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14th Nov 2017

This Mysterious Documentary About An American Nanny Is A Fascinating Watch


Get ready to only want to talk about this one single documentary for the next week: Finding Vivian Maier.

After the film’s director stumbled upon a box of old photographs, he was determined to find out more about who took them. What ensued next was a fascinating documentary searching for the woman behind the camera, and it earned an Oscar nomination in 2015.

Here’s why it’s so addictive:

Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. 

Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

But as Maloof meets people who knew Vivian, new questions arise about her life and work. The families who employed her as a nanny have mixed memories, and hint at her dark side. Would she have even wanted this attention? 

It’s not available on Irish Netflix just yet, but you can buy the DVD from Amazon (how oldskool, eh?), or use a streaming service… Not that we would ever recommend that. 

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