Cultural Intelligence

From Beyoncé to Beckham: the worrying rise of one-sided celeb documentaries

I was recently given the opportunity to share my thoughts and insights in an article by Naomi May in The Guardian, which delves into the world of celebrity documentaries. Often, these films gloss over the controversies and personal struggles of their subjects, opting instead for a sanitised and seemingly authentic glimpse into their lives. At their core, though, these documentaries serve more as strategic branding efforts than true narratives, designed to fulfill the audience's craving for a deeper, more intimate connection with their favorite stars and their beliefs. I'm curious to hear your opinion on this matter. Do you believe these documentaries provide real insight, or are they merely a polished façade of a celebrity's public image?