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Biography documentaries

McCullin

McCullin, a 2013 biographical documentary directed by David Morris and Jacqui Morris about Don McCullin who is considered to be the greatest war photographer alive.   More than just a film about Don, this doc is a journey into the history of photojournalism through the eyes of McCullin. T[...]

Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot, a 2014 biographical war documentary about Matthew Vandyke, a 26-year-old man who decided to set out on an extraordinary 35,000-mile motorbike journey across South Africa and the Middle East.   The plan was to develop his sense of manhood and enjoy an adventure but hi[...]

Only the Dead

Only the Dead, a 2015 biographical war documentary following the experiences of Australian journalist Michael Ware beginning from his time as a rookie correspondent in the early days of the Iraq war.   The film captures the horrific violence Michael witnessed while reporting from the epic[...]

Pearl Jam Twenty

BiographyMusic Presenter Cameron Crowe 2011 Unrated

Pearl Jam Twenty: A documentary directed by American filmmaker and author Cameron Crowe marking the 20th anniversary of the American rock band Pearl Jam. As well as capturing the band perform in 2011, the film also looks into the early days of the group to build a picture of how they became one of t[...]

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

CrimeBiography Presenter Nick Broomfield 1992 Unrated

This doc has been reported as broken, which is in fact not true. On Chrome, you will see a small shield on the far right of your URL bar. Click it and click “load unsafe scripts”. They are not inherently unsafe, just flash player (which is being phased out). Unfortunately,[...]

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

American filmmaker Alex Gibney explores the personal life of Steve Jobs in this 2015 documentary "The Man in the Machine".   Jobs is easily one of the most important people in the history of computing, for the products he helped develop were ergonomic and desirable as well as be[...]

Land of Silence and Darkness

Land of Silence and Darkness (original title: Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit) is a 1971 documentary by the German filmmaker Werner Herzog which asks deaf-blind people about their experience of life.   The film centres around Fini Straubinger who lost both her eyesight and hearing[...]

Tashi and the Monk

BiographySociety Presenter Johnny Burke 2014 Unrated

Tashi and the Monk, a 2014 documentary by Johnny Burke and Andrew Hinton about a man who creates an extraordinary community for abandoned children, with no higher purpose than giving its young members the joys of childhood. The backdrop to this story is just as amazing, on top of a mountain in[...]

It Might Get Loud

It Might Get Loud, a 2008 documentary by American filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (producer of Training Day) profiling the recording and playing styles of several prominent rock musicians.   The film predominantly features rock guitarists, Jack White (The White Stripes), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppli[...]

The Queens Green Planet

The Queens Green Planet, a new 2018 documentary exploring Queen Elizabeth II's endeavours to plant a network of forests across the commonwealth.   The film is hosted by David Attenborough, who has dedicated his life to educating the world about the importance of preserving nature, adv[...]

The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld

The Unknown Known, a 2013 biographical war documentary about the life and career of Donald Rumsfeld, who was congressman and secretary of Defence in the Bush Administration.   This documentary is significant because Rumsfeld was in office from early 2001 to late 2006, which makes him resp[...]

Tabloid

CrimeBiography Presenter Errol Morris 2010 Unrated

In the 2010 documentary "Tabloid", director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line) investigates the story of Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen.   In 1977 McKinney, originally from Salt Lake City Utah hit the headlines in Britain for what has become known as the Manacled Mormon ca[...]

Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back

BiographyMusic Presenter Bob Dylan 1967 Unrated

Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back, a historic 1967 biographical music documentary by D.A. Pennebaker which covers Bob Dylans famous 1965 tour of the United Kingdom.   Dylan is a man who does not need any introduction for he is easily one of the most recognisable musicians of all time and rev[...]

Crumb

BiographyArt Presenter Robert Crumb 1994 Unrated

Crumb, a 1994 documentary about underground cartoonist Robert Crumb who is notable for creating famous works depicting American folk culture from the late 19th century into the early 20th century.   The film chronicles the life and career of Robert Crumb and highlights some of his most we[...]

This collection of biography documentaries will be focused on individuals, not groups or bands. If you are looking for a documentary about a particular band it will be found under the Music category for example. Exceptions to this include famous musicians and sports personalities which would also be found in either music or sport.