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The Binge | Documentaries

By Sophie Hodges - 05 Oct 2018


Sure, the weather's getting warmer, but you can forget about going outside. There are some elite documentaries dropping this month. Feminism in the 1970s, the power of salt, the death of Bob Marley and a backup series for Hip Hop Evolution.

Here's the best docos you need to watch in October. 

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Exploring the four pillars of cooking, chef and food writer Samin Nosrat travels the world in search of delicious stuff to eat. Each episode features something to do with salt, fat, acid or heat. Samin meets with chefs and artisans around the world who have mastered these culinary building blocks. If you love food or are looking for something light-hearted, this is for you

Premiers on Netflix, October 11th 

Feminists: What Were They Thinking? 

This doco examines the women’s movement of the 1970s in part through the photographs of Cynthia MacAdams. “In 1977, a book of photographs captured an awakening. Women shedding the cultural restrictions of their childhoods and embracing their full humanity,” Netflix said in their show announcement. Revisiting the photos, women and times, this film offers candid interviews with legends like Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Laurie Anderson, discussing topics ranging from identity, abortion, race, childhood and motherhood.

Premiers on Netflix, October 12th 

Remastered: Who Shot the Sheriff? 

A new Netflix documentary series, Remastered, will investigate eight music mysteries. The first episode, Who Shot the Sheriff, deep dives into who is responsible for the shooting of musical legend Bob Marley. It's true crime meets MTV. 

Premiers on Netflix, October 12th

Making a Murderer Part 2

Yeah guys, it's finally here. Settle in for an epic weekend. This docuseries is the highly anticipated sequel to the first Making a Murderer, which premiered almost three years ago. Following the trial of convicted murderer Steven Avery, the series created massive debates over his innocence or guilt, and the nature of the American legal system. We’re expecting this one to be as good, if not better, than the first.

Premiers on Netflix, October 19th 

Hip Hop Evolution, Season 2

Following up from the original four-part docuseries, which traced hip-hop's evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s, season two of Hip Hop Evolution will explore the growth of hip-hop subcultures in New York, the South, and Oakland, CA, in the '80s and '90s. Hosted by Canadian rapper Shad Kabango (better known as Shad K.) it’s a must-see for music fans.

Premiers on Netflix, October 19th  


In 1992, Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique made a film, Shirkers. The film could have been a cult classic, but it was stolen by their American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared. This doco follows Tan as she returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Incredibly, she also returns to the film itself. 

Premiers on Netflix, 26th October 

Terrorism Close Calls

A ten-part investigative series from Big Media deep dives into ten terror plots, including a planned attack on the New York City subway system under Big Media’s original offices in 2009. If you’re into your doco’s you’ll want to get this one on your list. Each episode explores a plot that was foiled through surveillance, intelligence sharing, infiltration, and most importantly through the work of the courageous agents, counter-terrorism experts and everyday citizens. Up top. 

Premiers on Netflix, October 26th

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Image credit: Hip Hop Evolution

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