Most Inspiring Documentaries

Stop wasting your lonely nights on Facebook and lean back! Here is my personal top 10 of inspiring documentaries about the creative industries from the last 10 years. Please let me know about any good ones that are missing on this list and I’ll be happy to add them. Have fun!!

10. Art & Copy (2009)

In Art & Copy, director Doug Pray takes you right into the U.S. advertising industry. The film follows some of the most important industry professionals including Hal Riney, George Lois, Mary Wells Lawrence, Dan Wieden, and Lee Clow and discusses what good advertising really is.


9. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

Infamous New York Times fashion expert Bill Cunningham takes you through the most fashionable streets of New York City and rigorously states what’s hot and what not. One of the most famous fashion documentaries ever, check it out!


8. Objectified (2009)

If you have an eye for aesthetics and industrial design, you will love Objectified. The full-length documentary examines the role of everyday non-living objects, and the people who design them, in our daily lives. 


7. Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)

You have surely come across Banksy, a London-based famed street artist who sells his painting anonymously for millions. Exit Through The Gift Shop gives a glimpse into his studio life through the perspective of a French street art photographer Thierry Guetta.


6. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames, best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture and the Lounge Chair, are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Watch their documentary to learn more…


5. Girl Model (2011)

The fashion world clearly has its up and downsides. Girl Model takes a critical point of view and follows some 14 year old wannabe models from the Russian province into the big fashion hubs. Anorexia, harassment and no money is the usual result, definitely worth a watch.


4. Helvetica (2007)

There are barely any days that you do not come across the world’s most popular typeface: Helvetica. The documentary takes you back to 1957 and shows how the Swiss designers Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann would change graphic design forever.


3. How much does your building weigh Mr. Foster? (2010)

How much does you building weigh, Mr. Foster? This and other questions about contemporary architecture will be answered in this documentary. Look over the shoulder of one of the most important architects and learn more about the infrastructures that surround us.


2. Ai Weiwei – Never Ending Story (2012)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a 2012 documentary film about Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, directed by American filmmaker Alison Klayman. Get to know more about political China, new activism and how digital media can be of great help.


1. PressPausePlay (2011)

And the winner is…YES, PressPausePlay. This beautiful documentary film features stars such as Björk or Moby and discusses how social media and other new forms of technology have democratised our culture and what this means for artists. Watch the full documentary right here… 🙂





Ferdinand Prinz is author and co-founder of They Don't Love You. He has always been passionate about the creative aspects around marketing and has gained experience in various companies and start-ups.

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