There’s nothing like a Netflix doco binge sesh to make you realise that us humans really are an eff’ed up bunch. From movies exposing how we treat the earth, to stories of psychotic killers, to a guy who literally ate himself to death, we’ve got a list of all of the docos on Netflix right now that will definitely make you question the way you think.
The Man Who Ate Himself To Death
The Man Who Ate Himself To Death tells the tragic story of a man living on the isolated island of Guam with his wife and an uncontrollable addiction to food—that ultimately takes his life. The film covers the last few months of Ricky Naputi’s life while he tries desperately to lose enough weight so that he qualifies for the weight lose surgery he so badly needs.
Killer Kids tells the mind-blowing stories of murders committed by children—from hate crimes to occult slayings to gang initiations, this doco shares the disturbing details of kids who have committed murders from as young as 13 years old. This one is bound to keep you up at night...let's just say we do not recommend watching whilst babysitting.
A Plastic Ocean
We’ve been mass producing plastic since the 1950’s and, believe it or not, only a tiny portion of it is actually recycled. Unfortunately, the majority of the plastic we use either ends up in landfill or in our oceans. A Plastic Ocean uncovers the alarming truth about the state of our oceans right now and the impact this plastic ocean is having on sealife, birdlife and humans. An absolute must watch for everyone.
Queen Of Versailles
Imagine a ‘house’ with ten kitchens, a bowling alley and wardrobes the size of your apartment. This is an actual reality for the self-titled ‘Queen of Versailles’, a billionaire who decides to build the biggest house in America, modelled after none other than the Palace of Versailles. Unfortunately for the ‘Queen’, the 2008 global financial crisis hits her husband’s billion dollar empire hard and the dream of their fairytale castle crumbles—fast.
Finders Keepers is an absolutely bizarre story of amputee John Woods who finds himself in a custody battle to reclaim his mummified leg from a man who found it in a grill he bought at a storage-unit auction. Yeah, you really can’t make this stuff up. This will probably be the most WTF-yet-strangely-touching thing you’ll watch all year that will REALLY make you appreciate your comparatively normal and boring af life.
Making A Murderer
If you haven’t seen Making A Murderer yet we’ll just assume that you were living under a rock for the last few years. It is a totally bingeable series exposing injustices so shocking you won’t believe it. This ten-episode series explores the story of Steven Avery, a man who served nearly two decades in prison for the wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Burntsen. Or did he? Make sure to clear your diary before starting this one—trust us, you’ll be hooked.
Taking a closer look at the 13th amendment—the one that abolished slavery over 150 years ago—filmmaker Ava DuVernay argues that institutionalised slavery has been replaced with mass incarceration of African-Americans seen today in The 13th. This documentary will shake you to your core and make you challenge your ideas about race and justice in America today.
Blackfish is a totally heart-wrenching story of Tilikum, the Killer Whale that killed three people while being held in captivity by SeaWorld. The film goes into great detail of these attacks (a result of what the film maker calls a ‘captivity-induced-psychosis’) and includes actual real life footage of the deaths of these trainers who were performing with Tilikum the day they died. This story will break your heart and make you fall in love with these incredibly intelligent fellow mammals.
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