The best documentaries of the decade
The past 10 years have enlightened, terrified, and entertained.
Watch the brand new Kiwi short doc series ChillDocs right here
From Ihumaatao to a cheeky leopard seal named Owha.
Netflix’s Tell Me Who I Am is an incredibly moving film on memory loss and brotherly bonds
“This raw display of male vulnerability strikes the heart and all its arteries.”
You’ll feel every drop of sweat in the stunning Amazing Grace
Aretha Franklin’s performance will blow you away.
Operation: Rambu & NZ’s international action star you’ve never heard of
New Loading Docs short on the Kiwi star of “Indonesian Rambo”
Watch this year’s Loading Docs shorts and hear from their filmmakers
Celebrating modern heroes, a forgotten action star and more.
Climate change film 2040 might just shift your world for the better
But if you’re a science nerd, there’s little here for you.
Herbs: Songs of Freedom director on his doco about local music legends
NZ Music Hall of Fame inductees Herbs are celebrated in new doco
Director of 2040 on making people understand and act on climate change
“If you give them the tools, great things can happen.”
New film details the competitive advantage of plant-based diets
“The Game Changers isn’t here to preach to the wellness-culture choir,”
Love scotch? Then you’ll lap up amiable doco Scotch: The Golden Dream
Those with no interest can just keep walking.
Heperi Mita on his doco about pioneering filmmaking mum Merata
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen returns to cinemas.
Film is indivisible from whānau in Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
An exploration of family alongside a celebration of creativity.
Netflix doco Knock Down the House captures rise of AOC and much more
Political doco includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its four subjects.
Martin Phillipps on Chills doco: “There’s been a lot of tears shed, I’ll tell you”
“To know that they might be filming me dying was actually pretty heavy.”
Breaking Habits director tells us about his doco’s weed-dealing nuns
‘She got very angry with me and was like, “It’s not a gimmick.”‘
Film about a weed-dealing nun opens on the same week as Avengers: Endgame
And the tagline? “A higher calling.”
The Heart Dances director on documenting fraught ballet adaptation of The Piano
On the gender balance of crew: “I think we roughly had a 50/50 ratio and the dynamic was great.”
Dog’s Best Friend director explains his subject susses dogs out really quickly
“I think dogs just naturally feel comfortable around him because he’s a great leader.”
Chills doco interview: “Could Martin Phillipps beat the monster of his own making?”
“Lots of people have tried to do it because let’s be honest, Martin Phillipps has a dramatic tale.”
The Price of Everything thoughtfully examines the obscenely rich art world
Includes responses from critics, historians, auctioneers, and artists.
Soldiers Without Guns trailer: the story of Kiwis who used guitars to help end a war
Will Watson’s tell-all documentary hits cinemas April 18.