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Dive into music, war, politics and relationships in these dramatic documentaries, streaming now in the True Stories. Pure Drama collection at SBS On Demand.
SBS Guide

17 Nov 2020 - 4:17 PM  UPDATED 17 Nov 2020 - 4:17 PM

Addicted Australia

Around one in 20 Australians struggle with a substance use problem or addiction each year, but only one in four seek help. Addicted Australia is an inspiring documentary that puts a spotlight on Australia’s addiction crisis in a deeply personal way. In a television first, the four-part series follows ten Australians as they battle addiction and take part in a unique six-month treatment program. Addicted Australia shows the challenges faced by people with addiction issues, the highs and lows of the treatment journey, and the effects on their families and friends. 

Addicted Australia screens weekly on Tuesdays at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand. The four-part documentary series will be available with simplified Chinese and Vietnamese subtitles. 

'Addicted Australia' puts a spotlight on Australia’s addiction crisis.

The Vietnam War

Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, this 10-part series about the divisive Vietnam conflict took 10 years to make. Featuring interviews with more than 70 people, including combatants and anti-war protesters, rarely seen archive footage, home movies, photographs and more, the series was an epic production that takes a close look at the forces that brought nations to war and how it unfolded. 

Why Ken Burns’ Vietnam War is different to the ones we’ve seen before
It’s a new perspective on the controversial conflict in Vietnam, with room to explore cause and effect.

All 10 episodes of The Vietnam War are now streaming at SBS On Demand.  

Couples Therapy

Therapist Dr Orna Guralnik guides couples through the minefield of honest confrontation with each other and with themselves, revealing the real-life struggles and extraordinary breakthroughs typically hidden behind closed doors. In this nine-part series, we meet couples dealing with many different issues: among them, Sarah wants a baby, but Lauren isn't ready; Elaine and DeSean argue about the impact of racism on their marriage; Evelyn feels betrayed by Alan; and Dr Guralnik wrestles with the responsibility she feels for her patients.

'Couples Therapy' puts real therapy on screen in a way that doesn't feel exploitative
The series invites you to share the intimate details of other people's relationships, and you'll be all the better for it. We swear.

All nine episodes of Couples Therapy are streaming now at SBS On Demand

On the Record

On The Record  looks at allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and in doing so explores the unique challenges African-American women face when dealing with sexual violence. A lot of this 90-minute documentary focusses on Drew Dixon, a former hip hop executive, as she wrestles with the decision about whether to go public with an allegation of rape against one of the most powerful men in the music industry.

On The Record is now streaming at SBS On Demand

Country Music

Meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who created this thriving music genre. In this nine-part doco-series, director Ken Burns (The Vietnam War) traces the birth and evolution of country music, exploring everything from Texas swing to rockabilly, and talent from Jimmy Rodgers to Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.  

In Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’, Dolly Parton is country’s unlikely star
Among the boozing, hard-living outlaws dominating the scene, country icon Dolly Parton stood apart through her camp image and incredible song-writing talents.

All nine episodes of Country Music are now streaming at SBS On Demand

The Up series

This fascinating series of documentary films from director Michael Apted (Gorky Park, Gorillas in the Mist) has followed a group of British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. Through 7 Up, 14 Up, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, 49 Up, 56 Up and 63 Up, the documentary series is a fascinating look at not only how their lives have changed, but the world around them, too. The range of emotions, experiences and life changes makes these films unlike any other project, and like all that have gone before 63 Up has so much so share. “What comes out really clearly for me in 63 Up is the fact that there is so much reflection and so much equality, and also the longevity of the relationship between Michael and all the contributors really comes out. There’s a completely different tone to this one and that’s really interesting,” says producer Claire Lewis. 

Before you watch '63 Up', here's everything you need to know about the acclaimed 'Up' series
Even if you've never seen it before, this is all the information you need to catch up on half a century of incredible documentary filmmaking.


All nine films of the Up series are streaming now at SBS On Demand

The Fourth Estate: The NY Times and Trump

Granted unprecedented access to the editors and reporters on the front lines, award-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus' The Fourth Estate follows the inner workings of The New York Times in the first year of the Trump presidency. The four-part series from the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmaker shows the challenges of covering a President who calls the political reporters at the Times "the enemy of the people". From the role of Russia in the 2016 election to the heavy turnover of White House staff, The Fourth Estate captures a tumultuous time in American politics. 

All four parts of The Fourth Estate: The NY Times and Trump are now streaming at SBS On Demand


Could a woman ever win election as president of the USA? It's one of the questions at the heart of this documentary series, which looks back at the career of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her 2016 tilt at America's top job. A remarkably intimate portrait of a public woman, Hillary interweaves revealing moments from never-before-seen 2016 campaign footage with biographical chapters of her life. Featuring exclusive interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton herself, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, friends and journalists, the series examines how she became at once one of the most admired and vilified women in the world.

The toughest part of making the 'Hillary' doc, according to Nanette Burstein
Nanette Burstein tells us how she got the famously private Madame Secretary to open up, for the fascinating documentary about a life lived in the public eye.

All four part of Hillary are now streaming at SBS On Demand


Conspiracy, impeachment proceedings, Supreme Court rulings... it's all sounding quite familiar but this is not 2020. This six-part documentary traces the events that lead to the Watergate scandal and the end of Richard Nixon's presidency. Revolving around the Nixon administration's involvement in a break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters in the Watergate builiding in Washington D.C.- and the attempts to cover up that involvment - the scandal lead to a series of government investigations, the start of impeachment proceedings against Nixon and finally his resignation from office in August 1974.  

All six episodes of Watergate are now streaming at SBS On Demand


With a banging soundtrack of punk hits and misses and interviews with big names including Henry Rollins,  Jello Biafra, John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon, Debbie Harry, Billy Joe Armstrong, Iggy Pop and many more, Punk chronicles the rise of punk rock from its roots in 60s America, its emergence across the Atlantic in London with bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and then the rise of punk stars such as Nirvana, Green Day, Bikini Kill and L7.

Ageing rockers revel in the raw power of ‘Punk’
This four-part documentary series explores the anarchic history of punk music under the aegis of executive producer, Iggy Pop.

All four parts of Punk are streaming now at SBS On Demand

Who Gets To Stay In Australia?

Who Gets to Stay in Australia?  follows the lives of 13 migrants and their families who want to settle in Australia. They’ve come here for love, family, work or for safety. The road to permanent residency is long, complex and challenging. This series follows people whose applications have previously been rejected and are in their final appeal to stay in the country. We meet women and men desperately hoping their partners get to stay in Australia, a family that might have to leave Australia because their son has cystic fibrosis, and a man in detention making facing deportation. 

The emotional stories of 'Who Gets to Stay in Australia?'
This four-part documentary series follows the journey of those applying for permanent residence.

Who Gets To Stay in Australia?  is streaming now at SBS On Demand. It is also available subtitled in Simplified Chinese and Arabic 

Untold Australia

This thought-provoking documentary series explores the life-changing milestones of everyday Australians. In season four, it shares four great stories: Can six individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities find love? What lies behind the hidden world of the funeral industry? How do family ties suffer in the battle between old and new values? Will a transgender woman succeed in her mission to stage a Mardi Gras in a country town?

The full fourth season of Untold Australia (plus four documentaries from previous seasons) is now streaming at SBS On Demand.  Season four is also available subtitled in Simplified Chinese and Arabic 


I Am Series

From the legacy of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the life and onscreen achievements of Bruce Lee, the I Am series explores the lives of a range high-profile and talented people. Others featured include Steve McQueen, Evel Knievel and Richard Prior. 

Hurry! The I am series is only available on SBS On Demand until 14 December.


Struggle Street 

The third season of this thought-provoking documentary series explores the complex issues faced by Australians in rural and regional communities. This season features stories representing the issues affecting people in the bush, including the impact of drought, unemployment, access to healthcare, homelessness, the effects of drugs and alcohol, and the challenges facing those with mental ill-health and physical disabilities.

All four episodes of Struggle Street season 3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand

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