Join us for never-seen-before, unprecedented access into the life of the world's most famous author, JK Rowling. Taking place over a full year, a usually camera-shy Rowling reveals her life and what is behind her creative drive, resulting in an intimate portrait of this very private author. Gain a unique insight into her thoughts on the final chapter of Harry Potter, the incredible secrecy of the publishing process and the wild fanfare of Rowling's first signing event at midnight on the massively anticipated release of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. Plus, a sneak peek at her new secret project and contemplating life after Harry.
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for investigations into some of the most popular reading genres. They reveal the conventions, controversies, and titles that have helped shaped the literary landscape. This month, Jennifer brings in the heavy artillery of the publishing world, those authors whose books always appear in the front of the shops. While critics tend to ignore their work, the books sell in their millions, and bring huge pleasure to many readers.
The extraordinary life of one of England's greatest female writers, George Eliot. A woman who dared disobey the social morals of her time and who bravely defied the critics intent on destroying her.
Looks at the act of reading and its impact on more than 5000 years of human history. This episode examines how we learn to read.
The 10 Conditions Of Love is a love story of a woman, a man, a family, a people and a homeland. It is the story of Rebiya Kadeer, the woman China has accused of inciting terrorism within its borders. It is also the story of the country its people call East Turkestan, but which the Chinese call Xinjiang Province. It is a big story: a story of the struggle for autonomy; of the global politics of energy; of politicking over the 'War on Terror'; and of the pain of a family torn apart.
An illuminating profile of the writer David Malouf, recognised as one of Australia's finest novelists and poets. Shot in Australia, Italy, England and Ireland, this film uses a combination of interviews, dramatisations, archival footage and cinema verite sequences to explore the work of this complex man. It reveals a writer who looks closely into ordinary lives and events, finding something precious in them, giving those mundane moments meaning and making them into art.
Looks at the act of reading and its impact on more than 5000 years of human history. This first episode traces the origins of reading.
A clip from Andrew Denton's Enough Rope - Tana Macqueen on living with MS
For 50 years Harold Pinter was at the centre of theatrical life not just in his home country of Britain, but all over the world. It is hard to over-estimate the impact of his work. Not only a remarkable playwright with one of the most illustrious careers in contemporary theatre, Pinter's career also encompassed acting, poetry and political activism as a vociferous critic of American and British foreign policy. He also won the Nobel prize for literature. His 29 plays are continually produced with undimmed enthusiasm by school students and great directors and actors alike. In this hour-long program director Harry Burton invited Pinter to participate in a master class with actors and some observers. The film is an attempt to capture something of the collaborative spirit that made working with him a very special experience.
A personal exploration of American writer, Douglas Kennedy, the esteemed contemporary novelist, and author of outback novel, The Dead Heart.
Stickybricks is a companion film to 900 Neighbours, made over four years with tenants at the Northcott public housing estate in Surry Hills.
A look inside the working of Australia's Bell Theatre Company and the work and emotions involved in staging Shakespeare's Hamlet
A fascinating journey behind the scenes of the Bell Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet, from first rehearsal to opening night. John Bell has stamped the role of Hamlet as his own, having played it numerous times over 35 years. Now he is handing on the baton to talented young actor Leon Ford (Changi) who moulds it into something fresh and exciting as Bell directs and watches the process with joy.
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