Gizmodo Movie Night: Explore Humanity With These Documentaries

It's almost the weekend, and that means you should book in another Gizmodo movie night. This week, dive into the trove of documentaries available on Australian streaming services — the one area we are remarkably rich in content. To get you going, here are 15 brilliant documentaries exploring different aspects of humanity and civilisation.

We’ve re-jigged our existing Netflix Movie Night series, and brought in Australia’s other popular subscription video on demand services — Presto and Stan — to give you a broader selection of movies and TV shows to enjoy. On all three services, you can watch from your tablet or smartphone, on your PC or laptop, through your Smart TV, or through a media streaming dongle like the Google Chromecast, although specifics can vary.

Presto costs $10 to $15 a month depending which package you choose. Stan is a flat $10 per month, and Netflix can cost from $9 to $15 per month.

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Presto: Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed America's collaboration in illegal surveillance activities with spy agencies worldwide. This brilliant Oscar-winning documentary tells his story like a thriller.

Watch it now on Presto.

Going Clear

Presto: In this documentary, an Oscar-winning filmmaker interviews former members of the Church of Scientology and reveals abuses and strange practices within the controversial institution.

Watch it now on Presto.

That Sugar Film

Presto: A man embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as 'healthy'.

Watch it now on Presto.

Walking The Camino

Presto: A brilliant chronicle of modern-day pilgrims on the 800 km Camino de Santiago trek across Spain to the shrine of St James. No one can predict what demons, angels or transformations await along the way.

Watch it now on Presto.

All This Mayhem

Presto: The boom and bust tale of Tas and Ben Pappas, brothers from Melbourne who once ruled professional skateboarding. A searing study of self-destruction and the dark side of a mainstream sport.

Watch it now on Presto.


Man on Wire

Stan: A spectacle of human achievement, tenacity and sheer amazement, in which archival footage and dramatic re-enactment are used to tell the story of Petit and his rebellious team of artistic innovators

Watch it now on Stan.


Stan: The film examines human behaviour through consistently provocative and often hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years.

Watch it now on Stan.


Stan: The Billion Dollar Energy Industry has a Dirty Little Secret. In September 2006, theatre director Josh Fox received an unexpected letter: a natural gas company offering him $100,000 for permission to explore his family's upstate New York property.

Watch it now on Stan.

Food, Inc.

Stan: Food, Inc. lifts the veil on America’s food industry, exposing how the food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations.

Watch it now on Stan.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmakers Apocalypse

Stan: Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems—nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director..

Watch it now on Stan.


Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

Netflix: This moving documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he uses music to unblock memory in nursing-home patients afflicted with Alzheimers disease.

Watch it now on Netflix.

Girl Rising

Netflix: Nine filmmakers each profile a young girl from a different part of the world to weave a global tapestry of youth in the 21st century.

Watch it now on Netflix.

Living on One Dollar

Netflix: Four American friends travel to rural Guatemala, where they attempt to exist on a dollar a day for two months to experience life in extreme poverty.

Watch it now on Netflix.

The Internet's Own Boy

Netflix: This probing documentary details what became of Web programming legend and information activist Aaron Swartz after he was charged with computer fraud.

Watch it now on Netflix.

Starring Aadam West

Netflix: Follow the story of Hollywood survivor and family man, Adam West. Best known as TV's Batman from the '60s, his enduring legacy is explored.

Watch it now on Netflix.

Disclosure: Stan is a 50/50 joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media. Allure Media, the company which publishes Gizmodo Australia, is also owned by Fairfax.

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