Never has there been a better time to tuck into a little light watching that contributes to your broader trivia knowledge, or acts as an impetus for fun conversation starters at winter dinner parties. From religious cults to fashion pioneers, these are the documentaries that we’re watching right now.
Keep Sweet: Prey and Obey
A four-part documentary surrounding the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, and its current leader Warren S. Jeffs. Watch on Netflix
Black & Blues – The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong’s distinctive voice is globally renowned, but his backstory is less talked about. In a fascinating new documentary, director Sacha Jenkins pulls back the curtain on the musician’s life and legacy. Watch on Apple TV+
Mary Quant, a trailblazing fashion rebel forever ahead of her time in the 1960s set the tone for fashion generations to come. In this documentary, audiences peer into the iconoclast’s mind over the decades and how she inspired individuality in fashion as we know it today. With appearances from those closest to her, this documentary is sure to breathe new life and inspiration into your closet. Watch in cinemas from August 18th
From Jon Favreau and the producers of Planet Earth comes a docuseries of epic proportions. Narrated by David Attenborough and scored by Hans Zimmer, Prehistoric Planet transports viewers back 66 million years to paint a picture of what the Earth would have looked like when dinosaurs roamed the land, sea and sky. Watch on Apple TV+
The Velvet Queen
Photographer Vincent Munier and writer Sylvain Tesson document their mission to catch a glimpse of a rare snow leopard in Tibet. Uncovering parts of the natural world we don’t often see, The Velvet Queen has been described as a ‘lyrical nature film more concerned with soulfulness than spectacle’, and delivers remarkable insight into the world around us, and why we need to start taking the future of the planet seriously. Watch in cinemas now
The Girl in the Picture
A young mother’s mysterious death and her son’s kidnapping blows open the door to a frightening story full of twists and turns that delve into the woman’s true identity and the federal fugitive at the heart of it all. With a stranger-than-fiction story that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, this true crime doco is the genre at its finest. You won’t be able to tear your eyes away.