What I am about to share is not simply a throwaway recommendation.
It’s not just a “… oh if you’re bored this weekend check out this movie…” comment used to fill an awkward silence.
It’s legitimate life advice.
And once you’ve finished it, I expect a thank you letter and/or gift expressing your sincerest gratitude for the greatest doco suggestion you’ve ever received.
Monique Bowley, Jacquline Lunn and I share our recommendations on Mamamia Out Loud this week. Including my favourite documentary ever made. Post continues below.
In short, when it comes to the genre, I know what’s up.
So here it is: If there’s one documentary you need to watch before you die, it’s Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father.
Hear me out. When I saw the title, next to a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I wasn’t convinced. But here’s the plot.
A man named Andrew Bagby was dating a woman named Shirley Jane Turner. They were very happy for a period of time, before she became increasingly possessive and violent.
In 2001, Bagby decided to end their relationship.
Months later, he was murdered by Turner.
After she was arrested, it was revealed that Turner was pregnant with Bagby’s child, a boy. She decided to name him Zachary.
So documentary maker and close friend of Bagby, Kurt Kuenne, decided to make a film to give to Zachary, so he could see what an incredible man his father was.