Best Sports Documentaries to Watch in Australia


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Here we are going to look at some of the best sports documentaries to watch online in Australia, for those who just can’t get enough of the story behind the superstar.

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Over the past couple of years, sports documentaries have started popping up all over major sports streaming TV services from Kayo and DAZN to Fox Sports and Stan. Whether it’s following teams as they strive for glory or unveiling a scandal that shakes a sport to its very foundations, the genre is never short of an edge of seat narrative. Here we’re going to look at the best sports documentaries available to watch and stream across a number of providers this month. Check out our recommendations below.

Swell Chasers

Swell Chasers Fox Docos

Chasing the biggest wave is no easy feat but awe-inspiring nonetheless, as demonstrated in this surfing adventure from award-winning Australian director, Tim Bonython. The documentary series takes you to various locations across the globe and in Australia to find the biggest, most magnificent waves you’ve ever laid your eyes on.

  • Details: Season 1
  • Genre: Surfing Docuseries
  • Directed by: Tim Bonython
  • IMDB: N/A

Lauda: The Untold Story

Lauda: The Untold Story

Formula 1 star Niki Lauda survived one of the most shocking crashes in Formula One history in 1976. Using previously unseen footage, Lauda: The Untold Story unveils the events leading to that fateful day that nearly claimed Lauda’s life. It also follows his miraculous road to recovery and his ultimate comeback.

  • Details: 1h 30m
  • Genre: Motoracing Documentary
  • Directed by: Hannes M. Schalle
  • IMDB: 6.5/10

Tiger

Tiger 2021 documentary

Tiger is a two-part documentary about professional golfer Tiger Woods. Based on the 2018 book Tiger Woods, it examines his relationship with his father, Earl, and how that contributed to his development as a man. His rise in the world of golf is also explored, as well as his fall due to scandals, and how he has managed to return. The documentary remarkably tells Woods’ story from the perspectives of others rather than his own.

  • Details: Season 1, 2 episodes
  • Genre: Golf Docuseries
  • Directed by: Matthew Heineman, Matthew Hamachek
  • IMDB: 7.8/10

Making Their Mark

Making Their Mark documentary

An Amazon Prime original series, Making Their Mark presents an insider look at the most important stories of the 2020 AFL footy season, the most challenging year in its history. It follows six AFL teams where players and executives struggle to adapt to changes brought by stringent restrictions as the world battles a pandemic, all while in the pursuit of the AFL Grand Final victory.

  • Details: Season 1, 7 episodes
  • Genre: Football Docuseries
  • Directed by: N/A
  • IMDB: 8.5/10

All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals

All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals

Amazon and NFL offers an exclusive inside look at the lives of players, coaches, and owners of a franchise over the course of an entire NFL season with All or Nothing. This includes operations, practices, competitions and other exciting moments in between. Every season focuses on a specific professional sports club or national team with the Arizona Cardinals being the first football team this documentary series has covered.

  • Details: Season 1, 8 episodes
  • Genre: Football Docuseries
  • Directed by: N/A
  • IMDB: 8.6/10

Head Above Water

Head Above Water

Head Above Water shares the stories and experiences of reigning Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers, two-time Olympian Bronte Campbell, retired Olympic hero Ian Thorpe, and aspiring Olympian and singer Cody Simpson. It also explores the challenges they need to deal with every time their personal lives and athletic careers clash.

  • Details: Season 1, 4 episodes
  • Genre: Swimming Docuseries
  • Directed by: N/A
  • IMDB: 7.6/10

Andy Murray: Resurfacing

Andy Murray: Resurfacing

Andy Murray: Resurfacing follows the tennis star’s devastating setback in his career after a major injury halted him from playing. Featuring a top athlete in his most vulnerable, this documentary film evokes the power of inner strength and perseverance.

  • Details: 1h 48min
  • Genre: Tennis Documentary
  • Directed by: Olivia Cappuccini
  • IMDB: 7.9/10

The Last Dance

The Last Dance

This 10 part docuseries is a mesmerising insight into the 90s Chicago Bulls side that dominated the NBA from 1991 -1998. This famous team included the games biggest ever star, Michael Jordan, along with other greats of basketball like Scotty Pippen and Dennis Rodman. It features lengthy interviews with Jordan himself and those who worked alongside him to create arguably the greatest team in sports history. Watch The Last Dance with Netflix.

  • Details: Season 1, 10 episodes
  • Genre: Basketball Docuseries
  • Directed by: Jason Hehir
  • IMDB: 9.2/10

State Of Play: Inherent Violence

State Of Play: Inherent Violence

Is it possible that violence and sports go hand in hand? This documentary on Foxtel studies combat sports through two unique father-son relationships: an American professional MMA fighter training his young son, and in Italy, a former Calcio Storico player prepares his child to play in a very violent form of soccer.

  • Details: Season 1, 5 episodes
  • Genre: Combat Sports Documentary
  • Directed by: Bryan Snorkel
  • IMDB: 8/10

The Test – A New Era For Australia’s Team

The Test - A New Era For Australia’s Team

After going through one of the biggest scandals in Australian sports history, the national cricket team faced a difficult, uncertain future. Cricket Australia appointed a new coach in Justin Langer and a new captain in Tim Payne. This intriguing docuseries follows Justin and Tim as they try to restore pride and trust in the Aussie test cricket team, by creating a squad capable of retaining the Ashes in England. Stream the whole season for free with Amazon Prime’s 30 day free trial offer.

  • Details: Season 1, 8 episodes
  • Genre: Cricket Docuseries
  • Directed by: Adrian Brown
  • IMDB: 9.0/10

Chasing Tyson

Mike Tyson - Undisputed Truth

Evander Holyfield dominated the Cruiserweight division before stepping up to Heavyweight. But he knew that the only way he would gain respect was to take on a certain ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. This documentary, a part of ESPN’s (Foxtel/Kayo) 30 For 30 series, follows Holyfield’s attempts to get to Tyson in the ring to make on of the biggest fights of the century.

  • Details: 60 minutes
  • Genre: Boxing Documentary
  • Directed by: Steven Cantor
  • IMDB: 7.4/10

Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes

Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes

This documentary feature film uses Mohammad Ali’s many appearances on The Dick Cavett Show from 1968 – 1979 to give a fantastic perspective of one of the best boxers of all time. Ali may have been a huge presence in the ring, but he was also very good at making himself heard out of it. Ali used his appearances as a platform to discuss subjects that he battled throughout his career, such as racial prejudice, religion and political injustice.

  • Details: 135 minutes
  • Genre: Boxing Documentary
  • Directed by: Rober S Bader
  • IMDB: 6.8/10

Lance

Lance

The story of the lost controversial cyclist of all time is so enthralling that ESPN had to tell it over two episodes. Lance Armstrong rocked the cycling world after beating testicular cancer to become a 7-time Tour De France Champion. Doping was rife within the sport at the time, and for many years Armstong denied that he was using performance-enhancing drugs.

  • Details: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Cycling Documentary
  • Directed by: Marina Zenovich
  • IMDB: 7.5/10

Fanning: Lightning Strikes Thrice

Fanning: Lightning Strikes Thrice

In 2013, Mick Fanning only needed to make it to the semi finals at Pipe to become a three-time World Champion. This documentary not only shows what happened on that memorable day but also shows Mick’s scintillating form throughout the year on some of the world’s best waves.

  • Details: 60 minutes
  • Genre: Surfing Documentary
  • Directed by: Unknown
  • IMDB: Unknown

Rodman: For Better Or Worse

Rodman: For Better Or Worse

Dennis Rodman was one of the NBA’s most extrovert stars during his playing days when he won 5 NBA championships with the Pistons and the Bulls. This documentary taps perfectly into this complex man, who often made as many headlines off the court as on it.

  • Details: 142 minutes
  • Genre: Basketball Documentary
  • Directed by: Todd Kapostasy
  • IMDB: 7.8/10

Brabham

Brabham

Jack Brabham is still the only person ever to have claimed both the Driver’s and Constructor’s titles in F1 thanks to the fact he built his own cars. Such a feat, however, came at a cost. The relationship between Jack and his youngest son David became strenuous, with both men stubborn and determined to do things their own way. This documentary explores the stories of both men, and how their family name represented the best in F1 in an era.

  • Details: 84 mins
  • Genre: Motoracing Documentary
  • Directed by: Akos Armont
  • IMDB: 5.8/10

Outcry

Outcry

Outcry is a five-part docuseries that explores the extraordinary story of high school football player Greg Kelley, a young man accused of sexually abusing a young boy. After Kelley is sentenced to 25 years in prison with no parole, big questions are raised about the grounds of his conviction and a quest to overturn it begins. Watch Outcry now on Stan.

  • Details: Season 1, 5 episodes
  • Genre: Crime/Sports Docuseries
  • Directed by: Pat Kondelis
  • IMDB: 7.7/10

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