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Where to watch: The best documentaries to stream this weekend

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In an era where streaming platforms offer a treasure trove of content, documentaries stand out as compelling windows into the world’s diverse stories, cultures, and histories. Whether you’re an avid documentary enthusiast or a casual viewer looking for thought-provoking content, the abundance of choices can be overwhelming. Fear not, as we’ve curated a list of the best documentaries to stream right now.

Uncle Nick Carter with Sydney Morning Herald journalist Carrie Fellner. Fears of a cancer cluster in the Aboriginal community of Wreck Bay, which has launched a class action for cultural loss after its land was polluted with firefighting foam which contains per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by neighbouring Defence base. Wreck Bay, June 9, 2022. Photo: Rhett Wyman / SMH

Revealed: How to Poison a Planet

Stan

Teaming up with acclaimed Walkley Award-winning journalist Carrie Fellner and The Sydney Morning Herald, Revealed: How to Poison A Planet embarks on a ground-breaking investigation. From the vast expanses of the United States to the intimate setting of a small Aboriginal community in Australia, this documentary delves deep into a modern-day David and Goliath struggle.

At the heart of the story lies the insidious impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – or PFAS for short — a seemingly innocuous product found commonly in fire-fighting foam that has unleashed widespread contamination, touching communities far and wide. Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, this documentary sheds light on the far-reaching consequences of unchecked industrial practices.

Bon Jovi documentary
(MANDATORY CREDIT Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Images) Bon Jovi studio photo session in Tokyo, October 1984. (Photo by Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Images)

Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story

Disney+

From hits like Livin on a Prayer to You Give Love a Bad Name, Bon Jovi’s brand of unapologetic stadium rock has dominated the airwaves on our radios, Walkmans, iPods and phones for decades. Now, a new Disney+ documentary – Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story – is giving fans and music lovers an intimate backstage pass to witness the lore behind the iconic ‘80s rock group.

The four-part documentary series chronicles the band’s rise to fame and penning their iconic tracks like Livin on a Prayer, which Richie Sambora describes as, “The best song we’ve written to date.”

Last Stop Larrimah

Netflix

This quintessentially Australian true crime story has captured the world’s attention with hit Netflix documentary, Last Stop Larrimah. The tiny town of Larrimah and the unsolved murder that occurred there has become a worldwide phenomenon. And that’s not just thanks to Netflix. It was the work of journalists Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson – who created a hit podcast and best selling book – that saw this peculiar Australian true crime go global. 

STEVE! (martin) a documentary in 2 pieces

Apple TV+

Steve Martin is undoubtedly an iconic figure in the entertainment industry. A polymath, if you will, whose talents span acting, comedy, writing, and music. STEVE! (martin) a documentary in 2 pieces is, as the title suggests, in two parts.

The first episode is titled Then, and covers the early days of Steve’s career. So, his time working as a magician in his hometown of Garden Grove, writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and his stand-up comedy career – characterised by absurdist humour, originality, and the famous “wild and crazy guy” persona.

The second episode, titled Now, explores how Steve transitioned from live performances to the big screen. It also documents his forays into music and writing as well as returning to performing live onstage with Martin Short.

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