So, Summer is officially gone, the rain has set in, it’s cold and it’s cuddle under blanket time. Happily, this allows a lot of time to check out whats new (and not so new but loved) on Netflix while soaking up the warmth. When I’ve got free time at the moment, I can be found snuggled up in my fleecy blanket I got last winter in Penneys, looking for new shows. Lately I have not been disappointed. Here’s a look at what we’ve been enjoying on Netflix lately.
I was really looking forward to this when I heard about it a few weeks back – I’m a bit of a true crime fan and this case had it all. The documentary didn’t disappoint. It tells the story of Amanda Knox, a young American student accused of the murder of her housemate while in Italy as a transfer student. The case was highly publicised, in particular the sexually explicit motives which the prosecution claims led to Meredith Kercher’s death. Twice convicted and acquitted of murder, Amanda tells her story in this documentary, along with insights from family, members of the prosecution and the media. Prepare for your skin to crawl when the journalist from the Daily Mail is on screen. If you’ve any interest at all in the justice system, True Crime, or even a passing interest in the case, I’d recommend this one. Not a light watch – some of the documentary is in Italian, so you’ll need to focus on subtitles, but worth it.
Kiefer Sutherland is back on our screens in ABC’s Designated Survivor – except this time he’s accidentally become President of the United States. Yes, him from 24 – he’s not aged particularly well, but he does act compellingly! His character, Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history. It’s being added to Netflix weekly, the few hoursÂ after it airs on ABC, and fourÂ episodes in we are hooked. For fans of The West Wing or House of Cards, and of course 24, this is a must-watch.
3 1/2 minutes, Ten Bullets
Clearly last month didn’t have enough serious documentaries going for it, because I decided to add this one to the mix. In a time of a growing Black Lives Matter campaign, and increased racial tension, it was interesting to see as it is one of the first cases I recall hearing about from recent years.
On November 23, 2012, Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old, and three friends drove into a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. Davis and his friends got into a verbal altercation with white 45-year-old Michael Dunn,Â over the volume of the rap music they were playing.When Davis refused to turn down the music, Dunn opened fire on the car of unarmed teenagers. He fired 10 bullets, three of which hit Davis, who died at the scene. Dunn fled, but was taken into custody the next day. He claimed that he shot in self-defense.Â Filmed over a period of 18 months,Â 3 Â½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, intercuts intimate scenes with Davisâ€™ family and friends with footage from Michael Dunnâ€™s trial and police interrogation, news reports, and prison phone recordings between Dunn and his fiancÃ©e. Drawing on 200 hours of footage, the documentary aims to reconstruct the night of the murder, delving into the intricate web of racial prejudice in 21st century America and how such prejudices can result in tragedy.
While feeling a bit depressed about the state of the world we live in after watching, I did find it to be an important watch. Probably not one for a day when you need cheering from the weather though.
Audrie and Daisy
My heart is honestly broken after watching this documentary. Not unlike The Hunting Ground, it deals with rape culture in the American young adult population and how it affects the wider community. This time it’s just individual stories;Â two underage young women find that sexual crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President,Â The Rape of Europa),Â Audrie & DaisyÂ â€“ which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival â€“ takes a hard look at America’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control. Â Having read Louise O Neill’s Asking For It, which was inspired in part by the cases discussed in this documentary, it shocked me just how shocked I was to see what happened – you think you know the extent of the problem until you really look into it. While an important topic, this one definitely carries a trigger warning and while it has an important message for young people, should probably not be watched around children.
There’s definitely a lot of in depth documentaries going up on Netflix over the last few months; I’m finding myself growing more educated about a range of different topics. Not all of it is good – I have stopped watching one or two because I’ve actually felt so depressed at the state of the world – but it is the fact that they are being made, that these people’s stories are not being silenced, it is amazing. I’d definitely recommend grabbing a hot chocolate and a blanket as the evenings get colder, and settle in for some truly mind-changing programming.
Disclosure:I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an iPad Mini in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own, and I already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.