Michael Palin chats about his favourite works in the Tate Britain gallery, London.
This award-winning documentary on the iconic filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles is a carefully crafted tale of the journey of a young black boy from Chicago who became the trigger for the 'blaxploitation' era in Hollywood. Van Peebles' history is as fascinating as any of his motion pictures. Coloured by backstage stories from Spike Lee, Mario Van Peebles and Gil Scott- Heron, this film traces his path from atom bomb-ferrying Air Force pilot to French novelist to proto-rap singer to Wall Street options trader, before making his momentous and controversial film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song.
Peter Nicholls is an academic, broadcaster, critic, author and editor. His special area is science fiction, an area in which he is hailed as the world's foremost authority. He is also an unconventional man who has led an extraordinary and unique life. This profile reveals Peter Nicholl's life-long passion for and insight into the world of science fiction as well as his foibles and eccentricities.
Scorsese On Scorsese
An intriguing documentary that provides a remarkable insight into the mind of probably the most critically acclaimed director of recent times. Regularly acknowledged as the greatest American filmmaker of his generation, Martin Scorsese takes the audience on an entertaining and fascinating journey through all of his major films.
Avatar: Creating the World of Pandora is a spectacular behind the scenes special that pulls back the curtain on the movie magic and the new technologies created to produce James Cameron's blockbuster record breaking film Avatar.
In a demonstration of filmmaking techniques, actors suit up so their performances can be digitised by CGI motion capture cameras.
See a Simulcam in action as virtual and 3D cameras work in unison with CGI technology to help James Cameron see what will appear on the big screen.
The controversy surrounding sex-in-movies began when the film industry was in its infancy with filmmakers determined to push against limits in order to provoke, enlighten or simply shock audiences. From the introduction of the Hays Code in the 1930s, the Legion of Decency, the establishment of the MPAA ratings, Indie Sex shows where the independent film industry has come from and where it is heading.
The writers stress and guess as the 'Rolling Stone' execs debate, then choose one young journalist to award with the one-year contributing editor contract.
At just 27 Hamish MacDonald is both news anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera English, the new kid on the block of international news networks. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Hamish has worked for Al Jazeera English since its inception in 2006 and has travelled widely from Afghanistan and Georgia to the USA, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and China.
The writers are asked to report on companies they believe to be America's worst polluters. Russell faces consequences for his erratic behaviour while Krystal ditches reporting for a Victoria's Secret Pyjama Party.
Presented by historian Michael Cathcart, The Extraordinary Tale Of William Buckley is a dramatised documentary that tells one of Australia's great untold stories. On a stifling hot Christmas night in 1803, 23-year-old William Buckley, a young English convict, escapes from the doomed first settlement of Port Phillip Bay in South Eastern Australia, choosing instead to risk the unknown of the hostile Australian wilderness rather than surrender his freedom.
This week, Artists At Work follows the trials and triumphs of The Glass Percussion Project as its creators, Eugene Ughetti and Elaine Miles, prepare for an ambitious performance in the Atrium Gallery at Melbourne's Federation Square. The Glass Percussion Project is a meditative and musical interplay inspired by the themes of air, water and divine melody, where Ughetti is the percussionist/composer/conductor and Miles is the glass/installation artist.
A scriptwriter and a director argue their approaches to the problem of a comprehensive documentary about Australia: one favours an experimental style, the other a more conventional approach.
Peter comes up with an irresistible pitch on unlikely Rolling Stone subject - Lionel Ritchie. Peter has discovered that Ritchie is wildly popular in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Could he be the voice of peace? Peter lands a golden interview with him that gets published in the magazine.
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