Still from Zanny Begg’s film The Beehive.
Zanny Begg's film The Beehive, about the 1975 murder of Juanita Nielsen, dismantles the idea that documentaries can impart unequivocal knowledge about the world.
Cocos Malay photo from the 1910s showing a wedding procession that is still practised today with the groom pictured going to the bride’s house accompanied by members of the community.
Wikimedia Commons/From the book 'Coral reefs and islands' authored by Jones, F. Wood (Frederic Wood), 1879-1954, Published by Lovell Reeve & Co. , Ltd. London. Photo digitized by Smithsonian Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
In the 1800s, a group of Southeast Asians were taken to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, now part of Australia, by an English merchant. Their descendants are seeking Indigenous status from Australia.
Flamingoes dance on a lake in South America in Planet Earth II Live in Concert.
Planet Earth II Live fuses footage from the BBC series with live orchestration. Despite some narrative flaws, it's a stirring call to look after our environment.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela being laid to rest. In death, as in life, she divided opinions.
Society expects journalists to report objectively. But a documentary filmmaker has an opinion.
A still from the documentary film ‘Like a Wolf’ about a young kid from an unprivileged background trying to make it in higher education.
Comme un Loup
To what degree do pupils belong to or in a school?
The Blyth Spartans team of 1917, including Bella Reay (front row, centre) who scored a hat-trick in the Munitionettes Cup.
A top class female footballer and tragic young soldier who was shot for 'desertion' despite fighting in some of WW1's bloodiest battle fields are two hidden stories of The Great War.
Once we see the scale of issues like the climate change crisis, it can be difficult to imagine solutions. Collective reflection and alternative storytelling is one way to begin. Here: Youth leaders at the Climate March in New York City.
(The Shore Line Project)
Filmmaker Liz Miller discusses her collaborative, interactive documentary process and how storytelling might lead us to an alternative future through action and resistance.
Frank Olson under the microscope.
Errol Morris's new series is not a traditional documentary, but it's doggedly committed to discovering what happened to Frank Olson.
Zarina Sodha, from Lakhpath Kachchh, Gujarat (western India), a folk singer.
Anjali Monteiro/KP Jayakrishnan
Passionate musicians in Western India are committed to “break down the walls” of hate built by opportunistic politics between religious communities.
George Michael in the music video for Father Figure.
Screenshot from Youtube
George Michael's posthumous documentary Freedom reveals the star's tension between pop-stardom and privacy.
Al Gore brings climate change back to the big screen in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth woke up the world to climate change. But with its sequel hitting cinemas now, it's not clear that 'big issue' documentaries make a difference in the long term.
From Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer.
Documentaries are vital vehicles for explaining the world.
At the United Nations’ prisoner-of-war camp at Pusan, North Korean and Chinese prisoners are assembled in one of the camp compounds.
Wkimedia/Larry Gahn/US State Department
More than six decades after the Korean War, a small group of North Korean prisoners of war may get a chance to return home.
Fokofpolisiekar’s lead vocalist Francois van Coke.
A pioneering documentary about South African punks, Fokofpolisiekar, doesn't only focus on the band, but also illuminates the evolution of the documentary form.
Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
After the deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016, the release of a new documentary about their lives, Bright Lights, feels serendipitous. Already shown to some film festivals…
The University of Wollongong's Dr Siobhan McHugh (consulting producer on Fairfax's Phoebe's Fall podcast) speaks with Julie Snyder, Executive Producer of Serial, about making serial audio and the impact of podcasting.
When Two Worlds Collide
A new documentary examines indigenous activism in Peru – calling attention to the dark side of the country's economic boom.
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie is a perceptive and fair-minded exploration.
My Scientology Movie/Red Box Films
My Scientology Movie avoids taking cheap shots at one of America's most mockable religions; instead it is a fair, revealing (and sometimes funny) look at Scientology's methods and leadership.
Janis Joplin in a new documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015).
Janis Joplin was once voted the 'Ugliest Man on Campus'. Sharon Jones was told she was 'too old, too fat, too short, too black' to succeed in music. Two documentaries chart the lives of these extraordinary women.
Oscar Pistorius walks without his prosthetic legs at a recent hearing at the Pretoria High Court.
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for killing his girlfriend. It comes after a well-publicised TV interview which some believe was used to influence the judge.