Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: TICKLED and THE TICKLE KING

HBO Documentary Films: TICKLED and THE TICKLE KING

Overview: After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, pop-culture reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company behind it. Delving deeper, he encounters fierce resistance, and the more he investigates, the stranger it gets, leading to the discovery of decades of abuse. Compelling and disturbing, Tickled illustrates the damage that can result from wealth, privilege and an obsession with power and control. He contacts Jane O’Brien Media, the company responsible for the competitions. To his surprise, Farrier is met with a...

HBO Documentary Films: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

HBO Documentary Films: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

Overview: After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, renowned animal rights attorney Steven Wise and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), have found a novel way to protect animals. They are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections. Directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (who previously collaborated on HBO’s Emmy-winning ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY), the thought-provoking documentary UNLOCKING THE CAGE follows Wise’s unprecedented quest to break down the legal wall that separates animals from...

David Bowie & Andre The Giant Documentaries Set At HBO

David Bowie & Andre The Giant Documentaries Set At HBO

Two big names; make that two big personas get the documentary treatment at HBO. Both are deceased, but both left a large imprint on us. One was a huge pop culture and musical icon whose passing shocked & saddened us all while the other was huge in his craft and just darn huge period. We are talking about David Bowie and Andre The Giant. They are not two people you would associate together of course, but for the fact that HBO has announced that each subject will get the HBO Documentary Films treatment this year. DAVID BOWIE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a documentary continuing the chronicle of the rock star’s life. Director Francis Whately,...

HBO Documentary Films: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS)

HBO Documentary Films: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS)

Overview: The November 13, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris claimed 130 lives around the city — 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal’s Bataclan Theatre concert. This documentary spotlights the American rock band as they recount their experiences before and after the tragic events. The film explores the deep bonds between band co-founders Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (also a member of Queens of the Stone Age), as well as the intense connection the band has always had with its devoted fans, which moved them to return to Paris to perform once again in February 2016. It includes accounts of fans who survived the Bataclan attack,...

HBO Documentary Films: SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON

HBO Documentary Films: SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON

Overview: Located on an Appalachian mountaintop in Wise County, Va., Red Onion State Prison is a “supermax” facility built to house individual inmates in 8’x10’ solitary-confinement cells, 23 hours a day, for months, years and sometimes decades. Directed by Kristi Jacobson, Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison explores life on both sides of the bars, raising provocative questions about punishment in America today. Drawing on unprecedented, unrestricted access, Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison was filmed over the course of one year, chronicling a new reform program intended to reduce the number of solitary confinement...

HBO Documentary Films: BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT

HBO Documentary Films: BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT

Overview: With a net worth of more than $60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth-largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality are Buffett’s moral integrity and unique mind, which drove him not only to become the most successful businessman in the world, but also an unparalleled philanthropist. With unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, Becoming Warren Buffett tells...

HBO Documentary Films: BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

HBO Documentary Films: BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

Overview: Two 12-year-old American girls lured a friend into the Wisconsin woods and stabbed her 19 times in an effort to appease a faceless mythical entity known online as Slenderman. But there’s more to the story than the dark headlines it generated. Delving deep into this shocking crime, this sobering documentary examines how an urban myth could take root in impressionable young minds, leading to an unspeakable act. Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO’s Oscar-nominated THE FINAL INCH), the documentary covers all sides of this unusual ongoing case, drawing on an eerie array of Slenderman-inspired art, games and self-produced video,...

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2017; Our Favorites from 2016

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2017; Our Favorites from 2016

The lineup of documentary films is in. HBO announced the forthcoming films at the Television Critic Association Winter Panel the other day and also put out the following press release:   HBO ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARY LINEUP FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2017 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2017 – HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for the first half of 2017, including Peter Kunhardt’s BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT, a revealing portrait of the billionaire philanthropist; Evgeny Afineevsky’s CRIES FROM SYRIA, a searing look at the five-year conflict in Syria; Irene Taylor Brodsky’s chilling BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN,...

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