From humble coastal UK street artist to one of the world's most famous men you've never actually seen, Banksy is an enigma. His works of politically charged art, whether sold in a gallery or sprayed on the side of a house, can now command obscene amounts of money. Chris Moukarbel’s rollicking doco Banksy Does New York follows the hysteria as the mysterious figure descended on the Big Apple for one month in 2013. Banksy produced artworks daily all over the city that never sleeps and teased them on Instagram, and the hordes stampeded. From his biggest fans to the totally bemused, this giant-sized pop culture treasure hunt is magnificent to witness.
Documentaries are a brilliant way to ride out the lockdown while opening your mind to fascinating figures, communities and cultures. And the good news is you don’t even need to sign your dollars away to pay streaming services.
As long as you have a library card (you can sign up easily online) you can dive headlong into the brilliance of totally free movie archive Kanopy. While there’s usually a ten-film monthly limit, a bunch of films have been unchained, credit-free, during these interesting times.
With that in mind, here are 11 of our favourite docos that will take you on an incredible adventure without leaving your sofa.
*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers, please note that this feature contains images of a deceased elder.