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

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All Governments LieAll Governments Lie (2016)
Dir. Fred Peabody
Documentary about independent journalism inspired by iconoclastic rebel journalist I. F. Stone, offering a timely critique of American mainstream media whilst exploring the legacy of this little known but hugely influential reporter.
SpookersSpookers (2017)
Dir. Florian Habicht
A delightfully surprising documentary feature about an Auckland "scream park" called Spookers that provides brave hordes of paying customers with the fearsome thrills of freaks, zombies and chainsaw-wielding clowns, played by a close-knit community of ordinary Kiwis. The material is a perfect match for…
Last Days in VietnamLast Days in Vietnam (2014)
Dir. Rory Kennedy
An exhaustive, Oscar-nominated documentary directed by the daughter of Robert Kennedy about the final panicked days of the Vietnam War as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon and the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled.
RiskRisk (2016)
Dir. Laura Poitras
The director of CITIZENFOUR focuses on another political dissident, Julian Assange, whom she followed for six years through controversies and turmoil, with many of those years spent in exile at the Equadorian embassy in London. The title reflects both the film-maker's increasing sense of jeopardy, and the…
Whitney: Can I Be MeWhitney: Can I Be Me (2017)
Dir. Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal
Bearing less of his signature subjectivity, veteran documentarian Nick Broomfield explores Whitney Houston's meteoric rise to stardom, turbulent marriage to Bobby Brown, battle with drugs and tragic death. Though more sympathetic and straight-forward than his other exposes of (living) celebrities, the result…
Author: The JT LeRoy StoryAuthor: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)
Dir. Jeff Feuerzeig
The seductively fascinating account of a major literary con, Jeremiah ‘Terminator’ LeRoy, who became a cult celebrity through his raw and confessional writings and image as a gender-bending prodigy. But the actual writer and public face were not one and the same, a situation that spun as much out of…
McLarenMcLaren (2017)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
After THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN, director Roger Donaldson tributes another Kiwi hero of motorsport, Bruce McLaren, for this elegant documentary portrait of a man of humble beginnings who had spectacular success in the elite world of Formula One motor racing in the 1960's, and died tragically at the age of…