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REALITY BITES: Awesome Foxtel docs worth a look this wet Newcastle weekend!

It’s been a while since I’ve written about documentaries. Surprising as I watch so many of them. I mean, you never know when you’re going to be the ‘call a friend’ person for someone at a pub quiz, right?. 

And it’s been even longer since I’ve given Foxtel some love. Not that they deserve it but it is what it is.

So, if you love a good documentary, these are some of my recent faves.

All documentaries are available to stream or download from Foxtel. None are rentals. 

Girl in the River – the Price of Forgiveness 

I’ll start with this short (just 37 minutes) yet powerful documentary about a Saba, a 19 year old woman who survives an honour killing in Pakistan. After being beaten, shot in the face and then flung into a river, like a piece of garbage, this strong young woman survived. 

And thrived!

If you don’t know, an honour killing is a murder of, almost always, a woman by male members of her family. While there is no justification for such heinous crimes, the men will attempt to rationalise their actions, saying the woman brought dishonour on her family. 

Spielberg 

The unassuming yet wildly talented man is responsible for some of the greatest movies of all time. 

Jaws. Close Encounters of the Third Kind. ET. Jurassic Park. Lincoln. The Colour Purple. And of course, the Indiana Jones trilogy. 

Need I go on?

This documentary explores Spielberg’s childhood, early films and his rise and rise to the very apex of his career. A gentle man with a vision we mere mortals can only dream about.

I mean, doesn’t everyone have a favourite Spielberg movie? 

There Is No ‘I’ in Threesome

Ollie is a film maker. His girlfriend Zoe is an actress. A year before their wedding, they decide to open up their relationship. To explore their sexuality separately and as a couple. 

As Ollie says ‘to have our cake and eat it too’

This raw, honest and ultimately surprising doco looks at love, sex, lust, jealousy and everything in between.

An experiment in love, There Is No ‘I’ in Threesome has an ending you won’t see coming.

The Vow

In 2017, an investigative journalist named Frank Parlato started reporting on a so-called sex cult operating in the USA. 

Rather ominously called NXIVM, to the outside world it was just another self help program. You coughed up some dollars and went through a program. But once finished, you were encouraged to do another. Then another. And so on.

But on the inside, it was a diabolical sex cult that trafficked and branded women. Fronted by sleazy con-man Keith Raniere, it attracted the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Smallville actress Alison Mack and Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman.

Told over over episodes, this confronting documentary series will leave you wondering what the actual f*ck!

I’ll be gone in the dark

When crime writer and blogger Michelle McNamara became fascinated by a little-known, decades-old series of crimes, she could never have imagined that her obsession would lead to the conviction of a rapist and killer who had managed to evade police detection for decades.

From the mid 1970’s to the mid 1980’s, the US state of California was being terrorised by a serial rapist and killer. Known by a few different names over the years, he would ultimately come to be known as the Golden State Killer.

The six part series has interviews with survivors, police, Michelle and her fellow online sleuths. It’s enthralling, gut wrenching and brave.

The Golden State Killer would be arrested, tried and convicted and Michelle’s book would become an instant best seller.

Sadly, Michele wouldn’t live to see either happen.