2001 documentaries

Ray Mears Extreme Survival - Desert Island Survival

Ray Mears is deserted on a desert island in the South Pacific. What should you do upon being shipwrecked on an uninhabited island? Ray Mears explains a number of techniques that you should use to survive in this tranquil but deadly environment.

Dogtown and Z-Boys

SportHistory Presenter Sean Penn 2001

Dogtown and Z-Boys. A documentary which takes us to the origins of skateboarding as we know it today through the eyes of a group of Californian surfers. In the 1960’s skateboarding was considered to be a fad by most people and by the 70’s its relative popularity had all but died out[...]

U-234-Hitlers Last U-Boat

Originally built as a mine layer in 1940, U-234 was a submarine which was the largest of its class with a hull length of 90 meters. Her first and only mission was handed directly from Hitler in 1945 to deliver enriched uranium and all of the secrets and technology that Germany possessed ov[...]

Minute by Minute: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens

A documentary about the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. This film runs through the lives of eye witness and the key events leading up to the tremendous volcanic eruption which is one of the most destructive events to happen in human history. There are a number of interviews with eye witne[...]

Fidel Castro: The Untold Story

Documentary about Fidel Castro. How much should we pay for "free" speech? Does personal freedom equate to personal happiness? Is Democracy just another word for rampant, devisive capitalism? If you're at all intrigued by any of these questions then familiarising yourself with the[...]

Five Steps to Tyranny

Five Steps to Tyranny documentary from 2001. The film explores the ideas behind tyranny and genocide, something that seems to have plagued the human race since the beginning. What causes people to change from civic folk to turning on their own neighbors?; how the unthinkable somehow becomes psy[...]

The New Rulers of the World

Activism Presenter John Pilger 2001

The New Rulers of the World: John Pilger takes a look at the global economy and shows that divisions between the rich and the poor are greater than ever. This documentary was made in 2001 and first broadcast on ITV that summer. Now more than 15 years on the themes Pilger highlighted h[...]

Walking with Beasts

Walking with Beasts: A revolutionary series that was a follow up to the landmark BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs. These documentaries take us into the world of the Cenozoic era which is a Geologic time period around 66 million years ago, just after the Tunguska event which wiped out the[...]

Freedom Downtime: The Kevin Mitnick Story

  This is the story of Kevin Mitnick, ex-hacker, author and computer security consultant who is known for his famous 1995 computer crimes arrest and subsequent jailing for 5 years. Before this, he had been arrested and jailed for 12 months in 1988 for taking software from the DEC&r[...]

Revolution OS

TechnologySociety Presenter Susan Egan 2001 Unrated

  Revolution OS, directed by J. T. S. Moore takes a look back over the last twenty years of the open source operating systems Linux and GNU and how they came to lead the charge in this software revolution.   When we say “revolution” these platforms have never been[...]

The Siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad was one of the worst sieges to happen in history. Also known as the Leningrad Blockade this siege happened in the city we call Saint Petersburg today and was conducted by the German army during world war 2.   It started on September 8th, 1941&nbs[...]

Waking Life

  Waking Life is a 2002 docu-animation film discussing deep meanings concerning the universe, created by American director Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Boyhood).   Using real footage with actors which was then painstakingly rotoscoped from digital to a special animated effec[...]

When Dinosaurs Roamed America

When Dinosaurs Roamed America is a two-hour nature documentary film narrated by American actor John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, 10 Cloverfield Lane) about the history of dinosaurs on the continent of America.   The film features dinosaurs created by Paleo-artist and art director Mark Dubea[...]

Magical Egypt (preview)

Magical Egypt is full of amazing ancient wonders, and when we think they have all been found something new is discovered.   This 2001 documentary narrated by Derek Partridge explains a part of Egyptian history that is not widely known to the public. Much of the magic and wisdom the elders[...]

Murder on a Sunday Morning

Murder on a Sunday Morning is a 2001 crime documentary about the Brenton Butler case by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.   Brenton Butler was arrested and tried for the 2000 murder of a tourist in Jacksonville, Florida. The significant aspect of the case was that he was only 15 years old when he[...]

Gods and Goddesses

Gods and Goddesses is a 2001 history documentary narrated by Stanley Bernard which explores the world of ancient Greek mythology.   Today our only window into the world of the ancient Greeks is through their written mythology and monuments. This history has been about long before the bibl[...]

The Ape that Took Over the World

ScienceNature Presenter Bernard Hill 2001 Unrated

    In 2001, scientists announced a startling discovery: the oldest skull of a human ancestor ever found. The fossil of three million and a half old, was very complete, and finding fossils unlike any before. Their discovery – by a team led by Meave Leakey of the famous Leakey[...]

Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?

Conspiracy Presenter Mitch Pileggi 2001 Unrated

  Did We Land on the Moon? This age-old conspiracy theory has been around for decades, put forward by people who are convinced that the US government duped the world into thinking that 12 men had walked on the Moon. This documentary examines much of the evidence put forward to back the idea.[...]

The Blue Planet

The Blue Planet, an epic 8-part nature documentary series hosted by British naturalist David Attenborough exploring the world's oceans.   There are many documentaries about oceans but this is probably the ultimate series ever made. It is 17-year-old now, but the quality of the cinemat[...]

Winged Migration

Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) is a 2001 French nature documentary by Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats and Jacques Perrin about the incredible migrations made by birds.   The film was shot across seven continents over the course of four years using special aerial photography. It cap[...]