- 18 Apr 18
Once a niche component of cinema, the long-form documentary is now thriving on television.
If we’re really living in a post-truth age, then somebody forgot to tell television. As never before, TV is brimming with fascinating, mind-boggling and horizon-expanding factual series. The long-form documentary has entered a golden era.
Indeed, there’s an argument the genre, at its very highest level, is in the process of transitioning from large to small screen – and that projects that would once have come to us as 90 minute features, playing to two men and a dog at your local arthouse flea pit, are now being expanded, for our bingeing pleasure, into multi-episode shows.
The temptation, when discussing TV in 2018, is to attribute every major shake-up to streaming. For once, that might be the most accurate reading. Just this month Amazon announced it was collaborating with Jordan Peele, Oscar-nominated director of Get Out, on Lorena – a four-parter about Lorena Bobbit, of male-appending removal infamy.