The Six Netflix Documentaries You Need To See

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Alright, you binge on ’Making a Murderer’ and you’ve finished ‘The Keepers’ … now what? Start with these six Netflix docos.

Icarus

What began with director Bryan Fogel jumping into a Super Size Me-style experiment with performance enhancing drugs transformed into a major international exposé when Fogel’s chance meeting with the head of Russia anti-doping program Dr Grigory Rodchenkov led to the doc’s confession of state-sponsored drug fraud, which had cheated the Olympics for decades.

Hot Girls Wanted

This documentary is nowhere near as sexy as it sounds, lifting the lid on the seedy side of the porn industry. The doco earned rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and was then picked up by Netflix, revealing the harsh reality of what aspiring adult film stars are expected to endure in the pursuit of pornographic pre-eminence.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

If you like ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries, you’ll love this Netflix Original about a scrappy underdog minor league baseball team from the 1970s. The now-defunct Portland Mavericks were owned by actor Bing Russell, whose son Kurt Russell played for the team and stars in this super-entertaining film.

13th

Named after the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution — which prohibits slavery — this doco traces the USA’s racial history from the American Civil War to today, outlining the systems of inequality that Black Lives Matter protesters are railing against today.

Amanda Knox

Access all areas to the salacious scandal involving American exchange student Knox in Italy, who was twice convicted of murdering her housemate then later acquitted. Hear from Knox herself and all the other figures who starred in the global media frenzy that surrounded the saga.

Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things

If you can ignore their preaching, there’s plenty to learn from Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn, who dub themselves ‘The Minimalists’. Imagine a film version of Japanese decluttering queen Marie Kondo, with an identical message about decluttering your home to declutter your mind.