Let’s take a look at 40 must watch Sky documentaries…
Honeyland is a visually stunning and deeply moving film that tells the story of Hatidze Muratova - the last female wild beekeeper in Europe.
Featuring incredible access to Imelda Marcos, to many of the key figures in her life and to the players involved in contemporary Philippine politics, The Kingmaker is a dark fairytale. A fairytale told by the embodiment of an unreliable narrator.
On 23rd January 2020, China locked down Wuhan - a city of 11 million people - to combat the outbreak of Covid 19. 76 Days puts us on the front line with patients, doctors and nurses in a hospital at the centre of the pandemic.
Cured tells the story of the social and medical injustice carried out in the US at a time when being gay was considered to be a mental illness that could be cured, a sexual deviance that must be addressed - a learned behaviour that had to be unlearned. This gripping documentary examines the impact of this damaging view via newly rediscovered archive footage and a series of insightful interviews.
Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s film explores the life of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The story they tell is both fascinating and deeply moving. Meanwhile, befitting its subject, the documentary itself is a beautiful, visually stunning experience.
Meticulously created from carefully restored, never before seen footage, Apollo 11 is a time machine that takes you back to 1969 and gives you a front row seat in mission control.
On The Record
On The Record is a powerful examination of the risks of coming forward in the era of #MeToo. Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s documentary follows former music executive, Drew Dixon, as she wrestles with the decision to go public and share her story with the New York Times.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a wonderful documentary - a warm, insightful and heartfelt celebration of the author, her work and the importance of literary fiction.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles the life and career of the late John Lewis - the iconic civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Dawn Porter’s timely and powerful film mixes stunning archive footage and fascinating interviews to explore the legacy of a man who spent over 60 years getting into good trouble over civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration.
Assassins tells the incredible and disturbing story of two young women - Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam. In 2017, they assassinated Kim Jong-nam - the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un - in the departures hall of Malaysia’s international airport. However, all was definitely not what it seemed.
Framing Britney Spears
Framing Britney Spears looks at the legal battle surrounding the superstar's controversial conservatorship and explores the #FreeBritney movement.
The Return: Life After ISIS
Shamima Begum and Hoda Muthana attracted the attention of the world’s media when they travelled from their home countries - in the UK and the US - as teenagers and joined ISIS. Now, they want to return to their home.
Alba Sotorra’s thought-provoking film takes us to the camp where Begum, Muthana and a shocking number of women and children live in extremely difficult conditions. At the camp, Sevinaz, a young Kurdish woman who has lost family to ISIS, invites the women to write letters to their former selves and tell their stories.
If ever you have felt unmoved by their experiences, The Return is here to challenge your opinions. Their stories are devastating and all express profound regret that they ever decided to join ISIS. Powerfully, the terrorist group is described as a cult in the film - brainwashing and manipulating potential members until they are trapped, perhaps forever.
A powerful and moving look at the life of music icon, Tina Turner.
Allen V Farrow
In this four-part documentary series, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick examines one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals: the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then seven-year-old daughter.
Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man both is and is not about the music artist Rodriguez. Malik Bendjelloul's documentary looks at Rodriguez’s impact in South Africa and takes us on an amazing journey to find the truth about this elusive, mythical figure.
Man On Wire
On 7 August 1974, French high wire walker, Philippe Petit, fixed a wire between New York’s World Trade Center towers in order to walk, run and dance between the two buildings - 1,350 feet above the ground. Man On Wire, tells the story of how Petit and his team managed to plan, prepare and achieve this remarkable and terrifying feat.
The Wolf Pack
All six brothers in the Angulo family love movies. They love to reenact their favourite films - complete with props and costumes. Nothing odd there. However, what is unsettling is that this is the only way these young men have been able to experience the world outside their apartment on the Lower East Side Of Manhattan. Since they were born, their father, Oscar, has kept them locked there isolated from a society that he distrusts and fears.
The Painter and the Thief
The opening moments of Benjamin Ree’s documentary, The Painter and the Thief, almost feel like the beginning of a true crime documentary. CCTV footage captures two men as they break into an art gallery in Norway and steal two large paintings. However, Ree is not as interested in the crime as he is in what happened next. The director introduces us to the Czech artist, Barbora Kysilkova, whose paintings were stolen and we follow her to the trial of one of the thieves responsible.
Kysilkova feels compelled to attend court because she is haunted by two questions. Why did the two men steal her paintings and what did they do with them? We know nothing of the thief in question and, as a result, are somewhat surprised by his response to her first question: “because they are beautiful”. This will not be the last time that the documentary wrong foots us.
The Go Go’s
In 1982, The Go Go’s made history by becoming the first all female band - who wrote their own songs and played their own instruments - to reach number one in the US Billboard album chart. With interviews from band members, managers and music industry experts, Alison Ellwood’s documentary takes us back to the band’s very beginning and reveals the fascinating story of The Go Go’s rise and fall… and rise again.
My Rembrandt explores the powerful and complex relationship between Rembrandt’s paintings and the dealers, historians and collectors whose lives have been forever changed by his work.
Capturing The Friedmans
Andrew Jarecki was working on a film about New York party entertainers when he met a professional clown called David Friedman. After conducting some research, Jarecki discovered something shocking. In 1987, David's father and younger brother had been arrested on suspicision of child abuse. Both had later been found guilty. As a result, Jarecki decided to focus his camera on the Friedman family.
The life story of comedy star John Belushi is told via archive photos and footage, animation and moving audio interviews with those who knew him best.
The Case Against Adnan Syed
A four part examination of the 1999 murder of Baltimore student, Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed.
Class Action Park
During the 1980s and 1990s, New Jersey’s Action Park earned a reputation as the craziest, most dangerous amusement park that had ever existed. Run by teenagers and fuelled by alcohol, the rides defied physics and common sense. Safety was far from guaranteed. Seth Porges and Chris Charles Scott’s brilliantly entertaining documentary, Class Action Park, explores the history and legacy of Action Park - a place, we discover, where “death was tolerated” and a variety of crimes were committed.
The powerful story of a chimpanzee who was taken from its mother at birth and taught to communicate with sign language.
Cobain: Montage Of Heck
Using home video footage, interviews, animation and Kurt Cobain's own diaries, Cobain: Montage Of Heck paints a fascinating portrait of a hugely talented musician and a deeply troubled man.
Touching The Void
Think about climbing films and Kevin MacDonald’s gripping and suspenseful documentary, Touching The Void, inevitably comes to mind. Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’s disastrous climb of the Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range in the Peruvian Andes is well known not for what happened on their ascent, but for the trouble they encountered on the way back down.
Completed before her untimely passing, Nothing Compares charts Sinéad O’Connor's phenomenal rise to worldwide fame and examines how her iconoclastic personality resulted in her exile from the pop mainstream.
The story of the 'Janes' - a group of activists who built a clandestine network for women with unwanted pregnancies and
provided low-cost and free illegal abortions.
An intimate portrait of bad-boy American tennis icon John McEnroe, in which the seven-time Grand Slam champion shares
his battles both on and off the court.