New to DocPlay in December

Railway Murders (December 4): Forget Murder on the Orient Express, this is a six-part documentary series about blood on the tracks of Britain’s railways. It opens with the first-ever murder on a British train, that of a 70-year-old in 1864, and continues with cases that stretch from 1881 to 1957’s stabbing of an elderly Polish countess. It was made for UK TV’s Yesterday channel, so expect more nostalgia than forensics. View trailer.

Because We Have Each Other (December 7): Billed as an “intimate documentary five years in the making”, it chronicles the life of an Australian “neurodiverse family” on the working-class fringe. Reviews ranged from, “that rare slice of life film that transcends the everyday” (POV magazine) to “warm, sweet, and truly heart-warming” (The Curb). View trailer.

Is There Anybody Out There? (December 7): “With calm honesty and intelligence, Ella Glendining sets out in her revealing documentary what it is like as a woman in her 20s dealing with a condition which is sometimes called proximal femoral focal deficiency or PFFD (although this is not a term used in the film). Glendining was born without hip joints and with short femurs; she can walk or use a wheelchair, and is really almost without problems other than people’s discriminatory attitudes” (The Guardian). View trailer.

On the Adamant (December 11): Winner of the 2023 Berlinale’s prestigious Golden Bear Award (Best Film), French director Nicolas Philibert spends time with the residents of a floating art-therapy centre in Paris. “A low-key affair with gentle emotional peaks that reward viewers’ patience” (Variety). Philibert’s multi-award-winning 2002 documentary, To Be and To Havealso streams from December 11. View trailer.

A Compassionate Spy (December 14): From director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) comes the incredible story of Manhattan Project scientist Ted Hall, who shared classified nuclear secrets with Russia. A Compassionate Spy‘s personal approach to its real-life story makes the end result mostly compelling despite an uncritical tone that verges on hagiography” (Rotten Tomatoes). View trailer.

A Storm Foretold (December 18): “He is described by some as ’the cockroach of US politics’, by others as a serial liar. Others laud him as a hero and a true patriot. Donald Trump describes him as ‘a tough cookie.’ But the truth about Roger Stone, flamboyant Republican lord of misrule and Trump’s long-time ally and former advisor – and truth is a relative term here – is more complex. Christoffer Guldbrandsen’s gripping political portrait, which was shot on and off over three years, captures the combination of toxicity and raffish charm, duplicity and candour that makes Stone such an influential (and to liberal minds at least) dangerous figure on the US political landscape” (Screen Daily). View trailer.

Munich 72 (December 21): The first Israeli series to chronicle the 1972 Munich Olympics terror attack like never before. “Blending documentary and fiction, the series is told through interviews with athletes, security personnel, high-ranking politicians and experts. Thanks to newly declassified protocols, the series will also reveal conversations from the Israeli cabinet during the crisis, as well as unseen German documents divulging discussions that took place in the German crisis room where the event was managed” (Variety). View trailer.

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