While HBO may be known for bringing Dragons to Westeros and robots to “Westworld,” the cable network has often been involved in documentary filmmaking. Before Netflix, many smaller documentaries made their way to the small screen with HBO’s help. Today, documentaries are far more accessible than even ten years ago. This has allowed HBO to flirt with Oscar, as they’ve been able to crack a documentary shortlist almost every year. Last year, “Cries From Syria” missed the cut, but this year’s upcoming HBO documentary slate looks promising.
HBO released it’s schedule for the remaining documentaries it will air in 2018. There are several films of note that could make their way towards an Oscar nomination or Oscar Documentary Shortlist. The documentary that will likely be the most popular will be “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” She wore many hats in her career, from sex icon to activist, to Oscar-winning actress. This one will likely be a hit with some audiences and controversial to others.
“The Sentence” is the one to watch for an Oscar nomination. The film, which follows one man’s struggle to understand his sister’s incarceration. In the last months of Obama’s presidency, the family fights for their sister’s release. “The Sentence” won an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Last up is “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.” Following the controversial death of Bland in 2015, social media and the Black Lives Matter movement put a national spotlight on her death. “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets” made the Documentary shortlist for the 2016 Oscars. “Say Her Name” could be another breakthrough film.
The remaining HBO documentary slate is listed below. Let us know which ones you are most excited for in the comments below.
HBO’s Documentary Slate for Fall 2018
“Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age” (Sept. 10) Directed by Nancy Jo Sales.
“The Oslo Diaries” (Sept. 13) Directed by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan.
“Jane Fonda in Five Acts” (Sept. 24). Directed by Susan Lacy
“RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee” (Oct. 8) Directed by Cathy Chermol
“The Sentence” (Oct. 15) Directed by Rudy Valdez.
“Stolen Daughter: Kidnapped by Boko Haram” (Oct. 22) Directed by Karen Edwards and Gemma Atwal.
“We Are Not Done Yet” (Nov.) Directed by Sareen Hairabedian.
“The Price of Everything” Directed by Nathaniel Kahn.
“The Truth About Killer Robots” (Nov.) Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin.
“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” (Dec.) Directed and produced by Kate Davis; produced by David Heilbroner.
“Breslin and Hamlin: Deadline Artists” (Dec.) Directed by John Block, Jonathan Alter and Stephen McCarthy.
“Bleed Out” (Dec.) Directed by Steve Burrows