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

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First Monday in May, TheFirst Monday in May, The (2016)
Dir. Andrew Rossi
Star-studded glimpse into the hectic preparation involved in the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, "China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.
Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream AllianceDark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance (2015)
Dir. Louise Osmond
An inspirational and life-affirming rags-to-riches true story of a barmaid who bred a champion racehorse. Set in a former mining village in Wales, a group of friends from a working men's club take on the elite 'sport of kings' by training a young foal to beat the finest thoroughbreds in the country. A…
TickledTickled (2016)
Dir. David Farrier, Dylan Reeve
Utterly engrossing documentary from Kiwi journo David Farrier, who stumbles into the bizarre world of "competitive tickling" that leads him on an investigative trail towards something much more pervasive and sinister. Unique in subject, but following a path established by cautionary internet docos like…
heART of the matter, TheheART of the matter, The (2016)
Dir. Luit Bieringa
A valuable historical documentary tracing the remarkable shifts in educational philosophy in New Zealand during the post WWII years, in which rote-learning was replaced with an arts-oriented, thoroughly bi-cultural education system.
Richie McCaw: Chasing GreatRichie McCaw: Chasing Great (2016)
Dir. Justin Pemberton, Michelle Walshe
Intimate documentary follows Richie’s final 365 days leading the All Blacks as the most capped rugby player of all time attempting to pull-off his most ambitious goal yet – to end his career by becoming the first person to captain back-to-back World Cup wins.
EmbraceEmbrace (2016)
Dir. Taryn Brumfritt
Empowering documentary follows Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfit on an extensive crusade to illuminate the global issue of women's body image and its associated negative stereotypes. Indeed, not just a pretty face, Brumfit proves adept as a film-maker and refreshingly candid in front of the camera, and…
WeinerWeiner (2016)
Dir. Josh Kriegman, Elyyse Steinberg
Shockingly funny all-access doco that exposes the machinations of a political campaign following former congressman Anthony Weiner's earnest bid for the New York mayoralty while embroiled in an embarrasing sex scandal.