Some films entertain, some educate. The best of films does both. Here are three documentaries that are high on entertainment and life lessons. And an on-the-edge kinda films that adrenaline junkies thrive on
Don’t Look Down (2016)
Richard Branson writes on his blog: “When you’re facing certain death, your mind does funny things. You make the most important decisions you will ever make under extreme pressure. If you get them right, with a lot of luck, you live to tell the tale. I faced death when I found myself in the biggest balloon ever built, all alone.”
How he got there, what happened next, and how it changed him, are the subjects of the new documentary Don’t Look Down.
It reveals the real story behind Richard Branson’s daring adventures in the 1980s and 1990s trying to break world records for flying in a hot air balloon. While Branson is famous, and many have heard about his various adventures, the real story of this incredible balloon adventure has never been told. Using intimate interviews with Branson and his team at the time, never seen before archive (including footage from inside the balloon, shot in real time) and beautifully designed dramatic reconstructions, the film tells a story of courage, determination, despair and ultimate triumph.
14 Minutes from Earth (2016)
In 2012, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner set the world record for highest-altitude free-fall. In 2014, his record was broken by Alan Eustace, a mild-mannered 56-year-old Google engineer who jumped from a helium balloon in the stratosphere, nearly 26 miles above the Earth. Working in utmost secrecy with engineers and scientists over three years, Alan and his small team achieved what no one had before: the creation of a new spacecraft that could provide a lightweight and safer way to explore 30 miles into space. The road to the stars was paved with engineering challenges, incredible obstacles, and near-death experiences, all chronicled in this inspiring, nail-biting, hair-raising documentary.
Three of the world’s most renowned BASE jumpers, Jokke Sommer, Espen Fadnes and Ludovic Woerth embark on an adventure around the world seeking out unique and challenging places to wingsuit proximity flying and BASE jumping. Directed and produced by Siesta Films and Ellioth & Winther Film, this exceptional journey takes Jokke, Espen and Ludo to Rio de Janeiro, Chamonix, The Reunion Island, The Tianmen Mountains in China, Bangkok, before their planned final jump in Dubai. All three athletes speak candidly about the moralities of the sport they risk their lives for and the emotions and rewards that push them to pioneer this sport.
All three films available on iTunes