Ian Haydn Smith
This fascinating book explores 100 of the most compelling documentaries, each with the power to change our perceptions and raise awareness of the world around us.
Every so often a documentary comes along with the power to change the way you think, to share alternative perspectives, to make you furious about injustice or warm your heart. Contained in this book are 100 documentaries that fulfil these criteria and astound viewers around the world; real-life stories to stop you in your tracks, bring tears to your eyes and put your heart in your mouth.
From Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning gritty depiction of working class America in Harlan County, U.S.A. to James Marsh's breathtaking Man on Wire, from powerful sporting tales such as Touching the Void to stories of true crimes and their repercussions such as Making a Murderer, this book delves deep into how these films were made, what makes them great, and also what other films you might like if you loved these ones.
Veteran film journalist Ian Haydn Smith writes with passion and knowledge about these masterpieces, and illustrations bring these films off the page. From Oscar winners to unseen gems from the Netflix vaults, international filmmakers to true crime, sport and culture stories, every documentary featured will make you think, make you feel and make you tell people, "You NEED to see this film."