5 Of The Best Documentaries To Watch This Summer

Emeric Brard

Lifestyle Writer

Feb 06, 2022

Juggling work, finding the time to exercise, maintaining a social life, (and in lockdown, homeschooling!) leaves little time for sitting in front of the TV and relaxing. 

One of the best ways to unwind over the break is to catch up on the standout shows and films from the year that was. We’ve done the research for you so here’s a recap of five 2022 documentary specials you don’t want to miss.

Walking with Hope

Walk for Hope
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In this one-hour special, sexual assault survivor and 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, leads a group of strong women, alongside journalist and Game Changers presenter, Melissa Doyle, on a pilgrimage of self-discovery.

Sharing their stories and breaking down barriers, the conversations in ‘Walking with Hope’ demand to be heard, as the women heal together.


Jagged, documentary
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Before you book your tickets to Jagged Little Pill The Musical, catch this revealing documentary film about Alanis Morissette, charting the explosive rise of an international music icon and the biggest selling artist of the nineties.

Featuring an in-depth interview with Alanis, as well as never-before-seen archival material, the 90-minute film explores the rocky path she faced navigating the male-dominated music industry.

What Happened, Brittany Murphy?

What happened, Brittany Murphy?
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The miniseries ‘What Happened, Brittany Murphy?’ is an intimate portrait of the late actress, exploring her career and mysterious death.

Beyond the conspiracy theories and headlines surrounding her 2009 death, the series features new interviews with those closest to Brittany and new archival footage.

100 Foot Wave

100 foot wave
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This one’s for the adrenaline junkies! 100 Foot Wave is a critically acclaimed, vividly told docu-series chronicling big-wave surf legend Garrett McNamara’s decade-long search to find and surf the biggest wave in the world.

His wife Nicole, CJ Macias, Andrew “Cotty” Cotton, Justine Dupont and several big-wave surfers from around the globe join McNamara and push themselves through tantalising feats.

The Lady and the Dale

The Lady and the Dale
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‘The Lady and the Dale’ follows the legal battles and turbulent twists and turns of Elizabeth Carmichael, who released a ‘space-age’, fuel-efficient car.

As a trans woman, Carmichael’s treatment by the legal system and the media played a huge role in how she was perceived. Charged with fraud in the 1970s, was her invention too good to be true?

‘Walking with Hope’, ‘Jagged’, ‘What Happened, Brittany Murphy?’, ‘100 Foot Wave’ and ‘The Lady and the Dale’ are all available to watch throughout summer on FOX DOCOS on FOXTEL or catch up On Demand.


By Emeric Brard

Lifestyle Writer

Emeric Brard is a writer for The Carousel and Women LoveTech.



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