DocPlay: new films streaming May 2024

From Kash Kash to Citizen K – your guide to the best new documentaries streaming on DocPlay this month
A young bearded man on a rooftop looks into the sky in a still from the documentary Kash Kash on DocPlay.

2 May

Decades in Colour

Mixing lost images sourced from everyday New Zealanders alongside new interviews, Decades in Colour traces everything from the post-war suburbia of the 50s, to rugby, racing and beer in the 60s, to emerging challenges to cultural norms in the 70s, as jet travel and TV broadened perspectives and a more independent national identity emerged.

13 May

Citizen K

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Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney examines Russia’s power, president Vladimir Putin’s political dominance, and Mikhail Khodorkovsky – a former Siberian prisoner who continues to challenge Putin’s reign.

20 May

AFTRS Shorts

Six of Australia’s finest emerging documentary filmmakers present new works that span diverse stories including the pro-life movement; migrant mothers; the Australian poet Robert Adamson; and one man’s mission to teach a million people how to perform CPR.

23 May

For Sama

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This Oscar-nominated documentary follows one woman’s journey through love, motherhood, war and survival during the Syrian conflict.

Kash Kash

A portrait of Beirut, and its surprising community of pigeon lovers.

27 May

Rats in the Ranks

This remarkable film takes a behind-locked-doors look at how politicians get the numbers. Every September Sydney’s Leichhardt Council elects its mayor. Incumbent Larry Hand was popular with citizenry, but they don’t vote for the position of mayor – the 12 councillors do – and after three years of Larry some of them are after his job.

Facing the Music

In their fifth major film together, acclaimed documentary makers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson step inside the halls of Sydney University’s Music Department, where sublime music is being made in a setting that’s far from serene.

Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites