We know how it is. Your latest free 30-day trial on a subscription service has come to an end, and you’re not ready to fork out an extra tenner a month just to watch some killer film and TV.
Luckily for you, there’s plenty on offer over at YouTube, who are dishing out documentaries for free. We’re not talking those dodgy uploads that are there for a week before being seized by the authorities either – these are genuine uploads from the creators themselves, there for you to enjoy in all their glory.
Check out these six fascinating factual movies you can watch for nothing, on a whole range of subjects – from music to gaming to politics.
Life In A Day (2011)
This crowdsourced film was put together by director Kevin MacDonald using over 80,000 clips submitted to the project. The result is a snapshot of July 24, 2010 from various different viewpoints around the world – in which participants were asked to the following three questions: ‘What do you love?’, ‘What do you fear?’ and ‘What’s in your pocket?’.
The footage now serves as something of an online time capsule – forever there to represent a particular moment.
Four Horsemen (2012)
Looking for a level-headed explanation on some of the big issues facing everyone? Ross Ashcroft’s take on the banking crisis, lobbying and the War On Terror is put forward in a simple-to-digest fashion.
There’s no big overplay of points or unnecessary scaremongering – just a tight documentary that will leave you feeling less lost in geo-political gobbledygook.
I Am Street Fighter (2012)
Tigerrr uppercut! For those of a certain age, the colours and sounds of arcade beat-em-up Street Fighter are an intrinsic part of our childhood development.
To honour the series’ 25th birthday, game creators Capcom put together a documentary on the history of the series; exploring the story behind iconic characters, and why a 2D cartoon-style fighting game remains as popular today as it was on the arcade machines of the 80s and 90s.
The Rolling Stones Bootleg Series (2012)
To mark Google Play’s release of a number of Rolling Stones bootleg tapes and recordings, Mick and Keith got together to discuss some of the seminal moments in the history of one of the world’s biggest rock n’ roll bands, which happened between the records you know.
There’s some fantastic archive footage and a plenty of insight into the mindset of rockstars who have seen and done it all.
DPRK: The Land Of Whispers (2013)
Film-maker Matt Dworzanczyk produces a travel documentary with a difference, exploring the world’s most secretive country: North Korea. Alongside the stops in the Capital, the one-man film crew heads deep into North Korean towns and villages which still remain a mystery to the rest of the world.
What’s refreshing is that Dworzanczyk does not head out to judge or criticise, but instead peel away the nationalist imagery and discover the reality of the country within.
Well, we did promise you a variety of subjects. Randall Wyn Fullmer decided to leave quit his high-paying job working for Disney in order to craft unique bass guitars for a living. Cue struggles, breakdowns, doubts and finally…triumph.
Whilst this documentary really is pitching itself to the music boffins out there, it’s a pretty inspirational story for anyone who has ever considered making their passion project become their life’s work.
Main image: I Am Street Fighter