Everyone who knows me just a tiny bit knows exactly how much of a movie and TV geek I am. There’s always some current show I’m watching or discussing, and my IMDB account is used and updated on a daily basis. Sometimes though I don’t want to continue with any of my latest series, because I’m in a more creative mood. Documentaries are a great way of expanding my horizon without necessarily leaving the sofa. Let me briefly talk you through some I recently watched on Netflix.
I’ve never been a die-hard fan of Lady Gaga. She’s of course an amazing performer and so I’ve always admired her for her work and stamina. Just think about it: not only is she a brilliant singer and performer, she also regularly stars in American Horror Story, one of the best TV series of our time. All of this must be a challenge in itself.
The film is beautifully put together and of course has some great music as well. It’s a chance to glance behind the glamorous facade of Lady Gaga, to get a more intimate look into her life and to see her as the fragile, strong and determined human being she is. It is deeply personal and thus highly relatable.
This documentary is a great one for all fashion lovers also interested in the business itself. It shows the creative processes, rise and fall of prodigy designer Zac Posen. Whilst being lighthearted and artistically crafted, it is also eye-opening to the pressures and ever-changing nature of the fashion industry. It’s not a heavy-duty film and a great one to watch at any time. Personally, I devoured it in the middle of the night when insomnia hit me.
Of course there’s many people who have a strong opinion on Princess Diana. I grew up with a mother who absolutely admired her, so I may be a little biased. But whichever impression you have of her as a woman, celebrity and mother, you should definitely give this documentary a fair shot.
As the title says, the entire movie is based on her own words, recorded in private interview sessions Diana did in 1992 and 1993. And because this documentary is centered solely around the expression of her thoughts and emotions with her own voice, it feels much more personal, intimate and vulnerable. So if this sounds interesting to you at all, go ahead!
After devouring The White Album a few years ago, I’ve always wanted to read more of Joan Didion’s works. For some reason, I never came round to actually doing it, but when this documentary about her life appeared on Netflix, I didn’t hesitate for a second. It was deep, surreal, beautiful, at times heart-wrenching and so inspirational. This woman truly is one of a kind and she uses her words and gestures to magically craft worlds of fantasy and reality. The documentary is a great one for everyone interested in history, art, literature and the nature of human relationships.
Which documentaries would you recommend on Netflix? Do they appeal to you at all? I’m always a little confused whenever people tell me how much they dislike watching documentaries. I find that even the way they are crafted can provide a specific viewpoint and tell a truth we may not have realised before.