Best documentaries on Docplay Australia


In the mood for some real life stories? Then DocPlay may just be the best option for you, with a wide range of genres to choose from week in, week out. Find out what’s streaming right now on the streaming TV platform below.

What to Watch On DocPlay 

DocPlay is every true doco lover’s dream, with a vast library collecting featuring some of the best documentaries around, for a cheap monthly subscription. The streaming service is Australia’s go-to platform for real-life stories, from recent releases to highly acclaimed classics, with a few series added to boot.

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Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a beautiful vacation destination for the privileged and is now a pool of dead fish.

  • Running time: 80 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical
  • Directed by: Alma Har’el
  • IMDB: 7.1/10

Murder Maps

This drama-doc series takes us back in time to the most shocking and surprising murder cases in history. Nicholas Day guides us into the world of the killer as we see how police ingenuity and early forensics helped bring them to justice.

  • Seasons: 5 seasons, 26 episodes
  • Genre: Drama Docuseries
  • Stars: Nicholas Day, Alan Moss, Donald Rumbelow 
  • IMDB: 7.5/10

The Fight

The Fight

Within the American Civil Liberties Union, a group of determined lawyers act against Donald Trump’s endless assault on civil liberties. The team go up against the American President’s blocks on abortion, transgender soldiers, and voting rights.

  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Genre: Sports Documentary
  • Directed by: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman 
  • IMDB: 5.8/10

My Name Is Salt

Year after year, for an endless eight months, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth. Every monsoon their salt fields are washed away, as the desert turns into sea. And still, they return, taking pride in producing the whitest salt in the world.

  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Directed by: Farida Pacha 
  • IMDB: 7.3/10

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro DocPlay

Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscripts, Remember This House, this Oscar-nominated documentary is a personal account of the lives and eventual deaths of fellow civil rights movement leaders. Names such as Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.

  • Length: 93 minutes
  • Genre:  Civil Rights Documentary
  • Directed by: Raoul Peck
  • IMDB: 7.9/10

Well Groomed

Well Groomed

Dog Grooming tournaments are serious business, as explored in this light-hearted documentary. Competitions are a perfect mix of super-cute dogs and stunning art, with this doco following 4 champion groomers over 12 months.

  • Running time: 93 minutes
  • Genre: Music Fan Documentary
  • Directed by: Rebecca Stern
  • IMDB: 6.4/10

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Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane

Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane

This three-part documentary originally screened on ABC, and digs deep into one of Australia’s most notorious crimes, when Keli Lane was convicted of the murder of her two-year-old baby Tegan, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Nominated for multiple awards, it’s a fascinating detective story with unexpected twists.

  • Running time: 60 minutes x 3 episodes
  • Genre: Crime Documentary

Proximity

Proximity

Proximity follows eight surfers, four from the past and four from the present, as they trot around the globe in search of the perfect swell. Some of the stars on show include 11 time world champ Kelly Slater, 6 time world champ Stephie Gilmore and a certain Mr John Florence.

  • Running time: 80 minutes
  • Genre: Sport Documentary

Midnight Oil: 1984

Midnight Oil: 1984

Back in 1984, Midnight Oil had become one of Australia’s biggest bands and was heading out on tour to promote their new album Red Sails in the Sunset. Filmmaker Ray Argall came along and filmed hours of concert and behind the scenes footage, all of which remained unseen for decades.

  • Running time: 79 minutes
  • Genre: Music Documentary

Bill Withers – Still Bill

Bill Withers - Still Bill

Recently the music world lost one of its most recognisable voices in Bill Withers. The man who brought us classic songs such as Lovely Day, Lean On Me and Grandma’s hands is celebrated in here in his own words, alongside those who accompanied him to the top.

  • Running time: 78 minutes
  • Genre: Biography Documentary

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