One of the downsides of rural living i.e. a 2500 population town in the middle of glorious Scottish countryside, is that not every house is connected to the web via fibre broadband. We are meant to be getting it soon, however, until then our television channel choice is fairly limited. As such we have tended to rely more and more on subscription services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix. Both have their plus points, but overall I’d say Netflix has more programs we like to watch. Allied to that is that everything on Netflix is free once you’ve subscribed. To be fair there are other benefits to Amazon, such as Amazon Prime membership, but in general Netflix just has more to watch. As the title of this piece suggests, one of things I enjoy most on Netflix is the documentaries.
Anyone new to Netflix will probably quickly spin through all 10 episodes of Making a Murderer. It goes without saying that the story of Steven and Brendan Avery is absolutely essential viewing. However, dig deeper and there are so many outstanding pieces of documentary work on the channel. Here are three more I’d recommend:
The Tower – Gripping story of Charles Whitman and the events surrounding his shooting spree from the top of the Austin University tower. The format is a mix of animation, historical footage and present day interviews. Really was a fantastically well made piece of television art on a subject I knew nothing about. One of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched.
Foxcatcher – This was an odd one. One strange (rich) man’s fascination with the relatively obscure sports of Greco- Roman and Freestyle wrestling. It ends up in cold blooded murder. Beyond that I won’t reveal more.
The Keepers – This one has just started and is being played out over several hour long episodes. It starts with the murder of a young nun in Baltimore. Sexual Abuse and its cover-up are core to what seems to he happening.
At the heart of this program is a group of amateur sleuths who are all former colleagues, pupils, friends of Sister Kathy Cesnick. A truly mind-numbing tale is unfolding.
And yes, these all involve death. I hope that doesn’t say too much about my personality. It’s just that many dramatic documentaries are ones focused on tragic events. I will try to watch some on happier themes, and if worth watching I’ll be sure to recommend them.
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