Loosely based on the last days of Jesus' life, John Legend delivers a masterclass in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic Easter rock opera.
Award winning film-maker Simon Target follows 75-year-old John Bell during his final year at Bell Shakespeare, the national theatre company he founded, in this poignant and thoughtful documentary.
Follow joint artistic directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy in their most challenging year yet as they scour the globe and battle the clock to find and deliver the 2020 Adelaide Festival in its all-important 60th year.
In this special, some of the biggest names in comedy pay tribute to the legendary stand-up stage founded in 1963 by Budd Friedman.
There's something about Hugh Jackman that makes you suspect he would have been a success on the big screen no matter which cinematic era he was born into. His lithe physicality and fine comic timing would have served him well in the silent era; his good looks and debonair charm would have fit right in with the Douglas Fairbanks and Cary Grants of classical Hollywood; his roguish charisma and natural compassion would not have gone amiss in the gritty realism of the 60s and 70s; and there's no doubting he has the muscles to have gone toe-to-toe with the Arnies, Slys and Jean-Claudes of the 80s and 90s.
When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group - all best friends - start to realise that not everyone is going to make it after all.
Houdini's mysterious sudden death may not have been an accident. Experts recreate his buried alive escape and investigate if he was killed by more sinister forces.
Was one of Houdini's greatest escapes a conspiracy to spy for the US government? Experts investigate by recreating his break from a Siberian prison van.
The bullet catch is one of the deadliest tricks in magic history. A team of experts recreate the famed trick to uncover how Houdini could have accomplished it.
How did Harry Houdini pull off his death-defying escapes? A team of experts investigate his illusions to reveal the secrets of this mysterious stunt.
Assigned to protect a small town in Vietnam, Dao arrives to fight against the crime boss; but soon his past catches up with him, threatening to destroy the cherished village.
Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas and it isn't long before young love, with it's glad eyes, hesitations and embarrassments, has broken every self-imposed rule of the all-male 'academy'. Shakespeare's boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life, is a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright's comic arsenal: from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations, to drunkenness, bust-ups and pratfalls. Even more, it is a joyful banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes, bizarre syntax, grotesque coinages and parodies.
Recorded live from the Shakespeare Globe Theatre. Peter Simple as Nathan Amzi, Sir Hugh Evans as Gareth Armstrong, Abraham Slender as William Belchambers and directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Imagining that Mistress Ford and Mistress Page have each fallen for him, the fat knight Sir John Falstaff decides to seduce them both, as much for their husbands' money as for their personal charms. Wise to the old rogue's tricks, the women turn the tables on him with a series of humiliating assignations and a very damp, extremely smelly laundry basket. Featuring many characters from Henry IV Parts I and II, Shakespeare's brilliantly constructed farce, which gave birth to a tradition that reaches down to the modern TV sitcom, returns to delight the audience.
How do actors cope with failure? In a fascinating new insight to the world of being an actor, David Harewood (Homeland, Supergirl), persuades some of his famous friends and colleagues, including Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall, Homeland), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager) Eddie Izzard (Hannibal, The Riches) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, American Horror Story), to sit down and talk about the F word - failure. Failure is a taboo subject in the precarious world of the actor but David takes us from drama school to the red carpet and beyond, on an interesting, behind-the-scenes journey that offers both elements of surprise and great humour. The contributors provide deeply personal reflections of their own mistakes, alongside amazing anecdotes, and David reveals his own unique stories of how failure has affected him. To many, acting seems like a career with tremendous rewards but to be successful and rise to the top you also have to take great risks. And with risk, failure is always a possibility. David Harewood's F Word is an original documentary that reveals the many ways that failure can affect performance and profession alike and the different ways actors learn to come to terms with the invisible weight always dangling above their heads.
Cheeky and loud, black and proud. Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Deadly Funny unearths the freshest, fiercest and funniest Aboriginal and TSI talent from around the country.
In anticipation of her upcoming film Downsizing, Wiig discusses her Hollywood beginning at The Groundlings improv troupe which led to her breakout role as series regular on Saturday Night Live, where she earned five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. From the small screen to the big screen, Wiig expanded her repertoire to include both comedic and dramatic roles in films such as Mother!, The Martian, Skeleton Twins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Despicable Me 2, Welcome To Me, Ghostbusters, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and the upcoming Where'd You Go, Bernadette. In the episode, Wiig recounts her journey to writing, producing and starring in the Oscar nominated film, Bridesmaids, and how she created many of her iconic characters in Saturday Night Live including the Aunt Linda and Sue the Surprise Lady.
Well-known for his many leading roles in hit romantic comedies including How to Lose a Guy In Ten Days and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey reveals his unorthodox break into acting with his first major role in Dazed and Confused and which film made him a household name in one weekend. Viewers will also learn if his wife, Camila Alves, believes McConaughey upholds his charm off-camera and how he came to the career-defining decision to set out for riskier and more serious characters, including his debut television role in new series True Detective.
Members of the famed institution participate in an in-depth interview.
After making her mark in the industry with memorable appearances in films such as Junebug, Enchanted, Doubt, and The Fighter, Amy Adams discusses her multifaceted career leading up to her standout performance in Columbia Pictures' American Hustle. Her lead role as a con-artist in the Academy Award nominated film earned Adam's her first Golden Globe win and fifth Academy Award Nomination. Adams has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and six Screen Actors Guild Awards.
For the first time in its 19-year history James Lipton welcomes a father-daughter pairing to the stage with Bruce Dern and Laura Dern, delving into both their careers, as well as their personal relationship.
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