Documentaries everyone needs to watch, courtesy of 9 FJ contributors

Photography by Richard Young and Juergen Teller

Essential viewing.

Welcome to Ask the FJ Community. We’ve tapped our brilliant community of creatives – writers, artists, designers, stylists, makeup artists, photographers – and asked them some of the questions that have been bouncing around our heads during isolation. For the fourth instalment, we asked: “What’s a documentary you think everyone should watch?”. We think we could all do with some lols during this time, and we hope you enjoy their answers as much as we do.

Carlos Mangubat, stylist and FJ contributor

“Any documentary that gives you more insight into something you knew little to nothing about. Louis Theroux’s docos give us a good insight into topics we would rarely explore without a direct connection to them.”

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Kaitlyn Bosnjak, photographer and FJ contributor

“I recently watched Book Sellers, and it’s fantastic. For people who are wanting to read more, this short documentary is exactly what you should watch.”

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Jade Leung, stylist and FJ contributor

“Every single episode of the David Attenborough documentaries!”

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Rob Povey, makeup artist and FJ contributor

Paris Is Burning. Essential viewing, documenting a pivotal moment in history and culture. This film established my obsession with late ’80s/early ’90s NYC.”

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Hannah Cole, writer and FJ contributor

“I watched Honeyland the other week and it was beautiful and challenging. It spoke of simplicity and honouring the land/nature, and the terrifying effect that capitalism and greed can have, even on such a small scale.”

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Olivia Hart, writer and FJ contributor

Couples Therapy, a docuseries on SBS. It follows several real couples who each have varying issues as they work them through with a therapist, it’s very engaging and satiates that curiosity everyone feels regarding other peoples’ inner lives.”

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Sabina McKenna, writer, artist, curator and FJ contributor

“The Alexander McQueen documentary from 2018.”

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Indah Dwyer, writer, model and FJ contributor

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist! Also, The Beaches of Agnes!”

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Vic Anderson, makeup artist and FJ contributor

“Currently watching and enjoying The Two Killings Of Sam Cooke. [It’s] Motown related and civil rights heavy.”

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