Sometimes the truth can be far more interesting than fiction as these hidden gems on Netflix reveal…
Online streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are well known for producing great original content. Hit series like the Vikings,The Haunting Of Hill House and Glow have won many fans around the world. However, these series are firmly grounded in the fiction genre. What is less talked about is the huge range of awesome non-fiction available for those of us who enjoy a dose of reality every once in a while. Below we’ve listed five of the best based-on-fact films and series available to stream right now. We’ve covered every angle from true crime to cooking!
The series focuses on the Israeli Military Unit nicknamed “Duvdevan”. Fauda co-creator Lior Raz served in the unit which specialises in covert infiltration inside Palestinian neighbourhoods. Operatives must be able to move within the local Arab population without raising suspicion and be ready to strike at a moments notice. Fauda Series 1 focuses on the hunt for a Palestinian terrorist known as the “The Panther”. The team must find him before he can unleash a terror attack which could spark a full-scale war. The tension is perfectly paced and the drama is interwoven into the characters’ personal lives, which makes the action even more intense. A highly recommended series.
The Palio di Siena is more than just a horse race. If you think the Grand National is dangerous, you haven’t seen anything yet! The Palio could be described as a horse race which blends elements of Rocky and The Godfather.
Cosima Spender, the documentary filmmaker, does a fantastic job of conveying the excitement on and off the course. The tight corners of the track and the intensity of the crowd are perfectly captured. The race lasts just 90 seconds, with three clockwise laps around the third-of-a-mile course. During the race, jockeys are allowed to use their whips on the horses and each other. Pulling a rival from his horse is considered unsporting but an acceptable tactic. Unmissable!
Manhunt: Unabomber (Crime)
When a bomb exploded at Northwestern University in 1978 it sparked one of the longest manhunts in F.B.I history. This engrossing true-crime thriller from Netflix focuses on the two-decade-long hunt for the criminal mastermind known as the “Unabomber”.
This eight-part series (each 40 minutes long) unearths the fascinating true story of the Unabomber; a crime drama which is both absorbing and entertaining.
Next Gen (Animation)
Next Gen is a beautifully animated movie from Netflix. Forming an unlikely friendship, the rebellious Mai and robot 7723 must save the world together, making some tough choices along the way in this action-packed yet emotional film. Along the lines of Big Hero 6, the heroes battle the evil CEO of a tech company who is bent on world domination. The twist is that 77723, the robot, is broken and forced to discard its memories every night to survive. As the story progresses 7723 must choose between the memories he cherishes and the weapons he needs to defend it. And Mai must choose between saving her friend and saving the world.
Operation Finale (Drama)
Based on the amazing true story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, who was known as the “Architect of the Holocaust”, this intense thriller shines a light on the horrors of the final solution and the chilling minds behind it.
The casting is incredible. Ben Kingsley has managed some chilling performances in his past and always displayed diverse acting skills throughout his career. But this is easily his career best, playing the part of Adolf Eichmann. Oscar Isaac is cast as Peter Malkin and in my opinion should be getting some award nominations for his performance. In fact, the whole cast is brilliant with everyone capturing the essence of their roles perfectly.