Sky Atlantic is to air a season of documentaries from award-winning filmmakers.
From exploring the online identity of today’s young people to probing the mindset of a mass murderer, the season will uncover some of the most compelling stories in our world today, as told by acclaimed filmmakers such as Lucy Walker, Joshua Oppenheimer and Beeban Kidron.
The first season of the, catchy entitled, Sky Atlantic Documentary Films launches with The Crash Reel, from double Academy Award nominated director, Lucy Walker. An intimate portrait of American champion snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, the film opened the Sundance Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim.
Following this is Joshua Oppenheimer’s hallucinatory journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers, The Act Of Killing. The third film in the strand is BAFTA-winning director Beeban Kidron’s Inreallife, an exploration into how modern youths create a sense of identity, both sexual and social in an increasingly connected online world.
The fourth film to receive its UK television premiere is Al Wei Wei: Never Sorry, in which first-time director Alison Klayman gains unprecedented access to China’s most famous international artist.
The penultimate film, Seduced and Abandoned, follows the efforts of Academy Award nominated director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin as they travel to Cannes to attempt to secure financing for a movie, armed with only an idea. Closing the season is Manhunt, the real story behind the 2011 raid which led to the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Sky Atlantic is the home of great storytelling, and it was important to me that we didn’t forget documentaries when presenting our customers with world-class, cinematic stories. The six films in the first block of Sky Atlantic Documentary Films are diverse and compelling, but most importantly they all have a great story to tell; stories that needed a feature length documentary to do them justice. – Elaine Pyke, Director of Sky Atlantic
The strand begins in November on Sky Atlantic and Sky Atlantic HD.