Sky Atlantic Documentary Films is a season of brand new documentaries from award-winning filmmakers.
From exploring the online identity of todays young people to probing the mindset of a mass murderer, the season will uncover some of the most compelling stories in our world today, as told by acclaimed filmmakers such as Lucy Walker, Joshua Oppenheimer and Beeban Kidron.
The first season of Sky Atlantic Documentary Films launches with The Crash Reel, from double Academy Award nominated director, Lucy Walker. An intimate portrait of American champion snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, the film opened the Sundance Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim.
Following this is Joshua Oppenheimers hallucinatory journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers, The Act Of Killing. The third film in the strand is BAFTA-winning director Beeban Kidrons InRealLife, an exploration into how modern youth creates a sense of identity, both sexual and social in an increasingly connected online world.
The fourth film to receive its UK television premiere is Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry, in which first-time director Alison Klayman gains unprecedented access to Chinas most famous international artist.
The penultimate film, Seduced And Abandoned, follows the efforts of Academy Award nominated director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin as they travel to Cannes to attempt to secure financing for a movie, armed with only an idea. Closing the season is Manhunt, the real story behind the 2011 raid which led to the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Elaine Pyke, Director of Sky Atlantic commented: "Sky Atlantic is the home of great storytelling, and it was important to me that we didnt forget documentaries when presenting our customers with world-class, cinematic stories. The six films in the first block of Sky Atlantic Documentary Films are diverse and compelling, but most importantly they all have a great story to tell; stories that needed a feature length documentary to do them justice."
Celia Taylor, Sky's Head of Factual, added: "Breaking into the world of theatrical feature documentaries from a cold start was a huge, and daunting, challenge. But in a relatively short time we have achieved an incredible line up for the first batch. The film maker talent and producers we are working with are of a stellar quality and the films are extraordinary and brilliant. I am extremely chuffed and proud to be able to premiere these films for our customers on Sky Atlantic where they will be valued and cherished."