Infotainment-like documentaries – those shows that capture your attention and leave you wanting to learn more – have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years.
These are my top three must-watch docos for anyone looking to be informed, surprised and amused by authentic people and enthralling topics.
1. Behind The Curve – Netflix
Following popular figures in the ever-expanding ‘flat-earth’ community, this documentary brings together elements of comedy, drama, and even an unlikely love story to highlight and explore the personal lives of some of the more dedicated flat-earth theorists in the US. With the exposure of extreme conflicts within the flat-earth community itself, as well as a surprisingly comedic ending, this documentary will leave the viewer surprised and amused from beginning to end.
2. Tickled – Netflix
What begins as a seemingly light-hearted look into the unusual sport of competitive tickling, renowned documentary producer David Farrier accidentally uncovers a much darker history of one man and his fetish that ensnares and exploits young and vulnerable men. With twists and turns that would make an adrenaline-junkie feel nauseas, this documentary is a must-watch for anyone looking for a thoroughly investigated story that leaves no stone unturned.
3. Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America – Stan
Popular documentary producer and host Louis Theroux travels to Topeka, Kansas, to spend three weeks with the well-known and ever-controversial Phelps family, or more commonly known as ‘The Westboro Baptist Church’. With exclusive looks into the family’s sermons, and unusual interactions between Louis and the man at the head of the organisation, this documentary gives an extraordinary insight into the lives of the young people born into the church, and a behind-the-scenes exploration into the thoughts and beliefs of the families and newcomers within the church itself.