KnuckleKnuckle (2011)
Dir. Ian Palmer
The brutal sport of bare–knuckle fighting is framed against a larger backdrop of feuding Irish families in this harrowing 12–year…
Last Days HereLast Days Here (2011) Recommended
Dir. Demian Fenton, Don Argott
Bobby Liebling, the one–time frontman of seminal 70s hard–rock group 'Pentagram' is tracked down 30 years later by a young metalhead…
Last Dogs of Winter, TheLast Dogs of Winter, The (2011)
Dir. Costa Botes
For the past 40 years, in a remote and harshly beautiful corner of northern Manitoba, Brian Ladoon has devoted his life to preserving and breeding an…
Life In A DayLife In A Day (2011) Aro Favourite
Dir. Kevin MacDonald
A unique user–generated documentary that shows beautifully, humourously and honestly what it's like to be alive on earth today. Compiled from…
Life in MovementLife in Movement (2011)
Dir. Bryan Mason, Sophie Hyde
Heartfelt portrait of young choreographer Tanja Liedtke who's undoubted talent was cut tragically short. Culled from hours of self–shot…
Like WaterLike Water (2011)
Dir. Pablo Croce
An inside–out look at the life and career of legendary middleweight Ultimate Fighter Anderson Silva.
Long March to Freedom, TheLong March to Freedom, The (2011)
A brutal chapter towards of end of WWII is given its due in this harrowing documentary on the 'long march' of British, American and Commonwealth POWs…
Look, TheLook, The (2011)
Dir. Angelina Maccarone
Feat. Charlotte Rampling
In this fascinating series of conversations, Charlotte Rampling interviews a number of key collaborators during her career as a means of…
Louis Theroux - The Odd, the Bad, and the GodlyLouis Theroux - The Odd, the Bad, and the Godly (2011)
A second anthology of intrepid reporter Louis Theroux's eye–opening BBC Two specials. Disc One: America's Medicated Kids, Law and Disorder…
Love We Make, TheLove We Make, The (2011) Aro Favourite
Dir. Albert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan
Feat. Paul McCartney
Shot on 16mm B/W film by documentary legend Albert Maysles, this is a suberb, all–access document of Paul McCartney's efforts to organize a…
Madagascar (TV Series)Madagascar (TV Series) (2011)
Sir David Attenborough's long–time love affair with Madagascar informs this exhaustive BBC series devoted to the landscape and wildlife of the…
Magic TripMagic Trip (2011) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood
Recovering 16mm footage shot during the maiden voyage of the psychedelic 'Magic Bus', this documentary reassembles a visual snapshot of the legendary…
Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern ArtManet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art (2011)
British art critic Waldemar Januszczak hosts this illuminating portrait of 'the father of Impressionism', claiming to offer the first…
March of the DinosaursMarch of the Dinosaurs (2011)
Stephen Fry narrates this striking CGI docu–drama depicting the 1000–mile autumn migration of Edmontosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus from…
Michael Jackson - The Life of an IconMichael Jackson - The Life of an Icon (2011)
Dir. Andrew Eastel
Produced and narrated by friend (and former Mr. Liza Minnelli) David Gest, this retrospective focuses on Jackson through the eyes of his mother and…
Miss RepresentationMiss Representation (2011)
Dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Feat. Rosario Dawson
A critical analysis of the media representation of women which presents the facts and statistics accompanied by celebrity interviews – Dr.…
Mrs. Carey's ConcertMrs. Carey's Concert (2011)
Dir. Bob Connolly, Sophie Raymond
Invigorating doco on the power of music. At a Sydney girl's school, Mrs Carey butts head with her obstinate students as they prepare for a…
Museum of Life (TV Series)Museum of Life (TV Series) (2011)
This six–part BBC mini–series gives a behind the scenes look at the Natural History Museum in London. An Engineer, a Doctor, an…
My AmericaMy America (2011)
Dir. Peter Hegedus
Documentarian Peter Hegedus draws on his unusual upbringing – as a child of socialist Hungary who used movies to form his image of the United…
My Kind of Place (TV Series)My Kind of Place (TV Series) (2011)
Kiwi celebrities swan around various Australian holiday hotspots for our entertainment in this thinly veiled tourism advertisement for the lucky…
National Geographic: MegafactoriesNational Geographic: Megafactories (2011-2013)
A National Geographic series exploring the manufacturing and distribution processes of some of the world's most popular brands. Everyday Icons:…
Nature's Miracle BabiesNature's Miracle Babies (2011)
The 'cute quotient' is at an all time high in this heartwarming BBC series centred on the efforts of zoologists to ensure the survival of endangered…
Neil Young - JourneysNeil Young - Journeys (2011) Recommended
Dir. Jonathan Demme
A superb new concert film combining Young's homecoming concert at Toronto’s Massey Hall with intimate glimpses into his travels throughout Canada.
North (TV Series)North (TV Series) (2011)
Feat. Marcus Lush
The ever–endearing Marcus Lush follows up his award–winning SOUTH with this typically offbeat traverse of New Zealand's far…
Ocean GiantsOcean Giants (2011)
Spectacular three–part ocean series focused on the secret lives of whales and dolphins, as captured by some award–winning underwater…
Operation 8: Deep in the ForestOperation 8: Deep in the Forest (2011) Recommended
Dir. Errol Wright, Abi King-Jones
Cohesive and compelling documentary that gives credible voice to the Maori sovereignty and peace activists who were targeted in police raids and…
Origins of UsOrigins of Us (2011)
A fascinating anatomical insight into human evolution, particularly through our ancestors, and the edge they gained to survive over a 6 million year…
Page One: Inside the New York TimesPage One: Inside the New York Times (2011) Aro Favourite
Dir. Andrew Rossi
Resonating well beyond the parameters of the news industry, this doco sends out a warning shot on behalf of its beleaguered iconic subject –…
Paradise Lost 3 - PurgatoryParadise Lost 3 - Purgatory (2011) Recommended
Dir. Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
This concluding chapter in the Paradise Lost saga came on the back of the West Memphis Three's sudden release from prison, and covers the defense…
Persecution Blues: The Battle for the TotePersecution Blues: The Battle for the Tote (2011)
Dir. Natalie van den Dungen
Punk, passion, politics and public protest collide in this exploration of the rich musical history of Melbourne and the overwhelming public outcry…
PinaPina (2011) Aro Favourite
Dir. Wim Wenders
A dazzling celebration of the late German dance pioneer Pina Bausch, whose challenging and subversive choreography is performed by those who danced…
Planet Dinosaur (TV Series)Planet Dinosaur (TV Series) (2011)
The BBC return to the prehistoric ground first trodden with WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, here employing new state–of–the–art CGI to…
Planet EgyptPlanet Egypt (2011)
Egypt's history as an empire and Pharaoh dynasty is explored from beginning to end in this comprehensive survey of the world's first great…
Planet of SnailPlanet of Snail (2011)
Dir. Seung-jun Yi
A deaf and blind poet finds unique ways to communicate with his lover in this transfixing portrait of an extraordinary love story, one which finds…
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever SoldPOM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) Recommended
Dir. Morgan Spurlock
SUPER SIZE ME's Morgan Spurlock takes us behind the scenes of product placement and strategic branding while pitching his film's naming rights to a…
Primeval New Zealand (TV Series)Primeval New Zealand (TV Series) (2011)
Excellent Kiwi–spun series adopts the WALKING WITH DINOSAURS model of prehistoric life reanimated with CGI effects to illuminate us on New…
ProhibitionProhibition (2011)
Dir. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
Ken Burns focuses on a notorious chapter in American 20th century history – the Prohibition era – in this typically illuminating PBS…
Project NimProject Nim (2011)
Dir. James Marsh
Moving, heartbreaking documentary on the life and times of 'Nim Chimpsky', a newborn chimpanzee who was deposited into a Manhattan family home in the…
Prophets of Science Fiction (TV Series)Prophets of Science Fiction (TV Series) (2011)
Somewhat exaggerated series produced and hosted by Ridley Scott that depicts numerous occasions when science fiction authors have predicted and…
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects TitanRay Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)
Dir. Gilles Penso
Feat. Ray Harryhausen
The definitive documentary on late special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. Includes interviews and tributes from Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Terry…
Restoration Man (TV Series)Restoration Man (TV Series) (2011)
A 'Grand Designs' spin–off with a distinct focus on historical 'doer uppers', this traces the progress of ambitious home restoration projects…
Richard Hammond's Journey to the Centre of the PlanetRichard Hammond's Journey to the Centre of the Planet (2011)
Feat. Richard Hammond
Top Gear's Richard Hammond goes to the centre of the planet to find out how the Earth works, peeling back the layers to show where volcanoes come…
Rick Stein's SpainRick Stein's Spain (2011)
Utterly delightful cooking show 'laced with history, literature and stunning photography' from the highly personable Rick Stein, as he travels the…
Rise and Fall of Versailles, The (TV Series)Rise and Fall of Versailles, The (TV Series) (2011)
Filmed spectacularly in the gardens and ballrooms of Versailles itself, this lavish documentary accounts of the 150–year reign of France’s…
Roman Polanski: A Film MemoirRoman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)
Dir. Laurent Bouzereau
Intimate, fascinating and completely one–sided documentary made by Roman Polanski's friend of four decades that details his extraordinary life,…
Royal Wedding, The: William and CatherineRoyal Wedding, The: William and Catherine (2011)
Official recording of the wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton includes the full ceremony, carriage procession and the traditional…
Rugby World Cup 2011Rugby World Cup 2011 (2011)
For the diehard All Blacks fan, an official review of the team's 2011 Rugby World Cup triumph. Includes highlight's from the side's epic…
SamsaraSamsara (2011) Recommended
Dir. Ron Fricke
The director of BARAKA expands our minds with another impressive, visually astonishing meditation on global spirituality and the human experience,…
Sarah Palin: You Betcha!Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)
Dir. Nick Broomfield
Renowned documentarian Nick Broomfield journeys to the devoutly evangelical, crystal meth capital of Alaska, in pursuit of Sarah Palin. Interviewing…
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio MisadventureShut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011) Recommended
Dir. Matthew Bate
The viral phenomenon of two aging, foul–mouthed room–mates at each others throats is explored in this wildly entertaining doco, centred…
Sound It OutSound It Out (2011) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jeanie Finlay
Irresistible portrait of the very last surviving vinyl shop in North East England and the community of devoted music lovers who keep it alive. A…
Story of Film - An Odyssey, TheStory of Film - An Odyssey, The (2011) Aro Favourite
Dir. Mark Cousins
An invigorating alternate film history from critic Mark Cousins, here adapting his own book into a 15–chapter exploration of cinema from its…
Swell Season, TheSwell Season, The (2011)
Feat. Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Matching gorgeous black and white visuals with a bittersweet honesty about the consequences of fame, this fine documentary follows ONCE…
Tall Man, TheTall Man, The (2011)
Dir. Tony Krawitz
Compelling true crime documentary on a controversial chapter in Queensland’s history, where in 2004 a drunken Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for…
Taylor Swift - Just For YouTaylor Swift - Just For You (2011)
The teen queen of country pop shares with us details of her upbringing, songwriting insights, and formative musical influences in this swift…
Tents, TheTents, The (2011)
Dir. James Belzer
A delicious behind–the–scenes look at the prestigious New York Fashion Week, specifically around the iconic tents erected to house…
Test Your Brain (TV Series)Test Your Brain (TV Series) (2011)
From National Geographic, this interactive series reveals how our brains create the illusion of a seamless reality, and offers a challenge to viewers…
This is Not a FilmThis is Not a Film (2011) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Persecuted Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi turns the camera on himself in this galvanizing protest film about the physical and creative imprisonment of…
Tom Waits: The Complete ReviewTom Waits: The Complete Review (2011)
Feat. Tom Waits
With the aid of plentiful archive, rare footage, interviews with the man himself plus contributions from his colleagues, this documentary set…
Town (TV Series)Town (TV Series) (2011)
Geographer Nicholas Crane explores four iconic British towns (Ludlow, Scarborough, Perth, Totnes) in this compelling plea to reconsider and return to…
Triangle WarsTriangle Wars (2011)
Dir. Rosie Jones
Absorbing study of local politics as a community rallies together as developers threaten to convert a prime slice of land into 180 shops.
Truth About Lions, TheTruth About Lions, The (2011)
Naturalist Jonathan Scott tackles our preconceptions and false assumptions about big cats in this fascinating nature documentary.
TT Closer to the EdgeTT Closer to the Edge (TT3D Closer to the Edge) (2011) Recommended
Dir. Richard De Aragues
Breakneck motor–racing documentary takes viewers inside the annual 'Tourist Trophy' Isle of Man event, the most prestigious – and…
Two Years at SeaTwo Years at Sea (2011)
Dir. Ben Rivers
Feat. Jake Williams
A man who lives in a remote Scottish house in the pine forests of Aberdeenshire is the subject of this beautifully reflective,…
UndefeatedUndefeated (2011) Recommended
Dir. Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
The perennial losing record of one Manassas High School is turned around by an inspirational football coach in this Academy Award–winning…
UrbanizedUrbanized (2011)
Dir. Gary Hustwit
The final in Hustwit's documentary trilogy this time the focus is on the design of cities, looking at issues and strategies behind urban design and…
We Were HereWe Were Here (2011)
Dir. David Weissman
Heartbreaking documentary that takes a deep and reflective look at the arrival and calamitous impact of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.
Whale, TheWhale, The (2011) Recommended
Dir. Suzanne Chisholm, Michael Parfit
Perfectly pitched at families of all ages, this tells the story of a baby orca named Luna that gets lost in picturesque Nootka Sound off Vancouver…
When a City FallsWhen a City Falls (2011) Recommended
Dir. Gerard Smyth
Heavy–hearted chronicle of the impact of Christchurch’s devastating earthquakes, and on the lives of its resilient citizens.
Where Do We Go Now?Where Do We Go Now? (2011) Recommended
Dir. Nadine Labaki
Feat. Nadine Labaki
Nadine Labaki (CARAMEL) directs and stars in this heartfelt Lebanese tale of tensions between Christians and Muslims villagers, and the women who…
Where Were You?Where Were You? (Events That Changed The World) (2011)
26–episode series that takes some of the most shocking events of the 20th and early 21st century and analyzes how news of their occurrence…
Wild Coasts (TV Series)Wild Coasts (TV Series) (Wild Coasts with Craig Potton) (2011)
Photographer Craig Potton continues his exploration of New Zealand's celebrated landscape with this new series dedicated to the nation's rich and…
Wild Horse, Wild RideWild Horse, Wild Ride (2011)
Dir. Alex Dawson, Greg Gricus
This modern day western documents the big country spectacle of the 'Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge', an annual Texan contest challenging 100…
Wonders of the Universe (TV Series)Wonders of the Universe (TV Series) (2011)
Dense, but invigorating spin around the universe, with physicist Brian Cox explaining the fundamental principles governing the laws of nature and…
YogawomanYogawoman (2011)
Dir. Saraswati Clere, Kate McIntyre Clere
Feat. Annette Bening
Feel–good no–brainer documentary which posits that yoga is very, very good for you – with particular attention given to it's…
You've Been TrumpedYou've Been Trumped (2011) Recommended
Dir. Anthony Baxter
Donald Trump is an easy target in this blunt–edged documentary on the David vs. Goliath battle between Aberdeen homeowners along a Scottish…
Young Ones, TheYoung Ones, The (2011)
The latest in a series of age and era–based social experiments, this BBC documentary asks six elderly celebrities – among them, cricket…
1 A Minute1 A Minute (2010)
Dir. Namrata Singh Gujral
Feat. Kelly McGillis, Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith
Global docudrama follows a woman's journey through breast cancer, interwoven with celebrity survivor's recounting their own moving experiences of…
180º South - Conquerors of the Useless180º South - Conquerors of the Useless (2010)
Dir. Chris Malloy
Inspiring, caution–to–the–wind travelogue has adventurer Jeff Johnson attempting to follow in the footsteps of Yvon Chouinard and…
2010 Fifa World Cup2010 Fifa World Cup (New Zealand; Highlights; World Cup Final) (2010)
The All Whites are All Right in this historic three–match replay (vs. Slovakia, Italy, Paraguay) of New Zealand’s courageous showing at the…
2010 Global Atheist Convention2010 Global Atheist Convention (2010)
Filmed in Melbourne's Convention Center where over 2500 people gathered to hear discussions on global atheism. Speaking are some of the world’s…
A Film UnfinishedA Film Unfinished (2010)
Dir. Yael Hersonski
Filmmaker Yael Hersonski interrogates the veracity of the Nazis' unfinished ghetto film project, with the surviving footage of the Warsaw…
Afterlife Experiments, TheAfterlife Experiments, The (2010)
Sketchy 4–part series that investigates the possibility of an afterlife, and boldy claims to have the most "spectacular scientific evidence for…
Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon HelmAin't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2010) Recommended
Dir. Jacob Hatley
An unsentimental, and better for it, portrait of the great rock drummer as he sets about recording his first album in 25 years. This documentary…
Amazing World Of Automobiles, The Amazing World Of Automobiles, The (2010)
An extensive look at the history of the motorcar, and what's in store for it next – if you've ever had a question concerning cars, this is the…
An Idiot Abroad (TV Series)An Idiot Abroad (TV Series) (2010) Recommended
Feat. Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
The whinging round–headed Manc and unwitting star of 'The Ricky Gervais Show', Karl Pilkington, is sent on a journey around the world, partly…
Arbor, TheArbor, The (2010) Aro Favourite
Dir. Clio Barnard
A grimly compelling portrait of hard–living British playwright Andrea Dunbar, most celebrated for writing seminal kitchen sink comedy RITA,…
ArmadilloArmadillo (2010)
Dir. Janus Metz
Dir. Janus Metz chronicles the changing personalities and life–altering experiences of a platoon of Danish soldiers fighting out of the…
Asylum PiecesAsylum Pieces (2010) Recommended
Dir. Kathy Dudding
Local filmmaker Kathy Dudding charts New Zealand's cultural and medical attitudes towards mental health and institutionalization, with a movingly…
BabiesBabies (2010) Recommended
Dir. Thomas Balmes
The first year ahead of four newly born infants from different parts of the world (Namibia, Mongolia, Japan and California) forms the irresistible…
Believe: The Eddie Izzard StoryBelieve: The Eddie Izzard Story (2010)
Dir. Sarah Townsend
Feat. Eddie Izzard
Potrait of the comedian Eddie Izzard's rise to fame from early influences, losing his mother to cancer at a young age before being sent with his…
BhuttoBhutto (2010)
Dir. Duane Baughman
A riveting documentary about the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, who followed in her father's footsteps as a pillar for democracy, and became a…
Bill Cunningham New YorkBill Cunningham New York (2010) Recommended
Dir. Richard Press
A surprise sleeper hit on the arthouse box–office circuit, this is a poignant and gently humorous portrait of street fashion photographer Bill…
Birding (TV Series)Birding (TV Series) (2010)
Ornitholigists rejoice! The eccentric bird expert Dave Gosney takes the viewer along for the ride as he traverse the globe looking for rare and…
Blank CityBlank City (2010)
Dir. Celine Danhier
New York's transgressive art scene in the 70s is documented in this celebration of the avant–garde filmmaking that emerged in the midst of the…
Blood in the MobileBlood in the Mobile (2010)
Dir. Frank Piasecki Poulsen
Danish director Frank Piasecki Poulsen presents this long–overdue investigation into the war occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo over…
Blood Into WineBlood Into Wine (2010)
Dir. Ryan Page, Christopher Pomerenke
Documentary about the unexpected hobby of hard–rockin' "Tool" frontman Maynard James Keenan, who "with his unusual hands–on approach" has…
Bruce Springsteen - The PromiseBruce Springsteen - The Promise (The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town) (2010) Recommended
Dir. Thom Zimny
Featuring a wealth of footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band in rehearsals and studio sessions, this exceptional music doco provides a vivid…
Buddha - The Story of SiddharthaBuddha - The Story of Siddhartha (2010)
Dir. David Grubin
Beautifully produced PBS documentary on the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. Narrated by Richard Gere.
Candyman - The David Klein StoryCandyman - The David Klein Story (2010) Recommended
Dir. Costa Botes
The sweet–and–sour story of David Klein, the eccentric candy inventor behind "Jelly Belly" jelly beans, who through complex circumstance,…
Cane Toads: The ConquestCane Toads: The Conquest (2010)
Dir. Mark Lewis
Irreverent filmmaker Mark Lewis' second comically horrific take on the environmental devastation left in the wake of the giant toads' unstoppable…
Casino Jack and the United States of MoneyCasino Jack and the United States of Money (2010) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney
Another compelling take on high–level corruption from dir. Alex Gibney (ENRON, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE), this time delivering a weighty account…
CatfishCatfish (2010) Recommended
Dir. Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Astonishing documentary follows the interactions between a New York–based photographer and a young woman from rural Michigan who make contact…
Cave of Forgotten DreamsCave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Recommended
Dir. Werner Herzog
Although intended to be viewed in 3–D, this extraordinary trip inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France – home to the oldest known…
Chasing MadoffChasing Madoff (2010)
Dir. Jeff Prosserman
Infamous for the 'Ponzi scheme' that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars, Bernie Madoff is put to the sword in this fascinating…
CircoCirco (2010)
Dir. Aaron Schock
Rewarding documentary filmed in rural Mexico, within a century–old traveling circus, where the Ponce family are struggling with mounting debts,…
Citizen ArchitectCitizen Architect (Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio) (2010) Recommended
Dir. Sam Wainwright Douglas
Inspiring documentary about late architect Samuel Mockbee and his radical design/build program, the Rural Studio, where students create striking…
Classic Albums - Black Sabbath Classic Albums - Black Sabbath (Paranoid) (2010)
Dir. Matthew Longfellow
Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators. Generously…
Classic Albums - Rush (2112 / Moving Pictures)Classic Albums - Rush (2112 / Moving Pictures) (2010)
Rush's albums 2112 and Moving Pictures are deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by the artists…
Classic Albums - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Classic Albums - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (Damn The Torpedoes) (2010)
Dir. Matthew Longfellow
Feat. Tom Petty
Tom Petty And The Heartbreaker's "Damn The Torpedoes" deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by…
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot SpitzerClient 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney
Scandal–laden follow–up to dir. Gibney's excellent doco on Jack 'Casino Jack' Abramoff takes an in–depth look at former New York…
Coasters (TV Series)Coasters (TV Series) (2010)
HUNGER FOR THE WILD's Al Brown circumnavigates New Zealand's rugged coastline in search of Kiwi characters and spectacular scenery while cooking up a…
Cool ItCool It (2010)
Dir. Ondi Timoner
A head–scratching portrait of Danish academic Bjørn Lomborg, whose outspoken views against the conventional wisdom around global warming are…
Countdown to ZeroCountdown to Zero (2010)
Dir. Lucy Walker
Deeply disturbing history of the atomic bomb that shows the nuclear arms race is far from over. Pic sets out to be the INCONVENIENT TRUTH of nuclear…
Dave Dobbyn - Beside YouDave Dobbyn - Beside You (30 Years of Hits) (2010) Recommended
Still going strong after 30 years, New Zealand’s Dave Dobbyn reflects on a career spanning collaborations from Th' Dudes to Bic Runga, songwriting…
David Byrne: Ride, Rise, RoarDavid Byrne: Ride, Rise, Roar (2010)
Dir. Hillman Curtis
Feat. David Byrne
Offbeat concert film that blends onstage performances with illuminating interviews with both Byrne and Brian Eno.
David Suchet on the Orient ExpressDavid Suchet on the Orient Express (2010)
Feat. David Suchet
David Suchet, in person, boards the Orient Express to experience the romance and history of the legendary train for himself – immortalised, of…
Digital NationDigital Nation (digital_nation) (2010)
Dir. Rachel Dretzin
From the maker of GROWING UP ONLINE, this is another quality PBS documentary about the complexities of modern culture. The focus is how the web and…
Disappearing London - Suggs and the CityDisappearing London - Suggs and the City (2010)
Madness front–man Graham McPherson presents this roving history of London’s unique character and charm via the city’s idiosyncratic…
Draquila - Italy TremblesDraquila - Italy Trembles (2010)
Dir. Sabina Guzzanti
Sabina Guzzanti returns once more to do battle with Silvio Berlusconi in this incendiary doc that examines his administration's handling of the…
Earth - The Power of the Planet Earth - The Power of the Planet (2010)
Prof. Iain Stewart presents this five–part BBC series that traverses the globe in search of the incredible or catastrophic natural forces that…
EcopolisEcopolis (2010)
Nobel Prize winner Professor Dan Kammen gives us a troubling glimpse of the city of 2050 – a place afflicted by famine, pollution, extreme…
Empire Of The SeasEmpire Of The Seas (How The Navy Forged The Modern World) (2010)
4–part BBC series hosted by Dan Snow, historian and avid sailor, who recounts the Royal Navy's intriguing metamorphosis from a "rabble of West…
Engineering An Empire (TV Series)Engineering An Empire (TV Series) (2010)
Dir. Ted Poole
Feat. Peter Weller
The complete series hosted by Peter Weller (Robocop) examines history's greatest societies by reanimating the architectural and engineering feats…
Erasing DavidErasing David (2010)
Dir. David Bond
Eerie investigation into the erosion of privacy. Documentarian Bond finds out how much private companies and government know about him by attempting…
Exit Through the Gift ShopExit Through the Gift Shop (2010) Aro Favourite
Dir. Banksy
Feat. Banksy , Thierry Guetta
A would–be filmmaker's documentary on renegade street artist Banksy is turned on its head, becoming an expose of the contemporary art world and…
Expedition AntarcticaExpedition Antarctica (2010)
A team of international marine scientists on board the research vessel PV Tangaroa head for the Ross Sea off the Antarctic Ice Shelf in this battle…
Faces of AmericaFaces of America (2010)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the cultural and ethnic roots behind America today in this salient social documentary. Participants keen to share their…
Fire in BabylonFire in Babylon (2010)
Dir. Stevan Riley
The West Indies’ late rise from happy–go–lucky ‘calypso cricketers’ to world beaters in the late 70s is the subject of this…
First Life (TV Series)First Life (TV Series) (2010)
David Attenborough's latest natural wonder turns back the clock to the dawn of life, investigating the very first animals to roam the planet earth.
First Rasta, TheFirst Rasta, The (2010)
Dir. Hélène Lee
Documentary charting the origins of the Rasta Movement via Leonard Percival Lowell, a young adventurer whose return to Jamaica in the 1930s saw the…
Force Of NatureForce Of Nature (2010)
Dir. Sturla Gunnarsson
Passionate documentary portrait of iconic Canadian scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, filmed as he delivers his 'legacy speech' stressing…
FreakonomicsFreakonomics (2010) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki, Heidi Ewing
The authors of 'Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist' pass on the baton to six documentarians in this diverse exploration of social phenomena through (and…
Free China Junk, TheFree China Junk, The (2010)
Dir. Robin Greenberg
Dir. Robin Greenberg follows her 2008 documentary HULOO with this toothy, humour–filled yarn, circa 1955, of five Taiwanese fishermen who set…
GaslandGasland (2010)
Dir. Josh Fox
Hydraulic fracturing – or ‘fracking’ – is the incendiary subject of this alarming expose of unsafe drilling practices in the U.S., whereby…
Genius of Britain (TV Series)Genius of Britain (TV Series) (2010)
Fantastic science series that has, among others, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and David Attenborough, celebrating Britain's great inventors and…
Genius of Design, TheGenius of Design, The (2010) Recommended
A highly accessible overview of 20th century industrial design movements and revolutions, this surveys everything from the emergence of modernism in…
God in AmericaGod in America (2010)
Ambitious PBS series tackles more than 500 years of the American religious experience, from the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the 2008…
Gordon Crook: A Life in ArtGordon Crook: A Life in Art (2010)
Dir. Clare O'Leary
Thoughtful, and enlightening portrait of ex–pat British artist Gordon Crook, who since 1972 has called Wellington – and Aro Valley…
Grandma, A Thousand TimesGrandma, A Thousand Times (Teta, Alf Marra) (2010)
Dir. Mahmoud Kaabour
Poetic portrait of 83–year–old Beiruti Teta Fatima, a feisty, sharp–witted matriarch to the Kaabour family, and Grandma to the…
Great Epochs of European Art, TheGreat Epochs of European Art, The (2010)
A detailed, German–produced art history series illustrated by selected masterpieces of architecture, sculpture and painting. In addition to…
Great Rift, TheGreat Rift, The (2010)
Typically stunning BBC Earth series investigates the geological forces which shaped East Africa's Great Rift Valley, and which make it one of the…
Guilty PleasuresGuilty Pleasures (2010)
Dir. Julie Moggan
Ostensibly about the ubiquitous Harlequin Mills & Boon novel, this colourful and insightful documentary examines the role of fantasy in three avid…
Hayley Westenra: Live on Tour in Northen IslandHayley Westenra: Live on Tour in Northen Island (2010)
A look at Hayley Westenra’s recent tour of Northern Ireland. Interviewed by the young singer Kate Garbutt, Hayley shows what it’s like to be on…
Home By ChristmasHome By Christmas (2010) Recommended
Dir. Gaylene Preston
Feat. Tony Barry, Martin Henderson, Chelsie Preston-Crayford
The director of WAR STORIES returns to the subject for this deeply personal yet affecting docu–drama focusing this time on a single story…
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010)
Dir. Norberto López Amado, Carlos Carcas
Another towering tribute to an architect, this time chronicling the achievements of Britain's most famous building designer, Norman Foster, whose…
How to Build a Human How to Build a Human (2010)
Remarkable series that explores how humans are made and the ways we are shaped by our genes and hormones from cradle to grave. From human cloning to…
Human InstinctHuman Instinct (2010)
Another gem from the makers of THE HUMAN BODY, this time explaining those overwhelming drives within us, like love at first sight – and why we…
I AmI Am (2010)
Dir. Tom Shadyac
Disillusioned by Hollywood, the director of the ACE VENTURA movies takes stock, combining discussion with the likes of Noam Chomsky and Desmond Tutu…
I Need That Record!I Need That Record! (The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store) (2010) Recommended
Dir. Brendan Toller
A bittersweet symphony for vinyl–loving Gen–Xers and their rockin' forefathers, this would have further sated nostalgic pangs to hark…
I'm Still HereI'm Still Here (2010) Recommended
Dir. Casey Affleck
Feat. Joaquin Phoenix
Excruciating, morbidly humourous account of Joaquin Phoenix’s shock ‘retirement’ from acting to pursue a music career in rap, and the attention…
In From The Cold? The World Of Richard BurtonIn From The Cold? The World Of Richard Burton (2010)
Dir. Tony Palmer
Feat. Richard Burton
Tony Palmer’s portrait of actor Richard Burton, featuring interviews with his family members and fellow acting legends Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren…
In the Footsteps of Famous ComposersIn the Footsteps of Famous Composers (2010)
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF: • Chopin • Tchaikovsky • Verdi • Beethoven • Vivaldi • Bizet • Puccini • Berlioz • Mahler • Offenbach
In Their Own Words - British NovelistsIn Their Own Words - British Novelists (2010) Aro Favourite
A series of candid interviews and commentaries, many sourced from the BBC's archives, make up this illuminating documentary on the great British…
Inside JobInside Job (2010) Aro Favourite
Dir. Charles Ferguson
Enraging and comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose…
Invocation, TheInvocation, The (2010)
Dir. Emmanuel Itier
Deepak Chopra, Stewart Copeland, and a host of woolly celebrities talk world peace through religion, spirituality, history, science, politics and…
James Rhodes: The Piano ManJames Rhodes: The Piano Man (2010)
With childhood abuse, drug addiction and suicide attempts behind him, James Rhodes is not your typical concert pianist. But with his passion and…
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant ChildJean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) Recommended
Dir. Tamra Davis
A worthy and elegiac tribute to the neo–expressionist wunderkind, with dir. Davis deftly avoiding much of the usual bluster, instead focusing…
Joan Rivers: A Piece of WorkJoan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) Aro Favourite
Dir. Anne Sundberg, Ricki Stern
Feat. Joan Rivers
A ripely entertaining piece of work portraying the famously foul–mouthed, nip–tucked, seventy–something stand–up…
Joanna Lumley's NileJoanna Lumley's Nile (2010)
Feat. Joanna Lumley
A North African travelogue under the stewardship of AB FAB's Joanna Lumley, this likeable cultural and geographical series takes in the deserts,…
Just a BeginningJust a Beginning (2010)
Dir. Pierre Barougier, Jean-Pierre Pozzi
An interesting, if unsurprising outcome follows this classroom experiment where a group of French pre–schoolers are educated in the basics of…
Kim Newman's Guide to the Flipside of British CinemaKim Newman's Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema (2010)
Dir. Jake West
Cult film critic Kim Newman hosts this entertaining doco that looks at some British cinema's more esoteric films. Includes three short films:…
L'Amour FouL'Amour Fou (2010)
Dir. Pierre Thoretton
A moving document of the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint–Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge, remembered through their famed…
Lady Gaga - One Sequin At A TimeLady Gaga - One Sequin At A Time (2010)
Dir. Sonia Anderson
Behind the scenes style documentary about the rise of theatrical pop diva Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – better known as Lady Gaga.
Landscape Man (TV Series)Landscape Man (TV Series) (2010)
An offshoot of GRAND DESIGNS, taking the concept of visionary and unconventional house builds to the garden, where couples are followed through the…
Last ParadiseLast Paradise (2010)
Dir. Clive Neeson
Cinematographer Clive Neeson's poignant, free–spirited documentary on his pioneering adventures in extreme sports.
Le Quattro VolteLe Quattro Volte (2010) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino
Feat. Giuseppe Fuda
This mesmerizing blend of wordless narrative fiction and spontaneous nature documentary – about the 'cycle of life' in a rugged valley in Italy’s…
LemmyLemmy (2010) Recommended
Dir. Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
Lemmy Kilmister, lead singer of classic UK metal band 'Motorhead', is here deified as the "Godfather of Metal" and quintessential rock 'n' roll icon…
Lennon NYCLennon NYC (LennoNYC) (2010)
Dir. Michael Epstein
Another documentary on John Lennon, but a good one, focusing on the singer–songwriter's period spent in New York (up until his assassination),…
Literary LandscapesLiterary Landscapes (2010)
Dir. Aaron Jones
Interesting insight into the places, events and people who inspired classic British authors, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, The Bronte sisters, Thomas…
Love StoryLove Story (2010) Recommended
Dir. Florian Habicht
Feat. Florian Habicht
Ebullient Kiwi filmmaker Florian Habicht creates his own 'New York Story' by turning his camera to a beautiful Russian model and his own creative…
Machete Maidens UnleashedMachete Maidens Unleashed (2010)
Dir. Mark Hartley
Eye–opening look at the exploitation film–making industry that thrived in the Philippines during the seventies as American producers took…
Martin Clunes - Horse PowerMartin Clunes - Horse Power (2010)
Feat. Martin Clunes
THE ANIMAL – Explores why the horse evolved to be the way it is today, and it's connection with humans. THE SERVANT AND THE SYMBOL –…
MarwencolMarwencol (2010) Recommended
Dir. Jeff Malmberg
Impossible to summarize succinctly, this mesmerizingly strange documentary finds the mysteries of art and the art of survival meeting in the…
Matter of Taste, AMatter of Taste, A (2010) Recommended
Dir. Sally Rowe
Dubbed a "gastronomic thriller”, this involving culinary doco by expat Kiwi dir. Sally Rowe chronicles the challenges faced by English wunderkind…
Michael Smither - The Next Ten YearsMichael Smither - The Next Ten Years (2010)
Dir. Tony Hiles
Intimate two–part documentary following New Zealand artist and musician Michael Smither, as he prepares for his final dealer exhibition and…
Michael Wood's Story of EnglandMichael Wood's Story of England (2010)
Feat. Michael Wood
Michael Wood (STORY OF INDIA) embarks on an archeological profile of the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire in this fascinating,…
Money WarsMoney Wars (2010)
Dir. Richard Houston, Dragana Kalezic
Scathing examination of the post–war U.S. financial system that chronicles the bail–outs, the corruption, the takeovers and the gradual…
Mother of Rock - Lillian RoxonMother of Rock - Lillian Roxon (2010)
Dir. Paul Clarke
Feisty Australian journalist Lillian Roxon is the subject of this rock time capsule, which frames the music revolution of the 60s and 70s against…
Murundak - Songs of FreedomMurundak - Songs of Freedom (2010)
The music of the the Black Arm Band rallies this on–the–road concert film, as they gather some of Australia’s finest Indigenous…
My PerestroikaMy Perestroika (2010)
Dir. Robin Hessman
A playful and positive sense of nostalgia permeates through this enthralling documentary on the lives of five Moscow youngsters who grew through the…
National Geographic - Great MigrationsNational Geographic - Great Migrations (2010)
This National Geographic series collates years of scientific field work and high–definition photography into an awe–inspiring study of…
Nature Of Existence, TheNature Of Existence, The (2010)
Dir. Roger Nygard
After exploring the phenomenon of TREKKIES, Dir. Roger Nygard takes on that age old question, why do we exist, by interviewing spiritual leaders,…
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street LegacyNever Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)
Dir. Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch
Leaving no stone unturned, this four hour documentary on Freddie Krueger's reign of cinematic terror is a must–see retrospective for fans of…
Nostalgia for the LightNostalgia for the Light (2010) Recommended
Dir. Patricio Guzmán
Famed documentarian Patricio Guzmán directs this mesmerizing journey into Chile’s recent and faraway past through the annals of astronomy,…
Oil City ConfidentialOil City Confidential (2010)
Dir. Julien Temple
Completing a trilogy of sorts, renowned rock–documentor Julien Temple turns his retrospective eye and mash–up style to Canvey Island…
One Night in TurinOne Night in Turin (2010)
Dir. James Erskine
English football's so–called watershed moment – their national team's run through the 1990 Football World Cup – is relived in this…
Paris: The Luminous YearsParis: The Luminous Years (2010)
Illuminating documentary takes an overarching look at the literature and art that flourished in Paris during the first three decades of the 20th…
People vs. George Lucas, ThePeople vs. George Lucas, The (2010) Recommended
Dir. Alexandre O. Philippe
Rabid Star Wars devotees take umbrage to George Lucas's tainting of the classic sci–fi trilogy's legacy – namely, his much–maligned…
Picture Perfect Homes (TV Series)Picture Perfect Homes (TV Series) (2010)
Noted architect Ptolemy Dean takes the viewer on a tour of some of Britain's finest period homes in this informative series that looks to the past to…
Pioneers Turned MillionairesPioneers Turned Millionaires (2010)
Five documentaries using dramatic reconstruction, archive material and eye witness accounts to look into the lives of Levi Strauss, Henry J. Heinz,…
Pipe, ThePipe, The (2010) Recommended
Dir. Risteard O'Domhnaill
This familiar tale of big business vs the little guy lacks the perspective of its corporate antagonist to make it a genuinely potent investigative…
Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers, ThePolitically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers, The (2010)
The irreverent and provocative Nigel Latta returns with advice on how parents can navigate the pitfalls of raising teenagers.
Position Among The StarsPosition Among The Stars (Stand van de Sterren) (2010) Recommended
Dir. Leonard Retel Helmrich
Although the third part in a longing running trilogy, this engrossing documentary stands on its own as an eye–opening chapter in the life of…
Precious LifePrecious Life (2010)
Dir. Shlomi Eldar
A Palestinian baby born in Gaza with a severe immune deficiency is treated by Israeli doctors in this loaded documentary that stirs the eternal…
Queen Of The SunQueen Of The Sun (What Are The Bees Telling Us?) (2010)
Dir. Taggart Siegel
From the director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, this documentary takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the…
Radar's Patch (TV Series)Radar's Patch (TV Series) (2010)
Resourceful comedian Te Radar attempts to create a green backyard both lush in life and sustainable in this amusing and enlightening series.
Real King's Speech, TheReal King's Speech, The (2010)
Straight speaking documentary on the stammering King George VI and his Australian speech therapist – portrayed by Colin Firth and Geoffry Rush…
RestrepoRestrepo (2010) Recommended
Dir. Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
A visceral and ground–breaking war documentary that gives us a frontline POV of the stand against the Taliban from a strategically placed…
Richard Hammond's Invisible WorldsRichard Hammond's Invisible Worlds (2010)
Feat. Richard Hammond
State–of–the–art technology is put to good use to examine three distinct invisible realms that lie beyond the limits of human…
Rivers (TV Series)Rivers (TV Series) (Rivers with Craig Potton) (2010)
Striking documentary series follows renowned photographer and conservationist Craig Potton as he traverses along some of our most significant…
Rolling Stones - Stones in Exile Rolling Stones - Stones in Exile (2010) Recommended
Dir. Stephen Kijak
Feat. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts
A vivid retrospective rock–doc that looks at the creation and impact of the Rolling Stones' 1972 epochal album "Exile on Main St", made largely…
Royal Upstairs Downstairs (TV Series)Royal Upstairs Downstairs (TV Series) (2010)
The secret lives of British servants and aristocrats are speculated on this prim history series which takes viewers on a tour of the houses and…
Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon and Other StoriesSam Hunt: Purple Balloon and Other Stories (2010) Recommended
Dir. Tim Rose, Jim Scott
A bluntly honest portrait of New Zealand's most recognisable poet, with conversation by Hunt – along with friends, relatives, and other talking…
Seduction in the CitySeduction in the City (2010)
Intriguing doco charts the rise and rise of the department store, from its inception in 1852 Paris, to its mass popularization around the world, and…
SennaSenna (2010) Aro Favourite
Dir. Asif Kapadia
A thrilling motor–racing documentary on the fast life and times of Formula One legend and Brazilian hero, Ayrton Senna. An exemplar of the…
Six VeniceSix Venice (Sei Venezia) (2010)
Dir. Carlo Mazzacurati
Documentary portrait of the city of Venice as told through the stories of six Venetian locals: a hotel cleaner, an archaeologist, a pensioner from…
Smash His CameraSmash His Camera (2010)
Dir. Leon Gast
An appropriately full–tilt portrait of 'original paparazzo' Ron Galella, whose belligerent pursuit of the celebrity photograph, targeting such…
Story of Science, TheStory of Science, The (2010)
Passionate overview of the forces that came together to create scientific knowledge. Revealing how scientific ideas have shaped the modern world this…
Story of the Melbourne Cup, TheStory of the Melbourne Cup, The (2010)
The race that stops (two) nations is celebrated in this 150–year history of The Melbourne Cup. Features gushing interviews with legendary…
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic FieldsStrange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields (2010) Recommended
Dir. Kerthy Fix, Gail O’Hara
Feat. Carrie Brownstein, Sarah Silverman, Peter Gabriel
Fly–on–the–wall portrait of tragi–comic genius Stephen Merritt, whose distinctive baritone voice, omnivorous musical…
SweetgrassSweetgrass (2010) Recommended
Dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ilisa Barbash
An unsentimental elegy to the American West, this follows the last modern–day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana's…
TabloidTabloid (2010)
Dir. Errol Morris
Master documentarian Errol Morris tackles the extraordinarily bizarre story of Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming who was alleged to have abducted…
Teenage PaparazzoTeenage Paparazzo (2010)
Dir. Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier, famous for playing a movie star in the spotlight on TV series ENTOURAGE, turns the camera on a precocious 13–year–old…
This Emotional Life (TV Mini-Series)This Emotional Life (TV Mini-Series) (2010-2011)
Self–improvement documentary series focussed on emotional intelligence, which each of three episodes weaving together personal stories with…
Tillman Story, TheTillman Story, The (2010)
Dir. Amir Bar-Lev
Complex portrait of NFL defensive lineman Pat Tillman, who attracted both admiration and controversy by abandoning a professional football career to…
Turn Back Time (TV Series)Turn Back Time (TV Series) (2010)
Illuminating series that takes a group of modern shopkeepers and has them experience their occupations through differing periods of history beginning…
Two Escobars, TheTwo Escobars, The (2010) Recommended
Dir. Jeff Zimbalist
This astonishing documentary conflating crime, politics and sport looks at the famous run of the Colombian football team through to the 1994 World…
Under the Spell of HorsesUnder the Spell of Horses (2010) Recommended
Wonderful, vivid documentary series on the ancient relationship between horse and man. Especially memorable: a spectacular, a five hundred strong…
UnexplainedUnexplained (2010)
A fairly skeptical, though still open–minded exploration of paranormal activity throughout the ages. Tackling the historical spook stories are…
Upside Down: The Creation Records StoryUpside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)
Dir. Danny O'Connor
The halcyon days of Brit pop are reminisced in this classy documentary on Alan McGee's cult independent record label, responsible for signing such…
Velvet Underground - Vanishing PointVelvet Underground - Vanishing Point (2010)
Dir. Tom Barber
Feat. Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, John Cale
Doco on the legendary art–rockers featuring a wealth of material, including evocative period footage of New York, obscure interviews and…
Venice RevealedVenice Revealed (2010)
Author Peter Ackroyd adapts his definitive book on the history of Venice in this fascinating exploration of the art, architecture, music and theatre…
Victorian PharmacyVictorian Pharmacy (2010)
The various ills and ailments of Victorian medicine are explored in this four–part BBC documentary series which puts the common concoctions of…
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & VideotapeVideo Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)
Dir. Jake West
Fascinating documentary about the moral hysteria in 80's UK that led to the mass ban of 72 video tapes deemed too obscene by political and religious…
Wagner and MeWagner and Me (Stephen Fry Wagner & Me) (2010)
Dir. Patrick McGrady
Feat. Stephen Fry
A passionate documentary in which Stephen Fry explores his love for the world's most controversial composer, Richard Wagner – a passion that…
Waiting for SupermanWaiting for Superman (2010) Recommended
Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Disheartening look at the state of U.S. education follows several children as they navigate their way through the increasingly poor public school…
War You Don't See, TheWar You Don't See, The (2010)
Dir. John Pilger
Famed journo–activist John Pilger traces the history of ‘embedded’ and independent reporting, from WWI through to Afghanistan and current…
Waste LandWaste Land (2010) Recommended
Dir. Lucy Walker
Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz visits the world's largest rubbish dump, located outside Rio de Janeiro, to develop a unique artistic collaboration…
Who is Harry Nilsson?Who is Harry Nilsson? (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010)
Dir. John Scheinfeld
A heartfelt, long–overdue reappraisal of singer–songwriter Harry Nilsson's greatness, which also doubles as an exploration of his…
William S. Burroughs: A Man WithinWilliam S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)
Dir. Yony Leyser
Celebrities and acolytes gather for this heady hagiography of the legendary beat author and American icon, most famous for his controversial novel,…
Wonders of the Solar System (TV Series)Wonders of the Solar System (TV Series) (2010) Recommended
Extraordinary 5–part series that takes the latest images beamed back from the fleet of probes, rovers and telescopes currently circulating in…
100 Years - 20th Century Almanac100 Years - 20th Century Almanac (2009)
Witness the most significant events of the 20th Century, from the Wright Brothers’ first flight to the moon landing, from WWI to the end of the…
9/11: Blueprint for Truth9/11: Blueprint for Truth (The Te Papa Lecture) (2009)
Dir. Colin Hodson
Speaking at Te Papa Museum in Wellington, late 2009, American architect Richard Gage presents further evidence (or complete bullshit, depending on…
A Good ManA Good Man (2009)
Dir. Safina Uberoi
A strange and surprisingly beautiful documentary about an Australian sheep farmer who decides to cover his quadriplegic wife's medical expenses by…
Afghan StarAfghan Star (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Havana Marking
Islamic fundamentalism and pop music commericalism make uneasy bedfellows in this vital, eye–opening documentary that follows the fortunes of…
Age Of StupidAge Of Stupid (2009)
Dir. Franny Armstrong
Feat. Pete Postlethwaite
Confronting and dynamic docodrama from the director of McLibel, has Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist in the devastated world of the future, looking…
All Tomorrow's PartiesAll Tomorrow's Parties (2009)
Dir. Jonathan Caouette
The cult music festival as viewed through a kaleidoscope of Super 8, camcorder and mobile phone footage taken by various filmmakers, fans and…
America Before ColumbusAmerica Before Columbus (2009)
Intriguing revisionist documentary considers America before Columbus stepped ashore in 1492 as an 'Old World', whose inhabitants had built a vast…
America's Hardest Prisons (TV Series)America's Hardest Prisons (TV Series) (2009)
Four–part National Geographic series that takes the viewer into the middle of the hellish place that is prison life in America, where the…
American: The Bill Hicks StoryAmerican: The Bill Hicks Story (2009) Recommended
Dir. Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas
Feat. Bill Hicks
The belligerent standup comedian is posthumously honored in this thorough, well–rounded portrait that, if a little too gushing in its…
Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain (TV Series)Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain (TV Series) (2009) Recommended
Following on from his "History of Modern Britain", Andrew Marr this time overviews the first half of the 20th Century, re–visiting the dramas…
Angels in New YorkAngels in New York (2009)
Two perfectly successful Asian boys abandon careers in architecture and aeronautical engineering to pursue their dream of staging an original…
Antiques Roadshow (TV Series)Antiques Roadshow (TV Series) (2009)
Current Roadshow host Fiona Bruce presents 30 years of gems, appraisals, and priceless discoveries from the iconic antiques junket, in which everyday…
Apocalypse: The Second World WarApocalypse: The Second World War (2009)
Brilliantly remastered footage (all in colour, often augmented with sound effects) and an exhaustive chronological of events make this…
Around the World in 90 MinutesAround the World in 90 Minutes (2009)
Feat. David Mitchell
Narrated by David Mitchell, this documentary goes on a unique journey 200 miles above the earth, to show what happens below, in the time it takes to…
Art and CopyArt and Copy (2009) Recommended
Dir. Doug Pray
A clear–headed, inspiring tribute to the 'creatives' behind some of the world’s most iconic advertising campaigns, slogans, and brands.…
Art Deco Icons (TV Series)Art Deco Icons (TV Series) (2009)
Architectural historian David Heathcote explores four locations which broke the mould and captured the new egalitarian spirit in design that was Art…
Art Of The Steal, TheArt Of The Steal, The (2009)
Dir. Don Argott
Gripping art documentary gets behind the plight of art collector Dr. Albert Barnes, whose posthumous wish to have his fortune of…
Ascent of Money, The Ascent of Money, The (2009)
Dir. Adrian Pennick
An ambitious introduction to the history of money is presented by historian Niall Ferguson, an expert in the field and author of a book on the same…
At the Edge of the WorldAt the Edge of the World (2009) Recommended
Dir. Dan Stone
Highly topical film bears witness to the actions of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they do their best to scupper the efforts of Japanese…
Barry Barclay - The Camera on the ShoreBarry Barclay - The Camera on the Shore (2009)
Dir. Graeme Tuckett
Feat. Barry Barclay
Film critic Graeme Tuckett directs this sensitive tribute to the late Kiwi filmmaker Barry Barclay, who passed away during the production of the…
Battlefield MysteriesBattlefield Mysteries (2009)
Dir. Paul Kilback
Seemlessly mixing CGI animation with historical footage, this four part documentary series sheds light on some of history's most significant battles.…
Becoming HumanBecoming Human (2009)
In–depth three–part doco investigates the origins of human beings from an evolutionary perspective while speculating on our primitive…
Best Worst MovieBest Worst Movie (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Paul Stephenson
The child star of TROLL 2 steps behind the camera nearly two decades later to explore the cult phenomenon and real–life characters behind the…
Bicycle DreamsBicycle Dreams (2009)
Dir. Stephen Auerbach
Intense look behind the scenes of one of the most punishing cycle races in the world, the 3000 mile Race Across America.
Big River ManBig River Man (2009) Recommended
Dir. John Maringouin
Another in the popular docu–genre of fearless frontierism, Slovenian celebrity figure and swim–a–holic Martin Strel attempts his…
Billy Connolly - Journey To The Edge Of The World (TV Series)Billy Connolly - Journey To The Edge Of The World (TV Series) (2009)
Feat. Billy Connolly
Amiable travelogue follows comedian Billy Connolly as he takes his luscious locks on a 10–week voyage from the Atlantic through to the Pacific…
Birdland with Jeremy WellsBirdland with Jeremy Wells (2009)
Dir. Paul Casserly
Feat. Jeremy Wells
Offbeat ornithology with the typically droll Jeremy Wells taking the viewer on a tour of some of New Zealand's finest scenery in pursuit of our most…
Blue Gold: World Water WarsBlue Gold: World Water Wars (2009)
Dir. Sam Bozzo
This grave and compelling documentary deals with one of the vital issues of our times: the corporatisation and privatisation of water. No longer…
BudrusBudrus (2009)
Dir. Julia Bacha
Inspiring account of a father and daughter who work to unite Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an attempt to save their village from destruction.
Burma VJBurma VJ (2009) Recommended
Dir. Anders Ostergaard
Enterprising guerrilla documentary shows how members of the Democratic Voice of Burma are using miniature handycams to record and disseminate raw…
Capitalism - A Love StoryCapitalism - A Love Story (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Moore
Doco legend Michael Moore comes full circle after detouring with US gun culture (BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE), foreign policy (FAHRENHEIT 9/11), and health…
Chasing The Ghost: New Zealand's P EpidemicChasing The Ghost: New Zealand's P Epidemic (2009)
Feat. Paul Holmes
Relevant documentary sees Kiwi broadcaster Paul Holmes investigating New Zealand's 'P' – pure methamphetamine – epidemic, through the…
China Power - Art now after MaoChina Power - Art now after Mao (2009)
Dir. Pia Getty
A fascinating glimpse into China's modern art market, reflecting the ironies and contradictions of making art in the country's oppressive political…
Christianity - A HistoryChristianity - A History (2009)
Reasonably thorough and alternative overview of the origins and divergent paths of Christianity. Eight episodes.
Code, TheCode, The (2009)
Professor Marcus du Sautoy attempts to codify the numbers, shapes, and patterns that govern the world around us in this engrossing mathematical…
CollapseCollapse (2009)
Dir. Chris Smith
At once infuriating and absorbing portrait of ex–cop turned conspiracy theorist Michael Ruppert, whose one–man rant spanning crises in…
Cove, TheCove, The (2009) Recommended
Dir. Louie Psihoyos
An unusually stylish and suspenseful eco–doc that exposes the gratuitous slaughter of thousands of dolphins in a National Park at Taiji,…
Crude - The Real Price of OilCrude - The Real Price of Oil (2009)
Dir. Joe Berlinger
Dir. Joe Berlinger (PARADISE LOST) uncovers South American exploitation in this searing legal documentary on the damaging effects of oil drilling in…
David Hockney - A Bigger PictureDavid Hockney - A Bigger Picture (2009)
Dir. Bruno Wollheim
Sound BBC–produced portrait of David Hockney, following the modernist art icon back to England after 25 years in Hollywood.
Eating Art (TV Series)Eating Art (TV Series) (2009)
Delicious fusion of art history and gastronomic mysteries as celebrated restaurateur and art boffin Oliver Peyton takes the viewer on a tour of some…
Empire of the WordEmpire of the Word (2009)
Ambitious, page–turning companion piece to THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH chronicles the act of reading across five thousand years of history. Host…
End of America, TheEnd of America, The (2009)
Dir. Anne Sundberg, Ricki Stern
A one–woman rally–cry based on the New York Times bestseller, this film embellishes author Naomi Wolf's live lectures around her book's…
End of the Line, TheEnd of the Line, The (2009)
Dir. Rupert Murray
The ever–increasing threat to marine life and their ecological system is examined in this urgent documentary on our over–fishing of the…
Facing AliFacing Ali (2009)
Dir. Pete McCormack
Above the belt documentary takes a fresh shot at the Muhammad Ali legend examining his career through the eyes of his contemporaries.
Fashion in FilmFashion in Film (2009)
The history of costumes, couture and glamour icons are explored in this rags–to–riches story of fashion in film, and the influence that…
Fat Belly: Chopper UnchoppedFat Belly: Chopper Unchopped (2009)
Feat. Mark 'Chopper' Read
Inspired by the popularity of gangland series UNDERBELLY, notorious Aussie criminal Mark 'Chopper' Read takes the opportunity to tell his own version…
Fly My Pretties - A StoryFly My Pretties - A Story (2009)
Dir. Mikee Tucker
Represents the best takes from the 2009 New Zealand tour, performed, filmed and recorded across ten shows, and is a conceptual extension of the…
Fractals - Hunting the Hidden DimensionFractals - Hunting the Hidden Dimension (2009)
Fascinating documentary in which a group of pioneering mathematicians seek to decipher the rules governing fractals – those irregular,…
Gangs Of Oz (TV Series)Gangs Of Oz (TV Series) (2009)
Revealing documentary series looking at various types of organized crime in Australia, with each episode focusing on a particular 'type', from biker…
Gay TravellerGay Traveller (2009)
Fabulous pilot guide that traces the evolution of gay pride celebrations from the late sixties to the modern day, and also provides insight into the…
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn GouldGenius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009) Recommended
Dir. Peter Raymont, Michele Hozer
The definitive filmic account of the enigmatic Canadian–born pianist and cult figure that reveals a wealth of never–before–seen…
Good HairGood Hair (2009) Recommended
Dir. Jeff Stilson
Feat. Chris Rock
Comedian Chris Rock explores cultural identity by way of black America's obsession with hair in this warm and witty social documentary. More…
Google MeGoogle Me (2009)
Modest doco following struggling Los Angeles actor Jim Killeen as he travels the world to find the other Jim Killeens that turned up when he…
Grow Your Own Drugs (TV Series)Grow Your Own Drugs (TV Series) (2009)
Sorry Cheech, not those kind of drugs. Ethnobotanist James Wong demonstrates a number of natural remedies that can be derived from your garden and…
He Wawata Whaea: The Dream of an ElderHe Wawata Whaea: The Dream of an Elder (2009)
Dir. Shirley Horrocks
An insightful portrait of 87–year–old Maori teacher and artist Merimeri Penfold, whose lifelong struggle for Te Reo Maori provides…
Henri-Georges Clouzot's InfernoHenri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea
More than just a film about the making of a film, this glorious reconstruction of Clouzot's unfinished 'masterpiece' rescues incredible footage from…
Heston's Feast (TV Series)Heston's Feast (TV Series) (2009)
A gastronomes delight, this top–shelf British cooking show features master chef Heston Blumental creating a variety of dishes, while drawing…
His & HersHis & Hers (His and Hers) (2009) Recommended
Dir. Ken Wardrop
A collection of straight–talking vignettes informs this sweet, affecting, often witty documentary in which Irish women of all ages talk about…
Hitler's Bodyguard (TV Series)Hitler's Bodyguard (TV Series) (2009)
13–part documentary series offering a thorough, at times incredible, examination of the men who protected Adolf Hitler against numerous…
Hoarders (TV Series)Hoarders (TV Series) (2009)
Exploitative series tackles the obsessive compulsive disorders of various sad cases unable to part with their belongings. Taking its cues from…
HomeHome (2009) Recommended
Dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand
World renowned photographer Yann Arthus–Bertrand directs this environmental call to action, presenting extraordinary unseen images of the Earth…
Horse Boy, TheHorse Boy, The (2009)
Dir. Michel O. Scott
Remarkable documentary focused on the parents of a young autistic boy who travel through Magnolia in search of a shaman they believe can heal him.…
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and RebelHugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2009)
Dir. Brigitte Berman
Entertaining documentary that purports to show the other side of flamboyant founder of the Playboy editor. Focusing on his philanthropic endeavours…
Hunting the Lost SymbolHunting the Lost Symbol (2009)
Dir. John Tindall
Dan Brown–inspired documentary uses the author's blockbusting 'Da Vinci Code' novel as a launching pad to shed light on, among other…
In Search of BeethovenIn Search of Beethoven (2009) Recommended
Dir. Phil Grabsky
Dir. Grabsky's scrupulous follow–up to his IN SEARCH OF MOZART examines classical music's other pre–eminent composer, Beethoven, in…
Into the Universe with Stephen HawkingInto the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2009)
Fascinating look at the wonders of space with one of the sharpest minds on the planet. Definitive, provocative and exquisitely beautiful.
James May on the MoonJames May on the Moon (2009)
Feat. James May
Presenter James May commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings by meeting three of the men who walked on the moon, and flying to…
James May's Toy Stories (TV Series)James May's Toy Stories (TV Series) (2009)
Feat. James May
A trip down memory lane with a modern twist: James May, disarming as ever, rediscovers the seminal toys of his childhood, then proceeds to…
Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour of EuropeKevin McCloud's Grand Tour of Europe (2009)
The personable Kevin McCloud takes the viewer on a grand tour of some of Europe's finest architecture and examines its continued legacy.
La Danse: The Paris Opera BalletLa Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Frederick Wiseman
A captivating meditation on the arts from prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman, whose decades observing the inner workings of American…
Lancaster at WarLancaster at War (2009)
WWII documentary extolling the 'Avro Lancaster' and its part in the controversial bombing campaign of Germany.
Land of the Long White CloudLand of the Long White Cloud (2009) Recommended
Dir. Florian Habicht
Loveable loose sequel to Florian Habicht’s Kiwi classic KAIKOHE DEMOLITION finds the engaging filmmaker returning to Northland, where hundreds of…
Last Chance to See (TV Series)Last Chance to See (TV Series) (2009)
Feat. Stephen Fry
Scholar of wit, Stephen Fry, embarks on a round–the–world search for the rarest and most endangered animals on earth in honour of his…
Last Train HomeLast Train Home (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Lixin Fan
A startling and vivid humanist documentary on China's ceaseless industrial growth, centred on one couple who make the annual migration from city to…
Life (TV Series)Life (TV Series) (2009) Aro Favourite
Feat. David Attenborough
Extraordinary and stunningly filmed even by usual BBC nature–doc standards, this truly epic journey to the frontiers of the natural world is…
Line of Fire (TV Series)Line of Fire (TV Series) (2009)
In–depth documentary series delves deep inside the New Zealand police force's highly regarded Armed Offenders Squad, with interviews and…
Living With CoffeeLiving With Coffee (2009)
Dir. Diane Abad
Premiering at the 2009 NZ Human Rights Film Festival, this short yet concise doco highlights the importance of fair trade in an $80 billion industry…
Lost in WonderlandLost in Wonderland (2009) Recommended
Dir. Zoe McIntosh
Wellington filmmaker Zoe McIntosh offers an insightful take on the Rob Moodie character: an eccentric, headline–grabbing lawyer (and former…
Louis Theroux - The Strange and the DangerousLouis Theroux - The Strange and the Dangerous (2009)
More madness from Television's favourite faux–naif Louis Theroux, this time with our unfailing polite host coming face to face with some truly…
Love At The Twilight MotelLove At The Twilight Motel (2009)
Dir. Alison Rose
Curious peek behind the doors of Miami's seedy Twilight Motel, a rent–by–the–hour establishment frequented by all manner of…
Love The BeastLove The Beast (2009)
Dir. Eric Bana
Feat. Eric Bana, Jeremy Clarkson, Jay Leno
Eric Bana directs and stars in this passion project tracing his ongoing love affair with his very first car – a Ford GT Falcon Coupe –…
Love, Lust & LiesLove, Lust & Lies (2009) Recommended
Dir. Gillian Armstrong
The fifth film in the documentary series about the lives, hopes and dreams of three lively, working class Adelaide girls (now aged 47) since they…
Magic of Audrey Hepburn, TheMagic of Audrey Hepburn, The (2009)
Feat. Audrey Hepburn
An unauthorised sprinkling of the iconic movie star’s feminine charms, this all–too–brief documentary looks at Hepburn’s career…
Magnificent Tati, TheMagnificent Tati, The (2009)
Dir. Michael House
Feat. Jacques Tati
A fine, fun–filled tribute to the irrepressible French comic and filmmaker that is at once serious in its appraisal of Tati's artistry and…
Man In The Hat, TheMan In The Hat, The (2009) Recommended
Dir. Luit Bieringa
Sam Neill narrates this intimate portrait of veteran art dealer Peter McLeavey, commemorating his 40 years in the business of running an independent…
Mexican Border Wars (TV Series)Mexican Border Wars (TV Series) (2009)
National Geographic series about American customs agents, whose job it is to curb illegal immigration and narcotics trafficking for a country…
Monty Python - Almost the TruthMonty Python - Almost the Truth (2009) Recommended
Feat. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin
An all–encompassing retrospective on those Monty Python scalawags, this six–part documentary chronicles the lives and careers of the…
Most Dangerous Man In America, TheMost Dangerous Man In America, The (Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers) (2009) Recommended
Dir. Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich
Galvanizing portrait of whistle blower Daniel Ellsberg, a former military analyst and aide to Robert McNamara who leaked classified Pentagon papers…
Move On: Storming the GateMove On: Storming the Gate (The MoveOn.org Story) (2009) Recommended
Dir. Scott Stevenson
Partisan documentary examines the revolutionary history and importance of one of the biggest progressive grass–roots movements in U.S.…
Music of the BrainMusic of the Brain (2009)
Dir. Fiona Cochrane
A brief, but insightful investigation into the role music plays in human development, from the womb to the grave.
Ne Change RienNe Change Rien (2009) Recommended
Dir. Pedro Costa
Feat. Jeanne Balibar
A smokey, high contrast insight into the artistic process from avant–garde filmmaker Pedro Costa, intensely focused on the methods of French…
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (2009)
Dir. Andrew Monument
An exploration of the appeal of horror films from an American angle, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre (John Carpenter, George…
ObjectifiedObjectified (2009) Recommended
Dir. Gary Hustwit
Gary Hustwit’s follow–up to the superb typography documentary HELVETICA delves into the unseen world of industrial design, investigating and…
OceansOceans (2009)
Dir. Jacques Perrin
A stunning exploration of the planet's seven seas and their wonders beneath. Aided by new digital technology, dir. Perrin (TRAVELLING BIRDS)…
Oh My GodOh My God (2009)
Dir. Peter Rodger
Globe–trotting exploration of religion as dir. Rodger sets out interviewing people about their varying faiths – ranging from druids to…
Once Upon a Time - French CinemaOnce Upon a Time - French Cinema (2009)
Dedicated SBS documentary series offering a retrospective look back on some of cinema's greatest films and directors. French Cinema episodes:…
OursOurs (2009) Recommended
Dir. Emma Heke
Kiwi 'children's doco' informs kids of the creatures, environments and eco issues that are unique to New Zealand, based around an…
Paper HeartPaper Heart (2009)
Dir. Nicholas Jasenovec
Feat. Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi, Martin Starr
Cutesy indie combination of documentary and narrative as Charlyne Yi travels America interviewing couples about their relationships. Meanwhile,…
Peddler, ThePeddler, The (2009)
Dir. Lucas Marcheggiano
Charming artisan doco focuses on the itinerant, 70–something Daniel Burmeister as he travels between sleepy Argentinean villages with the aim…
Pete Seeger - Live In Australia 1963Pete Seeger - Live In Australia 1963 (2009)
Live, full–concert footage of legendary – and controversial –folk–singer Seeger's 1963 tour of Australia, where he traveled…
PianomaniaPianomania (2009)
Dir. Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck
Something of an unofficial sequel to the Steinway documentary NOTE BY NOTE, this fascinating insight gives us a close–up look at the difficult…
Picture Me: A Model's DiaryPicture Me: A Model's Diary (2009) Recommended
Dir. Ole Schell, Sarah Ziff
Catwalk and billboard model Sara Ziff presents herself "with and without makeup" in this first–hand insight into the pleasures and pitfalls of…
Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, ThePolitically Incorrect Parenting Show, The (2009)
Feat. Nigel Latta
Straight–shooting Clinical Psychologist Nigel Latta presents this series that teaches parents parenting tips in a hilariously frank manner…
Quantum Activist, TheQuantum Activist, The (2009)
Dir. Ri Stewart, Renee Slade
Seeking to bridge the insurmountable gap between science and religion, Dr. Amit Goswami uses principles of quantum mechanics to support his theory of…
Rudolf Nureyev - A Brilliant LifeRudolf Nureyev - A Brilliant Life (2009)
The life of trailblazing Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev is chronicled in this short, illuminating doco.
September Issue, TheSeptember Issue, The (2009) Recommended
Dir. R.J. Cutler
An unprecedented peek into the world of Anna Wintour, legendary editor–in–chief of fashion magazine "Vogue", as she and her team put…
Shadow Play: The Making of Anton CorbijnShadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn (2009) Recommended
Dir. Josh Whiteman
Behind the defining look of Joy Division, U2, Depeche Mode and Simple Minds (curiously absent here), Dutch rock photographer turned filmmaker Anton…
Shintaro!Shintaro! (2009)
Feat. Koichi Ose
Glowing, nostalgia–heavy documentary casting an eye back to THE SAMURAI phenomenon, and the fondness Australians had for the…
Shock Doctrine, TheShock Doctrine, The (2009)
Dir. Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross
A fast and loose overview of Naomi Klein's contentious "alternate history" of Western economics, which argues how "disaster capitalism", in feeding…
Sisters from SiberiaSisters from Siberia (2009)
Dir. Russell Campbell
Wellington City Councillor Stephanie Cook is the subject of this insightful documentary on her successful adoption of sisters Katya and Nadia, who…
Snow WhiteSnow White (2009)
Angelin Preljocaj choreographs this racy, contemporary ballet rendition of the classic Grimm Brothers. With costumes by Jean–Paul Gaultier.
Snowman, TheSnowman, The (2009)
Dir. Juliet Lamont
Disquieting portrait of the director's father, a man whose work training astronauts in Antarctica resulted in a deep–seated paranoia that…
Something UnknownSomething Unknown (Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What) (2009)
Dir. Renee Scheltema
Dutch documentarian Renee Scheltema investigates the 'science' behind various psychic phenomena (telepathy, clairvoyancy, healing) after experiencing…
Soundtrack for a RevolutionSoundtrack for a Revolution (2009)
Dir. Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Joss Stone, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots, among others, perform tribute covers of freedom songs from the American Civil Rights movement in…
South (TV Series) South (TV Series) (2009)
Feat. Marcus Lush
Another "love story" from intrepid broadcaster Marcus Lush, who this time explores the South Island of New Zealand, an area he fell in love with…
Special When LitSpecial When Lit (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Brett Sullivan
A colourful, captivating and all–angles documentary tracing the history of the illustrious pinball machine, which was once a ubiquitous fixture…
Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg PressStephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press (2009)
Feat. Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry, spectacles donned, investigates the intriguing backstory of Johann Gutenberg, inventor of the world changing printing press.
Sunshine Boy, TheSunshine Boy, The (A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism) (2009)
Dir. Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
An open–book study on autism and its affect on families caring for children afflicted with the misunderstood neurological disorder. Though…
Tell Them Anything You Want - A Portrait of Maurice SendakTell Them Anything You Want - A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009)
Dir. Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs
These frank and insightful conversations with Maurice Sendak (and dir. Spike Jonze) paint a surprising portrait of the WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE…
This Is ItThis Is It (Michael Jackson's This Is It) (2009) Recommended
Dir. Kenny Ortega
Feat. Michael Jackson
Striking rehearsal footage of Michael Jackson's highly anticipated world tour is gathered for this fitting concert film, a grand eulogy to the late,…
This is WarThis is War (Severe Clear) (2009)
Dir. Kristian Fraga
Grungy self–portrait of life shot on mini–dv by a marine in Iraq that captures with visceral immediacy life in the front line.
This Way of LifeThis Way of Life (2009) Recommended
Dir. Tom and Barbara Burstyn
Evocative, moving Kiwi doco which treats the viewer to an intimate glimpse of a family who reject modernity and live wild with six kids and fifty…
Through Rainbow Coloured GlassesThrough Rainbow Coloured Glasses (2009)
Grassroots documentary that explores how the Queer community have survived and thrived in Christchurch over the past five decades. Part documentary,…
Topp Twins: Untouchable GirlsTopp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Leanne Pooley
Feat. Jools Topp, Lynda Topp
An adorable, "Kiwi–as" portrait of NZ's beloved folk–singing comedy duo, Jools and Lynda Topp, which also resonates as a ripely…
Trouble is My BusinessTrouble is My Business (2009) Recommended
Dir. Juliette Veber
Keenly observational documentary about an empathetic assistant principal (Gary Peach) who battles to keep his students in school and out of trouble…
Turn It LooseTurn It Loose (2009)
Dir. Alastair Siddons
Documentary follows sixteen of the world's premier B–boys as they battle to become world champion in a disused Soweto factory.
Two in the WaveTwo in the Wave (2009) Recommended
Dir. Emmanuel Laurent
Feat. Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Leaud
Taking us back to the inception of the French New Wave and the emergence of its two heavyweights, Jean–Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, this…
Universe, The (TV Series)Universe, The (TV Series) (2009)
Ambitious, beautifully presented doco series that takes us into the outer regions of space through a combination of scientific theory and computer…
Vanishing of the BeesVanishing of the Bees (2009)
Dir. George Langworthy, Maryam Henein
Preachy but fascinating eco–documentary on the potential hazards for the earth if the world population of bees continues to mysteriously…
Video Killed the Radio StarVideo Killed the Radio Star (2009)
A 3–part seminal music documentary series looking at the inspirational work of trail–blazing 80's music video directors Russell Mulcahy,…
Visual AcousticsVisual Acoustics (2009)
Dir. Eric Bricker
Fans of modernist architecture will savour this docu–tribute to the life and career of Southern California architectural photographer, Julius…
We Live in PublicWe Live in Public (2009) Recommended
Dir. Ondi Timoner
Armed to the teeth with dot–com millions, mad prophet–cum–performance artist Josh Harris goes off the deep end in this startling…
What Darwin Never Knew - The Science Behind EvolutionWhat Darwin Never Knew - The Science Behind Evolution (2009)
Dir. John Rubin
Documentary exploring breakthroughs in "evo devo" – a new science claiming to explain exactly how Darwin's theory works by linking the enigmas…
Whatever! The Science Of TeensWhatever! The Science Of Teens (2009)
Dir. Anne Delaney
Enlightening doco series examining teenagers and their odd behaviour through observation and scientific testing. Often hilarious, this requires you…
When You're Strange: A Film About the DoorsWhen You're Strange: A Film About the Doors (2009)
Dir. Tom DiCillo
This burning tribute to The Doors and their late frontman Jim Morrison delves deep into the vaults to furnish the all–too–compelling…
Who Killed Nancy?Who Killed Nancy? (2009)
Dir. Alan G. Parker
Under Sid Vicious' mother's posthumous request, rock author Alan Parker directs this intensive documentary in order to re–examine the supposed…
Wild Caribbean (TV Mini-series)Wild Caribbean (TV Mini-series) (2009)
Picturesque doco that looks beyond the Carribean's friendly, sun–soaked surface to the more hostile features rarely portrayed on postcards,…
Wild RussiaWild Russia (2009)
Russia's expansive, unseen wilderness is spectacularly documented in this nature series with a particular focus on the natural wonders and flora and…
William Kunstler: Disturbing the UniverseWilliam Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009)
Filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. In the 1960s and 70s, William Kunstler…
Winnebago ManWinnebago Man (2009) Recommended
Dir. Ben Steinbauer
Ostensibly about a gag reel gone viral, this hugely likeable documentary uses Jack Rebney's hilarious (and some might say, cathartic)…
Wolf's Mouth, TheWolf's Mouth, The (Mouth of the Wolf; La bocca del lupo) (2009)
Dir. Pietro Marcello
Impressive hybrid of documentary and actuality chronicles the unlikely romance between a macho ex–con and a transsexual former…
Woman With the Five Elephants, TheWoman With the Five Elephants, The (2009)
Dir. Vadim Jendreyko
Intimate portrait of the enchanting Svetlana Geier – the hunched, wizened translator of Dostoevsky's novels, still bubbling well into her…
World War II in Colour (TV Series)World War II in Colour (TV Series) (World War 2 in Colour) (2009) Recommended
Featuring rare and previously unseen colourized archive footage, this 13–part series is one of the most comprehensive documentaries ever made…
YellowstoneYellowstone (2009)
Filmed over the course of a year in Yellowstone, this documentary tracks the area's wildlife as they grapple with life and death within one of…
Yes Men Fix the World, TheYes Men Fix the World, The (2009)
Dir. Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
The activist pranksters of documentary THE YES MEN direct and star in their own follow–up, which chronicles their continuing adventures as…
10 Conditions Of Love, The10 Conditions Of Love, The (2008)
Dir. Jeff Daniels
Controversial documentary slammed by the Chinese government focused on Rebiya Kadeer, a tireless campaigner for human rights who has been punished at…
102 Minutes That Changed America102 Minutes That Changed America (2008)
Dir. Nicole Rittenmeyer, Seth Skundrick
Documentary about the September 11 attacks produced for the History Channel for the seventh anniversary of the events, telling the story using newly…
A History of Scotland (TV Series)A History of Scotland (TV Series) (2008)
A fresh and exhaustive chronology of Scotland's fascinating narrative, full of battles and allegiances, political intrigue and religious conflict.…
A Wall in BerlinA Wall in Berlin (2008)
Illuminating documentary on the history of the Berlin Wall with biggest attraction being the sheer wealth of interviews and footage never seen…
A Year in Tibet (TV Series) A Year in Tibet (TV Series) (2008)
A momentous and timely series filmed inside the mountainous region of Tibet focusing on the Tibetan people and how they manage to live under imposed…
Allan Wilson - EvolutionaryAllan Wilson - Evolutionary (2008)
Dir. George Andrews
Pithy and practical documentary on Kiwi ‘evolutionary’ Allan Wilson, whose humble, can–do–anything beginnings thrust him from…
American Future - A History by Simon SchamaAmerican Future - A History by Simon Schama (2008)
Resonant look at the superpower filmed during the run up to the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama with popular historian Simon Schama turning his…
American SwingAmerican Swing (2008)
Dir. Jon Hart
Documentary charting the rise and fall of the iconic 'Plato's Retreat', New York's first–ever swingers club in the sexually revolutionised…
American TeenAmerican Teen (2008) Recommended
Dir. Nanette Burstein
Feat. Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens, Geoff Haase
An intimate and often hilarious doco that was a surprise Sundance Festival hit that follows four high school seniors – 'the jock', 'the arsty…
Andy Warhol's Factory PeopleAndy Warhol's Factory People (2008)
Dir. Catherine Schorr O'Sullivan
Feat. Andy Warhol
Nicely self–contained document of Andy Warhol's Factory and its workers, which does a great job of tracking down many of the hipsters and…
Anvil: The Story of AnvilAnvil: The Story of Anvil (2008) Aro Favourite
Dir. Sacha Gervasi
Not a mock–umentary as you might suspect, but just as amusing and vital as the iconic parody SPINAL TAP, this tells the…
Around The World In 20 YearsAround The World In 20 Years (2008)
Feat. Michael Palin
Retrospective one–hour sequel to AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, where Palin seeks out the crew of a dhow which took him and his crew on an…
Art of SpainArt of Spain (2008)
Art critic Andrew Graham–Dixon continues his thorough exploration of national art with this focus on Spanish architecture and culture,…
Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, TheArt Star and the Sudanese Twins, The (2008) Aro Favourite
Dir. Pietra Brettkelly
With a genuinely compelling subject to draw confession from, this oddly–topical documentary – on the increasingly common adoption of African…
Back To NormandyBack To Normandy (2008)
Dir. Nicolas Philibert
Thirty years after working on a film in Normandy, about a 19th century triple murder committed in the area, Nicolas Philibert returns to find the…
BananazBananaz (2008)
Dir. Ceri Levy
Direct–to–the–source music doco offers a behind–the–scenes reveal of popular ‘animated’ band Gorillaz, and its four…
Barack Obama: His StoryBarack Obama: His Story (2008)
Topical documentary tracking the life of the newly elected president of the United States Barack Obama, from meagre beginnings to his steady rise…
Barack Obama: Yes We CanBarack Obama: Yes We Can (2008)
Significant documentary outlining the incredible story of Barack Hussein Obama, a man with an American mother and Kenyan father who became a national…
Barefoot Cinema (The Art and Life of Cinematographer Alun Bollinger) (2008)
Dir. Gerard Smyth
The camera work of veteran Kiwi cinematographer Alun Bollinger is appraised in this documentary which includes tributes from Peter Jackson, Vincent…
BBC Natural World, The - Collection (TV Series) BBC Natural World, The - Collection (TV Series) (2008)
Feat. David Attenborough
2–disc collection including six episodes from the award–winning nature series 'The Natural World' originally conceived by Attenborough in…
Beaches of Agnes, TheBeaches of Agnes, The (2008) Recommended
Dir. Agnes Varda
A wonderfully light–footed collection of memories and monologues in documentary essay form from the queen of the French New Wave, Agnes…
Beautiful LosersBeautiful Losers (2008)
Dir. Aaron Rose
A doco for the slacker generation, this early–nineties overview tenuously gathers such hipster artists as Harmony Korine (film), Ed Templeton…
Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis and The WestBehind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis and The West (2008)
Six–episode BBC/PBS documentary series on the role of Joseph Stalin and German–Soviet relations before, during, and after World War II…
Best UndressedBest Undressed (The Pageant) (2008)
Dir. Martin Taylor
A documentary about Australia’s longest running beauty pageant, the Miss Nude Australia Pageant, told from the perspective of contestants and…
Between the FoldsBetween the Folds (2008) Recommended
Dir. Vanessa Gould
Charming (and potentially inspiring) doco from America's PBS channel exploring the ancient but perennially fascinating subject of…
Bigger, Stronger, Faster*Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) Recommended
Dir. Chris Bell
Wannabe ironman Chris Bell spins his lack of conviction and self–doubt into an eye–opening documentary on America’s pervading culture…
BlairBlair (2008)
Dir. Richard Sanders
A revealing post–Labour confessional from Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair, focused on world crises during his tenure, and…
Bob Marley - Freedom RoadBob Marley - Freedom Road (2008)
Intimate and revealing Bob Marley doco narrated by Bob's long time girlfriend and Oscar nominated actress Esther Anderson that delves into the world…
Boogie Man - The Lee Atwater Story Boogie Man - The Lee Atwater Story (2008)
Dir. Stefan Forbes
Gripping political documentary revealing the life of ruthless right–wing political strategist and musician Lee Atwater, who was instrumental in…
Bulletproof SalesmanBulletproof Salesman (2008)
Dir. Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
This documentary provides a different slant on the business of war as it introduces us to Fidelis Cloer – a German armoured vehicle salesman…
Burning Season, TheBurning Season, The (2008) Recommended
Dir. Cathy Henkel
Ever–urgent documentary on the climate–change problem tracks “environmental entrepreneur” Dorjee Sun’s efforts to seal a major…
Bush's War Bush's War (2008)
Dir. Michael Kirk
Extensive two–part documentary chronicling the Iraq War from the post 9/11 murmurings and "Weapons of Mass Destruction" allegations through to…
Bustin' Down The DoorBustin' Down The Door (2008)
Dir. Jeremy Gosch
Engaging surfing documentary telling the story of a group of Australian and South African surfers who in 1975 revolutionised the sport and the…
By Any Means (TV Series) By Any Means (TV Series) (2008)
Feat. Charley Boorman
Globe–trotting adventurer and Ewan McGregor's best mate – Charley Boorman, from LONG WAY DOWN & LONG WAY ROUND fame, is back with a solo…
Cafe De Los MaestrosCafe De Los Maestros (2008)
Dir. Miguel Kohan
Tailor–made for tango aficionados, this stylish documentary follows a group of legendary Argentinean musicians gathering to perform a concert…
Captain Beefheart - Under ReviewCaptain Beefheart - Under Review (2008)
Independent, critical doco looking at provocative musician Captain Beefheart, featuring rare performances, intensive commentary from his rotating…
Carrier, The (TV Mini-series)Carrier, The (TV Mini-series) (2008)
Immersive 10–part miniseries following the deployment of a United States Navy aircraft carrier in 2005, from the USA to the Middle East and…
ChevolutionChevolution (2008)
Dir. Luis Lopez, Trisha Ziff
Cuban revolutionary history is examined through photographer Alberto Korda’s iconic portrait of Che Guevara – now a ubiquitous and exploited…
Classic Albums - Duran DuranClassic Albums - Duran Duran (Rio) (2008)
Duran Duran's "Rio" is deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators. Generously…
Classic Albums - The DoorsClassic Albums - The Doors (2008)
The Door's self–titled debut album deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key…
Cocaine Cowboys 2 - Hustlin' with the GodmotherCocaine Cowboys 2 - Hustlin' with the Godmother (2008)
Dir. Billy Corben
Unglamourous documentary sequel to COCAINE COWBOYS' Miami blow expose tackles the Oakland crack epidemic and its big–time dealer, Colombian…
Complete History of My Sexual Failures, AComplete History of My Sexual Failures, A (2008)
Dir. Chris Waitt
Taking self–absorbed, cinema–as–confessional to excruciating extremes, film–maker Chris Waitt turns the camera on himself to…
Concrete Canvas (TV Series)Concrete Canvas (TV Series) (2008) Recommended
Ten part documentary series focused around renowned 3D pavement artist Julian Beever, who travels through ten different cities creating new…
Cool School - Story Of Ferus Art Gallery, The Cool School - Story Of Ferus Art Gallery, The (2008)
Dir. Morgan Neville
Los Angeles’ unheralded contemporary art scene is given the celebrity treatment in this uncharted history of the American pop art movement…
Cracking The Colour Code (TV Series) Cracking The Colour Code (TV Series) (2008)
Dir. Hugh Piper
Stimulating series journeying across six continents to investigate how humans from different cultures and backgrounds view, make and take meaning…
Crips and Bloods: Made in AmericaCrips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)
Dir. Stacy Peralta
Feat. Forest Whitaker
Incisive documentary examining the shared histories and violent rivalries of Los Angeles' most notorious street gangs. Tracing the roots of the…
Crossing the DitchCrossing the Ditch (2008)
Surprisingly captivating story of two young Australians, James Castrission and Justin Jones, who were the first people to cross the Tasman by kayak.…
CSNY Deja-VuCSNY Deja-Vu (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) (2008)
Dir. Bernard Shakey
Feat. Neil Young
Riveting, candid and politically charged documentary from Neil Young (pseudonym Bernard Shakey), filmed as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young crisscross…
Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture (TV Series)Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture (TV Series) (2008)
In this natural progression from AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREASURES, BBC historian Dan Cruickshank globe trots in search of astonishing buildings, both…
Dance of the InstantDance of the Instant (2008)
Dir. Shirley Horrocks
Documentary exploring the history of the New Dance Group, who pioneered contemporary dance in post–WWII New Zealand. The film draws on an…
Dear ZacharyDear Zachary (A Letter to a Son about his Father) (2008) Aro Favourite
Dir. Kurt Kuenne
Nothing will quite prepare you for the devastating impact of this beyond–belief crime story that escalates after the murder of a…
DerekDerek (2008)
Dir. Isaac Julien
Feat. Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton
Heartfelt tribute to British vanguard filmmaker and gay activist Derek Jarman, whose radical ourvre is surveyed in conjuction with one of his final…
Dickens' Secret LoverDickens' Secret Lover (2008)
Dir. Sarah Aspinall
Feat. Charles Dance, David Haig, Amy Shiels
Intelligent docu–drama that uncovers the torrid love life of Charles Dickens, who embarked on a clandestine affair with an actress young enough…
e2 Transport (TV Series)e2 Transport (TV Series) (2008)
Documentary series looking at solutions to environmental problems that face the Earth today. e2: Transport: Focused less around design areas and…
Elders (TV Series)Elders (TV Series) (2008)
Australian documentary series exploring the wisdom that older generations can provide us in an age where youth oriented media is disproportionately…
Engineering Connections (TV Series)Engineering Connections (TV Series) (Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections) (2008)
Feat. Richard Hammond
TOP GEAR pin–up boy Richard Hammond presents this series in which he looks at the engineering connections behind the world's most impressive…
Erotic Star (TV Series)Erotic Star (TV Series) (2008)
Dir. Dave Kelly
Risqué reality show that pits ten ambitious Aussie sheilas against each other to become the next Australian Erotic Star. Clearly profiting from the…
Every Little Step Every Little Step (2008) Aro Favourite
Dir. Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Dreams are realised and shattered in this incisive, nail–biting showbiz doco that sits the audience on the casting couch of the 2006 revival of…
Examined LifeExamined Life (2008)
Dir. Astra Taylor
Playful philosophy documentary taking an influential cross–section of thinkers outside of the usual academic settings, and conversing with them…
Expelled: No Intelligence AllowedExpelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)
Dir. Nathan Frankowski
Feat. Ben Stein
...and none shown either in this intellectually bankrupt sleazefest fronted by Ben Stein which examines the supposed 'persecution' of 'scientists'…
Eyewitness (TV Series) Eyewitness (TV Series) (2008)
Comprehensive Emmy Award winning nature and science series, based on the book series, that educates and entertains with its investigations of…
Fabulous Flag Sisters, TheFabulous Flag Sisters, The (Le Sorelle Bandiera) (2008)
Candid documentary following the career of The Fabulous Flag Sisters–three drag queens that inspired, offended and entertained the people of…
Fantastic World Of Michael Crawford, The Fantastic World Of Michael Crawford, The (2008)
Dir. Tony Palmer
Feat. Michael Crawford
Tony Palmer's intimate portrait of one of the funniest and most versatile of actors, whose roles famously ranged from "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em" to…
First Australians (TV Series) First Australians (TV Series) (2008)
Dir. Rachel Perkins, Beck Cole
Landmark Australian series produced by top Aboriginal filmmakers tracking the history of Aboriginal culture and the fraught culture clashes between…
Flow: For Love Of Water Flow: For Love Of Water (2008)
Dir. Irena Salina
Imperative documentary investigating the impending World Water Crisis due to the privatization of water supplies and greed of major corporations.…
Food, Inc.Food, Inc. (2008) Recommended
Dir. Robert Kenner
Crystallising FAST FOOD NATION’s dramatic expose into hard–hitting documentary form, author Eric Scholosser (and other muckrackers) turn the…
Four Eyed Monsters (2008)
Dir. Susan Buice, Arin Crumley
A product of the online generation, this low–budget indie videography charts the relationship between Arin Crumley and Susan Buice, two angsty…
Francesco's Mediterranean VoyageFrancesco's Mediterranean Voyage (2008)
Further travels with charismatic Italian architect Francesco da Mosto, here taking us on a lengthy voyage across the Mediterranean in search of…
GangesGanges (2008)
A magnificent series exploring the life of the Ganges river, which runs through the heart of India and has extraordinary impact on the landscape and…
Global Metal Global Metal (2008)
Intriguing music doco, presented by metaller and anthropologist Sam Dunn, delving into the sub–culture of metal heads around the world and the…
Gonzo: The Life And Work Of  Dr. Hunter S. ThompsonGonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney
Feat. Hunter S. Thompson
Excellent portrait of the late Hunter S. Thompson, the revolutionary writer who pioneered 'Gonzo', a freewheeling style of subjective journalism.…
Great Australian Albums: Hunters & Collectors - Human FrailtyGreat Australian Albums: Hunters & Collectors - Human Frailty (2008)
In–depth story behind Hunters and Collector's hit album 'Human Frailty,' including the creative process and personal struggles of the band.…
Great Australian Albums: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Murder BalladsGreat Australian Albums: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads (2008)
In–depth story behind Nick Cave & the Bad Seed's hit album 'Murder Ballads,' including the creative process and personal struggles of the band.…
Great Australian Albums: Powderfinger - Odyssey #5Great Australian Albums: Powderfinger - Odyssey #5 (2008)
In–depth story behind Powderfinger's hit album 'Odyssey #5,' including the creative process and personal struggles of the band. Featured as…
Great Australian Albums: The Go-Betweens - 16 Lover's LaneGreat Australian Albums: The Go-Betweens - 16 Lover's Lane (2008)
In–depth story behind The Go–Between's 1988 album '16 Lover's Lane,' including the creative process and personal struggles of the band.…
Greatest Cities of the World (TV Series)Greatest Cities of the World (TV Series) (2008)
Feat. Griff Rhys-Jones
Griff Rhys Jones gets under the skin of six of the world’s great cities. Dedicating an episode to each, Jones explores a…
Growing Up OnlineGrowing Up Online (2008)
From the American public affairs series FRONTLINE comes this doco probing into the world of cyber–savvy teens, and the pressures that accompany…
Gruen Transfer, The (TV Series)Gruen Transfer, The (TV Series) (2008)
Feat. Wil Anderson
Hosted by comedian Wil Anderson, this is a revealing and humorous look at the advertising industry with a selection of well qualified panellists.…
Gunnin' For That #1 SpotGunnin' For That #1 Spot (2008)
Dir. Adam Yauch
Beat–bopping doco, directed by Beastie Boys band member Adam Yauch, following the fortunes of eight top highschool basketball players…
Herb and DorothyHerb and Dorothy (2008) Recommended
Dir. Megumi Sasaki
Devotional New York art patrons Herb and Dorothy Vogel are the subject of this delightful portrait, taking us inside the couple’s modest one…
Hobbit Enigma, TheHobbit Enigma, The (2008)
Dir. Annamaria Talas
In 2003 scientists uncovered the tiny, human–like skeleton of a strange creature, on the Indonesian island of Flores. Since the discovery was…
Hollow Men, TheHollow Men, The (2008)
Dir. Alister Barry
Seasoned documentarian Alister Barry distills Nicky Hager's hot potato expose of National Party leader Don Brash into a confronting, election year…
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History (2008)
Toe–tapping documentary, presented by actress Shirley Jones, exploring the timeless genre of Hollywood Musical from Busby Berkeley's…
HopeHope (2008)
Dir. Steve Thomas
Tragic account of people–smuggling gone wrong when a boatload of refugees arriving from Indonesia sinks on its way to Australia killing than…
HulooHuloo (2008)
Dir. Robin Greenberg
Delightful documentary about the remarkable and diverse life of T’ai Chi master Loo–Chi Hu, nicknamed Huloo, who despite being well into his…
Humpbacks: From Fire to IceHumpbacks: From Fire to Ice (2008)
Feat. David Attenborough
David Attenborough narrates this up close and personal journey following the first year of a humpback whale calf's life as she journeys with her…
I Am Because We AreI Am Because We Are (2008)
Dir. Nathan Rissman
Madonna wields her global celebrity in fronting this concerned documentary about the millions of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS in Malawi. A…
I.O.U.S.A.I.O.U.S.A. (2008) Recommended
Dir. Patrick Creadon
Cogent, accessible doco on the nightmare of US fiscal irresponsibility that lets the expert heads and engaging graphics do the talking. It…
India RebornIndia Reborn (2008) Recommended
Fascinating and disturbing doco series that looks at India as the next superpower, and the juxtapositions to its mighty wealth that cloud its future…
Indonesia - A Reporter's JourneyIndonesia - A Reporter's Journey (2008)
Feat. Mike Carlton
The complex relationship between Australia and its oft–misunderstood Northern neighbour is explored by journalist and radio broadcaster Mike…
Investigator, The (TV Series)Investigator, The (TV Series) (2008)
Probing Kiwi crime doco series investigating six unsolved New–Zealand crimes by delving into the pitfalls of the justice system in our country…
It Might Get LoudIt Might Get Loud (2008) Recommended
Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Feat. The Edge, Jack White, Jimmy Page
Euphonic examination of rock guitaring with three of its most distinctive practitioners, Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. Sure to enrapture…
James May's Big Ideas (TV Series)James May's Big Ideas (TV Series) (2008)
Feat. James May
The most cerebral of TOP GEAR's presenters, James May, wraps his head around sci–fi concepts in today's modern world, including new frontiers…
Jihad for Love, A Jihad for Love, A (2008)
Dir. Parvez Sharma
Revealing documentary on homosexuality and the Islamic faith, filmed in secret over 5 and a half years under the Muslim government radar. Although…
John Pilger's Australia John Pilger's Australia (Documentaries that Changed the World Vol. 2) (2008)
Feat. John Pilger
Across 3 discs, seasoned political commentator John Pilger turns the focus to Australia, providing a detailed critical analysis of Australian…
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (2008) Recommended
Feat. Johnny Cash
Indispensable documentary film chronicling the fateful day in 1968 that Johnny Cash performed at California's Folsom State Prison, the recordings of…
Kraftwerk and the Electronic RevolutionKraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution (2008) Aro Favourite
Essential, exhaustive (3hr!) exploration into German electronic music centering on the pioneers of the genre, Kraftwerk. The first hour…
Ladies or GentlemenLadies or Gentlemen (2008)
This brief exploratory retrospective of Hollywood's fascination with cross–dressing includes comment from the likes of Tony Curtis and Tim…
Life After People (TV Series)Life After People (TV Series) (2008)
Dir. David de Vries
Thought–provoking doco focused on the hypothetical state of the planet were humans to be wiped out. This treads the line between intelligent…
Lionel Lionel (2008)
Dir. Eddie Martin
Absorbing documentary investigating the life of Lionel Rose – the first Aboriginal world champion boxer who challenged Australia's racial…
Living With the EnemyLiving With the Enemy (2008)
Thorough and absorbing History Channel series examines the five year period after the end of World War II, accounting for the events and decisions…
Louise Bourgeois - The Spider, the Mistress and the TangerineLouise Bourgeois - The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008)
Dir. Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach
At the ripe of age of 98, evergreen French artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois continues to astound in this portrait of her captivating life's…
Mafia, TheMafia, The (The True Story from the Inside) (2008)
Dir. Neil Rawles, Charlie Smith
Balanced hard–hitting crime doco from inside the world of the modern Mafia. Designed for those with a good knowledge of Mafia history keen on…
Man Made Marvels (TV Series)Man Made Marvels (TV Series) (2008)
Produced by Natural History New Zealand for the Discovery Channel, this fascinating doco series looking at some of the Earth's biggest man–made…
Man On WireMan On Wire (2008) Recommended
Dir. James Marsh
Feat. Phillipe Petit
Oscar–winning doco about a truly remarkable, one–of–a–kind subject; a cavalier French daredevil called Phillipe Petit who in…
MaradonaMaradona (Maradona by Kusturica) (2008)
Dir. Emir Kusturica
Celebrated filmmaker Emir Kusturica (BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT) directs this wayward love letter to the revolutionary – and troubled –…
Margaret Mahy: A Tall Long Faced TaleMargaret Mahy: A Tall Long Faced Tale (2008)
Dir. Yvonne MacKay
An invaluable documentary on New Zealand's greatest children's writer, which combines a fascinating conversation between Mahy and Elizabeth Knox with…
Matador, TheMatador, The (2008)
Dir. Nina Gilden Seavey, Stephen Higgins
Stirring and dramatic portrait of matador David 'El Fandi' Fandila and his quest to become the top–ranked bullfighter in the world. Focusing…
Metal ManiaMetal Mania (2008)
Music doco that takes the microphone backstage to some of the greatest metal acts of the last fifty years, including Kiss, Angus Young, Motley Crue,…
Modern LifeModern Life (La vie moderne) (2008) Recommended
Dir. Raymond Depardon
A winding, mournful documentary on the stoicism and fading way of life of several generations of farmers and farmer families in contemporary rural…
Mondovino (TV Series) Mondovino (TV Series) (2008)
Dir. Jonathan Nossiter
Eye–opening documentary spin–off series from the well–received film MONDOVINO, investigating the impact of globalization on…
National Parks, The - America's Best IdeaNational Parks, The - America's Best Idea (2008)
Dir. Ken Burns
Ken Burns offers another weighty tome on American history, this time surveying the country’s 58 majestic, awe–inspiring national parks.…
Nazi Number One: Herman GöringNazi Number One: Herman Göring (2008)
Dir. Guido Knopp
German director Guido Knopp continues his straightforward, biography–centric investigations into all things Nazi with this documentary on…
Obama: All AccessObama: All Access (2008)
A two–year compendium of landmark CBS News coverage, chronicling Barack Obama’s historic road to the White House and beyond. Includes…
Of Time and the CityOf Time and the City (2008)
Dir. Terence Davies
Terence Davies (DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES) launches a broadside on the transformation of his beloved, bricks–and–mortar Liverpool, in…
Off The Radar (TV Series) Off The Radar (TV Series) (2008) Recommended
Home–grown TV series featuring Te Radar – comedian, presenter and self–confessed latte drinking city boy attempting to become…
Once Upon a Time - American CinemaOnce Upon a Time - American Cinema (2008)
Dedicated SBS documentary series offering a retrospective look back on some of cinema's greatest films and directors. American Cinema episodes:…
Palin on Art (TV Series)Palin on Art (TV Series) (2008)
Feat. Michael Palin
Art–aficionado Michael Palin explores the works and history of some of the lesser–known artists that he holds dear to his heart. The…
Patti Smith: Dream of Life Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008) Recommended
Dir. Steven Sebring
Narrated by the rock icon herself, this intimate, lyrical observation of Patti Smith's art and philosophy plays rather like a sitting through one of…
Picasso and Braque Go to the MoviesPicasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008)
Dir. Arne Glimcher
Stately exploration of the influence of cinema's earliest pioneers, such as Georges Méliès, on Cubist painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.…
Powerful Noise, APowerful Noise, A (2008)
AIDS, peacekeeping, and the rights of the disenfranchised are front and centre of this inspirational portrait of three women making a difference in…
Radiohead - The Best OfRadiohead - The Best Of (2008)
Chronological collection of 21 inventive music videos and optical collages of rare singles from the slinking talents of Brit indie–rock kings,…
ReligulousReligulous (2008) Recommended
Dir. Larry Charles
Feat. Bill Maher
'Good' and 'Evil' are turned on their head (and in their graves) in this provocative docu–comedy following comedian and commentator Bill Maher…
Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect (2008)
Dir. Markus Heidingsfelder
Detailed portrait of Rem Koolhaas, the visionary Dutch architect and writer whose striking modernist creations include the Dutch Embassy in Berlin,…
Richard Dawkins Presents - The Genius of Charles Darwin (TV Series) Richard Dawkins Presents - The Genius of Charles Darwin (TV Series) (2008)
Dir. Russell Barnes
Richard Dawkins finally gets to wax lyrical for a few hours about the love of his life – Charles Darwin in this one–sided documentary…
Rip! A Remix ManifestoRip! A Remix Manifesto (2008)
Dir. Brett Gaylor
A exuberant celebration of remix culture which also introduces the debate over intellectual property rights with the help of featured guests,…
Rodney's Robot Revolution (2008)
Dir. Andrea Ulbrick
Wondrous journey inside one of the world's greatest minds, that of Australian–born scientist Rodney Brooks. A pioneer in the field of…
Roman Polanski: Wanted And DesiredRoman Polanski: Wanted And Desired (2008) Recommended
Dir. Marina Zenovich
Comprehensive documentary examining the public scandal that led to the controversial departure of director Roman Polanski from the United States.…
Rubbings From A Live Man Rubbings From A Live Man (2008) Aro Favourite
Dir. Florian Habicht
Film–maker Florian Habicht finds the perfect portrait subject in Warwick Broadhead, a fiercely independent, 40–year veteran of performing…
SaluteSalute (2008)
Dir. Matt Norman
Compelling documentary investigating the untold story of Australian runner – Peter Norman who placed second in the 200m sprint at the 1968…
Scorsese: My Voyage Through Italian Cinema Scorsese: My Voyage Through Italian Cinema (2008)
Dir. Martin Scorsese
7–disc collection of Italian films that continue to influence and inspire acclaimed director Martin Scorsese over the years. Includes Luchino…
Second SkinSecond Skin (2008) Recommended
Dir. Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza
Compulsive insight into video game addiction, focused on a cross–section of young people who obsessively engage in what are known as MMOs (Mass…
Ships That Changed the WorldShips That Changed the World (2008)
Compelling three–part series looks back at the engineering, building, sailing, and subsequent fate of three history–making ships…
Simone Young - To Hamburg From Downunder  Simone Young - To Hamburg From Downunder (2008)
Dir. Ralf Pleger
Perceptive documentary following renowned Australian conductor and Sydney Opera House Director Simone Young on her return journey from Europe to…
Sir Edmund Hillary 1919 - 2008Sir Edmund Hillary 1919 - 2008 (2008)
Towering tribute to the late, great Sir Ed. Includes the documentary ‘Remembering Sir Ed: A Tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary’, an overview of the…
Sleep FuriouslySleep Furiously (2008)
Dir. Gideon Koppel
Blissfully composed shots of rugged landscape and rural life make for an elusive, yet meaningful documentary on the quotidian existence of a Welsh…
SoloSolo (2008)
Dir. Jennifer Peedom, David Michod
Tragic true story of Sydney adventurer Andrew McAuley who set out to cross the stretch of the Tasman between Australia and New Zealand in a kayak but…
Soul PowerSoul Power (2008) Recommended
Dir. Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
This "Rumble in the Jungle" prequel joyfully relives the legendary three–day concert that preceded the Ali–Foreman bout in…
Sounds Like Teen SpiritSounds Like Teen Spirit (2008) Recommended
Dir. Jamie Jay Johnson
Offering a worldly antidote to the show–biz reality TV norm, this "pop–umentary" chronicles four contrasting sets of hopefuls (from…
Standard Operating ProcedureStandard Operating Procedure (2008)
Dir. Errol Morris
To see or not to see: that is the question posed by acclaimed director Errol Morris as he attempts to understand what took place inside the walls of…
Stephen Fry In America (TV Series)Stephen Fry In America (TV Series) (2008)
Feat. Stephen Fry
Over ambitious – yet highly amusing – doco series sees beloved Brit comic Fry travel around all 50 states of the USA in a black cab, in…
Story of Maths, TheStory of Maths, The (2008)
Ambitious BBC Open University series that presents pivotal episodes in the lives of the great mathematicians, whilst offering clear and accessible…
Story of the Costume Drama, TheStory of the Costume Drama, The (2008)
Boasting fantastic footage and behind–the–scenes stories, this 5 part series revels in some of the best television costume dramas of the…
Super Comet, TheSuper Comet, The (Super Comet: After the Impact) (2008)
Dir. Stefan Schneider
This Discovery Channel special uses plenty of amazing FX and the helter–skelter tropes of docu–drama to explore the likely…
Technicolor Dream, ATechnicolor Dream, A (2008)
Lavish chronicle of the Technicolor Dream movement, through to its 14–hour all–night musical event at Alexandra Palace in 1967. Includes…
Third Richard, TheThird Richard, The (2008)
Dir. Danny Mulheron, Sarah Stretton
A labour of love for actor–director Danny Mulheron, this explores the life and music of his unheralded grandfather, Richard Fuchs, a gifted…
Thriller in ManilaThriller in Manila (2008)
Dir. John Dower
This seemingly straightforward account of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s third and final confrontation surreptitiously reveals the…
Tim Minchin - Rock 'N' Roll NerdTim Minchin - Rock 'N' Roll Nerd (2008) Aro Favourite
Dir. Rhian Skirving
Feat. Tim Minchin
Intimate doco about gifted musical comedian Minchin charting his rise from obscurity in Melbourne to breakthrough at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival,…
Tube Tales - TV's Real Stories (TV Series) Tube Tales - TV's Real Stories (TV Series) (2008)
Edifying series investigating the people, places and events behind a number of hit TV series including THE WEST WING, SEINFELD, SIX FEET UNDER, SEX…
TysonTyson (2008)
Dir. James Toback
A full–frontal portrait of Mike Tyson, the notorious, often disgraced former heavyweight champion whose brutality and villainy was witnessed…
Universe of Keith Haring, TheUniverse of Keith Haring, The (2008)
Dir. Christina Clausen
Feat. Keith Haring
Celebratory portrait of the darling of the 80s New York art scene Haring revels in the accessibility of the artist as a public figure, more than…
Unmistaken ChildUnmistaken Child (2008)
Dir. Nati Baratz
A fascinating glimpse into the culture and belief systems of Tibetan Buddhism, this film follows devoted disciple Tenzin Zopa on a four year quest to…
Unwinking Gaze, TheUnwinking Gaze, The (2008)
Dir. Joshua Dugdale
A rare fly–on–the–wall glimpse into the Dalai Lama's tireless struggle for Tibet, with the Buddist God King balancing his role in…
Valentino - The Last EmperorValentino - The Last Emperor (2008) Recommended
Dir. Matt Tyrnauer
Surveying the final two years of Italian fashion great Valentino Garavani's career before retirement, this head–turning doco celebrates his…
Wahine Disaster, TheWahine Disaster, The (2008)
Commemorative documentary to mark forty years since the Wahine passenger ferry struck Barrett Reef in Wellington Harbour, killing 51 people.…
Walk Like A Man Walk Like A Man (2008)
Worthy documentary focused on the preparation of two top rugga teams from Sydney and San Francisco for the World Cup of gay rugby – the Bingham…
Waltz With BashirWaltz With Bashir (Vals Im Bashir) (2008) Recommended
Dir. Ari Folman
This striking hybrid animation is an audacious attempt to recall, through anecdote, dream, and documentary, the 1982 Israeli–Lebanon war.…
What About Me? What About Me? (2008) Recommended
Dir. Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
A guide to better 21st Century living from the duo behind 1 GIANT LEAP, this kaleidoscope of philosophical and musical clips features contributions…
Whatever Happened To Brenda HeanWhatever Happened To Brenda Hean (2008)
Dir. Scott Millwood
The disappearance of environmentalist Brenda Hean while en route to petition saving Tasmania’s Lake Pedder is the subject of this doco…
When Borat Came to TownWhen Borat Came to Town (2008)
Dir. Mercedes Stalenhoef
Touching Underdog vs. The Man doco which looks at the aftermath of Sascha Baron Cohen's visit (and by proxy 20th Century Fox's) to the Romanian…
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)
Dir. Morgan Spurlock
Feat. Morgan Spurlock
With his first baby on the way, SUPER SIZE ME’s Morgan Spurlock decides to go off in search of the world’s most wanted criminal, learning more…
Wild China (TV Mini-Series) Wild China (TV Mini-Series) (2008)
Mesmerising travel doco series that takes you on a splendid wander through the often veiled and overlooked countryside of China by way of striking…
Wild Combination - A Portrait of Arthur RussellWild Combination - A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)
Dir. Matt Wolf
The enigma of Arthur Russell – singular avant–garde musician and improbable matchmaker of discotheque and modern composition – is profiled…
Winning World War 1Winning World War 1 (The Western Front Diaries) (2008)
Crucial documentary telling the story of the Australian battalion's influence and impact on winning World War 1 on the Western Front, based on the…
With Gilbert and GeorgeWith Gilbert and George (2008) Recommended
Dir. Julian Cole
Poetic documentary about controversial art duo Gilbert and George, who work as a single entity and have mounted more exhibitions in museums and…
World According to Miley Cyrus, The World According to Miley Cyrus, The (2008)
Feat. Miley Cyrus
Unauthorised documentary tracking the super fast rise of button–nosed performer and tween idol Miley Cyrus and her overnight success in the…
World's Greenest Homes (TV Series)World's Greenest Homes (TV Series) (2008)
Cracking design series takes you all over the globe for a lengthy look inside some of the very best and very greenest digs. Features insight from…
Wrecking Crew, TheWrecking Crew, The (2008-2014) Aro Favourite
Dir. Denny Tedesco
Joyous celebration of the musical work of a loose collective of session musicians that became later known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that…
Yes Madam, SirYes Madam, Sir (2008)
Dir. Megan Doneman
An illuminating, warts and all portrait of India's first elite policewoman, Kiran Bedi, who controversially joined the Indian Police Service after a…
Yes That's Me - Dave Murphy Plays the BluesYes That's Me - Dave Murphy Plays the Blues (2008)
Dir. Costa Botes
Intimate Wellington–based biopic following Kiwi blues performer Dave Murphy as he is given the opportunity to record at Braeburn Recording…
Youssou N’Dour - I Bring What I LoveYoussou N’Dour - I Bring What I Love (2008)
Dir. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Gifted Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour performs a series of concerts in this excellent documentary, which also gets to heart of the musician’s…
11th Hour, The11th Hour, The (The Eleventh Hour) (2007)
Dir. Leila Conners Petersen, Nadia Conners
Feat. Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio fronts this environmental call to action, imploring viewers to adopt sustainable ways of living as the planet's '11th hour'…
21 Up South Africa - Mandela's Children21 Up South Africa - Mandela's Children (2007)
Dir. Angus Gibson
The enduring UP Series moves to South Africa, where six 21–year–olds, first filmed in 1992, reflect on their lives to date. By…
44 (Vivaldi - The Four Seasons) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Tim Slade
In this remarkably unique and poetic documentary, a performance of each season of Vivaldi’s masterpiece is delegated to four prodigious violinists…
A Civilised SocietyA Civilised Society (2007)
Dir. Alister Barry
Documentarian Alister Barry concludes his loose trilogy on New Right economic policies with this impassioned plea for the standards of public…
A Very British Gangster A Very British Gangster (2007)
Dir. Donal MacIntyre
Gay Manchester mob kingpin/community lynchpin Dominic Noonan is the main subject of this fly–on–the–wall look at his criminal…
Alice NeelAlice Neel (2007)
Dir. Andrew Neel
Documentary looking at the life and art of great American portrait painter Alice Neel, made by her grandson. Accomplished examination of the great…
Amazing Journey - The Story of The WhoAmazing Journey - The Story of The Who (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Murray Lerner, Paul Crowder
An ‘authorized and definitive’ anthology of The Who, this covers all the bases in the band’s legend–making, four–decade music…
American HardcoreAmerican Hardcore (2007)
Dir. Paul Rachman
Rugged, warts and all restrospective of America’s British punk spinoff looks back on the warpath of bands such as Minor Threat, Black Flag and Dead…
Amy Winehouse - I Told You I Was Trouble & Live in LondonAmy Winehouse - I Told You I Was Trouble & Live in London (2007)
The hip swaggering rehab music rebel presents her 2007 17–song set live from 'Shepherd's Bush Empire' London town, along with a 50 minute doco…
Ancient MegastructuresAncient Megastructures (2007)
National Geographic series extolling mankind's greatest architectural landmarks and their extraordinary feats of construction. Vol 1: The…
Andrew Marr's The History of Modern Britain (TV Series)Andrew Marr's The History of Modern Britain (TV Series) (2007) Recommended
Political commentator Andrew Marr turns his astute focus on the key events that have shaped British society since the end of WWII, including the…
Anita O'Day - The Life of a Jazz SingerAnita O'Day - The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)
Dir. Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden
Thorough portrait of jazz extraordinaire Anita O'Day, from her emergence amongst luminaries Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in the 40s, to…
Antonello and the ArchitectAntonello and the Architect (2007)
Dir. Tony Hiles
A fitting tribute to Wellington architect Bill Toomath (whose associations include the likes of I.M. Pei), dir. Tony Hiles backdrops the…
Arcade Fire: Miroir NoirArcade Fire: Miroir Noir (2007)
Fly–on–the–wall doco follows Canadian indie act "Arcade Fire" during the recording of their sophomore record, "Neon Bible". The…
Arctic TaleArctic Tale (2007)
Dir. Adam Ravetch, Sarah Robertson
Feat. Queen Latifah
Something of a cross between AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH for kids and MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, this heartwarming, educational documentary spins a similarly…
Atheist Alliance International: Understanding Atheism Atheist Alliance International: Understanding Atheism (2007)
Professor Richard Dawkins and his skeptical writing mates return as speech–makers in this 4–disc set covering the 2007 Atheist Alliance…
Atlantic Records - The House That Amet BuiltAtlantic Records - The House That Amet Built (2007)
Feat. Bette Midler
Follows Ahmet Ertegun's remarkable career as head of Atlantic Records, from its formation in 1947 through to his recent passing in 2007. Features…
Audience of OneAudience of One (2007) Recommended
Dir. Mike Jacobs
Stranger–than–fiction documentary in which a Pentecostal minister in San Francisco receives "word from God" that he attempt to write and…
Autopsy - Life and DeathAutopsy - Life and Death (2007)
An advanced course in human schematics sees anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens and pathologist Prof. John Lee make further bodily incisions to…
Axe in the Attic, TheAxe in the Attic, The (2007)
Dir. Ed Pincus, Lucia Small
Two British filmmakers, horrified by the devastation to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, embark on a 60–day pilgrimage from…
BallerinaBallerina (2007)
Dir. Bertrand Normand
Documentary following the lives of five female dancers of the Kirov Ballet in Saint–Petersburg, providing us with rare insight into the…
Battle of the Little Bighorn, TheBattle of the Little Bighorn, The (2007)
Ideal introduction to the famous battle where General Custer made his last stand, featuring expert commentary and skillful re–enactments.
Beckoning SilenceBeckoning Silence (2007)
Dir. Louise Osmond
Fearless mountaineer Joe Simpson (of TOUCHING THE VOID fame) journeys to the north face of the Eiger mountain in the Swiss Alps to re–trace the…
Beyond Our KenBeyond Our Ken (2007)
Disquieting documentary exploring the inner workings of Australian spiritual group 'Kenya,' based on the principle of "energy conversion," accused of…
Big Ideas For A Small Planet (TV Series) Big Ideas For A Small Planet (TV Series) (2007)
Feat. Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Daryl Hannah
Pro–active eco series taking a look at modern green inventions and alternative lifestyle choices that have potential to lesson human impact on…
Big Picture, The (TV Series)Big Picture, The (TV Series) (2007) Recommended
Commentator Hamish Keith brings New Zealand’s imposing arts history down to earth in this appealing, highly accessible reappraisal of everything…
Billy the Kid Billy the Kid (2007) Recommended
Dir. Jennifer Venditti
Genuinely disarming verite–style doco records the daily doings of awkwardly lovable Billy, a straight–shooting small–town teenager…
Black, White and GrayBlack, White and Gray (2007)
Dir. James Crump
Stilted documentary investigating the relationship between controversial photographers Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe and their influence on…
BlindsightBlindsight (2007) Recommended
Dir. Lucy Walker
Riveting doco follows the travails of six blind Tibetan teenagers in their attempt to scale the 23,000–foot Lhakpa Ri – neighbour to Mt…
Bossa Nova - The Sound that Seduced the WorldBossa Nova - The Sound that Seduced the World (2007)
Rio–based doco tracing the rise of the sultry 'bossa nova' sound, featuring interviews with influential musos from the time and rare music…
Bra BoysBra Boys (2007) Recommended
Dir. Sunny Abberton
Potent documentary that concerns itself with the cultural evolution and social struggle of a group of surfers from the Sydney suburb of Maroubra.…
Captain Cook: Obsession and DiscoveryCaptain Cook: Obsession and Discovery (2007)
Award–winning documentary that examines the controversial legacy of the great explorer Captain James Cook. Hosted by geographer Vanessa…
Cat DancersCat Dancers (2007) Recommended
Dir. Harris Fishman
Strangely compelling portrait of a pre–Siegfried and Roy act, who tragically added wild cats to their routine. Somewhat in the tradition of…
Celebration: Yves Saint LaurentCelebration: Yves Saint Laurent (2007)
Dir. Olivier Meyrou
Intimate portrait of Yves Saint–Laurent, focussing on the legendary fashion designer's final show, as well as his complex relationship with…
Changing Climates Changing Climates (Changing Climates, Changing Times) (2007)
Dir. Marion Milne
Docu–drama predicting how global warming will impact different social groups around the world in the year 2100. Although visually striking,…
Chicago 10Chicago 10 (2007)
Dir. Brett Morgen
Unique documentary that splices together archival footage and motion–capture animation to recreate the infamous trial of anti–war…
Choir, TheChoir, The (2007) Recommended
Dir. Michael Davie
Johannesburg's largest and most notorious prison is the setting for this inspiring documentary, which follows the fortunes of a convict choir who…
Chris and Don - A Love StoryChris and Don - A Love Story (2007)
Dir. Guido Santi, Tina Mascara
Love–letter–as–documentary recounting the poignant 33–year relationship between novelist Christopher Isherwood (author of…
Chuck CloseChuck Close (2007)
Dir. Marion Cajori
The revered New York portraitist, famous for his giant photorealist heads (typically well over two metres in height), is the subject of this…
Classic Albums - Jay-ZClassic Albums - Jay-Z (Reasonable Doubt) (2007)
Jay–Z's Reasonable Doubt deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by the artist himself and…
Climate Change Climate Change (2007)
Dir. Nicolas Brown
Feat. David Attenborough
Investigating the damning evidence for global warming over this two part documentary, Sir David Attenborough bears witness to the alarming speed at…
Coping With Babylon - The Proper RastologyCoping With Babylon - The Proper Rastology (2007)
Dir. Oliver Hill
Authentic documentary revealing the contemporary world view of Rastafarianism as interpreted by prominent "Imperial Majesty" Haile Selassie 1.…
Cowboys and CommunistsCowboys and Communists (Cowboys & Communists) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Jess Feast
Engaging culture documentary centred on a risque East Berlin bar and eatery (known as White Trash Fast Food), operated by an ex–pat 'cowboy'…
Crazy LoveCrazy Love (2007) Recommended
Dir. Dan Klores, Fisher Stevens
Stranger–than–fiction story of the obsessive love of Burt and Linda Pugach, whose personal tragedy made international headlines during…
Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys StoryDarling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story (2007)
Dir. Julian Shaw
Moving doco focused on the litigious cross–dressing South African satirist Pieter–Dirk Uys, whose life's work included stirring…
Dengue Fever - Sleepwalking Through the MekongDengue Fever - Sleepwalking Through the Mekong (2007)
Dir. John Pirozzi
Political rockumentary follows LA–based band Dengue Fever on their recent journey to Cambodia to perform 60s and 70s Cambodian rock n' roll in…
Devil Came on Horseback, TheDevil Came on Horseback, The (2007) Recommended
Dir. Anne Sundberg, Ricki Stern
Urgent, eye–opening documentary on the Darfur genocide, which follows US Marine Captain Brian Steidle's assignment as a neutral observer of the…
Dirty Three, TheDirty Three, The (2007)
Documentary on Australian instrumental rockers The Dirty Three, charting their discography and musical evolution (from emotionally aggressive numbers…
Discussions with Richard Dawkins - The Four HorsemenDiscussions with Richard Dawkins - The Four Horsemen (2007)
Number one in a brand new series of searching discussions from the notorious Professor Richard Dawkins as he gathers together three of his fellow top…
Dylan: Busy Being Born AgainDylan: Busy Being Born Again (2007)
Dir. Joel Gilbert
Feat. Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan's 'Jesus Years' are the subject matter for this in–depth doco, pieced together through interviews, live footage and a recently…
EarthEarth (2007) Recommended
Dir. Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Impressive feature–length spin–off of the PLANET EARTH series largely follows the migration of three different species – the polar…
Eco House ChallengeEco House Challenge (2007)
Dir. Russell Vines
An eco variation on the self–improvement Reality TV craze, this pits two suburban families against each other in a challenge to reform their…
Encounters at the End of the WorldEncounters at the End of the World (2007) Recommended
Dir. Werner Herzog
Feat. Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog ventures forth to Antarctica, hounding a team of scientists based at McMurdo Station in this stunning, eccentric nature…
Enemies of ReasonEnemies of Reason (2007)
Dir. Russell Barnes
The divisive Richard Dawkins staunchly argues that faith and superstition is irrational, versus science and logic as the voice of reason. Everything…
English Surgeon, The English Surgeon, The (2007) Recommended
Dir. Geoffrey Smith
Remarkable documentary focused on Dr. Henry Marsh – a UK–based neurosurgeon who makes an annual trip to Ukraine to offer free surgery to…
EquatorEquator (Power of the Sun, Challenge of the Cold) (2007)
Stunning NHNZ production exploring six areas of the planet that exist along the equator and the effect this location has on the flora and fauna of…
Escape From SuburbiaEscape From Suburbia (Beyond the American Dream) (2007)
Dir. Gregory Greene
Practical sequel to THE END OF SUBURBIA moves forward from the apocalyptic visions with a series of case studies on individuals making changes in…
First Cry, The First Cry, The (2007)
Dir. Gilles de Maistre
A beautifully observed documentary that portrays the miracle of child birth from varying perspectives around the globe. Shot over a 24 hour period,…
First Saturday in May, The First Saturday in May, The (2007) Recommended
Exhilarating documentary following the fate of six trainers as they attempt to gain a place in the most esteemed horse race in the world 'The…
Flightless: Bill Hammond's Cure for Being Kiwi (2007)
Dir. Alan D'Arcy Erson
Feat. Ian Hughes
An intriguing blend of drama and documentary are used to tell the story of an everyman who's life is falling apart at the seams when he is…
Fog City Mavericks - The Filmmakers of San FranciscoFog City Mavericks - The Filmmakers of San Francisco (2007)
Dir. Gary Leva
Feat. George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood
Unevenly pitched, if nonetheless fascinating account of San Francisco’s filmmaking legacy, from Francis Ford Coppola to Pixar maestro John…
For the Bible Tells Me SoFor the Bible Tells Me So (2007)
Dir. Daniel G Karslake
Heartfelt doco exploring the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the USA. Director Karslake takes an evenhanded approach to the…
Forbidden Lie$Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Anna Broinowski
Thoroughly engrossing docudrama investigates the truth behind disgraced bestselling author Norma Khouri, who claimed to be a Jordanian campaigner…
Forever VespaForever Vespa (2007)
Dir. Pippo Cappellano, Marina Cappabianca
Engaging study of the well loved scooter doubles as a social study of post–war Italy and Europe. There's also some priceless archival footage…
Fox and the Child, TheFox and the Child, The (Le renard et l'enfant) (2007)
Dir. Luc Jacquet
Feat. Bertille Noël-Bruneau, Isabelle Carré
A visually impressive, curious hybrid from the director of MARCH OF THE PENGUINS that combines nature documentary and a "fairy tale" look at the…
Francesco's Venice (TV Series)Francesco's Venice (TV Series) (2007)
Italian architect and TV presenter Count Francesco da Mosto goes on a journey back through the history of Venice and discovers how the city came to…
Galapagos - The Islands That Changed The World (TV Series) Galapagos - The Islands That Changed The World (TV Series) (2007)
Feat. Tilda Swinton
Grand nature series, narrated by actress Tilda Swinton, revealing the unique fauna, flora and history of the fragile eco–system of the…
Gallipoli: Brothers In ArmsGallipoli: Brothers In Arms (2007)
Dir. Andrew Denton
Andrew Denton filmed this as part of his ENOUGH ROPE series to find out what draws so many Australians to the shores of Gallipoli each year, painting…
Gangland (TV Series)Gangland (TV Series) (2007)
Hard hitting expose of today's nastiest gangs provides the viewer with both historical context and unprecedented access. Some of the stories are now…
Garbage Warrior Garbage Warrior (2007)
Dir. Oliver Hodge
Revealing documentary featuring eco architect Michael Reynolds who has spent the past three decades creating sustainable housing in the New Mexico…
Genius of Photography (TV Series)Genius of Photography (TV Series) (2007) Aro Favourite
Stunningly comprehensive six–part series that looks at the world's most influential art form, from the pioneering days of daguerreotypes right…
Girls Rock!Girls Rock! (2007)
Dir. Arne Johnson
Lightweight doco centered around the Portland–based Rock & Roll Camp for Girls, where girls from 8–18 participate in a therapeutic week…
Glass: A Portrait Of Philip In Twelve PartsGlass: A Portrait Of Philip In Twelve Parts (2007) Recommended
Dir. Scott Hicks
Feat. Philip Glass
Epic doco of seminal composer Glass covers his life, influences, and his working process. Filmed over 3 continents in 18 months, this is hugely…
Glastonbury: The Movie Glastonbury: The Movie (2007)
Just–like–being–there collection focused on that mud–drenched modern day music fest (and Britain's answer to Woodstock)…
Great Australian Albums: Silverchair - DioramaGreat Australian Albums: Silverchair - Diorama (2007)
In–depth story behind Silverchair's hit album 'Diorama,' including the creative process and personal struggles of the band. Featured as part of…
Great Australian Albums: The Saints - (I'm) StrandedGreat Australian Albums: The Saints - (I'm) Stranded (2007)
In–depth story behind The Saint's hit album '(I'm) Stranded,' including the creative process and personal struggles of the band. Featured as…
Great Australian Albums: The Triffids - Born Sandy DevotionalGreat Australian Albums: The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional (2007)
In–depth story behind The Triffids' album 'Born Sandy Devotional,' including the creative process and personal struggles of the band. Featured…
Great Global Warming Swindle, The Great Global Warming Swindle, The (2007)
Topical documentary proposing that global warming is a myth simply used for political gain. Provides a necessary counterbalance to the glut of scare…
Heart Of An EmpireHeart Of An Empire (2007)
Dir. Jay Thompson
Engaging doco taking a look into the lives of an ever–expanding network of Star Wars fanatics, known as 'Fighting 501st Legion,' who get their…
HecklerHeckler (2007) Recommended
Feat. Jamie Kennedy, Andrew Dice Clay, David Cross
Surprisingly cogent assessment of behaviour known as 'heckling', which extends beyond its normal definition as unsolicited feedback from…
Heima - Sigur RosHeima - Sigur Ros (2007)
Dir. Dean Deblois
Celebrated Icelanders Sigur Ros get reacquainted with the sights and sounds of their Scandinavian homeland in this introspective documentary…
Hell On WheelsHell On Wheels (2007)
Dir. Bob Ray
Bruising introduction to the world of Roller Derby combines a short history of the sport with a fly–on–the–wall document of the…
Here is What IsHere is What Is (2007)
Dir. Daniel Lanois
Feat. Daniel Lanois
Unique producer–performer Daniel Lanois casually documents his creative process in–studio, with glimpses of U2, Brian Eno, Sinead…
Here to Stay (TV Series)Here to Stay (TV Series) (2007)
An enlightening, culturally pertinent reference point for the current make up of New Zealand society, this six part series revisits a number of key…
Heritage of Maori SongHeritage of Maori Song (2007)
Comprehensive collection of 15 Maori song and dance performances, including 3 poi dances, stick games, haka and a number of well–known songs…
History of the DevilHistory of the Devil (2007)
Historical doco charting the changing role and face of the devil throughout history by way of factual information and academic interview.
How the Earth Was MadeHow the Earth Was Made (2007)
Epic History Channel series charting the geological making of our planet through various, often violent natural phenomena. Season One: 13 episodes…
How to Cook Your LifeHow to Cook Your Life (2007)
Dir. Doris Dorrie
Feat. Doris Dorrie
An enlightening documentary weaving cooking techniques and Buddhist teachings together as a guide to self fulfillment.
How To Save The WorldHow To Save The World (2007)
Dir. Tom and Barbara Burstyn
Touting globalization as an environmental and human disaster, this inspiring eco–doc looks to India as a provider of possible solutions in the…
How We Built Britain (TV Series)How We Built Britain (TV Series) (2007)
Long–standing BBC presenter David Dimbleby presents this engaging doco series focusing on Britain's architectural heritage in both a historical…
HumanimalHumanimal (2007)
Thorough, five part science documentary examining the ever–eroding line between animals and human beings, with special consideration given to…
I Have Never Forgotten You I Have Never Forgotten You (The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal) (2007)
Dir. Richard Trank
Confronting documentary tracing the life of Jewish man Simon Wiesenthal who embarked on a personal crusade to track down Nazi war criminals and…
I Think We're Alone NowI Think We're Alone Now (2007) Recommended
Dir. Sean Donnelly
This portrait of two 'stalkers' of 80s teen pop one–hit–wonder Tiffany is at times uncomfortably voyeuristic, yet it provides raw insight…
Ice (TV Series)Ice (TV Series) (2007)
Feat. Marcus Lush
Radio and TV Personality Marcus Lush goes well and truly off the rails, here embarking on a month–long sojourn in the below–zero…
Ice Road Truckers (TV Series) Ice Road Truckers (TV Series) (2007)
Gritty reality show focusing on a group of hardened truckers attempting to make mega bucks by transporting loads of supplies across the treacherous…
In the Company of ActorsIn the Company of Actors (2007)
Dir. Ian Darling
Feat. Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Aden Young
A peek behind the curtain reveals the magic and struggle of creating theatre in this insightful documentary. From a rehearsal room in Sydney…
In the Hands of the Gods In the Hands of the Gods (2007)
Dir. Benjamin Turner, Gabe Turner
Uplifting documentary following five soccer fanatics who take up street busking in order to travel to Buenos Aires and meet their hero Diego…
In the Shadow of the MoonIn the Shadow of the Moon (2007) Recommended
Stellar doco reflects on the true story of American astronauts' expeditions into space and the truly remarkable historic achievement of landing on…
India with Sanjeev Bhaskar (TV Mini-series)India with Sanjeev Bhaskar (TV Mini-series) (2007)
Dir. Deep Sehgal
Feat. Sanjeev Bhaskar
Actor and comedian Bhaskar takes a personal journey through modern India on a quest to re–discover his ancestral homeland. An epic…
Indie SexIndie Sex (2007)
Dir. Lesli Klainberg
Proudly explicit, this racy review of sex in independent cinema compiles a hot and heavy survey of clips, qualified by insightful, sometimes…
Inside ChinaInside China (2007)
Dir. Jonathan Lewis
Surprisingly candid portrait of live inside the increasingly influential super–power. Dir. Lewis makes the most of the unprecedented access…
Inside the Smiths Inside the Smiths (2007)
Raw music doco with former band members Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce candidly revealing what it was like to be a part of groundbreaking 80's…
James May's 20th Century (TV Series)James May's 20th Century (TV Series) (2007)
Feat. James May
TV presenter James May presents a candid look at the creations of the 20th century; ranging from weaponry to medical breakthroughs and the…
Jamie at Home (TV Series)Jamie at Home (TV Series) (2007)
Feat. Jamie Oliver
Tussle–haired celeb cook cruiser Jamie Oliver delights in his latest foodie show beamed straight from his home kitchen. Oliver takes pride in…
Joe Strummer - The Future is UnwrittenJoe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten (2007)
Dir. Julien Temple
Feat. Joe Strummer
Renowned musical documentarian Julien Temple (THE FILTH & THE FURY) draws a superbly detailed, multi–dimensional life portrait of late Clash…
Joseph Campbell - Mythos IJoseph Campbell - Mythos I (2007)
Dir. Robert Walter
Feat. Susan Sarandon
This series comprises the lectures of mythologist Joseph Campbell, filmed shortly before his death and presented here by Susan Sarandon. The five…
Joy DivisionJoy Division (2007) Recommended
Dir. Grant Gee
Dynamic, satisfyingly comprehensive music doco chronologically tracks the career of influential British post–punk band Joy Division. All…
King CornKing Corn (2007)
Dir. Aaron Woolf
Two friends embark on a corn–growing odyssey in this highly digestible expose of America's modern food system. Less muckracking than other…
King of Kong, The King of Kong, The (A Fistful of Quarters) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Seth Gordon
Hilarious insight into the rarefied world of competitive video gaming, and a showdown (of sorts) for the crown of achieving the world's highest score…
La Verdad?La Verdad? (The Truth?) (2007)
Dir. Helen Smyth
Whilst in Cuba, Kiwi journalist and mother–of–two Helen Smyth and husband Tim Rose (of Havana Coffee Works) inadvertently delve into its…
Lagerfeld Confidential Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)
Dir. Rodolphe Marconi
Feat. Nicole Kidman
Fleeting documentary revealing the enigmatic life of iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld through his creative livelihood and personal philosophy.…
Last Continent, TheLast Continent, The (2007)
Dir. Jean Lemire
Troubling companion piece to THE WHITE PLANET follows a cadre of scientists as they sail the Antarctic waters evaluating the damage to the…
Last Western Heretic, The Last Western Heretic, The (2007) Recommended
Dir. Monique Oomen
Riveting documentary presenting the life and ideologies of New Zealand's leading theologian – 89–year–old Lloyd Geering. A key…
Les Paul: Chasing Sound! The Les Paul StoryLes Paul: Chasing Sound! The Les Paul Story (2007)
Dir. John Paulson
Authorized biography of electric guitar pioneer Les Paul with narration and interviews from the man himself, still going strong at the age of 90.…
Let's SayLet's Say (On dirait que... ) (2007)
Dir. Françoise Marie
A sweetly humble documentary in the vein of ETRE ET AVOIR, involving a group of French kids aged 8–13 asked to portray their parents’ jobs…
Long Way Down (TV Series)Long Way Down (TV Series) (2007) Recommended
Feat. Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
The movie star (Ewan McGregor) and best mate (Charley Boorman) return for round two of their play–it–by–ear motorcycle detour, this…
Lou Reed's BerlinLou Reed's Berlin (2007)
Dir. Julian Schnabel
Feat. Lou Reed
Live recording of Lou Reed's 2006 performance of his underrated 1973 album 'Berlin,' brought resplendently back to life by a commanding Reed…
Lovely Rita - A Painter's LifeLovely Rita - A Painter's Life (2007)
Dir. Gaylene Preston
Feat. Loren Horsley
Evocative, celebratory remembrance of New Zealand’s Rita Angus, told primarily through a collection of over 300 letters the artist wrote to…
Lunch With Madam MuratLunch With Madam Murat (2007)
Dir. Mary Moody, Richard Turner
Celebratory documentary looks at the 100th anniversary of a long–standing family restaurant in the rural south of France. Kept alive through…
Man Who Souled the World, TheMan Who Souled the World, The (2007)
Dir. Mike Hill
Jittery, but engagingly–made profile of World Industries founder Steve Rocco, whose innovation and imagination as a skateboard entrepreneur in…
Manufactured LandscapesManufactured Landscapes (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jennifer Baichwal
Astounding 'environmental' documentary centering on the landscape photography of Edward Burtynsky, whose large–scale images of…
Manufacturing DissentManufacturing Dissent (2007)
Dir. Debbie Melnyck, Rick Caine
Not just another debunking of Michael Moore, this thoughtful, well–considered essay on the left winger’s political documentaries exposes…
Meat Loaf - In Search of ParadiseMeat Loaf - In Search of Paradise (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Bruce David Klein
Feat. Meatloaf
A first–rate behind–the–scenes music doco that openly captures rocker Meat Loaf as he rehearses for and takes to the road with his…
Michael Palin's New Europe (TV Series)Michael Palin's New Europe (TV Series) (2007)
Feat. Michael Palin
Seasoned globetrotter Michael Palin embarks on the undiscovered eastern bloc and its adjacent territories, revealing a fascinating cache of people,…
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (TV Series) Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (TV Series) (2007)
Dir. Matt Reid
In–depth television series spanning a year in the life of the British Royal Family and the myriad of employees that keep the Royal Machine…
Mr. UntouchableMr. Untouchable (2007)
Dir. Marc Levin
Sensational true story of Nicky Barnes, the most powerful New York kingpin in the 1970's drug world, covering his incredible rise from junkie…
Music in Me, The Music in Me, The (2007)
Enriching documentary following an inspirational group of intellectually and physically disabled performers called 'The Merry Makers' as they prepare…
My Brilliant Brain (TV Series)My Brilliant Brain (TV Series) (2007) Recommended
First–rate National Geographic series exploring the inner workings of the human brain, and in particular the origins of genius, questioning…
My Chemical Romance - Things That Make you Go mmm...My Chemical Romance - Things That Make you Go mmm... (2007)
Music doco delving into the world of angst ridden EMO idolised goth band My Chemical Romance by charting their rise to international stardom.…
My Kid Could Paint ThatMy Kid Could Paint That (2007) Recommended
Dir. Amir Bar-Lev
The story of a 4–year–old art "prodigy" turns into a controversial debate when it becomes apparent that her abstract brushwork may well…
New Orleans: Music in ExileNew Orleans: Music in Exile (2007)
Dir. Robert Mugge
On–the–ground documentary that follows New Orleans musicians as they try to piece their lives and careers back together after the…
Nick Drake - Under ReviewNick Drake - Under Review (2007)
This critical review of enigmatic singer–songwriter Drake attempts to uncover some of the mysteries surrounding the man, as well as offer an…
Night Night (2007)
Dir. Lawrence Johnston
Thought–provoking cine–visual essay about how humans perceive night–time through striking cinematography of Australian city and…
No End in SightNo End in Sight (2007) Recommended
Dir. Charles Ferguson
Devastating documentary that comprehensively examines the negligence and political mis–steps that led to the Iraq war. "Traces the…
Not Quite Hollywood Not Quite Hollywood (2007) Recommended
Dir. Mark Hartley
Informative and bloody amusing exploration of the dubious ocker 'Ozploitation' films of the 1970's and 80's, celebrating the joyously cheap and nasty…
Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ben Niles
A ‘making of’ documentary in the most literal sense, this follows the production process of a hand–crafted grand piano, as it passes down…
NZSAS: First Among Equals (TV Series)NZSAS: First Among Equals (TV Series) (2007)
Eye–opening insider’s guide to the SAS offers a unique tour of duty in recruitment and training for the elite special forces, through to…
ObsceneObscene (2007) Recommended
Dir. Daniel O'Connor, Neil Ortenberg
The definitive film biography of Barney Rosset, the influential publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, this charts his tumultuous career…
Oswald's Ghost Oswald's Ghost (2007)
Dir. Robert Stone
This intelligent investigative doco focusing on the chain of events leading up to John F. Kennedy's assassination and the impact it had on America is…
Our Future - His Holiness the Dalai LamaOur Future - His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2007)
The Dalai Lama imparts his wisdom on spiritual wellbeing, current affairs and the global condition. Taken from conversations and public forums during…
Passion and Power: Technology of Orgasm, ThePassion and Power: Technology of Orgasm, The (2007)
Dir. Emiko Omori, Wendy Blair Slick
Ticklish documentary on the history of the vibrator, tracing its humble origins as a thinly–veiled 'invigorating massage tool' in women's…
Pete Seeger - The Power of SongPete Seeger - The Power of Song (2007) Recommended
Dir. Jim Brown
A generous tribute to American singer, songwriter and activist Pete Seeger, this gathers the usual array of performance footage, archival material,…
Peter Green Story, The - Man of the WorldPeter Green Story, The - Man of the World (2007)
There was life before Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" and those expecting the like will be disappointed, however the original Fleetwood Mac was an amazing…
Planet B-BoyPlanet B-Boy (2007)
Dir. Benson Lee
Energetic doco follows five B–Boy crews from around the world vying to be top dog at the 2005 Battle of the Year break–dance competition…
Powder and the Glory, The Powder and the Glory, The (2007)
A welcome insight into two of America's greatest female entrepreneurs – Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein; two immigrants with limited…
Punk's Not DeadPunk's Not Dead (2007)
Dir. Susan Dynner
Covering familiar territory, this 30–year overview of punk rounds the usual cultural and musical bases via archival footage and talking head…
Quest For the Real Middle Earth, TheQuest For the Real Middle Earth, The (2007)
Feat. Ian Holm
In–depth doco narrated by Sir Ian Holm (Bilbo in LORD OF THE RINGS) investigating the British locations and European languages that inspired…
Rain of the Children Rain of the Children (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Vincent Ward
Feat. Vincent Ward, Rena Owen
Vincent Ward's masterful docu–drama – in which he investigates the 'cursed life' of an elderly Maori woman – is a deeply personal…
Rebirth of a NationRebirth of a Nation (2007)
Dir. Paul D. Miller
'Remix' of D.W. Griffith's landmark original by dir. Miller – aka 'DJ Spooky' – turns cinema into a club track, deconstructed and put…
Respect Yourself - The Stax Records StoryRespect Yourself - The Stax Records Story (2007)
Dir. Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Affecting documentary that traces the astonishing history of Stax Records, from it's humble beginnings as a neighborhood hangout in Memphis, to…
Return to GoréeReturn to Gorée (2007)
Dir. Pierre-Yves Borgeaud
Insightful 'road' documentary follows Youssou N’Dour's musical tour via Atlanta, New Orleans, New York City, Luxembourg, and Dakar; the Senegalese…
Robbie Coltrane's Incredible Britain (TV Series) Robbie Coltrane's Incredible Britain (TV Series) (2007-2008)
Feat. Robbie Coltrane
Cherished British actor Robbie Coltrane takes a journey through the back–blocks of Britain in his Jag roadster to uncover the weird and…
Sand and SorrowSand and Sorrow (2007)
Dir. Paul Freedman
A sobering, all–encompassing document of the Darfur genocide that, while not subtle, powerfully informs of the atrocities committed, as well as…
Senator Obama Goes to Africa Senator Obama Goes to Africa (2007)
Dir. Bob Hercules
Succinct documentary following Barak Obama's emotional journey with his family to Africa in 2006 in the wake of becoming the newly elected U.S.…
Send A BulletSend A Bullet (Manda Bala) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Jason Kohn
Unsettling doco exposing the corrupted underbelly of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where abduction, political fraud and torture runs rife. A protege of…
SickoSicko (2007) Recommended
Dir. Michael Moore
Documentary icon Michael Moore's latest broadside utilizes his tried–and–true one–man approach to expose the inherent 'malpractice'…
Slacker UprisingSlacker Uprising (Captain Mike Across America) (2007)
Dir. Michael Moore
Footage from Michael Moore's political crusade in 2004 to convince the masses of young non–voters – aka slackers – to give voting a…
Spirit of the MarathonSpirit of the Marathon (2007) Recommended
Dir. Jon Dunham
Inspiring documentary following a group of amateurs and professionals from all walks of life as they prepare for the 2007 Chicago Marathon. Dir.…
Story of India with Michael Wood, The (TV Series)Story of India with Michael Wood, The (TV Series) (2007) Recommended
Feat. Michael Wood
Acclaimed historian Wood takes to the destination du–jour – India – in order to acknowledge its history and research its…
Story of Ned Kelly, TheStory of Ned Kelly, The (2007)
Feat. Charles Tingwell, Ian Jones
Historically accurate doco tracking the life of the ultimate Aussie rogue Ned Kelly. Aptly led by distinguished Kelly historian / author Ian Jones…
Stranded - The Andes Plane Crash Survivors Stranded - The Andes Plane Crash Survivors (2007) Aro Favourite
Inspiring first–hand account of the devastating ordeal suffered by members of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane famously crashed in the Andes…
Strange CultureStrange Culture (2007)
Dir. Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Feat. Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote
Topical and important docu–drama focusing on the charges of bio–terrorism brought against acclaimed artist Steve Kurtz after his wife's…
Suicide KillersSuicide Killers (2007)
Dir. Pierre Rehov
Based on interviews, this documentary examines the psychopathology of suicide bombers, with particular focus on the Israeli/Palestine conflict. The…
Super High MeSuper High Me (2007)
Dir. Michael Blieden
Stand–up comedian Doug Benson decides to smoke (and eat) marijuana for 30 days straight and chronicle the side effects in this SUPER SIZE ME…
SurfwiseSurfwise (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Doug Pray
Surprisingly confronting documentary following the ultimate surfer dude dad – Dorian Paskowitz – and his suffering family who forsake…
Taxi to the Dark Side Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney
Academy Award–winning documentary from the dir. of ENRON exposing the darker impulses of the US forces through the true story of an Afghani…
Th' Dudes Live - Th' 2006 Reunion TourTh' Dudes Live - Th' 2006 Reunion Tour (2007)
One–time reunion tour sees Th’Dudes reunite after 26 years in celebration of Radio Hauraki’s 40th anniversary. Includes live concert…
Tim Marlow On...Henry Moore at KewTim Marlow On...Henry Moore at Kew (2007)
Feat. Tim Marlow
Tim Marlow ventures outdoors this time to present the highlights from Henry Moore's exhibition at Kew Gardens. Marlow gracefully explains the themes…
Tim Marlow On...The National Gallery's Grand Tour Tim Marlow On...The National Gallery's Grand Tour (2007)
Feat. Tim Marlow
A fresh look at some of the world's greatest paintings displayed for a short time at a temporary gallery – the streets of London. Art critic…
Time of Our Lives, TheTime of Our Lives, The (2007)
Dir. Gaylene Preston
Kiwi documentarian Gaylene Preston joins 32 war veterans en route to London, selected to inaugurate the erection of a New Zealand War Memorial in…
To The Limit To The Limit (Am Limit) (2007)
Dir. Pepe Danquart
Extreme sport doco, from the director of HELL ON WHEELS, following the lofty ambitions of two speed rock–climbing brothers attempting to summit…
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Running Down a DreamTom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Running Down a Dream (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich's exhaustive chronicle of the enormously successful pop/rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, from their inception as…
Tom Waits - Under Review 1971-1982Tom Waits - Under Review 1971-1982 (2007)
Feat. Tom Waits
Music doco chronicling the career of singer–songwriter Tom Waits, containing rarely seen interviews with the man himself, hit songs and rare…
Tori and Dean Inn Love (TV Series) (2007)
Feat. Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott
Z–List "actress" Tori Spelling and hubby Dean McDermott leave behind their silver spoon–fed lives to run a quaint little "Bed and…
Trap, TheTrap, The (The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom?) (2007)
Dir. Adam Curtis
Ambitious treatise on the concept of freedom sees Curtis overreaching somewhat, and a certain arbitrary focus tends to lend this one a conspiratorial…
TrumboTrumbo (2007)
Dir. Peter Askin
Feat. Joan Allen, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland
Prominent blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo – the most famed of the alleged Communist sympathising ‘Hollywood 10’ – is the honoree of…
Union, TheUnion, The (2007)
Dir. Brett Harvey
Convincingly argued case study for the legalization of cannabis, centred on British Columbia’s thriving – and seemingly legitimate – marijuana…
Unlikely TravellersUnlikely Travellers (2007)
Dir. Michael Noonan
A refreshingly open doco framing a group of intellectually disabled travellers on a once–in–a–lifetime holiday to Egypt, following…
Up The YangtzeUp The Yangtze (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Yung Chang
The large–scale transformation of the Yangtze River through the construction of the Three Gorges Dam is examined intimately through the eyes of…
Victoria's Empire (TV Series)Victoria's Empire (TV Series) (2007)
Feat. Victoria Wood
Brit comedienne Victoria Wood tours the Commenwealth on behalf of her royal namesake, taking in such old Empire territories as Hong Kong, Borneo,…
Walk Into The Sea, A Walk Into The Sea, A (Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory) (2007)
Dir. Esther Robinson
Peripheral Factory filmmaker and one–time Warhol lover Danny Williams is the subject of this intriguing doco directed by his niece, which…
War / Dance War / Dance (War Dance) (2007) Recommended
Life–affirming Oscar–nominated doco investigates the lives of a group of war–torn Ugandan child refugees on their path towards…
War on Democracy, TheWar on Democracy, The (2007)
Dir. John Pilger, Chris Martin
John Pilger continues his crusade against U.S foreign policy with this informative, persuasively polemical documentary about the manipulation and…
War, The (TV Series)War, The (TV Series) (2007)
Dir. Ken Burns
Seven–part documentary series, directed by respected filmmaker Ken Burns, addressing the horrors of WW2 from the perspective of American…
Warlords (TV Series)Warlords (TV Series) (Untold Stories of World War II) (2007)
Well–reviewed UK documentary series analyses WWII's big players from a psychological perspective: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt and…
We Are TogetherWe Are Together (2007)
Dir. Paul Taylor
This remarkable, uplifting documentary showcases the choir of the South African Agape Orphanage, comprised of talented youngsters whose families have…
What Would Jesus Buy?What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)
Dir. Rob Van Alkemade
Comedic activist doco tails the self–styled Reverend Billy and his faithful 'Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir' on a cross–country…
Words from the CityWords from the City (2007)
Dir. Natasha Gadd, Rhys Graham
Documentary on contemporary Australian hip–hop, exploring fresh ground through its focus on the poetics of the art–form and its place in…
Young @ HeartYoung @ Heart (Young at Heart) (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Stephen Walker
A stirring, crowd–pleasing music doco for ages 9 to 99 that introduces a spritely senior citizen choir known as 'Young @ Heart' who are…
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)
Dir. Rick Ray
A hopeful and intimate doco of the history and life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; includes archival footage of a young Dalai Lama, the…
1st & Hope1st & Hope (2006)
Mellow skatie homage set in the mean streets of smoggy LA pitch perfectly accompanied by alt tunes from the vibrant musician 'Beck.' Like a super…
9/11 Mysteries: Demolitions9/11 Mysteries: Demolitions (2006)
Dir. Sofia Shafquat
Another inflammatory conspiracy documentary on the ‘truth’ behind 9/11, this time purporting that the Twin Towers were in fact leveled by secret…
9/11: The Falling Man9/11: The Falling Man (2006)
Dir. Henry Singer
Acclaimed documentary searches for the identity of one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, whose desperate jump/fall from one of the Twin Towers was…
Abduction: The Megumi Yokota StoryAbduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (2006)
Dir. Patty Kim, Chris Sheridan
This startling, blow–by–blow account of a notorious Japanese abduction reveals a staggering conspiracy at the heart of a…
Absolute WilsonAbsolute Wilson (2006)
Dir. Katharina Otto
Detailed, digestible documentary about the life and times of renowned experimental theatre director, Robert Wilson. Charting Wilson’s…
Agatha Christie's GardenAgatha Christie's Garden (2006)
The life of Britain’s grande dame of mystery is explored in this breezy documentary, taking in Christie's grandson, biographer, and fellow…
Air Guitar NationAir Guitar Nation (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alexandra Lipsitz
Sublime documentary on a ridiculous subject, this follows the fortunes of two Americans at the World "Air Guitar" Championships in Finland, in which…
Altered by ElvisAltered by Elvis (2006)
Dir. Tiffany Bartok, Jayce Bartok
Heartfelt documentary exploring the myriad of ways that Elvis Presley has affected people's lives, going down the rabbit warrens of American pop…
American CannibalAmerican Cannibal (2006)
Dir. Michael Nigro, Perry Grebin
On the surface an expose of America’s insidious entertainment industry, this compulsive video diary of a failed Reality TV series challenges the…
An Inconvenient TruthAn Inconvenient Truth (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Feat. Al Gore
Stark and compelling warning about the imminent effects of climate change – largely being stoked by carbon emissions from human activities…
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a LensAnnie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006) Recommended
Dir. Barbara Leibovitz
Gratifying portrait of the life and career of trail–blazing superstar photographer Annie Leibovitz, directed by her sister who exposes select…
Ans Westra - Private Journeys/Public SignpostsAns Westra - Private Journeys/Public Signposts (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Luit Bieringa
Photographer laureate Ans Westra takes to the other side of the camera in this insightful, contemplative retrospective of her photography, and…
B4MD - Before the Music DiesB4MD - Before the Music Dies (2006)
Dir. Andrew Shapter
Slight but worthy documentary probing the music industry in order to find out why 'video killed the radio star': what has happened to nurturing new…
Bacon's ArenaBacon's Arena (2006) Recommended
Dir. Adam Low
Truly 'definitive' portrait of 20th Century painter Francis Bacon, commissioned by his Estate to mark the centenary of his birth. Dir. Low takes…
Battle Of Long Tan / He's Coming SouthBattle Of Long Tan / He's Coming South (2006)
Dir. Damien Lay
Two insightful documentaries that each explore particular episodes in Australasia's war history. THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN tells the incredible story…
Battleplan (TV Series)Battleplan (TV Series) (2006)
A comprehensive history and analysis of military strategies, combat tactics, and the art of modern warfare. Across eighteen episodes, historical…
Beales of Grey Gardens, TheBeales of Grey Gardens, The (2006)
Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Comprised of new footage and fresh hindsight, the Maysles brothers revisit the iconic Beales immortalised in their 1976 verite classic GREY GARDENS.…
Bergman IslandBergman Island (2006)
Dir. Marie Nyreröd
Feat. Ingmar Bergman
Just four years before his death, legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman sits down at his home on Fårö Island to discuss his work, his fears, his…
Besieged FortressBesieged Fortress (2006)
Dir. Phillipe Calderon
French–produced documentary examines the struggle for survival of a colony of African termites threatened by a massive storm and marauding…
Beyond HatredBeyond Hatred (Au Dela de la Haine) (2006)
Sensitive documentary following the aftermath of a hate crime in which a 30–year old gay man was beaten to death by a trio of skinheads in a…
Black GoldBlack Gold (2006)
Dir. Marc Francis
Urgent, surprisingly constructive expose of world coffee trade, tackling the exploitation of third world bean farmers by corporations, middlemen, and…
Bob Dylan - Rolling Thunder and The Gospel YearsBob Dylan - Rolling Thunder and The Gospel Years (2006)
Feat. Bob Dylan
Chronicles the years between 1975 and 1981 when Dylan hit the road with a rag–tag band of folk troubadours in 1975's Rolling Thunder Revue, and…
Bridge, TheBridge, The (2006)
Dir. Eric Steel
Controversial, yet thoughtful documentary which captures – and in turn addresses – suicide through a series of fatal leaps from San…
Buddha Wild - The Monk in a Hut Buddha Wild - The Monk in a Hut (2006)
Dir. Anna Wilding
Modest documentary following the lives of a group of Thai and Sri Lankan monks as they reveal their unique way of life and dedicated faith. Narrated…
Buddha's Lost ChildrenBuddha's Lost Children (2006) Recommended
Dir. Mark Verkerk
Engrossing, beautifully shot story about a Thai boxer–turned–monk's mission to revitalise the lives of impoverished young boys in the…
BullriderBullrider (2006)
Dir. Josh Aronson
Rough and tumble guide to the world of professional bullriding follows three top ranked cowboys as they embark on winning the sport’s lucrative…
Buy the Ticket, Take the RideBuy the Ticket, Take the Ride (2006)
Dir. Tom Thurman
Feat. Gary Busey, John Cusack, Benicio Del Toro
Definitive documentary about the life and death of the late, great gonzo himself, Hunter S. Thompson. Visuals draw heavily on clips, including…
Cats of Mirikitani, The Cats of Mirikitani, The (2006)
Dir. Linda Hattendorf
Tenderly constructed documentary revealing the compelling life of a homeless artist living on the streets of NYC who survived an internment camp,…
Cinematographer StyleCinematographer Style (2006)
Dir. Jon Fauer
110 of the world's most celebrated cinematographers give in–depth interviews about their craft, painting a fascinating portrait of the process…
CivilisationsCivilisations (2006)
Purporting new insight, this series chronicles four of the most influential ancient civilizations to lay foundations for the world we know today.…
Classic Artists: CreamClassic Artists: Cream (2006)
Feat. Eric Clapton
Part of the excellent Classic Artist Series, this fully authorized doco is an intensive examination of the rise of pop supergroup Cream, and the…
Classic Artists: Jethro TullClassic Artists: Jethro Tull (2006)
Part of the excellent Classic Artist Series, this fully authorized doco is an intensive examination of the rise of rock group Jethro Tull and their…
Classic Artists: Moody BluesClassic Artists: Moody Blues (2006)
Part of the excellent Classic Artist Series, this fully authorized doco is an intensive examination of the 40 year history of 'art rock' group The…
Classic Artists: YesClassic Artists: Yes (2006)
Part of the excellent Classic Artist Series, this fully authorized doco is an intensive examination of the progressive rock band Yes, tracing their…
Closet Tales of Australian Fashion, The (TV Series)Closet Tales of Australian Fashion, The (TV Series) (2006)
Art and commerce collide in this first–hand insight into the creative process of four of Australia's top fashion designers. Across four…
Cocaine CowboysCocaine Cowboys (2006) Recommended
Dir. Billy Corben
True story of Miami's heady drug trade in the late 70s / early 80s, chronicling at an Amphetamine pace the highs and lows of smugglers and…
Colossal YouthColossal Youth (2006)
Dir. Pedro Costa
A major work of contemporary art cinema, this mesmerizing sleepwalk throughout the demolished slums of Lisbon, Portugal is seen through the eyes of…
Crossing the LineCrossing the Line (2006)
Dir. Daniel Gordon
Documentary on the extraordinary defection of James Dresnok, an American military deserter to North Korea in 1962, who now resides permanently in the…
Crude Awakening, ACrude Awakening, A (Oil Crash) (2006)
Dir. Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack
Impending doom in the form of ‘peak oil’ is the subject of this bleak environmental documentary, designed to scare industry and consumers alike…
Cuba - A Lifetime Of PassionCuba - A Lifetime Of Passion (2006)
Dir. Glenn Gebhard
With unprecedented access on either side of the Florida Straits, this comprehensive, and beautifully shot documentary highlights the complexity of…
Death of a PresidentDeath of a President (2006) Recommended
Dir. Gabriel Range
An audacious faux–documentary that contrives an utterly convincing scenario around the fictional assassination of President George W.…
Deep WaterDeep Water (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell
Superbly crafted documentary that charts an astounding human story that took place within the world's first solo, non–stop…
Deliver Us From EvilDeliver Us From Evil (2006) Recommended
Dir. Amy Berg
A hard–hitting expose of pedophilia and abuse in the Catholic Church, this gathers powerful testimony from victims of priest Oliver O’Grady,…
Detour de FranceDetour de France (2006)
Dir. Dan Jones
Further insight into the world’s most grueling sporting event, the Tour de France, this follows three irreverent Australian reporters covering the…
Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid, TheDoctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid, The (2006)
Dir. Mark Neale
An energetic, visually immersive chronicle of the biggest motorcycle race in American history, the 2005 US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, California.…
EarthquakeEarthquake (2006)
Dir. Gaylene Preston
Staple filmmaker and documentarian Gaylene Preston chronicles the devastating Hawkes Bay earthquake of 1931 through a series of vivid and moving…
Edge of OutsideEdge of Outside (2006)
Dir. Shannon Davis
A succinct overview of the history of independent cinema, this overlaps ground covered in the likes of EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS and DECADE UNDER THE…
Ever AgainEver Again (2006)
Dir. Richard Trank
Disturbing documentary on the re–emergence of anti–semitism paying particular attention to the politicization of Europe's Neo–Nazi…
Everest: Beyond the Limit (TV Mini-Series)Everest: Beyond the Limit (TV Mini-Series) (2006) Recommended
A gruelling Discovery Channel mini–series following a group of ambitious mountaineers, led by Kiwi climber Russell Brice, on their quest to…
Everyone Stares - The Police Inside OutEveryone Stares - The Police Inside Out (2006)
Dir. Stewart Copeland
Drummer–turned–film composer Stewart Copeland digs up an archive of Super 8 footage in this homebrew documentary of The Police’s rise…
Exodus Decoded, TheExodus Decoded, The (2006)
Dir. Simcha Jacobovici
Speculative historical documentary in the wake of the 'Da Vinci Code' phenomenon that attempts to find a factual basis behind the biblical story of…
Fabulous! The Story of Queer CinemaFabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)
Dir. Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg
Scintillating sequel to the dirs. 1995 CELLULOID CLOSET, here discussing the history of 'out' gay cinema in the twentieth century from Kenneth…
Figure 8000Figure 8000 (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Lindon Puffin
Former glam rock front man of The Puffins, Lindon Puffin, takes to the road as an under–resourced solo act, touring with a single roadie in a…
Flock of DodosFlock of Dodos (2006)
Dir. Randy Olson
A humourous take on the great American evolution vs 'intelligent design' debate, this doco pits talking heads from both sides against each other to…
Francesco's Italy Top to Toe (TV Series)Francesco's Italy Top to Toe (TV Series) (2006)
Further travels with charismatic Italian architect Francesco da Mosto, here giving a sweeping tour of the art, history and beauty of greater Italy by…
Freedom's FuryFreedom's Fury (2006)
Dir. Colin K. Gray, Megan Raney
Sport and politics mix in this gripping account of a hotly contested water polo semifinal between Hungary and the Soviet Union during the 1956…
GlastonburyGlastonbury (2006)
Dir. Julien Temple
Down and dirty documentary of that sodden, world famous Scottish music festival Glastonbury, sloshing together hours of submitted footage, archival…
Global Haywire Global Haywire (2006)
Dir. Bruce Petty
Unruly political doco by celebrated Australian cartoonist and moviemaker Bruce Petty, that seeks to answer why the East and West have reached crisis…
God On My SideGod On My Side (2006)
Dir. Andrew Denton
Aussie doco maker Andrew Denton infiltrates the National Religious Broadcasters’ Convention in Texas, striking upon the hilarious, serious,…
Going BushGoing Bush (2006)
Dir. David Batty, Tony Jackson
Cathy Freeman and actor Luke Carroll travel beyond the outer reaches of indigenous Australia in this eye–opening road trip that takes in such…
Great Australian Albums: Crowded House - Woodface Great Australian Albums: Crowded House - Woodface (2006)
In–depth story behind Crowded House's hit album 'Woodface,' including the creative process and personal struggles of the band. Featured as part…
Grumpy Old HolidaysGrumpy Old Holidays (2006)
More whining and whinging from an new queue of dissatisfied old grumps, this time on the nightmare subject of holidays and holidaying.
Gunther's ERGunther's ER (2006)
A follow on from the best–selling biology docos AUTOPSY: LIFE AND DEATH and ANATOMY FOR BEGINNERS. This time round Dr. Gunther von Hagens, made…
Hacking DemocracyHacking Democracy (2006) Recommended
Dir. Simon Ardizzone
Alarming expose of America’s electronic voting system, which was disastrously shown–up in the 2000 US Presidential election. Casting its…
HelveticaHelvetica (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Gary Hustwit
Treading unique, uncharted documentary territory is this lively case study on the ubiquitous typeface Helvetica, loved and loathed in equal parts for…
Herbie Hancock - PossibilitiesHerbie Hancock - Possibilities (2006)
Dir. Doug Biro
Feat. Herbie Hancock
Uber–keyboardist Herbie Hancock collaborates with a roll call of admirers – Sting, Paul Simon, Annie Lennox and Christina Aguilera, among…
Hero's Journey, AHero's Journey, A (2006)
President Xanana Gusmao presides over this documentary portrait of East Timor, its Resistance war against Indonesian occupation, and its current…
Hills, The (TV Series) Hills, The (TV Series) (2006-2008)
Heavy–handed Reality TV series focused on Laguna Beach It girl Lauren Conrad and her sassy friends trying to gain careers, a great tan and the…
History Of The British Police Force, TheHistory Of The British Police Force, The (2006)
Feat. Brian Cox
Fairly detailed and illuminating history of the British bobby, from the days of Sir Robert Peel's first 'peeler' through to the large–scale…
Hunger for the Wild (TV Series)Hunger for the Wild (TV Series) (2006-2007) Recommended
Wellington restauranteurs Steve Logan and Al Brown (of 'Logan Brown') travel the wilds of New Zealand looking for fresh food to turn into…
In Search of MozartIn Search of Mozart (2006) Recommended
Dir. Phil Grabsky
Thoughtful and well–orchestrated documentary about 18th century classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which aims to not only put across…
Jesus CampJesus Camp (2006) Recommended
Dir. Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
A disturbing guided tour of extremist 'Jesus Camps' in the US, run by politically–aligned Evangelical Christian groups intent on indoctrinating…
Joan Sutherland - The Reluctant Prima DonnaJoan Sutherland - The Reluctant Prima Donna (2006)
Dir. Steve Cole
Spotlight on Australian opera diva Joan ‘La Stupenda’ Sutherland, from her modest early years, through to international stardom via two…
John Osborne and the Gift of FriendshipJohn Osborne and the Gift of Friendship (2006) Recommended
Dir. Tony Palmer
Feat. John Osborne, Tony Richardson, Laurence Olivier
Exemplary presentation traces the life and works of groundbreaking British playwright John Osborne, whose 1956 play 'Look Back in Anger' changed the…
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples TempleJonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)
Dir. Stanley Nelson Jr
The enigma of cultist Jim Jones is investigated in chilling detail as this documentary outlays the infamous ‘Peoples Temple’ cult and its…
Joy Division  - Under ReviewJoy Division - Under Review (2006)
Dir. Christian Davies
Unauthorised analysis of respected post–punk band, Joy Division. Through various interviews, photos and music clips, the history of the band is…
KanyiniKanyini (2006)
Dir. Michelle Hogan
Concise, if a little one–sided, documentary on Aboriginal spirituality, centered around the life of an elderly Aborigine who looks at the…
Kiwi Kitchen (TV Series)Kiwi Kitchen (TV Series) (2006) Recommended
A wee beauty of a TV series has gastronome Richard Till investigate the roots of Kiwi cuisine and serve up some iconic recipes and dinner…
Knowledge is the BeginningKnowledge is the Beginning (incl. The Ramallah Concert) (2006)
Dir. Paul Smaczny
Inspiring documentary about Daniel Baremboim's West–Eastern Divan Orchestra that illustrates how prejudices between young Arabs and Israelis…
Kurt Cobain - About a SonKurt Cobain - About a Son (2006)
Dir. AJ Schnack
Elegiac, moving documentary on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain takes an appositely nonconformist approach to his unusual life and times. Based on…
Lake of FireLake of Fire (2006) Recommended
Dir. Tony Kaye
From the ashes of AMERICAN HISTORY X, dir. Tony Kaye reconciles 15 years of groundwork and personal investment into this definitive documentary on…
Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain, TheLast 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain, The (2006)
Dir. John Dower
BBC documentary speculating on the events leading up to the singer's death, from documentarian John Dower (LIVE FOREVER). Also provides a fairly…
Last Resort, TheLast Resort, The (2006)
Dir. Errol Wright, Abi King-Jones
A modest coastal campground is the site of much dispute and debate in this thorny documentary casting light on New Zealand’s ceaseless ‘land…
Lesbian Sex and SexualityLesbian Sex and Sexuality (2006)
Dir. Katherine Linton
A smart, inquisitive six–part series examining the various facets of lesbianism and sex in media, entertainment, and everyday life. Episodes…
Life in LoopsLife in Loops (2006)
Dir. Timo Novotny
This audio–visual companion piece to MEGACITIES remixes the documentary’s existing footage of global degradation with a throbbing electronic…
Life Under Napoleon (TV Series)Life Under Napoleon (TV Series) (2006)
Dir. Georg Schiemann
Broad, challenging historical overview of late 18th/early 19th century Europe, informed by the legacy and reign of French Emperor Napoleon.…
Lion in the House, ALion in the House, A (2006) Recommended
Dir. Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
This powerful, heart–wrenching testimonial clocks in at almost four miraculous hours, chronicling the cancer treatment of five Cincinnati…
Loose Change - Second EditionLoose Change - Second Edition (2006)
Dir. Dylan Avery
Using an array of disconcerting "facts" and "expert" witnesses, this rapid–fire documentary purports to tell the 'truth' about the 9/11 attacks…
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the PixiesloudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (Loud Quiet Loud) (2006)
Dir. Steven Cantor, Matthew Galkin
Document on lauded alt–rockers The Pixies which revisits the band ten years after their split, through to their 2004 'Sell Out' Reunion Tour.…
Love StoryLove Story (2006) Recommended
Dir. Chris Hall
Belated but worth–the–wait tragi–profile of overlooked cult band Love, whose magnetic black frontman Arthur Lee passed away shortly…
Magical World of Misery, TheMagical World of Misery, The (2006)
A short documentary on the creations and career of New Zealander Tanya Thompson (a.k.a. 'Misery'), who began as a hip graffiti artist and has gone to…
Man vs Wild (TV Series)Man vs Wild (TV Series) (2006)
Feat. Bear Grylls
Macho malarkey with modern day Macgyver and master masochist Bear Grylls running round extreme terrains tormenting himself for the benefit of couch…
Maori Queen, The: 1931-2006Maori Queen, The: 1931-2006 (Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu) (2006) Recommended
Televised tribute to the 'Maori Queen', Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, on the occasion of her funeral in August 2006, edited down from…
Marcello, A Sweet LifeMarcello, A Sweet Life (Marcello, una vita dolce) (2006)
Dir. Mario Canale, Annarosa Morri
Sincere Italian documentary exploring the life of great Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni through archival footage and testimonials from his…
Marie Antoinette: The True Story of the Last Queen of FranceMarie Antoinette: The True Story of the Last Queen of France (2006)
Dir. David Grubin
Exhaustive documentary on French monarchy's infamous last queen and the history behind her extravagant persona which has come to symbolise 18th…
Maxed OutMaxed Out (2006)
Dir. James D. Scurlock
Exposing further blemishes (or is that crevices?) in the American capitalist model, this is a necessary indictment of America's credit card industry…
Meanies, TheMeanies, The (2006)
The history and music of punkish Australian band The Meanies is chronicled in this watchable documentary, which covers much of the Melbourne…
Meth Epidemic, TheMeth Epidemic, The (2006)
Timely documentary tackles the alarming ‘Meth Epidemic’, its increasing effects on American society, and the possible solutions to the…
Most Beautiful Women in Paris 2007, TheMost Beautiful Women in Paris 2007, The (2006)
Dir. Herve Lewis
Fashion industry guru Herve Lewis revives his love of black–and–white photograpy in this sensuous homage to the beauty of women. Lewis'…
MTV Barrio 19MTV Barrio 19 (2006) Recommended
Excellent compilation of amazing demonstrations by street performers from around the globe – Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Britain... –…
Naked on the Inside Naked on the Inside (2006)
Dir. Kim Farrant
Affecting documentary narrated by Australian filmmaker Kim Farrant as she investigates the issue of 'body image' through the lives of an amputee…
New Oceania, TheNew Oceania, The (2006) Recommended
Dir. Shirley Horrocks
Dir. Shirley Horrocks continues her excellent series on local artists and literary figures with an enthralling study of 'South Pacific' writer Albert…
Nigella Feasts (TV Series)Nigella Feasts (TV Series) (2006)
Feat. Nigella Lawson
Foodie seductress Lawson invites us to her living room as she prepares feasts for every occasion. Never one to shy away from overt sensuality, the…
Noam Chomsky: Imperial Grand StrategyNoam Chomsky: Imperial Grand Strategy (The Conquest of Iraq and the Assault on Democracy) (2006)
Feat. Noam Chomsky
Excellent compendium of Noam Chomsky lectures, with the elder activist contesting America's occupation of Iraq, 'Patriot Acts', dubious…
On Life And Enlightenment - Principles Of Buddhism With His Holiness The Dalai LamaOn Life And Enlightenment - Principles Of Buddhism With His Holiness The Dalai Lama (2006)
Dir. Kaushik Ray
Comprehensive exploration of the practices of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, ranging from imparted wisdom care of his Holiness, through to a tour of the…
One Giant LeapOne Giant Leap (50 Years of Space Exploration) (2006)
Historical doco covering 50 years of humans being propelled into space. Includes remastered footage from Sputnik all the way through to Apollo and…
Perfect Disaster (TV Series)Perfect Disaster (TV Series) (2006)
SFX–heavy mini–series that looks at what would happen if a natural disaster – under 'perfect' conditions – were to hit…
Pervert's Guide to the Cinema, ThePervert's Guide to the Cinema, The (2006) Recommended
Dir. Sophie Fiennes
Mad philosopher Slavoj Žižek delivers a swirling introduction to psychoanalytic theory via the history of popular cinema, inserting himself into…
Plan, The / Planet, ThePlan, The / Planet, The (2006-2010)
Dir. Johan Söderberg, Michael Stenberg , Linus Torell
Two Scandinavian–produced eco documentaries which consider the plight of the earth from different perspectives: THE PLAN, a collection of…
Planet Earth (TV Series)Planet Earth (TV Series) (2006) Aro Favourite
Feat. David Attenborough
One of the most expensive and ambitious nature documentary series ever attempted, the reliable grave tones of Sir David Attenborough guide this…
Power of Art (TV Series)Power of Art (TV Series) (2006) Aro Favourite
A scholarly, and indeed powerful, roam through art history’s seminal figures, with knowledge imparted by the revered Simon Schama. Disc 1…
Prehistoric Park (TV Series)Prehistoric Park (TV Series) (2006)
Interesting documentary speculation pitched to children has naturalist Nigel Marvin 'rescue' dinosaurs and prehistoric animals, hypothetically…
Radiant CityRadiant City (2006) Recommended
Dir. Gary Burns, Jim Brown
This account of a ‘typical’ nuclear family ensconced in America’s suburban wasteland doubles as a serious expose of consumption, sprawl, and…
RampageRampage (2006)
Dir. George Gittoes
Australian war reporter George Gittoes turns his attention to urban combat in Brownsville, Miami, where four brothers – one having just returned…
Rape of Europa, TheRape of Europa, The (2006)
Dir. Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham
Documentary about the huge amount of European art that was tragically stolen and damaged by Nazi Germany, and the effort by the Allies to return and…
Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years CollectionRay Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection (2006)
Splendid swag of early short films from special f/x pioneer Ray Harryhausen, many using the mature stop–motion style of his work in features…
Red Chapel, TheRed Chapel, The (2006)
Dir. Mads Brügger
Award winning documentary that gives 'a rare glimpse into a totalitarian nightmare' when a Danish–Korean theater group travel to North Korea…
Road to Guantanamo, TheRoad to Guantanamo, The (2006) Recommended
Dir. Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross
A searing, politically pertinent docu–drama from the prolific Michael Winterbottom (w/ co–dir. Whitecross), reenacting with…
Rock the BellsRock the Bells (2006)
Dir. Denis Hennelly, Casey Suchan
Fly–on–the–wall document of the magic of the ‘Rock The Bells’ hip–hop festival, and the panic that ensues when…
Running with ArnoldRunning with Arnold (2006)
Feat. Arnold Schwarzenegger
One–sided political doco following the ascent of muscle–head actor Arnie through the ranks of right–wing government to become the…
Salzburg Festival, TheSalzburg Festival, The (2006)
Dir. Tony Palmer
An epic and detailed look at the world's most revered classical music festival, which takes place annually in Mozart's birthplace, the Austrian town…
Sci-Fi Boys, TheSci-Fi Boys, The (2006)
Dir. Paul Davids
Feat. Peter Jackson
Charming doco that charts the evolution of science fiction films from stop motion B movies to blockbusters, and the influence that the pioneers of…
Scott Walker - 30 Century ManScott Walker - 30 Century Man (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Steven Kijak
Brilliant music documentary about enigmatic soundmaker and musical genius, Scott Walker, who enjoyed pop stardom in the 60's as half of The Walker…
Secret History of 9/11, TheSecret History of 9/11, The (2006)
Dir. Terrence McKenna
A serious–minded Canadian television documentary which details the lead–up to the 9/11 attacks on the NYC World Trade Centre, including…
Secret, TheSecret, The (2006)
Dir. Drew Heriot
In repackaging the ‘Law of Attraction’ theory for a New Age audience, Abraham (aka Esther Hicks) affirms the power of positive thinking, reviving…
Shackleton and Scott - Rivals for the PoleShackleton and Scott - Rivals for the Pole (2006)
The intense 'polar' rivalry of Shackleton and Scott is relived in this documentary of the two explorers’ fatal trajectory towards the South Pole.…
SharkwaterSharkwater (2006)
Dir. Rob Stewart
Worthwhile documentary filmed in the shark rich waters of the world that aims to dispel human's inherent fear of sharks and demonstrate the important…
Shut Up and SingShut Up and Sing (2006) Recommended
Dir. Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck
Politics ("shut up") and music ("sing") find themselves reluctantly linked in this portrait of country superstars, "The Dixie Chicks", and the…
Sign of the TimesSign of the Times (2006)
Dir. Victoria Manning, Paul Wolffram
In April 2006 the New Zealand Parliament recognised New Zealand Sign Language as the third official language of New Zealand. This short 'insider'…
Silent BritainSilent Britain (2006) Recommended
An intriguing journey into the 'Lost Atlantis' of the British silent film industry, which prior to 1929 generated thousands of films, as much through…
Squeegee BanditSqueegee Bandit (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Sandor Lau
The hard–luck story of a charismatic street window–washer who works the intersections of South Auckland is documented with warmth and…
Steal This FilmSteal This Film (2006)
The inside scoop on the world's most notorious (and popular) piracy website and its Swedish operators that also examines how file sharing / internet…
Struggle No MoreStruggle No More (2006) Recommended
Dir. Costa Botes
Affectionate tribute to veteran Wellington band 'The Windy City Strugglers' who formed in 1968 to play a mix of blues, soul and jug–band music…
Surfing the Menu - New ZealandSurfing the Menu - New Zealand (2006)
Adventure–bound Australian food show which here features surf–mad Kiwi chef Mark Gardner and host Ben O'Donoghue on an exciting food…
Swing Guitar - The Genius of Django ReinhardtSwing Guitar - The Genius of Django Reinhardt (2006)
Short but informative documentary about the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who rose from obscurity as a European gypsy to become perhaps…
Tell Me Do You Miss MeTell Me Do You Miss Me (2006)
Dir. Matthew Buzzell
Both melancholic and humorous, the dissolution of celebrated New York band 'Luna' (fronted by Kiwi ex–pat Dean Wareham) is chronicled as they…
This Film is Not Yet RatedThis Film is Not Yet Rated (2006) Recommended
Dir. Kirby Dick
A film that is close to our hearts, this is a good–humoured yet scathing attack on the American Film Industry and the hush of its censorship…
This Filthy WorldThis Filthy World (2006)
Dir. Jeff Garlin
Feat. John Waters
Scholar of bad taste, John Waters, extols the virtues of filth in this stand–up routine–meets–film lecture dedicated largely to his…
Tim Marlow On...The Highlights of the New Tate ModernTim Marlow On...The Highlights of the New Tate Modern (2006)
Dir. Phil Grabsky
Feat. Tim Marlow
Art critic Tim Marlow presents a guided tour of the highlights of the New Tate Modern. In his accessible and intelligent style, Marlow dissects…
Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny RamoneToo Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone (2006)
Dir. Mandy Stein
Documentation of the concert held three days before Johnny Ramone's death where a group of musicians including Henry Rollins, Eddie Vedder and the…
Tough Act (TV Series)Tough Act (TV Series) (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Stuart McKenzie
Compelling 'reality TV' show follows a class of aspiring actors in their first year at Toi Whakaari – New Zealand Drama School in Wellington,…
Trials of Darryl Hunt, TheTrials of Darryl Hunt, The (2006) Recommended
Dir. Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Another infuriating indictment of the US legal system, this shockingly reveals beyond reasonable doubt in the case and conviction of Darryl Hunt,…
TV JunkieTV Junkie (2006)
Dir. Matt Radecki
An excruciating, warts–and–all video confession exposing Rick Kirkam’s decade–long cocaine addiction from behind the face of a…
Unfolding FlorenceUnfolding Florence (The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst) (2006)
Dir. Gillian Armstrong
Profiling eccentric Sydney personality Florence Broadhurst, dir. Gillian Armstrong reveals the lives less ordinary of Australia’s leading interior…
Unknown Soldier, TheUnknown Soldier, The (2006)
Dir. Michael Verhoeven
A sobering documentary exploration of the reaction to a museum exhibit in Munich detailing the war crimes and atrocities committed by Nazi Germany's…
US vs. John Lennon, TheUS vs. John Lennon, The (2006)
Dir. David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Compelling exposition of the political persecution of outspoken, anti–war Beatle, John Lennon by the Nixon–led US government. While…
War of the World: The New History of the 20th CenturyWar of the World: The New History of the 20th Century (2006)
Eye–opening historical documentary, presented by acclaimed historian Professor Niall Ferguson, challenging how we view and assess the arch of…
War Years, The - 1939-1945War Years, The - 1939-1945 (2006)
Five part documentary series made with unique and previously unseen archive film and photographs, tells the story of World War ll in the European…
WavesWaves (2006) Recommended
Dir. Li Tao
Shot with empathy and an open heart, this fine documentary on the arrival of four Chinese high school students to New Zealand offers rare insight…
What Lies Beneath (TV Series)What Lies Beneath (TV Series) (2006) Recommended
Feat. Simon Dallow
An eight–part series about New Zealand's archaeological heritage, presenting a series of intriguing site studies, with Simon Dallow asking the…
What the Bleep!? - Down the Rabbit HoleWhat the Bleep!? - Down the Rabbit Hole (2006)
Dir. William Arntz, Betsy Chasse
Feat. Marlee Matlin
A sequel–recut of WHAT THE BLEEP? which again presents an New Age spread of provocative comparisons between the theories of quantum physics and…
When the Levees Broke - A Requiem in Four ActsWhen the Levees Broke - A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) Recommended
Dir. Spike Lee
Powerful, enraging chronicle of this century’s first great natural disaster, and the man–made catastrophe that unfolded post–Hurricane…
When the Road Bends - Tales Of A Gypsy CaravanWhen the Road Bends - Tales Of A Gypsy Caravan (2006) Recommended
Dir. Jasmine Dellal
An exuberant celebration of Romani culture and Rom (Gypsies) that doubles as a high–end concert film, this follows the "Gypsy Caravan" tour…
White Planet, TheWhite Planet, The (2006) Recommended
Dir. Jean Lemire
Stunning, big–screen nature treatise turns its attention to the inhospitable glaciers of the Artic, where polar bears and other unique fauna…
Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? (Who the Fuck is Jackson Pollock?) (2006)
Dir. Harry Moses
Good–natured yet revealing art–world expose concerning 73–year–old trucker Teri Horton’s acquisition of a $5 thrift store…
Who the Hell is Pete Doherty?Who the Hell is Pete Doherty? (2006)
Dir. Roger Pomphrey
Revealing if somewhat flawed look at the chequered career of Pete Doherty – co–leader of British group 'The Libertines' plus leader of…
WordplayWordplay (2006)
Dir. Patrick Creadon
Seldom short on drama, this latest documentary to pay homage to the grammatically dexterous taps into the competitive and obsessive drive of…
Work of Directors, The - Boxset Vol. 2Work of Directors, The - Boxset Vol. 2 (Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer, Mark Romanek, Stephane Sednnaoui) (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer, Mark Romanek
Directors Label boxset containing the final four music video/doco/shorts compilations in the series. Features the work of Anton Corbijn, Jonathan…
Zidane - A 21st Century PortraitZidane - A 21st Century Portrait (2006)
Dir. Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno
Hypnotic, enigmatic video art–cum–feature film fetishises the football prowess of one Zinedine Zidane during a Spanish soccer league…
49 Up49 Up (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Apted
The seventh part of the extraordinary television documentary series that documents the attitudes, personalities and lives of 14 Britons of different…
51 Birch Street51 Birch Street (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Doug Block
Filmmaker Doug Block goes looking for skeletons in his parents’ closet following the sudden death of his mother, and the unexpected remarriage of…
Aerosol CrimesAerosol Crimes (Chemtrails) (2005)
Dir. Clifford Carnicom
Interesting account of the possible conspiracies lurking behind the increasing presence of 'chemtrails' in our skies. These are the polluting trails…
Agatha Christie Code, The Agatha Christie Code, The (2005)
Covertly analytical doco, narrated by Joanna Lumley, investigating exactly what made Agatha Christie the world's second best selling author (after…
Al Qaeda Al Qaeda (2005)
Alarming documentary investigating different facets of high–profile terrorist cell Al–Qaeda. Divided into three parts; Al–Qaeda…
Aliens of the DeepAliens of the Deep (2005)
Dir. James Cameron
The dir. of TITANIC and THE ABYSS renews his fascination with the mysteries of the deep ocean, choreographing the crews of various submersibles for a…
All Apologies: Kurt CobainAll Apologies: Kurt Cobain (2005)
An informative peer into the life and final days of cult rock star Kurt Cobain, lead singer for the band Nirvana, who committed suicide in 1994.…
American JobsAmerican Jobs (2005)
Dir. Greg Spotts
An exploration into the effects of three million job losses across USA and consequentially into the impact of low–wage foreign competition on…
Anatomy for BeginnersAnatomy for Beginners (2005)
Grotesque but rather fascinating documentary series in which anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens and pathologist Prof. John Lee systematically dissect…
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (TV Series)Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (TV Series) (2005)
Feat. Anthony Bourdain
Dubbed the "Indiana Jones of world cuisine", best–selling author Anthony Bourdain uses his distinct reputation as a worldwide gourmet…
Arktos: The Inner Journey of Mike HornArktos: The Inner Journey of Mike Horn (2005)
Dir. Raphael Blanc
A documentary about South African–born adventurer Mike Horn, who in 2002 set out to circumnavigate the Arctic Circle – mostly against the…
Around the World in 80 TreasuresAround the World in 80 Treasures (2005) Recommended
A fascinating world tour through civilisation's lasting imprint, with historian Dan Cruickshank globetrotting the planet in search of the eighty…
Ballets RussesBallets Russes (2005) Recommended
Dir. Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
Splendidly absorbing and intimate look at the legacy of the famous Ballets Russes dance comapny, initially founded by Serge Diaghilev in 1909, then…
Banana in a NutshellBanana in a Nutshell (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Roseanne Liang
Feat. Roseanne Liang
Having fallen in love with a white New Zealand boy, 27–year–old Liang turns the camera on herself in this thoroughly intimate…
Billy Connolly - World Tour of New Zealand (TV Series)Billy Connolly - World Tour of New Zealand (TV Series) (2005)
Feat. Billy Connolly
The special New Zealand segment of comedian Billy Connolly's 2004 world tour, which has the crazed Scot covering the length of the country over eight…
Black CoffeeBlack Coffee (2005)
Dir. Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Caffeine addicts with a bent for history will savour this three–part documentary series tracing the unique and volatile history of…
Black SunBlack Sun (2005) Recommended
Dir. Gary Tarn
French artist Hughes de Montalembert’s remarkable and resiliant recovery from a devastating act of violence marks this spirited documentary of one…
Blood of My BrotherBlood of My Brother (2005)
Dir. Andrew Berends
A revealing, often eye–opening Iraqi War perspective, shot through director Berends’ unprecedented access to the Mehdi Army and citizens…
BrasileirinhoBrasileirinho (2005)
Dir. Mika Kaurismaki
Choro is often seen as the Brazilian equivalent of improvisatory jazz, and serves as the foundation for such unique styles like samba and bossa nova…
Bridezillas (TV Series)Bridezillas (TV Series) (2005)
Take–no–prisoners 'Reality TV' series captures on camera the fascinating behaviour of some of New York's most stressed,…
Broad HorizonsBroad Horizons (2005)
Dir. Various
Ten galvanizing short films by women tackling issues such as globalisation, spirituality, lesbianism and more, across multiple mediums. Released to…
Building the GherkinBuilding the Gherkin (2005)
Dir. Miriam Von Arx
In deconstructing London’s Gherkin Building – a 590–foot skyscraper in the heart of the CBD – dir. Von Arx reveals the opposing forces…
Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great (2005)
Dir. John Burgess, John-Paul Davidson
Made with the help of newly–available documentation from the former Soviet archives, this impressive biopic about the life and times of…
ChampionChampion (2005)
Dir. Joe Eckardt
Feat. Danny Trejo
Gravel–faced Danny Trejo, mildly famous for playing felons and criminal hard–men on the side (and most recently, the title role in…
Churchill's BodyguardChurchill's Bodyguard (2005)
Imposing, unprecedented memoir of the life and times of Winston Churchill, adapted from the diaries of his stoic bodyguard, Walter H.…
Coast (TV Series)Coast (TV Series) (2005)
BAFTA award–winning series explores the secrets and stories behind the unique character of the British Isles and its coastal communities.
Coffee CrazyCoffee Crazy (2005)
The humourous, caffeine–fueled quest of "Australia's top barista", Paul Bassett, to find the perfect cup of coffee across Italy, France and…
Criss Angel - Mindfreak (TV Series)Criss Angel - Mindfreak (TV Series) (2005)
The stage illusionist reinvented as a glam–rock showman, magician and escapologist Criss Angel performs a series mind tricks and death defying…
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of IstanbulCrossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005)
Dir. Fatih Akin
Turkish dir. Fatih Akin unveils Istanbul’s rich and uninhabited music scene, listening in on the capital’s many sonic threads: a soundscape…
CruftsCrufts (2005-2008)
The pedigree gathering for dog owners and their canine competitors, this documentary compiles BBC footage from the past three years of the…
Dave Chappelle's Block PartyDave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)
Dir. Michel Gondry
Feat. Dave Chappelle
Dynamite concert film follows comedian Chappelle, in cahoots with an all–star roll–call of R&B and hip–hop acts, during the leadup…
DerailroadedDerailroaded (2005)
Dir. Josh Rubin
Eye–opening documentary of tortured musical genius, with Larry ‘Wild Man’ Fischer the journeyman of this rock odyssey into mental illness…
Devil and Daniel Johnston, TheDevil and Daniel Johnston, The (2005) Recommended
Dir. Jeff Feuerzeig
Shadowy and sympathetic look at cult American songwriter Daniel Johnston, whose quirky pop gems – covered by the likes of Sonic Youth, Beck,…
Devil's Miner, TheDevil's Miner, The (2005)
Dir. Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani
A 14–year–old Bolivian teenager works the perilous silver mines of Cerro Rico to support his siblings and widowed mother in this…
Drive - Notes from the Wilderness (TV Series)Drive - Notes from the Wilderness (TV Series) (2005)
Dir. Mike Vallely
Cult skateboarder Mike Vallely travels the world on four small wheels to try and understand the meaning of skateboarding culture around the…
Dust to GloryDust to Glory (2005)
Dir. Dana Brown
Eyecatching documentary about the Baja 1000, a notorious off–on–road race on the Mexican Baja peninsula, in which competitors drive a…
Egypt - Rediscovering a Lost WorldEgypt - Rediscovering a Lost World (2005)
Unique, edifying six–part BBC series dramatizing the discovery and archeology of Egypt's ancient history.
Elvis by the PresleysElvis by the Presleys (2005)
Feat. Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley
A comprehensive biographical portrait of 'The King', compiled by family and friends, that features special home movies, interviews and live footage…
Emperor's Journey, TheEmperor's Journey, The (March of the Penguins) (2005) Recommended
Dir. Luc Jacquet
This original French language version of MARCH OF THE PENGUINS is ostensibly the same film in appearance, but forgoes the paternal narration of…
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the RoomEnron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alex Gibney
Cautionary documentary about the stellar rise and unseemly 2001 collapse of one of America's largest corporations – Enron – which…
Entrepreneurs, The (TV Series)Entrepreneurs, The (TV Series) (2005)
A magazine–style series profiling a range of Australian business people and the successful empires they have each built from…
Escape to the LegionEscape to the Legion (2005)
Feat. Bear Grylls
Action man Bear Grylls (MAN VS WILD) tackles the grueling assault courses and brutal training regime of the French Foreign Legion in this rare…
Excellent CadaversExcellent Cadavers (2005)
Dir. Marco Turco
The hush–hush war between Sicily’s mafia and the prosecutors who slept with the fishes is recounted in this fascinating documentary, an ideal…
F Word, The (TV Series) F Word, The (TV Series) (2005-2008) Recommended
Feat. Gordon Ramsay
The love–him–or–hate–him Gordon Ramsay is back, this time opening up the doors of his restaurant and home to demonstrate…
F*ckF*ck (Fuck - A Documentary) (2005)
Dir. Steve Anderson
It’s a word we’ve all heard and many have said – more and more so it seems in this contemporary age – this doco takes a looks at the…
Favela RisingFavela Rising (2005)
Dir. Matt Mochary, Jeff Zimbalist
Rousing documentary traces the transformation of a violent slum in Rio de Janeiro by former drug–dealer Anderson Sa, who was so shocked by a…
Film School (TV Series)Film School (TV Series) (2005)
IFC, fly–on–the–wall series shadows four ambitious Graduate students in the midst of completing their thesis films. Offering…
Final Chance to Save (TV Series)Final Chance to Save (TV Series) (2005-2006)
Feat. Joanna Lumley, Bill Bailey, Vic Reeves
An eight–part series focused on efforts to save various endangered species from extinction, with a team of experts assisted by a celebrity…
First DescentFirst Descent (2005)
Dir. Kemp Curly, Kevin Harrison
Exhilarating documentary trails five of the best snowboarders in the world (Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Shawn Farmer, Terje Haakonsen, Nick Perata)…
Five Days in September: The Rebirth of an OrchestraFive Days in September: The Rebirth of an Orchestra (2005) Recommended
Dir. Barbara Willis Sweete
A supreme classical music doco, this intimate look behind the scenes of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra delves candidly into the artistic process of…
Flaming Lips - The Fearless FreaksFlaming Lips - The Fearless Freaks (2005)
Dir. Bradley Beesley
A sprawling fan's–eye–view of the innovative alternative rock band from Oklahoma, The Flaming Lips, who went from 1980s cowpunk obscurity…
Gallipoli: The Frontline ExperienceGallipoli: The Frontline Experience (2005) Recommended
Dir. Tolga Ornek
Devastating documentary which revises traditional treatments of the notorious WW1 Gallipoli Campaign, to present the experience from the perspective…
Gay Sex in the 70'sGay Sex in the 70's (2005)
Dir. Joseph F. Lovett
An honest look at gay sex in Manhatten during the 70s, this captures a moment in time between two historical benchmarks: when homosexuality was…
Geldof in Africa (TV Series)Geldof in Africa (TV Series) (2005)
Dir. John Maguire
Feat. Bob Geldof
A six–part series in which Irish rock star–humanitarian Bob Geldof traverses the luminous continent of Africa exploring its natural…
Ginga: The Soul of Brasilian FootballGinga: The Soul of Brasilian Football (2005)
Dir. Fernando Mierelles
A documentary about soccer in Brazil, where perhaps the finest players in the world learn, develop and excel, partly by developing the national…
Girl in a MirrorGirl in a Mirror (2005)
Dir. Kathy Drayton
An acclaimed tribute to the life and times of Australian Carol Jerrems, who from the late–1960s onwards rose to fame as a gifted photographer…
God Who Wasn't There, TheGod Who Wasn't There, The (2005)
Dir. Brian Flemming
A ballsy, reasonably well–argued debunking of Christianity, attempting to definitively expunge God’s existence through historical fact…
Grizzly ManGrizzly Man (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Werner Herzog
One of dir. Herzog's (AGUIRRE) true classics, this is a devastating glimpse into the life of a self–styled naturalist, whose obsession with…
Grumpy Old Women (TV Series)Grumpy Old Women (TV Series) (2005)
A range of female celebrities gripe about everything from their husbands to drunkenness in this forthright – and often amusing – homage…
Guns, Germs and SteelGuns, Germs and Steel (2005)
National Geographic TV series in which innovative thinker Jared Diamond outlines his groundbreaking theory of history, which tries to account for the…
H. H. Dalai Lama : The Six Paramitas (TV Series)H. H. Dalai Lama : The Six Paramitas (TV Series) (2005)
A detailed examination of the practice of the Buddhist philosophy, as outlined by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Disc 1: Buddhism, Central…
Happy Birthday Oscar WildeHappy Birthday Oscar Wilde (2005)
A unique celebration of the life and work of Ireland's adored literary genius, Oscar Wilde, on his 150th birthday, in which 150 celebrities trade…
Heart of the Game, TheHeart of the Game, The (2005) Recommended
Dir. Ward Serrill
Often–rousing documentary about a Seattle girls’ high school basketball team and their unconventional coach. Darnelia, a socially…
Heavy Metal: Louder Than LifeHeavy Metal: Louder Than Life (2005) Recommended
Dir. Dick Carruthers
Definitely the most complete document to date on the musical phenomenon of 'heavy metal', in which dir. Carruthers marshalls an unrivalled lineup of…
Helen of TroyHelen of Troy (2005)
Bettany Hughes based this investigation on her own acclaimed book, which continues the historian’s pursuit of the ‘real’ Helen of Troy. Her…
Hell's Kitchen USA (TV Series) Hell's Kitchen USA (TV Series) (2005-2008) Recommended
Feat. Gordon Ramsay
High–tension reality show headlined by the unrelenting Gordon Ramsay as he pits a group of wannabe American chefs against each other until a…
Hidden History of Homosexual Australia, TheHidden History of Homosexual Australia, The (2005)
Dir. Con Anemogiannis
A panoramic look at the history of gays and lesbians in Australia, from settlement convict days through to the present.
How Art Made the WorldHow Art Made the World (2005) Recommended
Flying in the face of Simon Schama's higher, learned arts emporium, this illuminating and invigorating study of human nature through art considers…
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005)
Dir. Joe Angio
Feat. Melvin Van Peebles
Blaxploitation pioneer Melvin Van Peebles’ SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG is honoured in this high appreciation of the filmmaker and…
How William Shatner Changed the WorldHow William Shatner Changed the World (2005)
Dir. Julian Jones
Feat. William Shatner
In his goofy middle age, William Shatner hosts this irreverent yet informational documentary on the continuing influence of STAR TREK’s fictional…
I Am A Sex AddictI Am A Sex Addict (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Caveh Zahedi
Feat. Caveh Zahedi
A clever – and we'd have to say quite unforgettable – confessional self–exhibit of filmmaker Caveh Zahedi’s hunger for sleeping…
I for IndiaI for India (2005)
Dir. Sandhya Suri
When Yash Pal Suri left India in 1965 the first thing he did upon his arrival in England was buy two complete sets of film equipment – one for…
I Know I'm Not AloneI Know I'm Not Alone (2005)
Dir. Michael Franti
Feat. Michael Franti
Michael Franti, the African–American songwriter of politically–charged American band Spearhead (and formerly the Disposable Heroes of…
I Shouldn't Be Alive (TV Series)I Shouldn't Be Alive (TV Series) (2005)
The makers of TOUCHING THE VOID seek out more remarkable stories of human resilience, dramatising ten harrowing tales of near–death through…
In Search of Myths and Heroes (TV Series)In Search of Myths and Heroes (TV Series) (2005)
Feat. Michael Woods
BBC presenter Michael Wood explores four of the most famous myths in the world – Shangri–la, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and…
Inside Deep ThroatInside Deep Throat (2005) Recommended
Dir. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Feat. Linda Lovelace
Thoroughly eye–popping expose of the sordid and ridiculous tale of super–successful 1970s porno film DEEP THROAT: funded by the Mob,…
Intervention (TV Series)Intervention (TV Series) (2005)
An Emmy–winning series that pairs qualified professionals with families and friends attempting to help their loved ones recover from their…
Into Great SilenceInto Great Silence (2005) Recommended
Dir. Philip Gröning
An austere, one–of–a–kind mediation on the lives of Roman Catholic monks in a remote French monastery, conceived as an almost…
Italian Film Festival Collection, The - 2007 Italian Film Festival Collection, The - 2007 (2005-2006) Recommended
Comprehensive box–set collection of 11 of the best Italian films featured at the 'Italian Film Festival 2007' spread over 6 discs. Films…
Jamie's School Dinners (TV Series)Jamie's School Dinners (TV Series) (2005)
Feat. Jamie Oliver
A heartening example of celebrity do–gooding, this sees the famous blonde chef Jamie Oliver engage in a campaign to transform the school…
JisoeJisoe (2005)
Dir. Eddie Martin
Through the expression of graffiti art, Justin Hughes’ (aka Jisoe) daily plight is explored in this social commentary on Australia’s…
Kim Cattrall - Sexual IntelligenceKim Cattrall - Sexual Intelligence (2005)
Dir. Catherine Annau
Feat. Kim Cattrall
Minx of SEX AND THE CITY, Kim Cattrall, educates us on the cerebral side of intercourse, combining talking head theorizing with scientific and…
King Kong: Peter Jackson Production DiariesKing Kong: Peter Jackson Production Diaries (2005)
Presenting a close–to–the–ground account of the forging of Peter Jackson's KING KONG (2005), this shows the filming with all its…
Kinks, The - 1964-1978Kinks, The - 1964-1978 (2005)
Independent critical review of The Kinks, revisiting every major release from the band's inception, through to the Pye and RCA years, and beyond.
Ladette To Lady (TV Series) Ladette To Lady (TV Series) (2005)
Trashy reality show that places a group of rough–and–ready "tom boys" in a finishing school to try and turn them into proper ladies who…
Last Mogul, TheLast Mogul, The (The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman) (2005)
Dir. Barry Avrich, Nat Brecia, Jeff Sackman
Fairly thorough look at the life of behind–the–scenes Hollywood legend Lew Wasserman, who built the MCA talent agency into a force to be…
Leonard Cohen - I'm Your ManLeonard Cohen - I'm Your Man (2005) Recommended
Dir. Lian Lunson
Feat. Leonard Cohen
A fittingly sublime homage documentary to the stately Leonard Cohen, based around the tribute concert held in his honour at the Sydney Opera House in…
Life in the Undergrowth (TV Series)Life in the Undergrowth (TV Series) (2005)
Feat. David Attenborough
The indefatigable David Attenborough here brings a fresh universe of ecology to our attention, the lives of the invertebrates: insects, spiders...…
Looking for a Thrill: An Anthology of InspirationLooking for a Thrill: An Anthology of Inspiration (2005)
Dir. Braden King
112 musicians of the 'alternative' bent were asked by the director to identify moments of musical inspiration, whether through an experience, record,…
Loop Select 007Loop Select 007 (We Are Here) (2005) Recommended
The third of the hugely popular "showcase" for New Zealand music, music videos and short filmmaking. This edition also includes motion graphics…
Love, Speed and LossLove, Speed and Loss (2005)
Dir. Justin Pemberton
Skilfully interweaving home movies and and present day interviews, this presents a heartfelt tale of a couple's journey through grand prix racing in…
Mad Hot BallroomMad Hot Ballroom (2005) Recommended
Dir. Marilyn Agrelo
A fetching and occasionally poignant documentary which follows the efforts of pre–teenage students from three multiracial NYC elementary…
Make It FunkyMake It Funky (2005)
Dir. Michael Murphy
A worthy documentary about the teeming musical traditions of New Orleans (made before Hurricane Katrina), which displays a firm understanding of the…
March of the PenguinsMarch of the Penguins (2005) Recommended
Dir. Luc Jacquet
An engrossing and naturally spectacular documentary epic, which 'dramatises' the perils and hardship of the Emperor Penguin's annual migration…
Marcus Lush Collection BoxsetMarcus Lush Collection Boxset (Off the Rails, North, South, Ice) (2005-2011)
Feat. Marcus Lush
Four quality documentary series on New Zealand's natural and personal history from television personality Marcus Lush.
MargotMargot (2005)
Dir. Tony Palmer
Dir. Palmer continues his classic treatments of notable figures of modern ballet and classical music with a lengthy look at the extraordinary life of…
Matthew Barney - No RestraintMatthew Barney - No Restraint (2005)
Dir. Alison Chernick
Feat. Matthew Barney, Bjork
Uber–conceptual artist Matthew Barney boarded a Japanese whaling ship, replete with 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, in this documentary…
Meerkat Manor (TV Series)Meerkat Manor (TV Series) (2005)
In the tradition of ANIMALS ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, this cheeky Animal Planet series follows a commune of Meerkats living in the Kalahari Desert in…
Metal: A Headbanger's JourneyMetal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) Recommended
Dir. Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise
Sharply humorous look at the world of Heavy Metal, treating the musical subject as a subculture of its own, transcending the stereotypes and clichés…
Miami Ink (TV Series)Miami Ink (TV Series) (2005)
Tattoo–obsessed reality series chronicling the day–to–day custom of a parlour on Miami Beach, its creative and entrepreneurial…
Michelangelo SuperstarMichelangelo Superstar (2005)
Dir. Wolfgang Ebert, Martin Papirowski
The agony and ecstasy of Michaelangelo’s twin passions – life and art – are examinedin this study of his artistic legacy and…
Midnight Movies - From The Margin To The MainstreamMidnight Movies - From The Margin To The Mainstream (Incl. Night of the Living Dead and Reefer Madness) (2005) Recommended
Dir. Stuart Samuels
Entrenched in the counter–cultural fertility of the seventies, this documentary profiles six seminal underground flicks that transformed the…
ModifyModify (2005)
Dir. Jason Gary, Greg Jacobson
Revealing study of body modification and mutilation, with over 50 "procedures" documented, from the innocuous and commonplace (tanning, waxing,…
National Geographic - Inside 9/11National Geographic - Inside 9/11 (2005)
Cogent, well–considered, and remarkably balanced overview of the key events before, during and after September 11’s infamous terror…
National Geographic - Strange Days on Planet Earth National Geographic - Strange Days on Planet Earth (2005)
Foreboding eco documentary hosted by actor and keen environmental campaigner Edward Norton (AMERICAN HISTORY X) uncovering the connections between…
New York DollNew York Doll (2005)
Dir. Greg Whiteley
Affecting yet hilarious documentary about the bass–player of influential glam–punk band The New York Dolls, Arthur 'Killer' Kane, whose…
New York Dolls: All Dolled UpNew York Dolls: All Dolled Up (2005) Recommended
Dir. Bob Gruen, Nadya Beck
Fascinating – if roughly hewn – documentary about the legendary NYC glam–punk music group, compiled from archival footage shot by…
No Direction Home: Bob DylanNo Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Scorsese's comprehensive biography focuses on Bob Dylan's life and music from 1961–66, includes never–seen performance footage and…
Off the Rails - A Love Story (TV Series)Off the Rails - A Love Story (TV Series) (2005) Recommended
Feat. Marcus Lush
Quality TV series that journeys with presenter and train buff Marcus Lush from Bluff in the South to Opua in the North on a variety of railways…
Oil Factor, TheOil Factor, The (2005)
Dir. Audrey Brohy, Gerard Ungerman
Another addition to the panoply of anti–Iraq War documentaries, this attempts to draw the links between the Western World's over–reliance…
Old Men of the PointOld Men of the Point (2005)
Dir. Evan Booth
A quasi–experimental documentary which covers the surfing scene on the West Auckland coast including Piha. Includes some tasty archival footage…
Once in a LifetimeOnce in a Lifetime (2005) Recommended
Dir. John Dower
An explosive, tabloid–juicy account of the rise and fall of the New York Cosmos, a fledging team in the American Soccer League who, within the…
Our Daily BreadOur Daily Bread (2005) Recommended
Dir. Nikolaus Geyrhalter
This surreal, highly formalised expose of industrial food practices visually documents the machinery and mass production of Europe’s modern food…
OvercomingOvercoming (2005)
Dir. Tómas Gislason
An insightful glimpse into the process of cycling team Danish CSC being primed for the 2004 Tour De France, directed with kinetic and emotional force…
Palm World Voices: AfricaPalm World Voices: Africa (2005) Recommended
An enjoyable journey through the landscapes and varied human spectacles of the African continent – with an undercurrent of music providing a…
Palm World Voices: Vedic PathPalm World Voices: Vedic Path (2005)
A splendid audiovisual journey through the spiritual, cultural, musical and geographic realms of India. Musically, this combines traditional Indian…
Paper ClipsPaper Clips (2005)
Dir. Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab
Straightforward and rather touching documentary about a schoolroom project in the backwoods Tennessee town of Whitwell which aimed to raise awareness…
Project Runway (TV Series)Project Runway (TV Series) (2005)
Mega–hit reality show presented by supermodel Heidi Klum sees fifteen designers compete against each other in order to win enough cash to start…
Protocols of ZionProtocols of Zion (2005) Recommended
Dir. Marc Levin
An alarming examination of the widespread post–9/11 rumour that Jewish workers at the World Trade Centre, New York City, were forewarned of the…
Punk: AttitudePunk: Attitude (2005) Recommended
Dir. Don Letts
The politics, fashion, attitudes and music of the punk pop culture trend are examined in this expansive doco from influential insider, starting with…
Real Dirt on Farmer John, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, The (2005)
Rousing doco depicting the hardships of American farming through the eccentric and inspirational cultivator Farmer John. An affectionate exposé of…
Rediscovering Intrepid Journeys (TV Series)Rediscovering Intrepid Journeys (TV Series) (2005)
Generally enlightening TV series in which New Zealand celebrities journey to various exotic climes and give a running version of their…
Ringers: Lord of the FansRingers: Lord of the Fans (2005)
Dir. Carlene Cordova
A passionately reverential treatment of 'Lord of the Rings' culture and Tolkien mania, dissecting the varied influences of the now–ubiquitous…
RizeRize (2005) Recommended
Dir. David LaChapelle
An infectious documentary about a growing dance phenomenon in the United States, dubbed Krumping, which has emerged from the hip–hop movement…
Rock SchoolRock School (2005) Recommended
Dir. Don Argott
From the 'is this for real?' school of documentary, dir. Argott investigates the "Paul Green School of Rock Music", where 9 to 17 year–olds in…
Route 66 Marathon Tour - Chicago to LA Route 66 Marathon Tour - Chicago to LA (2005)
America's hallowed Route 66 is traversed from east to west in this epic 2500 mile roadtrip. A nostalgic and lively journey through the small towns,…
Rufus Wainwright - All I WantRufus Wainwright - All I Want (2005)
Music doco about Canadian–American singer–songwriter Rufus Wainwright, includes jamming sessions, music vids and interviews with…
Save Your Legs!Save Your Legs! (2005)
Dir. Boyd Hicklin
Genial documentary follows a group of amateur Australian cricketers – the Abbotsford Anglers Cricket Club – on a 'tour' to India.…
Screaming MasterpieceScreaming Masterpiece (Gargandi snilld) (2005)
Dir. Ari Alexander Ergis Magnusson
A loud and proud showcase for Iceland’s eclectic, burgeoning music scene, headlined by the incomparable Bjork and a bevy of unclassifiable…
Search for the Northwest PassageSearch for the Northwest Passage (2005)
Dir. Louise Osmond
A partially dramatised documentary examines the two most famous expeditions which attempted to find a passage around the northern–most…
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed JesusSearching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2005) Recommended
Dir. Andrew Douglas
A soulful meander through the streets, scrapyards, swamps, mines, churches and bars of the American South under the guidance of alt–country…
SeditionSedition (2005) Recommended
Dir. Russell Campbell
Thorough and fascinating doco about the experiences of conscientious objectors in New Zealand during WW2 – particularly the social ostracism…
Shakespeare Behind BarsShakespeare Behind Bars (2005)
Dir. Hank Rogerson, Jilann Spitzmiller
Issues of redemption and reform underlie this strangely moving account of a troupe of male convicts in a Kentucky correctional facility who, over the…
Sisters in LawSisters in Law (2005) Recommended
Dir. Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi
Spirited portrait of two women working in the Cameroonian Judiciary – a State Prosecutor and a judge in the magistrate’s court, respectively –…
Sketches of Frank GehrySketches of Frank Gehry (2005)
Dir. Sydney Pollack
Heaping praise on acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, Hollywood filmmaker Sydney Pollack crafts a loving, unashamed ode to his close friend and mentor…
Space Race - Superpowers, Secrets And Soaring AmbitionSpace Race - Superpowers, Secrets And Soaring Ambition (2005)
A compelling, if slightly undercut chronicle of the exhilarating Cold War Space Race between Russia and America that captured the imagination of…
Speer And Hitler: The Devil's ArchitectSpeer And Hitler: The Devil's Architect (2005)
Dir. Heinrich Breloer
Feat. Sebastian Koch, Tobias Moretti
Painstaking docu–drama attempts to reevaluate the war crimes of one Albert Speer, Third Reich celebrity and Hilter’s personal architect…
Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills SanatoriumSpooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium (2005)
Dir. Christopher Saint Booth, Shane Dax Taylor
A 'haunting' documentary, made during a horror film shoot, about a Kentucky hospital built in the 1910s to combat the growing numbers of deaths due…
Story of 1, TheStory of 1, The (The Story of One) (2005)
Dir. Nick Murphy
Feat. Terry Jones
Truly fascinating BBC documentary that sees Ex–Python Terry Jones traverse the globe in search of the history of numbers, and in particular,…
Super Flu: Race Against A KillerSuper Flu: Race Against A Killer (2005)
Dir. Stefan Moore
A straightforward summary of the progress of the current 'bird flu' pandemic – the H5N1 avian influenza virus – which is gradually…
Supervolcano (TV Series)Supervolcano (TV Series) (2005)
Dir. Tony Mitchell
Feat. Michael Riley, Gary Lewis
Sci–fi/ doco hybrid from the BBC presents a possible case scenario for the cataclysmic eruption of the volcano under Yellowstone Park. comes…
Ten Days To VictoryTen Days To Victory (2005)
Dir. Tim Conrad
Two–part TV documentary depicting the final days of WWII, from the perspective of ten individual storylines. Combines occasionally violent…
That Man: Peter BerlinThat Man: Peter Berlin (2005)
Dir. Jim Tushinski
Documentary about Peter Berlin, the model, porn star, photographer, film maker, clothing designer and gay cultural phenomenon. Told in his own words…
This Divided StateThis Divided State (2005)
Dir. Steven Greenstreet
Ground–hugging documentary follows the alarmingly extreme response in conservative Utah when filmmmaker Michael Moore (FARENHEIT 9/11) is…
Tim Marlow On...The Museum of Modern ArtTim Marlow On...The Museum of Modern Art (2005)
Dir. Phil Grabsky
Feat. Tim Marlow
This 2–part series provides an introduction to the highlights of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Art critic Tim Marlow takes us on a…
Time to go John - The Awful Truth About John HowardTime to go John - The Awful Truth About John Howard (2005)
A collage of left–wing animations, comedies, dramas and documentary fragments compiled before the re–election of Australian PM John…
Townes Van Zandt - Be Here to Love MeTownes Van Zandt - Be Here to Love Me (2005) Recommended
Dir. Margaret Brown
Evenhanded, tenderly–puzzled documentary about the country songwriter Townes Van Zandt (1944–1997), creator of a canon of forlorn, quirky…
Unknown White MaleUnknown White Male (2005)
Dir. Robert Murray
Suitably amazed documentary tracks the true story of British stockbroker Doug Bruce, who regained consciousness one day on a Coney Island train,…
Viva ZapateroViva Zapatero (2005) Recommended
Dir. Sabina Guzzanti
Confronting Italian documentary made by comedian Sabina Guzzanti in response to her satirical TV show being axed after her scathing imitation of…
Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low PriceWal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Price (2005)
Dir. Robert Greenwald
Although rough around the edges, this documentary expose of the business, employment and environmental practices of giant American retail corporation…
Who Do You Think You Are? (TV Series)Who Do You Think You Are? (TV Series) (2005) Recommended
Celebrated BBC series which explains the 'ins and outs' of researching your own family genealogy through a featured celebrity. Each episode touches…
Who Killed the Electric Car?Who Killed the Electric Car? (2005) Recommended
Dir. Chris Paine
The promise of electric–powered transport and its subsequent demise is playfully detailed as a faux ‘murder mystery’ in this engaging…
Who Laughs Last?Who Laughs Last? (2005)
Dir. Shirley Horrocks
Short but informative documentary about New Zealand's most successful playwright, Roger Hall. Covers his long career writing for both the stage and…
Why We FightWhy We Fight (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Eugene Jarecki
Matching THE FOG OF WAR in terms of impact and cogency, this Sundance–winning doco investigates the long history of American involvement in…
Wild Blue Yonder, TheWild Blue Yonder, The (2005)
Dir. Werner Herzog
Feat. Brad Dourif
Moody 'science fiction fantasy' depicting an alternate reality where an alien species try to colonise a now inhospitable Earth. Dir. Herzog…
Wild South America (TV Series)Wild South America (TV Series) (2005)
Another entry in the BBC documentary series charting the natural history of the Earth's continents, this time the varied ecology and life of South…
Woody Guthrie - This Machine Kills FascistsWoody Guthrie - This Machine Kills Fascists (2005)
Dir. Stephen Gammond
A lengthy tribute documentary to legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie who penned such American classics as 'This Land is Your Land' and was equally…
Work of Director Anton Corbijn, TheWork of Director Anton Corbijn, The (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Anton Corbijn
A celebrated photographer, particularly in his association with Depeche Mode and U2 (he shot the iconic album cover for Joshua Tree), Anton Corbijn's…
Workingman's DeathWorkingman's Death (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Glawogger
Astonishing depiction of six of the most gruelling jobs known to man that soberingly conveys the extremes that certain members of the global…
You're Gonna Miss MeYou're Gonna Miss Me (2005)
Dir. Keven McAlester
The tormented artist is extolled in dir. Keven McAlester’s tragi–documentary of psychedelic rock enigma Roky Erickson, whose success as lead…
Zizek!Zizek! (2005)
Dir. Astra Taylor
Colourful, candid exclusive on Slovenian cultural philosopher Slavoj Zizek, filmed inquisitively by dir. Astra Taylor in various states of rant,…
(Inside) Out: Warren Zevon(Inside) Out: Warren Zevon (2004)
A rewarding documentary about the making of Warren Zevon's final album 'The Wind', completed shortly before the singer's death. Adding a cerebral,…
A Day in the Life...A Day in the Life... (2004)
Dir. Matty Gye
An unusually impressionistic surf documentary which travels the world in search of the life stories of various wave–riders, not all famous, but…
Adventures of Errol Flynn, TheAdventures of Errol Flynn, The (2004)
Dir. David Heeley
Feat. Errol Flynn
The derring–do, glamour and controversy of Australian–born actor Errol Flynn's phenomenal Hollywood career is covered in considered…
Allie Eagle and MeAllie Eagle and Me (2004)
Dir. Briar March
A portrait of an artist, dir. Briar March's highly personalised dedication to Allie Eagle confronts the painter's staunch feminist and lesbian…
Andy Goldsworthy - Rivers and TidesAndy Goldsworthy - Rivers and Tides (2004) Recommended
Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer
Visually beautiful, though essentially straightforward documentary on the Scottish landscape sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, who creates his work out of…
Beyond The Gates Of SplendorBeyond The Gates Of Splendor (2004)
Dir. Jim Hanon
Documentary with a Christian bent, based around the Operation Auca incident where five Christian missionaries were killed when trying to make contact…
Bill Gates - Sultan Of SoftwareBill Gates - Sultan Of Software (2004)
Informative doco on Microsoft King Of The World Bill Gates, featuring a detailed biography of his early life, rise to fame and success at the top.…
Born Into BrothelsBorn Into Brothels (Calcutta's Red Light Kids) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Zana Briski, Ross Kaufmann
Heartbreaking examination of the lives of children born into the world of prostitution in Calcutta's red light district, but given a ray of hope…
Boy Who Plays On The Buddhas of Bamiyan, TheBoy Who Plays On The Buddhas of Bamiyan, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Phil Grabsky
A picturesque and moving documentary which follows in the footsteps of an impoverished family living in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, where a gigantic stone…
British Isles: A Natural History (TV Mini-series)British Isles: A Natural History (TV Mini-series) (2004)
Dir. Mary Colwell
Utilising the latest scientific evidence and cinematic f/x, this 8–part series guides us through the aeons of geological time, as they relate…
Broadway: The American MusicalBroadway: The American Musical (2004) Recommended
Dir. Michael Kantor
A 6–part PBS documentary series on the history and development of the Broadway musical from Florenz Ziegfield and his fantastical Follies…
Century of Flight, The (TV Series)Century of Flight, The (TV Series) (2004)
All the accidents and achievements of man’s quest for flight are documented in this unprecedented history of taking to the skies. 26 episodes…
Citizen KingCitizen King (2004) Recommended
Dir. Orlando Bagwell
A tale told in compellingly objective style, this PBS documentary covers 5 years in the life of Martin Luther King from his iconic "I have a…
Classic Albums - NirvanaClassic Albums - Nirvana (Nevermind) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Bob Smeaton
Grunge–rock group Nirvana's iconic 'Nevermind' album is deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative…
Colin McCahon: I AmColin McCahon: I Am (2004) Recommended
Dir. Paul Swadel
Feat. Sam Neill
A sterling examination of the life and work of New Zealand's most renowned modern artist, Colin McCahon, who was born in 1919 and blossomed into a…
Colour of War: The ANZACsColour of War: The ANZACs (2004)
Dir. Paul Rudd, Ben Ulm
Feat. Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe hosts this documentary TV series about the Australian and New Zealand military experience from the 1930s to Vietnam, utilising colour…
Control RoomControl Room (2004) Recommended
Dir. Jehane Noujaim
An important documentary that tunes in to the other side of the Iraq War through the "Control Rooms" of both the leading Arab TV station, 'Al…
Cowboy Junkies - Long Journey Home Cowboy Junkies - Long Journey Home (2004)
Live Liverpool gig from Canadian country / alternative band 'Cowboy Junkies,' performing all their past hits together with more recent songs and…
Cracking the Da Vinci CodeCracking the Da Vinci Code (2004)
Cash–in documentary about the coded message supposedly hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, popularly explored by author Dan Brown in his…
Czech DreamCzech Dream (Ceský sen) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Vit Klusak, Filip Remunda
A document of two young filmmaker's satirical stunt to promote a gigantic supermarket (hypermarket) to be supposedly constructed on the outskirts of…
Darwin's NightmareDarwin's Nightmare (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Hubert Sauper
A chilling expose of ecological disaster and Western exploitation in Tanzania, Africa – centred around the foolish introduction of Nile perch…
Death in GazaDeath in Gaza (2004) Recommended
Dir. James Miller
A powerful, if not devastating, study of two children and a teenager growing up in the fractious and perilous Gaza Strip, where attacks by Israel and…
Deep BlueDeep Blue (2004) Recommended
A luminous feature documentary from the makers of THE BLUE PLANET series, that utilises ground–breaking technology to explore and photograph…
Derek Jarman: Life as ArtDerek Jarman: Life as Art (2004)
Dir. Andy Kimpton-Nye
Feat. Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry
Maddeningly conventional portrait of the iconoclastic director is lacking Jarman's own formal audaciousness, and is too often a clunky mix of talking…
Dig!Dig! (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ondi Timoner
Arguably the best and most illuminating of the recent wave of 'rock docs', this intimately charts the polarising fortunes of two buddy rock bands,…
DogoraDogora (2004)
Dir. Patrice Leconte
A filmic mediatation on Cambodia, loosely in the style of BARAKA, for which dir. Leconte travelled to the formerly wartorn country to capture the…
Double DareDouble Dare (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Amanda Micheli
Feat. Zoe Bell, Jeannie Epper
Stunt double Zoe Bell steps into the spotlight as the infectious, rough–and–tumble subject of a documentary on her rise to (almost)…
Dragon's World - A Fantasy Made RealDragon's World - A Fantasy Made Real (2004)
Dir. Justin Hardy
Interesting TV hybrid, poses the question "what if dragons were real?", and unfolds the story of a group of hikers who stumble upon the frozen…
Duke Ellington - The Classic Hollywood YearsDuke Ellington - The Classic Hollywood Years (2004) Recommended
The legendary jazz composer, bandleader and pianist Duke Ellington featured in various Hollywood films during his career and this DVD compiles short…
Earth From AboveEarth From Above (Terre vue du ciel, La) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Renaud Delourme
Awe–inspiring documentary of French photographer Yann Arthus–Bertrand’s ‘Earth From Above’ series – exhibited in New Zealand as…
Edgeplay - A Film about The RunawaysEdgeplay - A Film about The Runaways (2004)
Dir. Victory Tischler-Blue
Minus the input of Joan Jett (who denied the filmmakers access to her songs), this rough–and–ready retrospective of The Runaways' heady…
End of Suburbia, TheEnd of Suburbia, The (Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream) (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Gregory Greene
Boldly spelled out in its full title, this provocative (and possibly profound) documentary convincingly mounts a thesis around the issue of "Peak…
End of the Century - The Story of the RamonesEnd of the Century - The Story of the Ramones (2004) Recommended
Dir. Michael Gramaglia, Jim Fields
A compulsive portrait of NYC punk pioneers The Ramones, who fused pop melodies, ironic lyrics and brash guitar sonics in the mid–1970s and…
Europe in the Middle AgesEurope in the Middle Ages (2004)
Comprehensive, revisionist history documentary attempts to change perception of the Middle Ages as an era of ‘dark times’, largely through…
Executioners, TheExecutioners, The (2004)
A three–part TV series detailing the grueling history of mankind's ultimate form of punishment: the death penalty. Examines the early…
Fahrenheit 9/11Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Moore
Feat. Michael Moore
In his gravest comedy yet, the fearless Michael Moore dissects the credibility of the Bush administration since the election controversy of 2000 and…
Fahrenhype 9/11Fahrenhype 9/11 (2004) Recommended
An interesting riposte from the political right to the incendiary documentary FAHRENHEIT 9/11, that makes credible (if not ultimately convincing)…
Fallen Angel - Gram ParsonsFallen Angel - Gram Parsons (2004)
Dir. Gandulf Hennig
Ragged–edged but thorough look at the life of cultural pioneer Gram Parsons, who came from a priviledged Southern family to forge a unique…
Five Obstructions, TheFive Obstructions, The (5 Obstructions) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Lars Von Trier, Jorgen Leth
Feat. Claus Nissen, Jorgen Leth
Arthouse big–shot Lars Von Trier pays off another gambit with what turns out to be a stimulating rumination on the process of film–making…
Frank Hurley - The Man Who Made HistoryFrank Hurley - The Man Who Made History (2004)
Dir. Simon Nasht
A probing documentary about the renowned pioneer of cinema documentary who specialised in extreme environments or ethnographic subjects, most…
Funny Kinda GuyFunny Kinda Guy (2004)
Dir. Travis Reeves
Heartfelt documentary of trans–gendered singer–songwriter Simon de Voil, whose desire to become a man is complicated by various…
Future of Food, TheFuture of Food, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Deborah Koons Garcia
An informative, at times frightening, investigation into how multinationals companies – often supported by government subsidies – have…
GenesisGenesis (2004) Recommended
Dir. Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perrenou
A meticulous nature–documentary, complete with venerably–scientific narration, which scrutinises some of the more unusual, compelling and…
George W. BushismsGeorge W. Bushisms (2004)
Dir. Elizabeth Reeder
Feat. Brian Unger
A smirkingly hilarious compilation of some of US President George W. Bush's worst manglings of the English language during speeches and…
Gladiators Of World War Two - The AnzacsGladiators Of World War Two - The Anzacs (2004)
A special look at the contributions of the Australian and New Zealand ANZAC troops during WWII, covering the Greek, African, Italian and Pacific…
Going Upriver - The Long War for John KerryGoing Upriver - The Long War for John Kerry (2004)
Dir. George Butler
Potent, if late–in–the–day study of unsuccessful 2004 US Presidential nominee John Kerry and his Vietnam War experiences. A…
Great Moments of the 20th CenturyGreat Moments of the 20th Century (2004)
A newsreel journey through the momentous 20th century, told in three separate parts and narrated by Laura McKenzie. An essential resource for…
Guerilla: The Taking of Patty HearstGuerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (Neverland: The Rise and Fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Robert Stone
An indepth examination of the Californian 'hippie–terrorists', the SLA, who rose to prominence in the 1970s attempting to change America with…
Hank Williams: Honky Tonk BluesHank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (2004) Recommended
Dir. Morgan Neville
Concise TV documentary on the great cowboy singer–songwriter whose life encompassed musical super–talent, financial success, public…
HawkingHawking (2004)
Dir. Philip Martin
Feat. Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Firth
BBC Miniseries interposes the fictionalised story of Stephen Hawking's overcoming motor neuron disease with a 1978 interview with Nobel Prize winning…
Hell on WheelsHell on Wheels (Hollentour) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Pepe Danquart
A densely–constructed, insider's account of the world's greatest cycle race, the Tour de France, here caught in the midst of the 2003 struggles…
How Arnie Won the WestHow Arnie Won the West (2004)
Dir. Alex Cooke
Feat. Arnold Schwarzenegger
A beguiling account of Arnold Schwarzenegger's transformation from Hollywood star into Republican Governor of California, through a 2004 state recall…
How We Ruined the Italian Movie Business How We Ruined the Italian Movie Business (Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano) (2004)
Sprawling Italian documentary telling the story of Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia, a treasured comedy duo from Sicily who began their careers as…
Hunting Of The President, TheHunting Of The President, The (2004)
Dir. Nikolas Perry
The amazing story of an attempted political lynching by rich right–wing supporters who never forgave the democrat's for their part in bringing…
In the Realms of the UnrealIn the Realms of the Unreal (2004) Recommended
Dir. Jessica Yu
The art of Henry Darger is brought to life in this absorbing document of closeted genius, rediscovering the work of an elderly recluse who, upon his…
Jamie's KitchenJamie's Kitchen (2004)
Feat. Jamie Oliver
Highly watchable "reality TV" show that follows the attempts of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to knead a series of young trainees into shape for his…
Jazz Memories - The Incomparable Lena HorneJazz Memories - The Incomparable Lena Horne (2004)
Feat. Lena Horne
Comprehensive documentary detailing the life and work of singer, actress and cultural icon Lena Horne, who began as a dancer in 'The Cotton Club' in…
Jazz Memories - The Legendary Nat King ColeJazz Memories - The Legendary Nat King Cole (2004)
Feat. Nat King Cole
A straight–forward account of the life of the charismatic Black–American performer Nat 'King' Cole, who made significant inroads into the…
Jeff Koons Show, TheJeff Koons Show, The (2004)
The life and work of polarising contemporary artist Jeff Koons is examined in this insightful, if uncritical documentary portrait. Curators,…
John Pilger's Stealing a NationJohn Pilger's Stealing a Nation (2004)
Dir. John Pilger
Activist journalist John Pilger relates the alarming story of the deportation of all natives from Diego Garcia – a small island in the Indian…
John Safran vs God (TV Series)John Safran vs God (TV Series) (2004) Aro Favourite
Feat. John Safran
Ozzie media–satirist John Safran explores religion in the modern world with high irreverance, low humour and agnostic scepticism. Among the…
Kaikohe DemolitionKaikohe Demolition (2004) Recommended
Dir. Florian Habicht
A glimpse into the mirth, mayhem and pathos of provincial New Zealand, this concerns a group of unkempt Northland residents who relish their…
Land Mines - A Love StoryLand Mines - A Love Story (2004)
Dir. Dennis O'Rourke
Articulate documentary from the director of CUNNAMULLA , presenting the realities of life for Afghani people living with the effects and threat of…
Last Trapper, TheLast Trapper, The (2004)
Dir. Nicholas Vanier
Feat. Norman Winther
Doco–drama covers a year in the life of real, live fur trapper Norman Winter who lives at one with nature, his Native American partner…
Letters to AliLetters to Ali (2004)
Dir. Clara Law
Devastating story of a 15–yr old Afghani boy refugee, 'detained' for several years in Australia under its harsh immigrant regime in a remote…
Long Way Round (TV Series)Long Way Round (TV Series) (2004) Aro Favourite
Feat. Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
An engrossing 'reality' show which tags along with actor Ewan McGregor (TRAINSPOTTING) and his best friend Charley Boorman on an improvised…
Long Way Round - Collector's Edition Box SetLong Way Round - Collector's Edition Box Set (Long Way Round, Race to Dakar, Long Way Down) (2004-2007) Recommended
Feat. Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
The ultimate collector's box set for any fan of Ewan and Charley's cross–continental escapades on their top–of–the–line…
Looking for FidelLooking for Fidel (2004)
Dir. Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone revisits Fidel Castro – the subject of his 2003 documentary COMMANDANTE – in an effort to address some of more questionable social…
Looking for SophiaLooking for Sophia (2004)
Dir. Roberto Olla, Danila Satta
The fairytale story of iconic Italian actress Sophia Loren, who escaped her impoverished origins in the Fascist era to become a truly global star, is…
Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon, TheLost World of Mitchell and Kenyon, The (2004) Recommended
The recent discovery of 800 rolls of early nitrate film on a building site proved a rare cinematic find – turning out to be documentary footage…
Map Makers, The (TV Series)Map Makers, The (TV Series) (2004)
Dir. Stuart Clarke, Ali McGrath
An SBS – 'History Channel' documentary series which describes the intriguing history of cartography and the efforts of Western civilization to…
Marti - The Passionate EyeMarti - The Passionate Eye (2004) Recommended
Dir. Shirley Horrocks
A celebratory savour of the life and times of New Zealand photographer Marti Friedlander, who arrived from England in 1958 and proceeded to document…
Metallica - Some Kind of MonsterMetallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
A compulsive documentary spectacle concerning the years of crisis (2001–2003) for Heavy Metal group "Metallica" as they grappled with internal…
Michael Hutchence - The Loved OneMichael Hutchence - The Loved One (2004)
Feat. Michael Hutchence
Heartfelt music doco tracking the life and career of INXS' charismatic former front man Michael Hutchence whose suspected suicide robbed a nation of…
Michael King - History ManMichael King - History Man (2004)
Feat. Colin Hogg
A balanced television documentary on acclaimed NZ historian Michael King, made shortly after his untimely death in 2004. Presenter/writer Colin Hogg…
Michael Moore Hates AmericaMichael Moore Hates America (2004)
Dir. Mike Wilson
Skeptical backlash to the polemical documentaries of Michael Moore seeks to 'out' Moore as a grandstanding shyster who manipulates facts and…
Michael Palin: Himalaya (TV Series)Michael Palin: Himalaya (TV Series) (2004)
Dir. Roger Mills, John-Paul Davidson
Feat. Michael Palin
Michael Palin continues his globe–trotting in this 6–part series in which he travels to the wild places of the Himalayan region. Filled…
Miracle of CandealMiracle of Candeal (2004)
Dir. Fernando Trueba
A nicely–crafted documentary – if a little inconsequential – about the journey of an aging Cuban jazz pianist, Bebo Valdés,…
Monarchy (TV Series)Monarchy (TV Series) (2004)
Historical TV Series presented by Dr David Starkey tracing the blood–stained history of the English monarchy covering all the epic battles and…
MondovinoMondovino (2004) Recommended
Dir. Jonathan Nossiter
A sobering documentary about the effects of globalisation on the wine industry, which travels to various vineyards, villages and offices to quaff a…
Monster RoadMonster Road (2004) Recommended
Dir. Brett Ingram
A revealing peek into the strange world of Bruce Bickford, a reclusive self–taught animator, most famous for his collaborations with Frank…
MoogMoog (2004)
Dir. Hans Fjellestad
An informative tribute to Robert Moog, the American boffin who in 1964 invented the world's first commercially available sound synthesizer, which…
MurderballMurderball (2004) Recommended
Dir. Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Uplifting, intensely competitive document of quadriplegic rugby's rivalry between the US and Canadian Paralympic teams, headed by charismatic…
Murders Of HollywoodMurders Of Hollywood (2004)
An informative trawl through the homicide files of Tinseltown, covering in quick succession the untimely cases of Johnny Stompanato, Sal Mineo, Bob…
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on JournalismOutfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Robert Greenwald
Hot off the press, and of scorching topicality in the run up to the 2004 American Elections, this cogent piece of agit–prop convincingly argues…
Pavarotti: The Last TenorPavarotti: The Last Tenor (2004) Recommended
Feat. Luciano Pavarotti
A quality BBC–commissioned documentary portrait that follows the great Italian tenor through a momentous period of his life as he says goodbye…
Persona Non GrataPersona Non Grata (2004)
Dir. Oliver Stone
Dir. Stone's second documentary in a proposed trilogy about world leaders (after COMMANDANTE) has the frazzled American attempt to gain an interview…
Persuaders, ThePersuaders, The (2004) Recommended
Incisive doco from American public affairs series FRONTLINE takes a penetrating look at the multi–billion dollar American advertising industry…
Peter Sellers Story... As He Filmed ItPeter Sellers Story... As He Filmed It (2004)
BBC documentary on the career of enigmatic comic genius Peter Sellers, using footage which Sellers, a compulsive amateur film–maker, shot…
Peter, Paul and Mary - Carry it OnPeter, Paul and Mary - Carry it On (2004)
Documentary about the New York folk music trio who "carried it on" from their socially–conscious forebearers like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger…
Power of Nightmares, ThePower of Nightmares, The (2004)
Dir. Adam Curtis
Another provocative documentary from dir. Curtis, this time out he examines how political parties have created and used fears in order to maintain…
Power Shift: Energy and SustainabilityPower Shift: Energy and Sustainability (2004)
Dir. Kirk Bergstrom
Feat. Cameron Diaz
A brief study of how energy is produced and used in Western society, and how we might create more aware and efficient means of using it in the era of…
President Versus David Hicks, ThePresident Versus David Hicks, The (2004)
Dir. Curtis Levy
Timely, if 'difficult' documentary which follows the efforts of the father of 'Australian Taliban' fighter David Hicks, to free his son from US…
Ramones - RawRamones - Raw (2004)
Dir. John Cafiero
The definitive document of NYC punk icons The Ramones, who crossed bubblegum pop melodies with raw guitar and hilarious trash lyricism. This DVD…
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (TV Series) Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (TV Series) (2004-2005)
Feat. Gordon Ramsay
Potty–mouthed chef and reality TV mogul Mr Gordon Ramsay visits some of the scummiest and most incompetent restaurants and gives them a swift…
Rhythm Is It!Rhythm Is It! (2004) Recommended
Dir. Thomas Grube
The Berlin Philharmonic’s ambitious and dramatic undertaking – to school 250 children in a staging of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" – is…
Riding GiantsRiding Giants (2004) Recommended
Dir. Stacy Peralta
Perhaps the definitive cinematic fan–letter to the sport of surfing, in particular its "big wave" subcult, with the dir. of DOGTOWN AND…
Roman EmpireRoman Empire (2004)
Overarching three–part documentary series anatomising the rise and spectacular fall of the Roman Empire.
Root of All Evil?, TheRoot of All Evil?, The (2004)
Dir. Russell Barnes
Divisive, religion–debunking documentary from staunch atheist Richard Dawkins (author of 'The God Delusion') attempts to dismantle Islam,…
Scared SacredScared Sacred (2004) Recommended
Dir. Velcrow Ripper
Visiting sites of some of the world’s most horrible stories doesn’t seem like a relaxed night’s viewing, but this doco by the interestingly…
Seconds From Disaster (TV Series)Seconds From Disaster (TV Series) (2004)
Compellingly constructed doco series covering some of the most devastating disasters of modern history, each episode opening with a dramatic…
Seven Wonders of the Industrial WorldSeven Wonders of the Industrial World (2004) Recommended
Using the propulsive docu–drama style of the BEYOND IMAGINATION series, this illuminates the stories behind seven great achievements of the…
Shake Hands With the DevilShake Hands With the Devil (The Journey of Roméo Dallaire) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Peter Raymont
Arresting account of the deplorable Rwandan genocide, told through the eyes of one of the most controversial figures surrounding the 1994 massacre,…
Sheilas: 28 Years OnSheilas: 28 Years On (2004) Recommended
Dir. Annie Goldson, Dawn Hutchesson
Utilising the approach of Michael Apted's 7–UP films, this features encounters with the participants of the 1976 New Zealand TV series 'Women'…
SlasherSlasher (2004)
Dir. John Landis
Documents a frenzied working weekend in the life of Michael "The Slasher" Bennett, a travelling used car salesman – the worst of his breed…
Slaves to the RhythmSlaves to the Rhythm (2004)
Music producer extraordinaire Trevor Horn celebrates 25 years of producing chart busting pop acts with this Wembley Stadium spectacular. A diverse…
Soundtrack to WarSoundtrack to War (2004)
Dir. George Gittoes
A decidedly oblique, ground–level view of the war in Iraq (post –9/11) which takes the musical listening habits and creations of US…
Staircase, The (TV Mini-series)Staircase, The (TV Mini-series) (Soupcons) (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Fascinating and ambiguous documentary mini–series tracks in detail the trial of a North Carolina man accused of murdering his wife, who was…
Star Portraits with Rolf Harris (TV Series)Star Portraits with Rolf Harris (TV Series) (2004)
Under Rolf Harris’ artistic guidance, this unique art show commissions three professional artists to paint a portrait of a guest celebrity –…
State of Mind, AState of Mind, A (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Daniel Gordon
An astonishing effort from British dir. Gordon, who documents life in the closed society of North Korea from the perspective of two young girls…
Status Anxiety (TV Series)Status Anxiety (TV Series) (2004) Recommended
Writer and presenter Alain De Botton explores the myth that our level of material wealth and career success has a bearing on our happiness and…
Take, TheTake, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein
A feisty documentary about the aftermath of Argentina's disastrous economic 'crash' in 2001 and how a group of unemployed workers attempt to occupy…
Tales From A Golden Age: Bob Dylan 1941-1966Tales From A Golden Age: Bob Dylan 1941-1966 (2004)
Dir. Tom O'Dell
An unauthorised documentary about the iconic singer made in association with the Dylan fanzine ISIS, which despite featuring none of his music,…
Tell Them Who You AreTell Them Who You Are (2004) Recommended
Dir. Mark Wexler
An intimate, prickly, and ultimately moving portrait of famed American cinematographer Haskell Wexler, who lensed seminal films such as ONE FLEW OVER…
The History of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early YearsThe History of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Years (2004)
For Maiden fans this is a double–disc treasure trove of live material alongside a feature length documentary, all focusing on the wildly…
ThinThin (2004)
Dir. Lauren Greenfield
A sobering chronicle of the lives of four young women afflicted by eating behaviour disorders, this documents with uncharted depth the ebb and flow…
Touch the SoundTouch the Sound (2004) Recommended
Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer
Classical percussionist Evelyn Glennie is the subject of this inspiring, award–winning documentary. Profoundly deaf since childhood,…
Toward the Unknown Region - Malcolm ArnoldToward the Unknown Region - Malcolm Arnold (2004)
Dir. Tony Palmer
An in–depth exploration and celebration of the life and music of Britain's foremost 20th century composer – Malcolm Arnold – who…
Trekkies 2Trekkies 2 (2004)
Dir. Roger Nygard
A surprisingly compelling followup to the documentary TREKKIES, which peered into the strange world of American STAR TREK fandom. A tad upset by…
Tying the KnotTying the Knot (2004) Recommended
Dir. Jim de Seve
An acclaimed look at the 'same–sex marriage' debate in the United States, beginning with footage of 1970s protests and current political…
Unconstitutional: The War on our Civil LibertiesUnconstitutional: The War on our Civil Liberties (2004)
Dir. Nonny de la Pena, Robert Greenwald
The third in a series of Robert Greenwald–produced 'public interest' docos – this one examines American civil liberties and what became…
Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq WarUncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War (2004) Recommended
Dir. Robert Greenwald
Born out of a personal "rage" against the Bush administration's justification for the pre–emptive war in Iraq, film–maker Robert…
Une Visite au LouvreUne Visite au Louvre (2004)
Dir. Jean-Marie Straub, Daniele Huillet
A rigorous, if oddly illuminating art film about art, with Cézanne's own personal critiques of art narrated over a series of Louvre artworks, shot…
Unforgivable BlacknessUnforgivable Blackness (2004) Recommended
Dir. Ken Burns
Engrossing and provocative look at the greatest black American boxer of the early 20th century, Jack Johnson, renowned equally for his physical…
Vincent: The Full StoryVincent: The Full Story (2004)
Dir. Mark James
Expertly assembled documentary of the great artist drawing on his early life –including previously untold accounts – and following…
Voices of IraqVoices of Iraq (2004) Recommended
In January 2004 over 100 digital video cameras were distributed to people in Iraq with the request to film themselves, with the aim of gaining an…
WallWall (Mur) (2004)
Dir. Simone Bitton
A visual and aural rumination on the physical divide between Israel in Palestine, this observant documentary never motions to take sides, meditating…
What the Bleep do we Know!?What the Bleep do we Know!? (What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?) (2004)
Dir. William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Feat. Marlee Matlin
A unique and certainly popular piece of 'New Age intellectualism", this follows the travails of a deaf photographer (Matlin) through life and…
White Diamond, TheWhite Diamond, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog finds another slightly insane alter–ego for himself in Dr Graham Dorrington, here documenting the engineer's wild ambition to…
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, TheWild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Judy Irving
The unlikely tale of a homeless street musician in San Francisco, Mark Bittner, and his longtime attachment to a flock of wild parrots…
WMD: Weapons of Mass DeceptionWMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004)
Dir. Danny Schechter
Media–commentator Schechter presents an angry analysis of the narrative of Western media complicity in the official 'line' on the US invasion…
Word WarsWord Wars (2004)
Dir. Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo
A chastening, though lightly toned chronicle of a year on the US scrabble circuit for four top players, each hoping to win the US$25000 top prize at…
World According to Bush, TheWorld According to Bush, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. William Karel
A familiar, if bracingly emotive European broadside on the presidency of George W. Bush, covering the 1000 days of from the 9/11 attacks to the midst…
Worst Jobs in History (TV Series)Worst Jobs in History (TV Series) (2004)
Dir. Brendan Hughes
Feat. Tony Robinson
BLACKADDER’s Tony Robinson (aka Baldrick) takes us through the hardship of British history via the most unenviable jobs imaginable. A tour of…
Wrestling With The Angel - Janet FrameWrestling With The Angel - Janet Frame (2004)
An unique insight into Janet Frame's private world, accurately framing her childhood years, psychiatric institutionalisation, and eventual freedom…
Year of the Yao, TheYear of the Yao, The (2004)
Dir. Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Thoroughly entertaining documentary about towering Chinese basketballer Yao Ming's (7' 6") rookie season playing for the Houston Rockets in the 2002…
Z Channel - A Magnificent ObsessionZ Channel - A Magnificent Obsession (2004) Recommended
Dir. Xan Cassavetes
Relevant to any movie buff, this documentary charts the 1970s rise of one of America's first cable TV stations – Channel Z – and its…
A Decade Under the InfluenceA Decade Under the Influence (2003) Recommended
Dir. Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese
Tantalizing doco for film–buffs examining the decade of the 1970s, a turning point in American cinema that saw the director given unprecedented…
Agronomist, TheAgronomist, The (2003)
Dir. Jonathan Demme
A heartfelt documentary about the life and murder of prominent creole journalist Jean Dominique, who for many years ran a dissident radio station in…
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial KillerAileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003) Recommended
Dir. Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
A compelling 'sequel' to the renowned documentary on the case of Aileen Wuornos, once touted as the world's first 'female serial killer'. Ten…
American MisfitsAmerican Misfits (2003)
A unique mix of skateboarding, prankery, skits and interviews – hosted by JACKASS star Wee Man and fellow misfit Laban Phiedas. Much stuntwork…
Art: 21 (TV Series)Art: 21 (TV Series) (Art in the 21st Century) (2003)
A PBS documentary series looking at visual art in America in the 21st century, eliciting some fascinating insights from various creative types.…
Australian Idol (TV Series)Australian Idol (TV Series) (2003)
The Australian version of the globally popular talent show which looks to narrow down and groom a selection of young candidates for a career as a pop…
Backyard Science (2003)
A likeable demonstration of the basic principles of science, with four Australian kids finding all they need in the kitchen, garage, and the garden…
Basque BallBasque Ball (2003)
Dir. Julio Medem
A dizzying documentary journey through the history and politics of the troubled Basque region of northern Spain, which for centuries has been…
Battlefield Britain (TV Series)Battlefield Britain (TV Series) (2003)
Dir. Mary Cranitch
Father–and–son team Peter and Dan Snow explore the history of Britain through a detailed investigation into 8 epoch–making battles…
Beatles, The - Anthology Beatles, The - Anthology (2003) Recommended
Feat. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
Epic 4–disc, 8–episode collection presenting the story of the fab four from their early days in Liverpool to worldwide superstardom.…
Behaviours of the BackpackerBehaviours of the Backpacker (2003)
Dir. Sandor Lau
Chinese/Hungarian–American film student, Sándor Lau, walked 500km alone from Auckland to Cape Reinga – New Zealand's geographic and…
Billabong OdysseyBillabong Odyssey (2003)
Dir. Philip Boston
Surf documentary with a difference – this chronicles the search by a group of top wave–riders (Shawn Barron, Layne Beachley, Ken…
Block, The (TV Series)Block, The (TV Series) (2003)
Australian reality–TV competition in which couples contest for the best DIY renovation on the block.
Blues Film Collection, TheBlues Film Collection, The (Soul of a Man, Red, White and Blues, Feel Like Going Home, Godfathers and Sons, Piano Blues, The Road to Memphis, Warming by the Devil's Fire) (2003) Aro Favourite
A lavish collection of Blues documentary features made under the auspices of Martin Scorsese. Directed by an impressive line up of…
Bright LeavesBright Leaves (2003) Recommended
Dir. Ross McElwee
One of dir. McElwee's best features, in which he traces his own family history in the tobacco business in typically divergent, distracted and…
Broadway: The Golden AgeBroadway: The Golden Age (2003)
Dir. Rick McKay
Feat. Bob Fosse, Carol Channing, Carol Burnett
Comprehensive documentary about America's most celebrated indigenous art form, Broadway theatre, covering an entire century of New York theatre, and…
Bukowski - Born Into ThisBukowski - Born Into This (2003) Recommended
Dir. John Dullaghan
Hailed as the "definitive" documentary on the cult novelist and poet Charles Bukowski, whose insights into skidrow Los Angeles in the 1950s and 60s…
Bullshit (TV Series)Bullshit (TV Series) (Penn & Teller: Bullshit!) (2003)
Abrasive and profanely cogent, partners in crime Penn & Teller (better known as a gross–out magic duo) turn to their BS–detectors in…
Can DVDCan DVD (2003) Recommended
The definitive DVD 'document' on influential German Krautrock band Can, who combined rock and funk rhythms, with intriguing instrumental textures and…
Capturing the FriedmansCapturing the Friedmans (2003) Recommended
Dir. Andrew Jarecki
Not an easy watch but as compelling as they come, this is a uniquely close–up portrait of a middle–class Jewish family who are ripped…
ChlorineChlorine (2003)
Commended documentary covers the hardcore pool–skating scene in the USA, in which emptied swimming pools are transformed into adhoc…
Cirque du Soleil - La NoubaCirque du Soleil - La Nouba (2003)
Dir. David Mallet
Another astounding stageshow from Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil, here performing a celebration of hedonism (the title means "to party") at Disney…
Classic Albums - Pink FloydClassic Albums - Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon) (2003) Aro Favourite
Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators.…
CommandanteCommandante (2003)
Dir. Oliver Stone
A unique, if rather–too–adoring, portrait of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro by political maverick dir. Oliver Stone (JFK,…
Corporation, TheCorporation, The (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
In a modern world where corporate power has come to exceed political power, this in–depth documentary defines a growing popular concern about…
Countdown to WednesdayCountdown to Wednesday (2003)
Insider's documentary provides a thorough "fan" schematic of the comic book industry, its behind–the–scenes mechanics, and how to break…
Days That Shook The World (TV Series)Days That Shook The World (TV Series) (2003) Recommended
A monumental overview of the world’s most profound and history–defining events, this tome to humankind's great achievements and failures is…
Desperate Man BluesDesperate Man Blues (2003) Recommended
Dir. Edward Gillan
Record collector Joe Bussard has been tracking down and preserving rare 'roots' 78rpm discs from his Maryland home for over 40 years. Amassing a…
Easy Riders, Raging BullsEasy Riders, Raging Bulls (2003)
Dir. Kenneth Bowser
Based on the infamous 'tell–all' book by Peter Biskind, this in–depth documentary that details Hollywood's fertile creative period of the…
Edith Piaf - A Life of PassionEdith Piaf - A Life of Passion (2003)
Full–length documentary on 'the little sparrow', French singer Edith Piaf. Features historic footage and interviews about this iconic 20th…
Educational Archives - Sex and DrugsEducational Archives - Sex and Drugs (2003) Recommended
An interesting and amusing assortment of educational films for the young, dating from the 1940s through to the 1970s, dealing with the dread perils…
FasterFaster (2003)
Dir. Mark Neale
Ewan McGregor–narrated documentary takes viewers deep inside the world of MotoGP racing. Revolving predominantly around Valentino Rossi, the…
Festival ExpressFestival Express (2003) Recommended
Dir. Bob Smeaton
Vivid filmed account of a legendary travelling rock festival, which crossed Canada by train in June 1970 and reached realisation in a series of…
FinisterreFinisterre (Saint Etienne Presents Finisterre) (2003)
Dir. Kieran Evans, Paul Kelly
Latter day 'City Symphony' about London, which uses the music of English group Saint Etienne to underscore its enigmatic montage of streets,…
Five Sides of a CoinFive Sides of a Coin (2003)
Dir. Paul Kell
A thorough exploration of the five sides of hip–hop culture: rap, turntablism, break–dancing, human beat–boxing and…
Flight From Death: The Quest for ImmortalityFlight From Death: The Quest for Immortality (2003)
Dir. Patrick Shen
A thought–provoking TV essay – based on the theories of Ernest Becker and explained by various high–powered academics – about…
Fog of War, TheFog of War, The (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Errol Morris
A perfectly–formed, Oscar–winning documentary about the life and career of Robert S McNamara, who served as Secretary of Defense under…
Frazetta - Painting With FireFrazetta - Painting With Fire (2003)
Dir. Lance Laspina
Trail–blazing illustrator and comic artist Frank Frazetta is under the spotlight in this documentary on his life and work, showcasing his…
Full Frame Documentary Shorts Volume IFull Frame Documentary Shorts Volume I (2003)
Dir. Mira Nair, Roger Weisberg, Eva Saks
Inaugural selection of titles from the Full Frame Documentary Festival held annually in Durham, North Carolina, which screens over 100 docos each…
Game OverGame Over (Kasparov and the Machine) (2003) Recommended
Dir. Vikram Jayanti
Interesting examination of the 1997 chessmatch between world champion Gary Kasparov and IBM's 'Deep Blue' supercomputer, which ended in a…
Ghosts of the AbyssGhosts of the Abyss (2003)
Dir. James Cameron
Feat. Bill Paxton
Armed with IMAX cameras, dir. James Cameron dives deep to the mid–Atlantic wreck of the 'Titanic' to take a leisurely float through the…
Give it a WhirlGive it a Whirl (2003) Aro Favourite
An in–depth visual and musical exploration of New Zealand rock 'n' roll stories, from the fledgling sounds of the 1950s to today's…
Go FurtherGo Further (2003)
Dir. Ron Mann
Feat. Woody Harrelson
A quirky, semi–stoned travelogue that gets on the bus with activist–actor Woody Harrelson and his entourage on a 'consciousness raising'…
Grumpy Old Men (TV Series)Grumpy Old Men (TV Series) (2003-2004)
An impressive array of British male celebrities take their turn to chew the fat on all manner of irksome annoyances especially concerning the modern…
Haunting Douglas Haunting Douglas (2003)
Dir. Leanne Pooley
Mesmerising exploration of renowned New Zealand contemporary dance performer and choreographer Douglas Wright, featuring generous excerpts of his…
Holy War, Inc.Holy War, Inc. (2003)
National Geographic's TV 'special' on Osama Bin Laden and his 'al–Qaeda' organisation, that presents a straight–forward account till…
Hooligans and ThugsHooligans and Thugs (2003)
An historical overview of hooligan behaviour in mass sport, from its modern origins in the 1960s through to presentday incidents. Concentrates mainly…
In Search of ShakespeareIn Search of Shakespeare (2003) Recommended
Presenter Michael Wood and award–winning director Greg Doran investigate the world of William Shakespeare. Using backstage recreations of…
In Search of the Afghan GirlIn Search of the Afghan Girl (2003)
Renowned TV documentary follows the attempts to find out what has happened to the Afghani refugee whose startling features graced the cover of…
Jandek on CorwoodJandek on Corwood (2003) Recommended
Dir. Chad Freidrichs
An admirable effort to pin down that most enigmatic of "unknown" musicians, the Texan–based Jandek, whose atonal guitar meanders and even…
Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, TheJim Rose Circus Sideshow, The (2003)
A circus fit for the new millenium, 'The Jim Rose Circus' features various self–described freaks such as Torture King, Mr Lifto, The Enigma and…
Journey to Planet Earth - A Delicate Balance (TV Series)Journey to Planet Earth - A Delicate Balance (TV Series) (2003)
Feat. Matt Damon, Kelly McGillis
Matt–Damon–hosted global eco series divided into four episodes; 'On the Brink' investigates links between environmental issues and…
Joy of MadnessJoy of Madness (Lezate divanegi) (2003) Recommended
Dir. Hana Makhmalbaf
An unusual and invigorating self–reflexive documentary created by the teenage sister of acclaimed filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf, during the…
Killing Hitler (TV Mini-series)Killing Hitler (TV Mini-series) (2003)
Dir. Jeremy Lovering
Feat. Peter McDonald, Kate Ashfield, Kenneth Cranham
Accurate docu–drama merging archival footage with recreations and educated interview to portray and dissect 'Operation Foxley' – a secret…
Last Post, TheLast Post, The (2003)
Dir. Dan Cleary, James Hollings
A documentary of local significance, yet universal application, charting the last week of operations for the long–running Wellington newspaper…
Life and Music of Dizzy Gillespie, TheLife and Music of Dizzy Gillespie, The (2003)
Feat. Dizzy Gillespie
A musical double–bill featuring legendary jazz trumpet–player Dizzy Gillespie, one of the key bebop musicians of the 1940s and…
Life of Mammals, The (TV Series)Life of Mammals, The (TV Series) (2003)
David Attenborough coordinates another mammoth natural history series, here focusing on the mammal life of the planet (that includes us…
Lonely Planet - Six DegreesLonely Planet - Six Degrees (2003)
The flagship travel show of globetrotting bible LONELY PLANET, this lively series follows guides Asha Gill and Toby Amies as they journey from…
Los Angeles Plays ItselfLos Angeles Plays Itself (2003) Recommended
Dir. Thom Andersen
Thom Andersen's sprawling cinematic essay about Los Angeles draws upon clips from movies filmed within the city to create a masterpiece of quotation…
Love is in the Air (TV Series)Love is in the Air (TV Series) (2003) Aro Favourite
Following on from the excellent chronicle of Australian rock, LONG WAY TO THE TOP, this five–part sister series from the ABC traces the history…
Mandela - The Living LegendMandela - The Living Legend (2003)
Feat. Nelson Mandela
Notable BBC documentary on the former South African President who was imprisoned in the 1960s under the Apartheid regime and survived decades behind…
Mayor of the Sunset StripMayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) Recommended
Dir. George Hickenlooper
A portrait of the unlikely yet legendary radio rock DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, whose star connections and influential broadcasts on Los Angeles…
My Architect - A Son's JourneyMy Architect - A Son's Journey (2003) Recommended
Dir. Nathaniel Kahn
A thoroughly intriguing documentary about the Jewish American architect Louis Kahn (born in Estonia) who struggling for years to be recognised,…
My Date with DrewMy Date with Drew (2003)
Dir. Brian Herzlinger, Jon Gunn, Brett Winn
Feat. Brian Herzlinger
Taking the showbiz reality genre to its logical nadir, 'regular Joe' and amateur film–maker Brian Herzlinger documents his quest to, er, get a…
My Flesh and BloodMy Flesh and Blood (2003)
Dir. Jonathan Karsh
A raw and perceptive documentary set around 53–year old Californian woman Susan Tom and her life caring for eleven adopted children – all…
Mythbusters (TV Series)Mythbusters (TV Series) (2003)
A series which attempts to test and debunk various 'urban myths', by having two special f/x experts devise (often highly destructive) experiments to…
Ngatahi - Know the LinksNgatahi - Know the Links (2003)
Dir. Dean Hapeta
Feat. Dean Hapeta
An extended voyage by Upper Hutt Posse–founder Dean Hapeta through the self–determining cultures of many of the world’s indigenous…
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a PauseNoam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2003)
Dir. Will Pascoe
Feat. Noam Chomsky
A modest, though vitalising portrait of intellectual activist Noam Chomsky made following 9/11, but before the US invasion of Iraq. Captures…
Nomi Song, TheNomi Song, The (2003)
Dir. Andrew Horn
Feat. Klaus Nomi
Satisfying exploration of the life, music and 'alternate reality' of Klaus Nomi, a late–1970s underground music legend who combined opera…
Off The Charts - The Song-Poem StoryOff The Charts - The Song-Poem Story (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jamie Meltzer
A gem of a music doco from off the beaten track, this charts the arcane history of the "song poem", a genre of music where members of the public have…
Orwell Rolls in his GraveOrwell Rolls in his Grave (2003)
Dir. Robert Kane Pappas
Although made on a shoestring, this documentary about the state of Western media holds its own with FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and OUTFOXED in terms of bleak…
OvernightOvernight (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Mark Brian Smith, Tony Montana
One–time screenwriter Troy Duffy's Hollywood career trainwreck is excruciatingly detailed in this documentary that lays bare how the scribe of…
Peter Blake  - Death on the AmazonPeter Blake - Death on the Amazon (2003)
Investigative documentary about the death of famed New Zealand yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, who was sailing up the Amazon River in 2001 before being…
Petula Clark - This Is My SongPetula Clark - This Is My Song (2003)
A fascinating look into the life and career of Petula Clark, from childhood stardom to the present. Using archive footage and interviews with famous…
Photography As Told By Life Magazine Photography As Told By Life Magazine (Photography Life) (2003)
Dir. David Hoffman
Life Magazine's 50th Anniversary is celebrated with this passionate documentary, which showcases the the work of 15 of the magazine's greatest…
Piaf: Her Story... Her SongsPiaf: Her Story... Her Songs (2003)
Dir. George Elder
Feat. Raquel Bitton
A film version of a stageshow celebrating the life and art of French singer Edith Piaf. In the lead role, Raquel Bitton does a sterling job of…
Plan Colombia - Cashing-In on the Drug War FailurePlan Colombia - Cashing-In on the Drug War Failure (2003)
Dir. Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
Feat. Noam Chomsky
A punchy expose of the US Government's 'Plan Colombia', which was purportedly designed to fight drug cartels in the South American country. However,…
Plaster CasterPlaster Caster (2003) Recommended
Dir. Jessica Villines
Groovy "cockumentary" tracing the colourful career of artist and super–groupie Cynthia Albritton, who became infamous for making commemorative…
Power TripPower Trip (2003)
Dir. Paul Devlin
This edge–of–your–seat documentary tells the real–life story of the devastating impact a huge American power company has had…
Private Life of a Masterpiece, The (TV Series)Private Life of a Masterpiece, The (TV Series) (2003) Recommended
Expansive, all–encompassing art history as tackled by the BBC, canvassing masterpieces from the Renaissance era through to 20th Century works…
Pyramid - Beyond Imagination (2003)
Dir. Jonathan Stamp
Feat. Omar Sharif
Short study concerning the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the largest manmade structures on the planet. Inside the dramatic framework of one worker's…
Real Middle Earth, TheReal Middle Earth, The (2003)
Jim Hickey embarks on a journey into the making the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, touring the NZ countryside and talking with Peter Jackson (and many…
Riding in Vans With BoysRiding in Vans With Boys (2003)
Dir. Matthew Beauchesne
Spirited rock–u–mentary that follows second–generation punk–pop bands Blink 182, Green Day, and Jimmy Eat World with support…
Robert Mugabe's ZimbabweRobert Mugabe's Zimbabwe (2003)
Dir. Michael Raeburn
A cogent reference point on the plight of Zimbabwe, dir. Raeburn documents his personal experiences as a former Rhodesia once in support of Robert…
Salif KeitaSalif Keita (2003)
Feat. Salif Keita
Music doco journeying back to Mali with renowned African performer Salif Keita to reveal the life and career of this multi–talented artist.…
Secrets of Middle-Earth: Inside Tolkien's Lord of the RingsSecrets of Middle-Earth: Inside Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (2003)
Dir. Chris Gormlie
An extensive documentary on J R R Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings', in which various experts comment on the story, its composition and themes, throwing…
Sex at 24 Frames Per SecondSex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
Presented by Playboy magazine, this documentary treads interestingly through the history of sex in Hollywood movies. Featuring excerpts of dozens…
Shane MacGowan - If I Should Fall From GraceShane MacGowan - If I Should Fall From Grace (2003)
Dir. Sarah Share
The leader of Irish band The Pogues is worthily portrayed in loose, documentary fashion. Reveals something of the inspiration, demons and incessant…
Simple Life, The (TV Series)Simple Life, The (TV Series) (2003)
Feat. Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie
One of the more gratuitous 'Reality TV' shows puts famously inane heiress Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie (daughter of Lionel), into farm clothes to…
Speedo - A Demolition Derby Love StorySpeedo - A Demolition Derby Love Story (2003)
Dir. Jesse Moss
An entertaining look 'under the hood' with lovable demolition driver–mechanic Ed 'Speedo' Jager, one of the best practitioners of the craft in…
SpellboundSpellbound (2003) Recommended
Dir. Jeffrey Blitz
Surprise hit documentary that struck a universal chord in following eight high–school hopefuls in their bid to succeed at the American National…
Step Into LiquidStep Into Liquid (2003) Recommended
Dir. Dana Brown
Various top surfers travel the world's best and biggest waves in this stylish assembled documentary. Interviews pepper and exotic travelogues pepper…
Steve Earle - Just an American BoySteve Earle - Just an American Boy (2003)
Dir. Amos Poe
Feat. Steve Earle
Made on the cusp of country–rock singer Steve Earle's leap into notoriety in 2003, this modestly styled documentary presents live footage,…
StokedStoked (The Rise and Fall of Gator) (2003) Recommended
Dir. Helen Stickler
A questioning and provocative look at the rise and fall of 1980s skateboarding star Mark 'Gator" Rogowski and the Southern California 'scene' which…
Super Size MeSuper Size Me (2003) Recommended
Dir. Morgan Spurlock
Feat. Morgan Spurlock
Entertaining expose of the evils of 'fast food', in which the filmmaker uses himself as a human guinea–pig by embarking on a 30–day,…
Surreal Life, The (TV Series) Surreal Life, The (TV Series) (2003-2006)
Feat. Corey Feldman, Gabrielle Carteris
Tacky reality show that places washed–up actors and ex–reality stars in a LA mansion and watches the sparks fly as these has–been…
TarnationTarnation (2003)
Dir. Jonathan Caouette
Famously stitched–together documentary of one Jonathan Caouette’s troubled life, where 19 years of home movie footage was edited for pennies…
Test, TheTest, The (2003)
Television documentary celebrating 100 years of rugby with New Zealand's All Blacks. Includes interviews with various legends of the game –…
The Blues: Feel Like Going HomeThe Blues: Feel Like Going Home (2003)
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Feat. Taj Mahal
The opening part of Martin Scorcese's TV mini–series celebration of one of America's quintessential musical forms "the Blues". In this…
The Blues: Godfathers and SonsThe Blues: Godfathers and Sons (2003)
Dir. Marc Levin
The fifth part of Martin Scorcese's TV mini–series celebration of one of America's quintessential musical forms "the Blues". A interesting…
The Blues: Piano BluesThe Blues: Piano Blues (2003)
Dir. Clint Eastwood
The seventh and final part of Martin Scorcese's TV mini–series celebration of one of America's quintessential musical forms "the Blues". One…
The Blues: Red White and BluesThe Blues: Red White and Blues (2003)
Dir. Mike Figgis
The sixth part of Martin Scorcese's TV mini–series celebration of one of America's quintessential musical forms "the Blues". Another of the…
The Blues: The Road to MemphisThe Blues: The Road to Memphis (2003)
Dir. Richard Pearce, Robert Kenner
The third part of Martin Scorcese's TV mini–series celebration of one of America's quintessential musical forms "the Blues". This episode…
The Blues: The Soul of a ManThe Blues: The Soul of a Man (2003)
Dir. Wim Wenders
The second part of Martin Scorcese's TV mini–series celebration of one of America's quintessential musical forms "the Blues". One of the…
The Blues: Warming by the Devil's FireThe Blues: Warming by the Devil's Fire (2003)
Dir. Charles Burnett
The fourth part of Martin Scorcese's TV mini–series celebration of one of America's quintessential musical forms "the Blues". One of the…
Three Days - Jane's AddictionThree Days - Jane's Addiction (2003)
Dir. Kevin Ford, Carter Smith
A look at the career of influential rock–band Jane's Addiction, with particular focus on their 'Relapse' reunion tour in 1997. Packed with…
Tibet - Cry of the Snow LionTibet - Cry of the Snow Lion (2003) Recommended
Dir. Tom Piozet
Extremely powerful documentary about the 'occupation' of Tibet by China, where the world's last Buddhist state was invaded by the new Communist…
Tintin et MoiTintin et Moi (Tintin and Me) (2003) Recommended
Dir. Anders Ostergaard
Fascinating and probably definitive look at the life and work of Hergé, the Belgian comicbook artist who from the 1930s onwards created the graphic…
Touching the VoidTouching the Void (2003) Recommended
Dir. Kevin MacDonald
A documentary spectacle that recreates a mountaineering disaster in the Peruvian Andes and the heart–pounding, agonizing bid for survival…
UK/DK + Holidays in the SunUK/DK + Holidays in the Sun (2003)
Dir. Christopher Collins, Ken Lawrence
Two films covering the hardcore punk scene in Britain. UK/DK – A collection of live footage, interviews and video clips from the heyday of…
Union SquareUnion Square (2003) Recommended
Dir. Stephen J Szklarski
Powerful and absorbing documentary about the worlds of seven heroin addicts who 'hang out' in Union Square, New York City, and testify and…
Unlikely HeroesUnlikely Heroes (2003)
Dir. Richard Trank
Inspirational documentary tracing the little–known stories of Jewish men and women who displayed acts of extraordinary courage during the…
Vietnam War with Walter CronkiteVietnam War with Walter Cronkite (2003)
Collection of CBS Documentaries narrated by broadcaster Walter Cronkite revealing the graphic inside story of the Vietnam War through the medium of…
Walking With CavemenWalking With Cavemen (2003) Recommended
Dir. Richard Dale
Continues the series of BBC documentaries begun by WALKING WITH THE DINOSAURS into the era of early mankind. Uses dramatisations and CGI to…
Way Things Work, TheWay Things Work, The (2003)
Set on the fantastical Mammoth Island, this animated series seeks to dramatise the great, groundbreaking inventions of history. Guided by The…
Weeping Camel, TheWeeping Camel, The (Story of the Weeping Camel, The) (2003) Recommended
Dir. Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni
A lovingly filmed and touchingly simple excursion into the lives of a family of nomadic shepherds in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, which blurs the line…
Wesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock 'n' RollWesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll (2003)
Dir. Daniel Bitton
Fittingly lo–fi portrait of the infamous and frighteningly prolific outsider artist Wesley Willis, a morbidly obese schizophrenic whose crude…
Wheel of TimeWheel of Time (2003) Recommended
Dir. Werner Herzog
Completing Werner Herzog's recent documentary trinity (together with THE WHITE DIAMOND and GRIZZLY MAN), the German iconoclast lucidly absorbs the…
Wild Weather (TV Series)Wild Weather (TV Series) (2003) Recommended
Dir. John Maguire, Ben Fox
Intrepid presenter Donal MacIntyre braves the most extreme elements on planet Earth, by travelling to corners of the planet where it doesn’t get…
Wings of NatureWings of Nature (2003)
Dir. Jacques Cluzaud
This visually stunning documentary from the film–makers that brought you Travelling Birds is a rare chance to gain insight into the migration…
Work of Director Michel Gondry, TheWork of Director Michel Gondry, The (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michel Gondry
A comprehensive compilation of music videos, art experiments and short films from the fiercely creative French director Michel Gondry, whose visual…
Work of Director Spike Jonze, TheWork of Director Spike Jonze, The (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Spike Jonze
Before his successful foray into feature films, director Spike Jonze made his name as the pre–eminent music video director of the 1990s. He…
Work of Directors, The - Boxset Vol. 1Work of Directors, The - Boxset Vol. 1 (Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry) (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry
Directors Label boxset containing the first three music video/doco/shorts compilations in the series. Features the work of Spike Jonze, Chris…
World War 1 In ColourWorld War 1 In Colour (2003)
Dir. Jonathan Martin
Documentary using computer colourised archive footage from worldwide sources including Russia, Germany, France, Italy, the USA and Britain’s own…
Yes Men, TheYes Men, The (2003) Recommended
Dir. Chris Smith, Sarah Price, Dan Ollman
Riding a wave of highly successful feature docos from the political left, this one has the honour of being the funniest and perhaps most…
1 Giant Leap1 Giant Leap (2002) Recommended
Dir. Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
Feat. Dennis Hopper, Brian Eno
A unique audiovisual collaboration between writers, musicians, scientists and actors – celebrating the diversity of the globalised world.…
7 Days in September7 Days in September (2002) Recommended
Dir. Steven Rosenbaum
A collage of images and events shot during the events of September 11th 2001, this is actually one of the most impressive filmic memorials made thus…
9/119/11 (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jules Naudet, Gedeon Naudet, James Hanlon
What started out as an amateur documentary by two French brothers about the New York Fire Department turns into a vital, ground’s–eye view of…
A History of Britain (TV Series)A History of Britain (TV Series) (2002) Recommended
The complete series of Simon Schama's accessible, but provocative look at British history from 3000 BC to 2000 AD. Disc 1 – Beginnings,…
Adventure of English, TheAdventure of English, The (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Robert Bee, David Thomas
An involving lesson in linguistics, presenter Melvyn Bragg takes us back to the roots of the English language – which found its genesis in…
Amandla!Amandla! (A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony) (2002) Recommended
Dir. Lee Hirsch
A moving tribute to the role of protest music in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa from 1948 to 1994 – slowly put together by dir.…
An Evening With Kevin Smith, Parts I & IIAn Evening With Kevin Smith, Parts I & II (Too Fat for 40) (2002)
Dir. J.M Kenny
Feat. Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes
Thorough and unvarnished compilation of indie director Kevin Smith's (CLERKS, DOGMA) infamous Q & A sessions, with crude humour and bad taste abound…
Andy Warhol - The Complete PictureAndy Warhol - The Complete Picture (2002)
Dir. Chris Rodley
Commendable TV documentary on the multi–talented Warhol, provides updated information and fresh interviews from various associates.…
Anna Nicole Smith Show, The (TV Series)Anna Nicole Smith Show, The (TV Series) (2002)
Feat. Anna Nicole Smith
Former Playmate turned gold digger Anna Nicole Smith joins the queue in adapting her vacant Z–list lifestyle into a Reality TV series.…
Australia: Land Beyond TimeAustralia: Land Beyond Time (2002)
Dir. David Flatman
Striking documentary that follows Australia from its earliest beginnings up to present day. Originally shot for IMAX theatres, visually this is…
BaadAsssss CinemaBaadAsssss Cinema (2002) Recommended
Dir. Isaac Julien
Feat. Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, Quentin Tarantino
A fan's–eye–view of 1970s Blaxploitation cinema, featuring juicy interviews with players, directors, critics and aficionados. Although…
Backyard, TheBackyard, The (2002) Recommended
Dir. Paul Hough
A cringe–inducing glimpse into the American subculture of backyard amateur wrestling, in which contestants up the ante with barbed wire,…
Berlusconi's Mousetrap (2002)
Dir. Aaron Rip
Eye–witness, partisan account of the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, which led to serious clashes between police and protesters (leaving one dead…
Beyond ImaginationBeyond Imagination (Pyramid, Colosseum, Pompeii) (2002-2003) Recommended
This set comprises three excellent BBC documentary–dramas which deal with two monuments and one disaster of the ancient world. Contains…
Biggie and TupacBiggie and Tupac (2002) Recommended
Dir. Nick Broomfield
Plucky British journalist and one–man controversy machine Nick Broomfield embarks on his most dangerous documentary enquiry yet – the…
Bill Wyman's Blues OdysseyBill Wyman's Blues Odyssey (2002)
Feat. Bill Wyman
Founding Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman (now fronting The Rhythm Kings) acknowledges the blues inspiration behind his bass guitar career. In…
Blue VinylBlue Vinyl (2002)
Dir. Judith Helfand, Daniel B Gold
Filmmaker Judith Helfand and award–winning cinematographer Daniel B Gold collaborate on this blatantly honest and surprising look at the…
Bobby Moore: HeroBobby Moore: Hero (2002)
Dir. Tony Palmer
Loving portrait of one of soccer's greatest icons and players who famously lead during their victorious 1966 World Cup campaign. While there's plenty…
Bookshelf on Top of the Sky, ABookshelf on Top of the Sky, A (12 Stories About John Zorn) (2002)
Dir. Claudia Heuermann
A fittingly unconventional look at the background and achievements of postmodern musician/composer John Zorn, made by longtime fan, Claudia…
Bowling For ColumbineBowling For Columbine (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Moore
Feat. Michael Moore, Charlton Heston
Essential viewing from the dir. of ROGER AND ME, constructing another entertaining and devastating critique of the contradictions of the US of A,…
Broken SilenceBroken Silence (2002)
Dir. Andrzej Wajda, Pavel Chukhrai, Luis Puenzo
Five 55–minute films concerning the Holocaust, and its role in the history of five respective countries. 'Some Who Lived' (dir. Puenzo)…
Bus 174Bus 174 (2002) Recommended
Dir. José Padilha
A riveting analysis of an incident in Rio de Janeiro in June 2000 in which a lone, desperate gunman held hostage the passengers of a bus, while the…
Captain's LogCaptain's Log (2002)
Feat. Peter Elliot
Peter Elliot sails around New Zealand retracing Captain Cook's voyage of discovery in 1769. Travelling on 20 different boats, this television series…
Century of the Self, TheCentury of the Self, The (2002)
Dir. Adam Curtis
An expertly assembled wealth of archival footage helps tell the complex story of the growth of the mass–consumer society and the role played by…
Children of GallipoliChildren of Gallipoli (2002)
Dir. Anna Cottrell
Interesting documentary interviews the grandchildren of four combatants in the ANZAC Gallipoli campaign of WWI – involving Turkish and New…
CinemaniaCinemania (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Stephen Kijak, Angela Christlieb
An enthralling must–see for movie–buffs of any degree, this documents the daily rituals of five New York eccentrics whose lives are…
Cirque du Soleil - Fire Within (TV Series)Cirque du Soleil - Fire Within (TV Series) (2002) Recommended
A 13–part documentary series which showcases the creative processes of the 'Cirque du Soleil' dance–theatre troupe who specialise in a…
Classic Albums - Deep PurpleClassic Albums - Deep Purple (Machine Head) (2002) Recommended
Dir. Matthew Longfellow
Deep Purple's 'Machine Head' deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators.…
Classic Albums - Def LeppardClassic Albums - Def Leppard (Hysteria) (2002)
Dir. Matthew Longfellow
Def Leppard's "Hysteria" album deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators.…
Classic Albums - Elvis PresleyClassic Albums - Elvis Presley (2002) Recommended
Dir. Jeremy Marre
Feat. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley's self–titled album deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key…
Classic Albums - Sex PistolsClassic Albums - Sex Pistols (2002) Recommended
Dir. Matthew Longfellow
The Sex Pistol's 'Never Mind the Bollocks' deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key…
Cockettes, TheCockettes, The (2002) Recommended
Dir. Bruce Weber, David Weissman
Feat. Divine
A grandly entertaining chronicle of the lives of a zany troupe of drag vaudeville performers from 1969–1972: from their early days in San…
Coffee, Tea or Me?Coffee, Tea or Me? (2002) Recommended
Dir. Brita McVeigh
An engaging lowkey look at the experiences of seven woman who worked as air hostesses in the 1960s and 70s. Similiar in tone to the documentaries…
ComedianComedian (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Christian Charles
Feat. Jerry Seinfeld, Orny Adams
A thoroughly absorbing insight into the profession of stand–up comedy that contrasts the careers of former king–of–comedy Jerry…
Daughter from DanangDaughter from Danang (2002) Recommended
Dir. Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco
A moving and troubling documentary about Heidi Bub, the daughter of an American serviceman and a poor Vietnamese woman, born in Danang and raised in…
David Attenborough: Life on AirDavid Attenborough: Life on Air (2002)
Feat. David Attenborough, Michael Palin
Intriguing look at the television career of the charismatic naturalist draws on a wealth of archival material and Attenborough's own keen memory.…
Decasia: The State of DecayDecasia: The State of Decay (2002) Recommended
Dir. Bill Morrison
Highly original experimental film that achieves a stunning aesthetic and haunting visual poetry by compiling an array of found archival film footage…
DerridaDerrida (2002) Recommended
Dir. Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering Kofman
A fittingly self–reflexive and experimental biography of iconoclastic French theorist Jacques Derrida. Known for his playful and subversive…
Drowned Out Drowned Out (2002) Recommended
Dir. Franny Armstrong
A forerunner, and now excellent companion piece to the much vaunted UP THE YANGTZE, this captures in sobering close–up the plight of an Indian…
Edge of the UniverseEdge of the Universe (2002)
Feat. John Hurt
Sequel to the TV series' THE PLANETS and UNIVERSE, which goes beyond the 'known universe' to outline the attempts and successes of astrophysicists to…
ESPN's Ultimate X - The MovieESPN's Ultimate X - The Movie (2002)
A plethora of 'extreme sport' footage from the 2001 Summer X Games in Philidelphia – encompassing BMX riding (downhill, dirt stunts),…
Etre et AvoirEtre et Avoir (To Be and to Have) (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Nicolas Philibert
Acclaimed internationally for its inspirational power and transcendence of the documentary form, this non–fiction film observes the simple,…
Family FundamentalsFamily Fundamentals (2002)
Dir. Arthur Dong
Balanced insight from documentarian Arthur Dong into the lives of Christian fundamentalist parents and their gay children. If less probing into…
Fellini's MagicFellini's Magic (2002)
Dir. Carmen Piccini
Essential viewing for Fellini fans, this vivid if humble homage to the Italian ringmaster–cum–filmmaker brings together a useful mixture…
Finest Hour (2002)
Dir. Nick Read
In–depth and atmospheric study of the ‘Battle of Britain’, the crucial air war of WWII fought over England in 1940. Gripping…
Flying Visit, A (TV Series)Flying Visit, A (TV Series) (2002-2003)
Former TVNZ weatherman Jim Hickey channels the heritage of his father as a WWII Spitfire pilot and flies a Cessna 182 around New Zealand airstrips,…
Georgie GirlGeorgie Girl (2002) Recommended
Dir. Annie Goldson
The unique and quite remarkable life story of Georgina Beyer, born George, a Maori transsexual and former sex–worker, who recently was elected…
Goya: Crazy Like a GeniusGoya: Crazy Like a Genius (2002)
Renowned art critic Robert Hughes explores the world of Francisco Goya, charting his achievements as a court painter, satirist and war reporter, as…
Gulpilil: One Red BloodGulpilil: One Red Blood (2002)
Dir. Darlene Johnson
Feat. David Gulpilil
Candid and intimate portrait of Australia talisman David Gulpilil, the Aboriginal actor plucked from obscurity as a teenager to star in Nicholas…
Hoover Street RevivalHoover Street Revival (2002) Recommended
Dir. Sophie Fiennes
An eye–opening journey into the world of the Greater Bethany Community Church and its inspiring leader, Bishop Noel Jones. Situated in a…
Horns and HalosHorns and Halos (2002)
Dir. Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley
A fascinating sidebar to the controversial American Presidency of George W. Bush, involving the struggle for author J.H. Hatfield to publish an…
I Am Trying To Break Your HeartI Am Trying To Break Your Heart (2002)
Dir. Sam Jones
Feat. Jeff Tweedy
Solidly realised account of the making of ‘alt country’ band Wilco’s acclaimed “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” album and near–unmaking of the…
I Don't Know JackI Don't Know Jack (2002)
Dir. Chris Leavens
Feat. Jack Nance
Concerning the life, work and death of Jack Nance, star of ERASERHEAD and eccentric of other David Lynch films, whose self–destructive…
In a Land of PlentyIn a Land of Plenty (2002) Recommended
Dir. Alister Barry
Described as ‘the story of unemployment in New Zealand,’ this serves as a strong companion piece for SOMEONE ELSE'S COUNTRY, dir. Barry’s…
Inner Tour, TheInner Tour, The (2002) Recommended
Dir. Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
An Isreali documentary that sparked controversy in the Israeli press for its sympathetic portrayal of Palestinians, this is simply a portrait of…
James Bond GadgetsJames Bond Gadgets (2002)
James Bond experts, production designers and collectors provide their learned insight on some of 007's most famous and desirable gadgets, including…
Jamie Oliver Collection, The Jamie Oliver Collection, The (2002-2007)
Feat. Jamie Oliver
9–disc collection including all of Jamie Oliver's wildly successful culinary shows; JAMIE AT HOME, JAMIE'S SCHOOL DINNERS, JAMIE'S KITCHEN,…
Kid Stays in the Picture, TheKid Stays in the Picture, The (2002) Recommended
Dir. Brett Morgen, Nanette Burstein
Feat. Robert Evans
Unique auto–documentary about Hollywood 'super–producer' Robert Evans who put together pictures like THE GODFATHER and…
Kings and Queens (TV Series)Kings and Queens (TV Series) (2002)
A solid TV documentary series tracing lives and reigns of 12 of England's most influential monarchs. Historian Dr Nigel Spivey draws from an array of…
La TropicalLa Tropical (2002) Recommended
Dir. David Turnley
A sultry black and white tribute to Havana’s legendary dancehall ‘La Tropical’, with Pulitzer–Prize–winning photographer Turnley…
Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan, TheLife and Legacy of Spike Milligan, The (I Told You I Was Ill) (2002)
Dir. Dominic Brigstocke
Feat. Kathy Burke, Harry Enfield, Eddie Izzard
A live tribute to the genius of British comedian Spike Milligan, devised by the BBC 6 months after his death. Features performances and readings of…
Live ForeverLive Forever (2002) Recommended
Dir. John Dower
A self–congratulatory, and often hilarious, documentary on the 1990s rock–pop 'movement' Britpop, which encompassed acts such as Oasis,…
Living Room, The (TV Series)Living Room, The (TV Series) (2002-2006) Recommended
Nicely quirky and unpretentious TV series about different (mostly young) local artists living in New Zealand and overseas. Each episode is presented…
Lord of the Rings - Beyond the MovieLord of the Rings - Beyond the Movie (2002)
Dir. Kathleen Phelan
Made for the National Geographic TV–channel, this documentary explores the background to Peter Jackson’s monumental adaptation, as well as J…
Lost Dinosaurs, TheLost Dinosaurs, The (2002)
Dir. Bryan Bruce
The true story of Joan Wiffen who in 1975 discovered dinosaur bones in the remote Mangahuanga Stream (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand). Returning to the…
Lost in La ManchaLost in La Mancha (2002) Recommended
Dir. Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Feat. Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort
A cautionary fable of filmmaking in the mould of HEARTS OF DARKNESS, concerning director Terry Gilliam’s (BRAZIL) attempt to film a version of…
Making VenusMaking Venus (2002)
Dir. Gary Doust
A filmmaking 'horror story' which recounts the saga of Australian indie feature "The Venus Factory", from optimistic inception in 1997 to bedraggled…
Manapouri - The Toughest TunnelManapouri - The Toughest Tunnel (2002)
New Zealand's specialist documentarians 'Natural History NZ' tell the heroic story of how a team of a thousand men laboured in the 1960s to complete…
Mark TwainMark Twain (2002)
Dir. Ken Burns
A popular humorist, philosopher and social satirist, Mark Twain was the well–known nom–de–plume of writer Samuel Clemens, the…
Marshall McLuhan - McLuhan's WakeMarshall McLuhan - McLuhan's Wake (2002)
Dir. Kevin McMahon
Illuminating documentary on one of the 20th century's most famous intellectuals, Marshall McLuhan, who was one of the first to fully realise the…
Moro no BrasilMoro no Brasil (2002)
Dir. Mika Kaurismaki
A toe–tapping delve into the ferment of Brazil's popular musical traditions, with dir. Kaurismaki zeroing in to explore the hidden roots of the…
Muhammad Ali - The Whole StoryMuhammad Ali - The Whole Story (2002)
An extensive biographical record of boxer Ali on two DVDs. This features original footage of many of his most–famous fights.
NaqoyqatsiNaqoyqatsi (2002) Recommended
Dir. Godfrey Reggio
Dir. Reggio follows up KOYAANISQATSI and POWAQQATSI, with another spectacular and mesmerising montage of global imagery, with Philip Glass again…
Nick Frost's Danger! 50,000 Volts (TV Series) Nick Frost's Danger! 50,000 Volts (TV Series) (2002)
Feat. Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
Amusing TV series that provides practical advice on surviving the many pitfalls of our perilous world, while also managing to find humour in its…
Noam Chomsky: Distorted MoralityNoam Chomsky: Distorted Morality (2002)
Feat. Noam Chomsky
Renowned political thinker Noam Chomsky ruminates on America's 'War on Terror' in this raw and lively Harvard 'Q & A'. Analyzing the official…
Noam Chomsky: Power and Terror In Our TimesNoam Chomsky: Power and Terror In Our Times (2002)
Dir. John Junkerman
Feat. Noam Chomsky
A no–frills TV documentary (made in Japan) in which arch–media critic and philosopher Noam Chomsky, examines the post–9’11 world,…
Okie NoodlingOkie Noodling (2002) Recommended
Dir. Bradley Beesley
An amiable glimpse into the American tradition of "noodling", whereby giant catfish in Oklahoma are lured and captured bare–handed. This…
Only the Strong SurviveOnly the Strong Survive (2002) Recommended
Dir. Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Warm and intelligent appreciation of several of the soul–music legends of the 1960s and 70s by a veteran documentary team. Based around a…
Osbournes, The (TV Series)Osbournes, The (TV Series) (2002)
Feat. Ozzy Osbourne
A smash hit of the ‘Reality TV’ genre, this follows the antics of wealthy heavy metaller Ozzy Osbourne, wife/manager Sharon and two of their…
Phil Collins - A Life Less OrdinaryPhil Collins - A Life Less Ordinary (2002)
Intimate portrait of the MOR titan and drummer extraordinairre. Featuring performance his monster hits: In the Air Tonight, Easy Lover, Groovy Kind…
Prisoner of ParadisePrisoner of Paradise (2002) Recommended
Dir. Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender
Justly acclaimed examination of an unusual chapter in the Holocaust, in which the Dutch–Jewish comic actor Kurt Gerron was forced to make a…
Project Greenlight (TV Series) - Season 2Project Greenlight (TV Series) - Season 2 (2002) Aro Favourite
The second season of the excellent HBO series in which the winners of a film–making competition are followed through the production process of…
Real Mary Poppins, TheReal Mary Poppins, The (The Shadow of Mary Poppins) (2002)
Dir. Lisa Matthews
A documentary on the life and times of P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, whose working relationship with Walk Disney was the stuff of legend,…
Sahara (TV Series)Sahara (TV Series) (2002)
Dir. John Paul Davidson, Roger Mills
Feat. Michael Palin
Michael Palin takes his most celebrated journey into the vastness and strangeness of our world, here circling through the western and central Sahara…
Sex with StrangersSex with Strangers (2002)
Dir. Joe Gantz, Harry Gantz
Notorious 'documentary' on swinging couples in America, following three couples on their exploration of open sexuality. Though issues of…
Shipwreck: Deadly HarbourShipwreck: Deadly Harbour (2002)
Dir. Christopher Rowley
Short but vivid documentary account of the disastrous voyage of the Interisland ferry 'Wahine' in April 1968, in New Zealand's worst recorded storm.…
Smashing Machine, TheSmashing Machine, The (The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr) (2002) Recommended
Dir. John Hyams
Intense and strangely moving look at the life of Mark Kerr, the most successful and celebrated combatant in the (now banned) Ultimate Fighting…
Spy in the... Collection, The (TV Series)Spy in the... Collection, The (TV Series) (2002-2004)
Feat. David Attenborough
Overtly sneaky wildlife doco series where cameras are hidden in the environments of a den of lions, a herd of elephants, a clan of bears and a pride…
Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and MarvelsStan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and Marvels (2002)
Dir. Scott Zakarin
Two documentaries on one DVD, concerning Marvel Comics maestro Stan Lee, the creator of ‘The Fantastic Four’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘The…
Standing in the Shadows of MotownStanding in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
Dir. Paul Justman
A treat for soul–music lovers, this uncovers the hidden history of Motown's seminal, wildly successful and yet almost completely unknown…
Steve-O - Don't Try This at HomeSteve-O - Don't Try This at Home (2002)
Feat. Steve-O
A collection of special moments featuring Steve–O, one of the wilder stars of MTV's JACKASS show. Lacking the imaginative wit of the movie,…
StevieStevie (2002) Recommended
Dir. Steve James
A provocative, uniquely intimate doco in which the director reknews his acquaintance with a troubled adoptee, now facing prison, whom he once…
Stone ReaderStone Reader (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Mark Moskowitz
A treat for devotees of reading, this unique literary quest concerns the dir.'s obsession with an obscure American novel and quest to find its…
Tomb of the Unknown WarriorTomb of the Unknown Warrior (2002)
A four–hour special on the opening of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Wellington, New Zealand. This monument was planned to commerate the…
Travelling BirdsTravelling Birds (Winged Migration) (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jacques Perrin, Michel Debats, Jacques Cluzaud
Anyone with an appreciation of natural beauty will be transfixed, and possibly transported, by this superlative documentary from the makers of…
Trials of Henry Kissinger, TheTrials of Henry Kissinger, The (2002) Recommended
Dir. Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki
A corrosive yet robust investigation that alleges a misuse of power amounting to 'war crimes' by controversial US diplomat Henry Kissinger –…
True Meaning of Pictures, TheTrue Meaning of Pictures, The (Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia) (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jennifer Baichwal
A provocative look at the work of American photographer Shelby Lee Adams, whose images of impoverished Appalachian life have earned him a reputation…
Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential ElectionUnprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002) Recommended
Dir. Richard R. Perez, Joan Sekler, Robert Greenwald
Astute examination of the controversial battle for the presidency in Florida from an unabashed pro–Democrat viewpoint that asserts that the…
Vietnam's Unseen War - Pictures from the Other SideVietnam's Unseen War - Pictures from the Other Side (2002)
National Geographic documentary focuses on the unusual perspective of North Vietnamese photojournalists who covered the Vietnam War from the…
Walking with BeastsWalking with Beasts (2002)
Further CGI–enhanced recreations of the prehistoric era, here the post–dinosaur age of sabre–toothed tigers, mastadons and woolly…
Weather Underground, TheWeather Underground, The (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Sam Green, Bill Siegel
A stimulating, incisive look back at the angry workings of "The Weathermen", a radical splinter faction of the protest movement who were responsible…
You See Me Laughin'You See Me Laughin' (2002)
Dir. Mandy Stein
Doco about the latterday backwoods blues musicians clustered around the Fat Possum label. Includes R L Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Cedell Davis,…
American MulletAmerican Mullet (2001)
Dir. Jennifer Arnold
Less hair–raising than affectionate documentary about that most controversial of hairstyles; the mullet. Going on the road in her "mullet…
Architecture (TV Series)Architecture (TV Series) (2001-2005)
Dir. Stan Neumann, Richard Copans, Frederic Compain
Inspiring series devoted to the most ambitious creations of the 19th and 20th century. Featuring a wealth of archival material, scale–models…
BBC Earth Collection BoxsetBBC Earth Collection Boxset (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life) (2001-2009)
David Attenborough's three landmark BBC nature series, collated in one impressive boxset. Special Editions of THE BLUE PLANET and PLANET EARTH are…
Bee Gees - The Official Story Bee Gees - The Official Story (2001)
Released as a tie–in with the 2001 Greatest Hits this collection sweetly summarizes the Gibb brothers extraordinary career, plenty of home…
Big Brother (TV Series)Big Brother (TV Series) (2001-2003)
'Unseen, Uncut, Unreel' – A three part compilation of selected 'highlights' from the Australian version of the ultimate Reality TV…
Billy Connolly - World Tour of... (TV Series)Billy Connolly - World Tour of... (TV Series) (2001)
Feat. Billy Connolly
TV series following comedian Billy Connolly on tour throughout the world. "World Tour of England, Scotland and Wales" (available to rent):…
Blerta - The Return Trip...Blerta - The Return Trip... (Blerta Revisited) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Geoff Murphy
Feat. Bruno Lawrence, John Clarke, Martyn Sanderson
Less a nostalgia 'trip' than a brilliant compendium of manic moments from New Zealand's 1970's travelling roadshow of anarchic performance –…
Blind Spot: Hitler's SecretaryBlind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2001) Recommended
Dir. Othmar Schmiderer, Andre Heller
The astonishing true story of Hitler's private secretary, Traudl Junge, who at the age of 80 comes to terms with working alongside unspeakable evil…
Blue Planet, The (TV Series)Blue Planet, The (TV Series) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Alastair Fothergill
Breathtaking footage of our planet’s largest feature – the ocean – reveals wondrous worlds within this still almost completely unexplored…
Bound for PleasureBound for Pleasure (2001)
Dir. David Blyth
Non–sensational delve into the Auckland B&D scene from horror dir. Blyth (DEATH WARMED UP), that throws up some bizarre (and disturbing) scenes…
Brain Story (TV Series) (2001)
Professor Susan Greenfield presents this six–part documentary series concerning that curious organ, the brain, using CGI illustrations,…
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Live in New York CityBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Live in New York City (2001)
Dir. Chris Hilson
Emmy award winning HBO concert film of the first ever major televised Bruce Springsteen performance, live at Madison Square Garden. 1–1 My…
Chop SueyChop Suey (2001)
Dir. Bruce Weber
Free–form homage to Bruce Weber's favourite things and an exploration of the lives of his subjects, including the beautiful 16 year old…
Classic Albums - Elton JohnClassic Albums - Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) (2001) Aro Favourite
Dir. Bob Smeaton
Elton’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators.…
Classic Albums - Iron MaidenClassic Albums - Iron Maiden (2001)
Dir. Tim Kirkby
Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key…
Classic Albums - Judas PriestClassic Albums - Judas Priest (British Steel) (2001)
Dir. Tim Kirkby
Judas Priest's "British Steel" (1980) deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators.…
Classic Albums - Lou ReedClassic Albums - Lou Reed (Transformer) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Bob Smeaton
Lou Reed's "Transformer" deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators. Generously…
Classic Albums - MetallicaClassic Albums - Metallica (2001) Aro Favourite
Dir. Matthew Longfellow
Metallica's 'Metallica' album deconstructed track–by–track and placed in both personal and creative context by key collaborators.…
Cool and CrazyCool and Crazy (Heftig og Begeistret) (2001)
Dir. Knut Erik Jensen
A laconic, ultimately touching documentary on the male choir of Berlevag, a remote Norwegian village that was the setting for BABETTE’S…
Culturejam: Hijacking Commercial CultureCulturejam: Hijacking Commercial Culture (2001)
Dir. Jill Thorpe
Fun but ultimately serious expose of various pranksters who subvert the advertising and retail industries of the US. Featuring conversations with…
Devil's PlaygroundDevil's Playground (2001)
Dir. Lucy Walker
An extremely rare glimpse into Amish culture, with focus on a rite of passage known as "Rumspringa", during which their 16–year–olds…
Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, TheDiaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, The (2001)
Dir. Paul Cox
Feat. Derek Jacobi, Chris Haywood
Loosely based on the published diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, one of the great male ballet dancers, this experimental biopic is impressionistic and…
Dogtown and Z-BoysDogtown and Z-Boys (2001) Recommended
Dir. Stacy Peralta
Celebrated beyond its niche audience of surf–and–skaters, this documentary recounts the origins and rise to fame (and mixed fortune) of a…
Down from the MountainDown from the Mountain (2001) Recommended
Dir. Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, D A Pennebaker
Concert film of the much–admired bluegrass soundtrack from the Coen Bros O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, that was a surprise winner of the Grammy…
Early Days YetEarly Days Yet (2001) Recommended
Dir. Shirley Horrocks
A quietly thoughtful and engaging look at the life and work of New Zealand poet Allen Curnow, filmed when Curnow was in his late–80s and still…
Earth, Wind and Fire - Shining StarsEarth, Wind and Fire - Shining Stars (2001)
Pretty comprehensive look at the long career of US funksters 'Earth, Wind and Fire', including interviews with band members, music clips and live…
Educational Archives - Social Engineering 101Educational Archives - Social Engineering 101 (2001)
A delightful mixture of government American educational films from the 1940–70 period which were shown in schools to tutor children in the ways…
Endurance, TheEndurance, The (2001) Recommended
Dir. George Butler
Perhaps the most comphrehensive account of Ernest Shackleton's doomed voyage to the Antarctic in 1914. Utilising interviews, on–location…
Epitaph (TV Series)Epitaph (TV Series) (2001)
Feat. Paul Gittens
TV series that scours the cemeteries of New Zealand for the intriguing, weird and worthy tales of our ancestor's demises. Paul Gittens is the…
Evolution (TV Series)Evolution (TV Series) (2001) Recommended
Thorough and rigorous seven–part PBS series extols – and not without wading into the science vs. religion debate – the virtues of Charles…
Facing the Music (2001) Recommended
Dir. Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson
Art and commerce clash in corridors of academia at Sydney University, as budget cuts compromise the integrity and possible viability of the music…
Flight 703 - The SurvivorsFlight 703 - The Survivors (2001)
Individual stories of miraculous survival, heroism and tragedy emerge through the telling of this gripping story of the 15–hour rescue…
Great Composers - Volume 1 (Bach, Mozart)Great Composers - Volume 1 (Bach, Mozart) (2001) Recommended
Dir. James Runcie, Francesca Kemp
Excellent BBC series gives a substantial insight into its selected classical composers, combining biographical narrative with musical–analysis…
Great Composers - Volume 2 (Beethoven, Wagner)Great Composers - Volume 2 (Beethoven, Wagner) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Jill Marshall, Kriss Rusmanis
Excellent BBC series gives a substantial insight into its selected classical composers, combining biographical narrative with musical–analysis…
Great Composers - Volume 3 (Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Mahler)Great Composers - Volume 3 (Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Mahler) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Simon Broughton, Chris Hunt, Kriss Rusmanis
Excellent BBC series gives a substantial insight into its selected classical composers, combining biographical narrative with musical–analysis…
Happy Days - Biography (2001)
Feat. Ron Howard, Henry Winkler
The 1970s US TV–Series ‘Happy Days’, set in suburban 1950s Milwaukee, is revisited with the crew and cast.
Hell HouseHell House (2001) Recommended
Dir. George Ratliff
Behind–the–scenes account of a small fundamentalist church in Texas whose "Hell House" serves as a tool to literally "scare the hell out…
Hip-Hop Nation: Notes from the Underground (TV Series)Hip-Hop Nation: Notes from the Underground (TV Series) (2001)
A comprehensive, but suitably casual tour of the contemporary hip–hop movement and all its various facets: the history, the luminaries, the…
HotereHotere (2001) Recommended
Dir. Merata Mita
Noted documentary on New Zealand's reclusive artist Ralph Hotere, constructed in non–linear, impressionistic style. Seven years in the making,…
Human Face, TheHuman Face, The (2001)
Dir. James Erskine
Feat. John Cleese, Elizabeth Hurley
BBC series studying the science and mystery of human faces, with John Cleese and Elizabeth Hurley providing an entertaining double–act as…
Impressionists, TheImpressionists, The (2001)
Dir. Bruce Alfred
A two–part examination of the French Impressionist movement, in which painters like Monet, Degas and Renoir captured visual reality in a…
In Shifting Sands (2001)
Dir. Scott Ritter
Feat. Scott Ritter
A pertinent, compelling though rather schizophrenic film–diary directed by the former Chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq. Exploring the…
Inside The VaticanInside The Vatican (2001)
Intriguing documentary granting 'unprecedented' access into the worlds tiniest state, the Vatican. Worth it for those who want to see the inside…
JazzJazz (2001) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ken Burns
Sprawling and absorbing documentary series from the maker of THE CIVIL WAR, charting the rising star of jazz during the 20th century, with an…
Krays, TheKrays, The (The Final Word) (2001)
Dir. Aubrey Powell
Although probably not the 'final word' on the notorious East End gangsters who ruled London in the 1950s–60s, this is still an impressively…
Legend of Leigh Bowery, TheLegend of Leigh Bowery, The (2001)
Dir. Charles Atlas
An out and proud exponent of 'wearable art', Leigh Bowery's outlandish conceptual fashions brought him to London (from the 'cultural wasteland' of…
Life and DebtLife and Debt (2001) Recommended
Dir. Stephanie Black
A scathingly political look at the "new world order" from the point of view of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government and policy…
Long Way to the Top (TV Series)Long Way to the Top (TV Series) (2001) Aro Favourite
A seven–hour extravaganza tracing the evolution of Australian (and ex–pat New Zealand) rock ‘n’ roll, from the fledgling sounds of…
Made in SheffieldMade in Sheffield (2001)
Dir. Eve Wood
Sturdy documentary, obviously crafted by a real fan, which narrates the rise of the electronic music scene in Sheffield in the 1980s aftermath of the…
Magical World of J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)Magical World of J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) (2001)
The creator of the kidult ‘Harry Potter’ books is documented in this made–for–TV study.
Matrix Revisited, TheMatrix Revisited, The (2001)
Dir. Josh Oreck
Feat. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Feature–length behind–the–scenes account of the making of THE MATRIX, including deleted scenes, fight and film demonstrations and a…
Miles Davis Story, The (2001)
Dir. Mike Dibb
Feat. Miles Davis
A Channel 4 documentary on the life and times of trumpeter, composer and jazz music legend Miles Davis. The only authorised film of Miles' life…
My Voyage to ItalyMy Voyage to Italy (Il Mio Viaggio in Italia) (2001) Aro Favourite
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese’s personal journey through Italian cinema is an epic appreciation, less an overview than a guide to the films and filmmakers who've…
Nine Hundred Nights - Big Brother and the Holding CompanyNine Hundred Nights - Big Brother and the Holding Company (2001)
A documentary survey of the career of Janis Joplin and her backing band 'The Holding Company', including rare live footage. Narrated by Rip…
Party's Over, TheParty's Over, The (Last Party 2000) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Feat. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore
A pre–9/11 political doco that still resonates loudly in the George W. Bush era, actor and “concerned citizen” Phillip Seymour Hoffman…
Pink Floyd and the Syd Barrett StoryPink Floyd and the Syd Barrett Story (2001)
Dir. John Edginton
A look at the early days of rock band Pink Floyd and their madcap lead singer, Syd Barrett. Staunchly reclusive for over three decades, it is…
Porn Star - The Legend of Ron JeremyPorn Star - The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001) Recommended
Dir. Scott J. Gill
Feat. Ron Jeremy
Ron Jeremy, an overweight, unappealing slab of middle–American, also happens to be the single most popular male ‘actor’ in the history of…
Project Greenlight (TV Series)Project Greenlight (TV Series) (2001) Aro Favourite
This outstanding documentary series about the making of a low–budget feature film is mandatory for anyone interested in film and the…
Property Ladder (TV Series)Property Ladder (TV Series) (2001)
Fiendishly addictive series follows the ups and downs of first time house buyers as they renovate dilapidated homes in the hope of turning a…
Ram Dass Fierce GraceRam Dass Fierce Grace (2001) Recommended
Dir. Mickey Lemle
Feat. Ram Dass
A remarkable documentary portrait of one–time Harvard professor Richard Alpert, who in the 1960s began an epic spiritual voyage through LSD and…
Raw Deal: A Question of ConsentRaw Deal: A Question of Consent (2001) Recommended
Dir. Billy Corben
Testing the boundaries of what is permissable in documentary, this tries the case of several frat–boys in Florida who were accused of gang…
Rebel Music - The Bob Marley Story (2001)
Dir. Jeremy Marr
Documentary on the reggae superstar, notable for featuring many previously unreleased songs and pieces of live footage. Also unique for its…
Savage Planet (2001)
Dir. Chris Malone, Emma Hawley, Tony Coldwell
Various extreme ‘acts of God’ are showcased in this visually compelling nature odyssey. Stray asteroids, storms, volcanos, avalanches, baking…
Schlock! - The Secret History of American MoviesSchlock! - The Secret History of American Movies (2001)
Dir. Ray Greene
A suitably low–rent survey of 50s and 60s B–grade movies, with insights courtesy of Roger Corman, Peter Bogdanovich, David F. Friedman,…
ScratchScratch (2001) Recommended
Dir. Doug Pray
Comprehensive coverage of the evolution of DJing as an artform, from its formative years in the early 80s to its establishment as a movement known as…
Searching for Debra WingerSearching for Debra Winger (2001) Recommended
Dir. Rosanna Arquette
Hollywood actress Roseanna Arquette analyzes the pressures and rewards of her profession in this loosely–formed patchwork of interviews with…
Son of God (TV Series)Son of God (TV Series) (2001)
Three–part documentary series utilising scientific and historical research to uncover the truth behind who Jesus of Nazareth really was and the…
Stanley Kubrick - A Life in PicturesStanley Kubrick - A Life in Pictures (2001) Recommended
Dir. Jan Harlan
Feat. Malcolm McDowell, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson
Authorised by his family, a 'biography' of the great, reclusive, obsessive film–maker, whose genius is attested by the likes of…
Startup.comStartup.com (2001) Recommended
Dir. Jehane Noujaim, Chris Hegedus
Feat. Kaleil Tuzman, Tom Herman
A supremely timely, as–it–happens recording of the boom–and–bust story of two naively ambitious internet entrepreneurs –…
StrippedStripped (2001)
Dir. Jill Morley
Directed by a former stripper, this gritty, though at times amateurish delve into the lives of six American strippers delivers some real shocks,…
Sweetest Sound, TheSweetest Sound, The (2001) Recommended
Dir. Alan Berliner
Wry, speculative documentary on identity and genealogy finds dir. Alain Berliner turning the camera on himself – and twelve other ‘Alan…
Titless WondersTitless Wonders (2001)
Dir. Gaylene Preston
“An upfront exploration of the emotional discoveries of women with breast cancer”, this bravely and valuably documents a subject most people…
Trembling Before G-DTrembling Before G-D (Trembling Before God) (2001)
Dir. Sandi Simcha Dubowski
Contemplative and personal filmmaking that intimately captures the personal stories of Orthodox and Hasidic Jews coming to terms with their…
Trio at the TopTrio at the Top (2001)
Dir. John Milligan
Playful Kiwi doco telling the story of the 'golden age' of New Zealand motor sport in the 60s, when Bruce McLauren, Denny Hulme and Chris Amon were…
Walt - The Man Behind the MythWalt - The Man Behind the Myth (2001)
Dir. Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Feat. Walt Disney, Dick Van Dyke
A television documentary on the life of the extraordinary Walt Disney, whose animated characters and overall vision conquered the public imagination…
War PhotographerWar Photographer (2001) Recommended
Dir. Christian Frei
A clear–minded documentary on acclaimed war–photographer James Nachtwey, who began his career in 1980s on the battlefields of the Third…
Welcome to Death RowWelcome to Death Row (2001)
Dir. Leigh Savidge
Fairly impartial and mostly enlightening account of the notorious ‘gangsta–rap’ record label Death Row, who in the 1990s released…
Westway to the World - The ClashWestway to the World - The Clash (2001) Recommended
Dir. Don Letts
Feat. Joe Strummer
An informative flashback through the history of punk–rock group The Clash, made by London–colleague Don Letts. Includes snippets of…
Wild Africa (TV Series)Wild Africa (TV Series) (2001)
Typically thorough BBC doco series charts the natural history of the African continent, which is unique in its flourishing biodiversity. Comprising…
Wine Lovers Guide to Australia (TV Series)Wine Lovers Guide to Australia (TV Series) (2001)
Acclaimed TV Series hosted by wine expert Grant van Every and wine–maker Maryann Egan, documents everything from the history of…
WingspanWingspan (2001)
Feat. Paul McCartney
Doco tracing 9 years in the history of the Paul McCartney driven 70's rock band 'Wings' that emerged post Beatles mania. Tends to skim over murky…
Woodstock - The Music Woodstock - The Music (2001)
They say if you can remember it, you weren't there – that rainy weekend in 1969, when half a million people converged for one of the greatest…
A Constant ForgeA Constant Forge (2000) Recommended
Dir. Charles Kiselyak
A lengthy examination of the life and work of renowned American filmmaker John Cassavetes, who pioneered the use of improvisation in film…
A Moment of InnocenceA Moment of Innocence (2000) Recommended
Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
A slowly unfolding tale of the dir.'s own involvement in the stabbing of a policeman when he was an Islamic radical in the 1970s. Subsequently…
Adolf and EvaAdolf and Eva (2000)
A reasonably informative account of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's private life, in particular his relationship to Eva Braun. Includes much colour…
American Nightmare, TheAmerican Nightmare, The (2000) Recommended
Dir. Adam Simon
Feat. Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter
A searching examination of the American horror films of the late 1960s and 1970s, in which the paranoia of the times was reflected in some intense…
BeefcakeBeefcake (2000) Recommended
Dir. Thom Fitzgerald
Feat. Daniel MacIvor, Carroll Godsman, Jack Griffin Mazeika
The director of THE HANGING GARDEN blends archival footage and dramatic action to reveal the secret world behind the well–oiled muscles and…
Better Living Through CircuitryBetter Living Through Circuitry (2000)
Dir. Jon Reiss
A cinematic valentine to underground dance culture in documentary form, this intersperses interviews with Genesis P–Orridge, Wolfgang Flur, DJ…
Bouncer: Behind the Velvet RopeBouncer: Behind the Velvet Rope (2000)
Dir. Steven Cantor
Those guardians of bars and nightclubs describe the perils and perks of their profession (and why for some there’s no difference between them).…
Calle 54Calle 54 (2000) Recommended
Dir. Fernando Trueba
A luxurious and overdue tribute to the charms of Latin jazz, dir. Tueba’s (BELLE EPOQUE) musical passion. Interviews with greats like Tito…
Celtic Britain (TV Series)Celtic Britain (TV Series) (2000)
Visually splendid three–part series that examines the history of the Celtic lands of Britain, using a mixture of dramatisation and sweeping…
Children UndergroundChildren Underground (2000)
Dir. Edet Belzberg
Disturbing and unanswerable documentation of a group of deperate homeless children (aged between 10 and 16) who call a dirty corner of a…
Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-BetweensChuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens (2000) Recommended
Dir. Margaret Selby
Feat. Chuck Jones
An in–depth look at the life and work of Warner Bros' visionary animator Chuck Jones, who began work as a low–level minion and rose to…
CunnamullaCunnamulla (2000) Recommended
Dir. Dennis O'Rourke
The provocative director of GOOD WOMAN OF BANGKOK turns his lense onto the Australian community of the title, a rag–tag small–town in…
Dark DaysDark Days (2000) Recommended
Dir. Marc Singer
A remarkable, compassionate document of homeless people condemned to living in underground shelters in the New York subway…
Diplomat, The (2000)
Dir. Tom Zubrycki
Panorama of East Timor’s struggle to regain independence from Indonesia following the 1975 invasion, expressed through the 24 year exile of former…
Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys StoryEndless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story (2000)
Dir. Alan Boyd
An accessible tour through the history of California’s pop success story – The Beach Boys – featuring archival footage from the…
Eyes of Tammy Faye, TheEyes of Tammy Faye, The (2000) Recommended
Dir. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
The heavily–mascaraed eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker shed a lot of tears as she recounts her experiences before and since the scandals that…
Fastpitch (2000)
Dir. Jeremy Spear
Satisfying personal story of the director’s experiences as a pitcher on the US fast–pitch softball tour, encountering the expected patches of…
Feathers of Peace, TheFeathers of Peace, The (2000) Recommended
Dir. Barry Barclay
Acclaimed study of the curious history of the Chatham Islands, originally occupied by the Moriori people before conquest by Maori tribes and…
FighterFighter (2000) Recommended
Dir. Amir Bar-Lev
Feat. Arnost Lustig, Jan Wiener
A powerfully affecting documentary that juxtaposes two compelling stories: Jan Wiener’s thrilling escape from Nazi–occupied Czechoslovakia to…
Filth and the Fury, TheFilth and the Fury, The (2000) Aro Favourite
Dir. Julien Temple
Film–maker Julien Temple gives an angry and commanding voice to 'The Sex Pistols' (incl. the late Sid Vicious), who tell their story 'like it…
First Person (TV Series)First Person (TV Series) (2000) Recommended
Dir. Errol Morris
Errol Morris, the renowned cinematic observer of human testimony, nuance and eccentricity, here extends his patented "Interrotron" interview…
Freestyle - The Art of RhymeFreestyle - The Art of Rhyme (2000) Recommended
Dir. Kevin Fitzgerald
Feat. Eminem, Tupac Shakur
An acclaimed history of rap performance from the early 1980s up till recent years, with emphasis on the art of improvisation. Includes a plethora…
From a Whisper to a Scream (2000)
Dir. David Heffernan
Three part chronicle on the extraordinary rise of Irish popular music from the 1950s onwards, starting from the ‘showband’ era, through Van…
GendernautsGendernauts (2000)
Dir. Monika Treut
Prolific lesbian director Monika Treut takes a tour of San Francisco’s transgender community. Aided by the likes of queer luminaries Annie…
Gleaners and I, TheGleaners and I, The (2000) Recommended
Dir. Agnes Varda
A widely–admired work by the godmother of French film, which essays the wastefulness of western society through a clutch of interviews with…
Gospel According to Philip K. Dick, TheGospel According to Philip K. Dick, The (2000)
Dir. Mark Steensland
A loosely–assembled scan through the unusual life and mind of influential sci–fi writer Philip K. Dick, whose twisting literary…
History LessonsHistory Lessons (2000)
Dir. Barbara Hammer
A "revisionist" archival doco from militant experimentalist, Barbara Hammer, that montages (and modifies) esoteric lesbiana as a clarion call for…
Howard Goodall's Big Bangs (TV Series)Howard Goodall's Big Bangs (TV Series) (2000) Aro Favourite
Feat. Howard Goodall
Presented by affable Brit maestro, Howard Goodall (whose own notable works include the theme tunes to Blackadder and Mr. Bean), this enlightening,…
Into the Arms of Strangers - Stories of the KindertransportInto the Arms of Strangers - Stories of the Kindertransport (2000) Recommended
Dir. Mark Jonathan Harris
Sombre journey into one of the dark corridors of the Holocaust, revealing the stories of Jewish children rescued in the months before WWII from Nazi…
Iron Ladies, TheIron Ladies, The (2000)
Dir. Yongyooth Thongkonthun
Feat. Jesdaporn Pholdee, Sahaphap Tor, Ekachai Buranapanit
The true story of a volleyball team in the Thai national champs composed of gay men, transsexuals and transvestites, never really clears the net of…
JFK's WomenJFK's Women (2000)
Revealing, if tabloid–esque expose of philandering in the White House: not Bill Clinton, but John F. Kennedy, whose affairs with four women may…
John Pilger's No Middle Ground in the Middle EastJohn Pilger's No Middle Ground in the Middle East (Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq; Palenstine is Still the Issue; Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror) (2000-2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. John Pilger, Alan Lowery
Feat. John Pilger
Three of journalist John Pilger’s most recent and cogent illustrations of the plight of the Middle East, with Iraq, foreign policy, Israel and…
Johnny Cash - The Man, His World, His MusicJohnny Cash - The Man, His World, His Music (2000)
Feat. Johnny Cash
A loosely constructed documentary that follows country folksinger Johnny Cash on tour and at home in the late 1960s. Though the quality of footage…
Keep the River On Your RightKeep the River On Your Right (2000)
Dir. David Shapiro, Laurie Shapiro
Feat. Tobias Schneebaum
Pursues the bizarre experiences of one Tobias Schneebaum, a gay NYC artist, who in the 1950s sought to ‘find himself’ in the jungles of the…
KurosawaKurosawa (2000) Recommended
Dir. Adam Low
Feat. James Coburn, Clint Eastwood, Kon Ichikawa
Solid, though roughly tailored journey through the life of the Japanese film director of THE SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO. Composed mostly of interview…
Mario Bava - Maestro of the MacabreMario Bava - Maestro of the Macabre (2000) Recommended
Dir. Garry S Grant
Find out where Dario Argento (and others) stole their licks from in this rare glimpse into the life and work of the Godfather of modern horror, whose…
Mark of Cain, TheMark of Cain, The (2000) Recommended
Dir. Alix Lambert
Instructive documentary on an esoteric subject: the disappearing art of the Russian prison tattoo. Journeying the penal system of the Russian…
Metallica - S & MMetallica - S & M (2000)
Dir. Wayne Isham
Michael Kamen directs the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in an epic accompaniment for heavy–metal gods Metallica. Songs include: The Ecstasy…
Murder on a Sunday MorningMurder on a Sunday Morning (2000) Recommended
Dir. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Winner of the 2002 Oscar for Best Documentary, this riveting coverage of the murder of a tourist in Florida and the inept (even vindictive)…
Mysterious Object at NoonMysterious Object at Noon (Dokfa nai Meuman) (2000)
Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Unique "exquisite corpse"* documentary follows a multi– faceted (to say the least) story constructed on the fly by rural Thailanders, and shot…
Naked StatesNaked States (2000) Recommended
Dir. Arlene Donnelly
American concept–artist Spencer Tunick’s particular concept is to persuade ordinary folk to disrobe and pose in public places, often in…
Natural History of the ChickenNatural History of the Chicken (2000)
Dir. Mark Lewis
The dir. of CANE TOADS here uses the odd behaviour of the humble chook as a wryly comic springboard for examining the equally odd behaviour of their…
North KoreaNorth Korea (Three Documentaries on the Despotic Regime of Kim Jong-Il) (2000-2003)
Topical and timely companion of three documentaries on the ostracised state of North Korea: ‘Nuclear Nightmare: Understanding North…
Notes from a Small IslandNotes from a Small Island (2000)
The observant, ironic travel–writer Bill Bryson ambles through the United Kingdom making consistently amusing note of the oddities he discovers.
One Day in SeptemberOne Day in September (2000) Recommended
Dir. Kevin MacDonald
Compelling reconstruction of events surrounding the terrorist siege that took centre–stage at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, where eleven…
Oracle of Omaha (2000)
Dir. Lisa D Gildehaus
The second–richest man in America, investor Warren Buffett, is the subject of this study, whose investment success and ethics have made him a…
Our People Our CenturyOur People Our Century (2000) Recommended
Major, award–winning series tells the story of New Zealand and its people throughout the 20th century. Six episodes across three…
Paradise Lost 2 - RevelationsParadise Lost 2 - Revelations (2000) Recommended
Dir. Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Essential sequel to the brilliant documentary of the now infamous Robin Hills Murder trial that saw three small boys savagely murdered and three…
Paragraph 175Paragraph 175 (2000)
Dir. Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
An uneasy delve into past atrocities, this bitter–tasting but necessary document of Nazi war crimes goes beyond the oft–told persecution…
Phandom Menace, ThePhandom Menace, The (2000)
Dir. Craig E Tonkin, Warwick Holt
A vivid look into the 'realities' of various obsessive STAR WARS fans in Australia, on the eve of THE PHANTOM MENACE being released in 1999. The…
Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (TV Series)Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (TV Series) (2000) Recommended
Feat. Alain de Botton
Presented by respected modern–day philosopher Alain de Botton, this six part series features six historical thinkers and their theories on how…
Pie in the Sky - The Brigid Berlin StoryPie in the Sky - The Brigid Berlin Story (2000)
Dir. Vincent Freemont, Shelly Dunn Freemont
Feat. Brigid Berlin
The true story of Brigid Polk, real name Brigid Berlin, a blueblood socialite who rebelled to become an Andy Warhol bad–girl, and starred in…
Pilot Guides (TV Series) Pilot Guides (TV Series) (2000)
Travel series inspired by the LONELY PLANET backpacker books and hosted by enthusiastic intrepid travellers as they explore the four corners of the…
RapmaniaRapmania (2000)
A transcontinental coming–together of US rappers and hiphoppers with twin concerts at New York’s Apollo Theatre and L.A.’s Palace…
Real New Zealand, TheReal New Zealand, The (2000)
Dir. Shirley Horrocks
An interesting 'backpack' across New Zealand, as seen from the perspective of tourists who choose to get off the beaten trail and spend their…
Rebels with a CauseRebels with a Cause (2000)
Dir. Helen Garvy
Straight–up look at the 'Students for a Democratic Society', the student group that began as pro–civil rights organization concerned with…
Scooterz (2000)
Dir. Todd Grossman
Feat. John Wilkening, Ali Kermani
Pro–riders like John Wilkening, Ali Kermani, and Kevin Keehl demonstrate the most cutting–edge tricks (or ways to put yourself in…
Songs for CassavetesSongs for Cassavetes (2000) Recommended
Dir. Justin Mitchell
Documentary homage to the idealistic, participatory spirit of the latter–day US punk bands of the 1990s. Featuring interviews and…
Sound and FurySound and Fury (2000) Recommended
Dir. Josh Aronson
An intimate, thought–provoking documentary that uses one extended family to explore the controversy surrounding a revolutionary procedure that…
Southern ComfortSouthern Comfort (2000) Recommended
Dir. Kate Davis
A fascinating and compassionate portrait of two transsexuals – a craggy cowboy (born a woman) and a vivacious siren (born a man) – who…
Space (TV Series)Space (TV Series) (2000)
Feat. Sam Neill
Sam Neill conducts a tour of Outer Space and some of the phenomenon of this vast (indeed possibly infinite) region. Broadly examines galactic and…
State of the Planet (TV Mini Series)State of the Planet (TV Mini Series) (2000) Aro Favourite
A three–part series in which BBC documentarian David Attenborough investigates the various environmental crises besetting Earth at the present…
SuperhumanSuperhuman (2000)
The makers of THE HUMAN BODY plumb the latest developments in bodily research and medical development, again utilising their cogent,…
They Filmed the War in Colour: France is Free!They Filmed the War in Colour: France is Free! (Ils ont filmé la guerre en couleur) (2000)
Dir. Rene-Jean Bouyer
Rewarding TV documentary (made in France) which combines rediscovered colour footage of the German occupation of France during WW2, with interviews…
Todd McFarlane - The Devil You KnowTodd McFarlane - The Devil You Know (2000)
Dir. Kenton Vaughan
A straightforward look at the life of comicbook 'wunderkind' Todd McFarlane, who got his start at Marvel comics drawing Spider–Man, and later…
Universal HorrorUniversal Horror (2000) Recommended
Dir. Kevin Brownlow
Reeling back to the horror films produced by Universal Studios in the 1930s, this Kevin Brownlow documentary is a lovingly–made reminder of the…
Universe (TV Series) (2000)
Dir. Mark Everest
Channel 4's acclaimed sequel to THE PLANETS, moves out of the solar system to investigate what else is going on in the cosmos. Again distinguished by…
Whirling Man, TheWhirling Man, The (2000)
Dir. Gretchin Mornin, James Hollings
Feat. Arnold Brooker
Brief compelling whirl through the world of Arnold Brooker, an eccentric fixture on the streets of Wellington who campaigns for the rights of the…
World War 2 In ColourWorld War 2 In Colour (2000)
Two part series that presents previously unseen global footage, from pre–war Germany to the end of the war in Africa, and the atomic bomb.
20 Dates (1999)
Dir. Myles Berkowitz
Queasily, both a documentary and 'mockumentary'; the director set out to make a movie and find himself a girlfriend at the same time, organising 20…
42 Up42 Up (1999) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Apted
The sixth part of the extraordinary television documentary series that documents the attitudes, personalities and lives of 14 Britishers of different…
American MovieAmerican Movie (1999) Aro Favourite
Dir. Chris Smith
Feat. Mark Borchardt
Touching a particular nerve in wannabe film–makers and struggling artists, this wonderful documentary finds a central character in aspiring…
American PimpAmerican Pimp (1999)
Dir. Hughes Brothers
Provocative documentary on that classic black socio–cultural archetype – The Pimp. Although the makers tend to be out–manipulated by…
Art of Piano, TheArt of Piano, The (1999) Recommended
Dir. Donald Sturrock
Survey of 20th century classical pianists that starts with Hofman and ends with Arrau, taking in such diverse talents of the keyboard as Rachmaninov,…
Awful Truth, The (TV Series)Awful Truth, The (TV Series) (1999) Recommended
Dir. Michael Moore
Feat. Michael Moore
Find out what's really going on in America with merciless media activist Michael Moore, fighting for the common man against the evil–doers of…
Beyond the MatBeyond the Mat (1999) Recommended
Dir. Barry W. Blaustein
Lifelong wrestling fan Barry Blaustein explores the myth and machine of pro–wrestling, focusing on the men behind the public image. WWF…
BrakhageBrakhage (1999) Recommended
Dir. Jim Shedden
Conventional, though enlightening portrait of experimental film maverick Stan Brakhage, whose work consistently pushed the boundaries of the medium…
Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club (1999) Aro Favourite
Dir. Wim Wenders
A handful of sprightly elderly Cuban musicians assembled in 1996 by guitarist Ry Cooder produced, with their soulful, melodic jazz sound, the biggest…
CampaignCampaign (1999) Recommended