1997 documentaries

The History of Halloween

SocietyHistory Presenter Harry Smith 1997 Unrated

The History of Halloween: Halloween is a yearly celebration which is observed in a number of countries across the world. According to some scholars Halloween was historically influenced by Celtic harvest festivals with pagan roots while others say that it has only Christian roots.  [...]

Waco: The Rules of Engagement

Nominated for Best Documentary at the 1997 Academy Awards. The true story of the events at Waco, Texas 1993.  A controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group (the Branch Davidians, under the leadership of the young, charismatic David Koresh) and the FBI[...]

Guns, Germs, and Steel

SocietyConspiracy Presenter Peter Coyote 1997 Unrated

Based on Jared Diamond’s critically acclaimed book by the same name, ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel’, this documentary attempts to discover the reasons for inequality that spans the globe. This is no small task by any means and Diamond travels across four continents and gets opinions from[...]

Tough Guys - Ice Hockey

Sport Presenter Mike Clattenburg 1997 Unrated

This ice hockey documentary follows American and Canadian “tough guys” as they compete in the now-defunct Central Hockey League during the late 1990’s. Canadian director Mike Clattenburg who is known for making “Trailer Park Boys” (2001) provides a portal back in t[...]

The Nazis: A Warning from History

The Nazis: A Warning from History is a 1997 series examining the story of Adolf Hitler, the national socialists and their rise to power, supreme reign and fall. This landmark series written by Laurence Rees is one of the most in-depth nazi documentary programs ever made featuring many inte[...]

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

  Little Dieter Needs to Fly, a 1997 biographical war documentary by World-renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog which centres around German-American Naval piolet Dieter Dengler who talks about experiences during the Vietnam war.   During his tour, Dengler was shot down by an anti-airc[...]

The Crucible: 21 Years in the Frame

Sport Presenter David Vine 1997 Unrated

The Crucible: 21 Years in the Frame is a three-part 1997 documentary which celebrated 21 years of the annual World Snooker Championship being held at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The venue is to snooker fans what Ascot is to horse racing and Wembley is to English football. The series includes[...]