Documentary Movies

The Wrecking Crew

A look at the work of the session musicians who provided back-up to such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Putuparri and the Rainmakers

Prizewinner: Tom Lawford in <i>Putuparri and the Rainmakers</i>.

Documentary about indigenous man Tom "Putuparri" Longford, caught between the modern world and traditional ways, and four journeys over 20 years back to a sacred desert waterhole.

How to Change the World

Environmentalist and journalist Bob Hunter in a still from the documentary How to Change the World

In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination.

Another Country

Attn SPECTRUM ONLY Actor David Gulpilil on Casuarina Beach in Darwin ahead of his career retrospective at the Melbourne film festival. Pic Glenn Campbell

Australian legend David Gulpilil tells the story of when his people's way of life was derailed by ours.

Gayby Baby

The Australian documentary Gayby Baby follows four kids who have been raised by same-sex parents.

Gayby Baby follows the lives of four kids whose parents are all gay. As they each wrestle with personal change, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids...

Best of Enemies

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jnr.

The Wolfpack

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Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch.


Iris Apfel in Iris

A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.


A film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and thousands of years.

I Am Big Bird

Scene from the film

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

Freedom Stories

Freedom Stories explores the achievements and struggles of former boat people now living in Australia.

A Family Affair

George Xylouris is a member of a famed dynasty of Cretan folk musicians.

Three generations of musicians uphold and pass on the vibrant tradition of Cretan music, performing ceaselessly to followers across the world.


Amy Winehouse performs

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

Going Clear: Scientology and the prison of belief


An in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

The Emperor's New Clothes

Russell Brand in a scene from The Emperor's New Clothes

British comedian Russell Brand joins forces with director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and inequality.

Walking the Camino

Tatiana and her son Cyrian, from the documentary Walking The Camino

Walking the Camino follows various pilgrims, from ages three to 73, as they attempt to cross Spain on foot.

Banksy Does New York

Banksy Does New York

This documentary follows famed street artist Banksy as he creates 31 works of art in 31 days in New York city.

Cobain: Montage of Heck

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The authorised documentary on Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with grunge band Nirvana.

The Salt of the Earth

Photographer Sebastiao Salgado, from the documentary The Salt Of The Earth

The lens it turned on photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado, who has spent decades transporting people to the furthest corners of the Earth through his images.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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Uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner Elaine Stritch is showcased both on and off stage in this intimate documentary.