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

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MaidenMaiden (2018)
Dir. Alex Holmes
Documentary about the all-female crew of the Maiden, who won the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race against all odds, upsetting the male-centric sports industry with their dramatic victory. Skippered by 24 year-old Tracy Edwards, whose ascent from being a cook with male-led crews to leading her…
StuffedStuffed (2019)
Dir. Erin Derham
A documentary about the fascinating and mysterious world of taxidermy, featuring passionate artists and experts and providing a fully rounded encounter with this oft-misunderstood art form.
Recorder: The Marion Stokes ProjectRecorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019)
Dir. Matt Wolf
Extraordinary documentary about the TV producer and historian Marion Stokes and her vast collection of home recorded American news clips, which form a unique cultural archive spanning three decades and 70,000 VHS and Betamax tapes. As a socialist and an African American, Stokes' collection, which had to…
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 and collectors from New York City, including Stephen Massey (founder of Christie's NY Book Department) and Nancy Bass Wyden (owner of Strand Bookstore). Narrated by Parker…
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 vintage clips of this revolutionary era, including Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, The Mamas & The Papas, Carole King, Crosby, Stills,…
Civilisations (TV Series)Civilisations (TV Series) (2018)
Inspired by Kenneth Clark's classic documentary series CIVILISATION (1969), this nine-part series tells the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, updating the subject matter to avoid the Eurocentricism that marred the earlier show. Presented by brilliant historians Simon Schama,…
Islands of the EmpireIslands of the Empire (1985)
Dir. Alister Barry, Rod Prosser, Russell Campbell
Documentary from Wellington production company Vanguard Films (SOMEONE ELSE'S COUNTRY) offering a valuable examination of military relationships between NZ and the USA from WWII onwards. Made in 1985, the 63 minute main feature has been digitally restored, and is presented alongside the short film NO SPY…