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

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Booksellers, TheBooksellers, The (2019)
Dir. D.W. Young
A wistful and fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of antiquarian and rare book collecting. Focusses on shops, dealers and collectors from New York City, including Stephen Massey (founder of Christie's NY Book Department) and Nancy Bass Wyden (owner of Strand Bookstore). Narrated by Parker…
Laurel CanyonLaurel Canyon (2020)
Two part documentary series exploring the music and culture of Laurel Canyon and the wider LA rock scene of the 60's and 70's. Features incredible vintage clips of this revolutionary era, including Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, The Mamas & The Papas, Carole King, Crosby, Stills,…
Civilisations (TV Series)Civilisations (TV Series) (2018)
Inspired by Kenneth Clark's classic documentary series CIVILISATION (1969), this nine-part series tells the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, updating the subject matter to avoid the Eurocentricism that marred the earlier show. Presented by brilliant historians Simon Schama,…
Islands of the EmpireIslands of the Empire (1985)
Dir. Alister Barry, Rod Prosser, Russell Campbell
Documentary from Wellington production company Vanguard Films (SOMEONE ELSE'S COUNTRY) offering a valuable examination of military relationships between NZ and the USA from WWII onwards. Made in 1985, the 63 minute main feature has been digitally restored, and is presented alongside the short film NO SPY…
Meeting GorbachevMeeting Gorbachev (2018)
Dir. Werner Herzog, André Singer
Werner Herzog directs this candid documentary based on three interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. With fascinating ruminations on the often temporary nature of social and political reform, it's certainly a less energetic outing for Herzog, but no less engaging.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My MindRobin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)
Dir. Marina Zenovich
Documentary exploring the life and work of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died in 2014. An illuminating celebration of a brilliant mind and a kind heart.
Leunig Fragments, TheLeunig Fragments, The (2019)
Dir. Kasimir Burgess
A documentary portrait of Michael Leunig, the cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet who counts as one of Australia's National Living Treasures. Filmed over 5 years, we observe him reflecting on his art, his mortality, and his formidable career.