11 documentaries about people who have changed the world

Cape Town - They've been admired and vilified, seen their names up in lights and dragged through the mud. Fame can be fickle, and public sentiment easily swayed. These documentaries on internet TV aim to reveal little-known details of the lives of some of the most famous people on Earth.

1. Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (Showmax)

Drawing on rare footage and interviews with family, friends and ex-colleagues, this documentary film highlights the incredible writing New York journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill produced during their colourful careers.

2. Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus S2 (Showmax)

James Brown, Betty Davis and George Clinton are just three of the influential musicians who get the Mike Judge treatment in the second season of his HBO show featuring animated interviews with those who were close to the stars. Season 1 is also on Showmax.

3. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (Showmax)

They were both superstars, but we've never seen Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds like this. There will be laughter, tears and everything in between in this intimate documentary, especially since both mother and daughter have now climbed the stairway to heaven.

4. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (Showmax)

This brilliantly directed documentary dives into the scandal that rocked Silicon Valley. Elizabeth Holmes became the world's youngest billionaire, thanks to her blood-testing invention. But overnight, it all came crashing down.

5. Becoming Warren Buffet (Showmax)

He started out as a numbers-obsessed boy and is today one of the world's wealthiest people. Get to know Warren Buffett, investor and philanthropist, his thinking and his world.

6. 204: Getting Away With Murder (Showmax)

When business mogul Brett Kebble died in a hail of bullets as assassins fired at his car, it would uncover one of the most bizarre criminal conspiracies in SA's history. This is required viewing for anyone who's ever wondered what goes on in the South African criminal underworld. 

7. Gotti: Godfather & Son (DStv Now)

This fascinating documentary series uses interviews with John Gotti Junior, police documents and family photos to give us a glimpse into the inner workings of the Mafia. Find out how a son of the most famous gangster in America turned into a man who now wants nothing to do with organised crime.

8. Spielberg (DStv Now)

Featuring a host of stars and directors, this documentary follows the incredible life and career of one of Hollywood's most influential filmmakers.

9. Amanda Knox (Netflix)

She was twice convicted and acquitted of murder, this young woman that Britain loved to hate. Amanda Knox and those close to the case share what happened that night in Italy, and how the investigation and press coverage of the trial turned her into a monster.

10. Gaga: Five Foot Two (Netflix)

Filmed a year before the release of the box office sensation A Star is Born, for which she won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, this biopic follows the pop superstar as she prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show, and reveals how her career takes a toll on her mental and physical health.

11. Chelsea Does (Netflix)

A provocative documentary series that shows controversial comedian Chelsea Handler dealing with four topics that fascinate her: drugs, racism, marriage and Silicon Valley.

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