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The best documentaries on Netflix at the moment and why you need to watch them

Netflix and documentaries is a match made in heaven.

No matter what your preferred genre, they have something to offer even the pickiest of viewers.

You could make a tick-box list of all their documentaries and no amount of hungover binge watching would even make a dent. But just in case you are wondering what to pick next, we’ve shortened that list for you.

So, in no particular order, here are some of the best documentary films and series on offer to you on Netflix right now.

Grab the popcorn, invite your friends over, it’s Netflix time
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Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

This series brings together a collection of tapes recorded by one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, Theodore (Ted) Bundy.

And it really is just as disturbing and jaw-dropping as you’d expect.

The documentary tells the story of the killings by those closest

Read more at: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/best-documentaries-on-netflix-now-15991638

‘The Act’ Review: Hulu’s True Crime Series Reveals the Gothic Horror of a Twisted Relationship

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Following a recent spate of successful true crime series, Hulu’s The Act fictionalizes a harrowing truth in limited series form. The murder of Dee Dee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsy Rose and Gypsy’s boyfriend Nick Godejohn first fascinated in a longform Buzzfeed article in 2016, followed by the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest. In Hulu’s adaptation of the crime, which spans eight hourlong episodes, the bizarre true tale is chronicled rightfully as a slow-burn gothic horror.

The Act stars Patricia Arquette as the controlling and manipulative Dee Dee, and Joey King as her beleaguered daughter Gypsy, a teen girl who seems to have a laundry list of ailments. She’s confined to a wheelchair, allegedly can’t grow out her hair, is infantilized to look younger, has the mental capacity of a

Read more at: http://collider.com/the-act-review-hulu/

‘The Act’ Review: Hulu’s True Crime Series Reveals the Gothic Horror of a Deeply Twisted Relationship

the-act-slice-1

Following a recent spate of successful true crime series, Hulu’s The Act fictionalizes a harrowing truth in limited series form. The murder of Dee Dee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsy Rose and Gypsy’s boyfriend Nick Godejohn first fascinated in a longform Buzzfeed article in 2016, followed by the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest. In Hulu’s adaptation of the crime, which spans eight hourlong episodes, the bizarre true tale is chronicled rightfully as a slow-burn gothic horror.

The Act stars Patricia Arquette as the controlling and manipulative Dee Dee, and Joey King as her beleaguered daughter Gypsy, a teen girl who seems to have a laundry list of ailments. She’s confined to a wheelchair, allegedly can’t grow out her hair, is infantilized to look younger, has the mental capacity of a

Read more at: http://collider.com/the-act-review-hulu/

‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ Reveals a Shocking Connection Between ‘Serial’ and Syed’s Case

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We’ve known for a while now that the success of Serial indirectly led to Adnan Syed’s second trial. But it wasn’t until The Case Against Adnan Syed that we learned exactly how. The second episode of HBO’s four-part docuseries connects those dots, explaining how the hit true crime podcast directly benefited Syed; and the connection is clearer than you may think.

When Serial first premiered in 2014 it became an almost instant true crime sensation. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, the NPR-produced podcast chronicled the murder of Hae Min Lee, a high school senior whose body was found in February of 1999. Over Serial‘s 12-episode first season Koenig and her team re-examined the case, questioning what really happened the night of her murder and whether or not Lee’s

Read more at: https://decider.com/2019/03/18/the-case-against-adnan-syed-episode-2-serial-connection/

Do true crime documentaries like ‘The Ted Bundy Tapes’ create copycats? A criminologist weighs in

The true crime genre is booming on television right now. The top brass in the TV network game are definitely investing in everything gory, chilling and murderous in the form of crime documentaries and the world is really lapping it all up. This year, we saw true crime documentaries about abductions, violent murders to serial killers and everything else in between.

Abducted in Plain Sight’, ‘The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’, ‘The Innocent Man’, ‘Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers’, ‘Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks’ and ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ tells us a lot about the way this genre has been moving forward. The sheer strength in numbers is staggering – and to some, it has come across as problematic.


Second book for former Spalding detective

Former Spalding detective Stuart Gibbon has joined forces with a crime historian for the second time to write a book, with their latest offering exploring all aspects of the detective’s job.

Organised as an A-Z manual ‘Being a Detective’ covers all elements of the role – both historically and in the modern world – and is the perfect read for fans of true crime and crime fiction as well as aspiring authors and those with a general interest in policing and its history.

Stuart, who worked major crime cases in Spalding and most of the county’s main towns as a DCI and senior investigating offer, previously collaborated with Stephen Wade on The Crime Writer’s Casebook, which was published at the end of 2017.

‘Being a Detective’ (7633852)

“Our new book is more about the actual role of the detective and its evolvement,” explains Stuart.

“Stephen covers how the role came about from its beginnings in London, back in 1842 and then we move forward through time and I pick things up in the 1980s when I came into the job and bring things right up to date.

“We’ve got several entries for each letter, with all of them accompanied by real case studies.

“And then there are also other useful sections looking at more modern elements including cyber-crime, drones and scams and some advice on how to avoid being caught out.”

Former detective Stuart Gibbon (7633854)

Since his retirement in 2012, Stuart has been working as consultant to crime authors and providing security advice and talks to groups and clubs through his business Gib Consultancy.

He also works with the media and has appeared on a number of Sky’s true crime documentaries and been consulted on cases by the local press.

He first collaborated with Stephen after the pair met at a literary festival in Lincoln and following the success of their first book they decided to write another together.

“There’s still a big interest in crime – both true crime and fiction – and because this book is set out like an A to Z people can dip in and out, they don’t have to read it all in one go, or they can keep it on the shelf for reference and advice,” adds Stuart.

“It’s really interesting from my point of view as when I started out people didn’t have mobile phones or computers while forensics have evolved greatly too.

“As well as being useful to anyone doing any research there’s also helpful advice on avoiding scams and bogus callers who target the vulnerable and the elderly, which I speak about a lot when I give my talks to groups and clubs.”

*Being a Detective is due to be published later this month by Straight Forward Publishing and will be available from bookshops and online, with a RRP of £11.99.

* For more information about the Gib Consultancy visit www.gibconsultancy.co.uk

Everything Coming To Australian Netflix This Week (March 18)

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Here is your Netflix binge-list for the week, fresh from the Australian servers! This week’s noteworthy additions include Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, a new stand-up comedy from Amy Schumer, true-crime documentary The Miami Showband Massacre and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Read on for everything coming to the service for the week of March 18 to March 24. Continue reading

Read more at: https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2019/03/everything-coming-to-australian-netflix-this-week-march-18/

‘The Inventor’ a compelling look at Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes

‘The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley’ airs 9 p.m. Monday on HBO

Public figures across disciplines can unite in the hopes that they will never become the subject of an Alex Gibney documentary. The prolific filmmaker has made a cottage industry out of his smooth, succinct and easily processed chronicles of contemporary corruption.

“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” is the latest entry in an Oscar-winning career that has included movies about Enron (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”), Scientology (“Going Clear”), Eliot Spitzer (“Client 9”) and many of the other major figures ripped from the headlines of the past several decades.

The newest Gibney endeavor, which premieres on HBO Monday at 9 p.m., doesn’t have the stylistic surprises that enhance the formula in the fashion of, say, “Taxi to the Dark Side” (the movie that won him his Oscar).

But that’s fine, really, because Gibney is in his element here.

Read more at: https://www.amny.com/entertainment/the-inventor-review-hbo-1.28633682

The 15 Best Sports Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

In his prime, there was nobody like Vince Carter—the high-flying, slam-dunking former Toronto Raptors star who earned the nickname Air Canada. This 2017 profile of Vinsanity follows the career of the All-Star, still playing at age 42, featuring interviews with his contemporaries like Steve Nash and Tracy McGrady, along with noted Raptors fan Drake.

Read more at: https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/g26837686/best-sports-documentaries-netflix/

The one part of Abducted in Plain Sight that Jan Broberg wanted to change

The feature length documentary tells the story of Jan Broberg, now 56, when she was kidnapped by a neighbour in 1974 – twice. She says Robert Berchtold brainwashed her into believing she had been abducted by aliens when he took her to Mexico and he was so close to the family, they refused to see it as a kidnapping. She was 12 years old. He took her again when she was 14 years old and the extraordinary circumstances around which he was able to integrate himself so closely with the family – including having a sexual relationship with both of her parents – generated a huge response from viewers.

“My parents were groomed and manipulated for two and a half years,” Jan told Entertainment Tonight. “This family was…they were our best friends. He was our best friend. So, the first thing I want to say is when you put

Read more at: https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/the-one-part-of-abducted-in-plain-sight-that-jan-broberg-wanted-to-change-37922254.html