The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months.
In recent years, documentary filmmaking has taken off in ways nobody could have foreseen. In large part because of technological advances in the making and delivery of the work, now pretty much anybody with a smartphone and a laptop is equipped to be a documentarian. Add to that an inquisitive mind, an intelligent perspective and an engaging subject, and the world becomes your oyster. Below is a selection of the year's most fascinating, entertaining and thoroughly disturbing non-fiction features that graced our screens in 2013.
Todd Brown, Peter Martin, Brian Clark, Joshua Chaplinsky, Dustin Chang, Pierce Conran, Jason Gorber, Kwenton Bellette, J Hurtado, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Jim Tudor, Christopher O'Keeffe, Patryk Czekaj, Kurt Halfyard, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Patrick Holzapfel, Ryland Aldrich and Shelagh Rowan-Legg
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