Documentary

I love a true story. My favourite books are biographies, memoirs, travel logs. So it will come as no surprise that I love a documentary. Fortunately there are lots of good ones about.

Here are some that I highly recommend!

Circus Elephant Rampage (U.S Title: Tyke Elephant Outlaw)

This well publicised documentary is the story of when Tyke, an abused circus elephant, decided she’d had enough and escaped onto the streets of Honolulu. Everybody should watch this.

You can watch the trailer here.

If you liked this you may also like: Blackfish

Surfwise

One of my all-time favourite documentaries, Surfwise follows the incredible story of the Paskowitz family. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, along with his third wife and their 8 (9?) children are the American first family of surfing. The kids grew up travelling around in an old camper van, never going to school, wearing hand-me-down clothes and following Doc’s strict regime. Not all of them liked it.

You can watch the trailer here.

If you liked this you may also like: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

Twinsters

Imagine meeting someone online and then discovering they are your twin? Well this is a remarkable true story of Samantha and Anais who were both adopted as babies from Korea and ended up meeting two decades later, whilst living in different countries, thanks to the internet.

You can watch the trailer here.

If you liked this you may also like: Life Animated

One More Shot

This documentary follows Maya and Noah’s quest to become parents. Sometimes heart warming, sometimes gut wrenching this film really shows the highs and lows of fertility treatment.

You can watch the trailer here.

If you liked this you may also like: The Vikings Are Coming

Kings of Pastry

Storyville’s Kings of Pastry follows a handful of patisserie chefs who are desperate to earn “Le MOF” (Meilleur Ouvrier de France). The special award in France that only the best of the best can achieve. This is edge of your seat stuff! As Greg Wallace might say “Pastry doesn’t get tougher than this!”. You can watch the trailer here.

If you liked this you may also like: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

Evil Genius

I recently watched this four-part documentary series on Netflix. At 2:28pm on 28th August 2003 a man walked into a bank to rob it. He had a bomb locked around his neck. Touted as “The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist” it is truly gripping. You can watch the trailer here.

If you liked this you may also like: The Confession Tapes, Making A Murderer, The Keepers

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