Netflix has been a documentary spree lately. Well, really they’ve been on a spree of signing all types of content, including documentaries. The streaming leader recently released a trailer for upcoming true crime documentary Strong Island and immediately announced two more upcoming documentaries the next day: Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, a look at the award-winning and prophetic essayist who writes about American cultural decline; and Voyeur, a dark, twisted examination of a Colorado motel owner who secretly filmed his guests for years. If those sound like unnecessary downers in our current dystopian present, luckily Netflix has just announced a more upbeat documentary about pop culture phenom Lady Gaga.
Netflix’s Lady Gaga documentary is titled Gaga: Five Foot Two and is directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chris Moukarbel (Banksy Does New York). The film is an unfiltered look at eight months of the singer’s life, chronicling the star’s daily exploits on stage, in recording studios, or spending time at home or with family. The film does not shy away from Lady Gaga’s personal struggles as she deals with the psychological and physical fatigue caused by a life spent constantly in the spotlight.
Lisa Nishimura, Vice President of original documentaries for Netflix, says the film offers a unique glimpse at what makes one of today’s most innovative and influential pop culture icons tick:
It is a rare moment when one is invited behind the curtain to witness the raw truth of an individual, even more so when that person happens to be one of the most recognizable, influential and scrutinized public figures in culture today. Director Chris Moukarbel deftly brings us into Lady Gaga’s intimate world; allowing us to experience the drive, conflict, passion, complexity and deeply personal creative process behind this singular artist.
Gaga: Five Foot Two will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, after which it will be available for streaming exclusively on Netflix on September 22.