Iconoclasts is a series that pairs up innovators from film, literature, architecture, fashion, food, music and business, who respect and admire each other. Here actor/filmmaker Sean Penn and author/adventurer Jon Krakauer travel to Alaska to retrace the fateful journey of a young man Krakauer wrote about in his book Into the Wild, which Penn adapted for the screen and then directed.
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.
A look inside the working of Australia's Bell Theatre Company and the work and emotions involved in staging Shakespeare's Hamlet
Morgan Freeman tells the story of jazz's varied and sometimes challenging postwar history.
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.
Gavin's flatmates Charlie and Anna are finally prepared to let him die with dignity, and have found a GP willing to administer a lethal dose of morphine. Gavin's mother and younger brother Simon, with wife and baby in tow, immediately drive to Sydney. Then, in the aftermath of Gavin's death, tempers fray as friends and family grapple ineptly with their loss.
The half-hour documentary, IOU: Mary Hardy, celebrates the brilliant but largely forgotten talent who paved the way for female entertainers in this country. Mary Hardy is an unwritten chapter in the history of Australian television. She was the queen of television and radio in Melbourne in the 1960s and 1970s and won seven Logie awards for the Most Popular Female in Victoria. She was a maverick who redefined women's roles in the medium for decades.
An exciting new music talk series hosted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Elvis Costello. Each artist not only talks but performs. This episode features Diana Krall.
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This is a fascinating documentary-style film about Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino's staging of Richard III and his simultaneous exploration of the relevance of Shakespeare to people in every walk of life. Every scene of the play is dissected by actors and scholars prior to us seeing it performed, thus bringing the play brilliantly to life.
Luke Hunt is a 43 year old journalist based in Hong Kong. Having worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP) for the past 14 years, Luke is about to swap the security of a weekly wage for the life of a freelance journalist. Armed with his stills camera, his computer and his desire to succeed, Luke's first freelance assignment takes him to familiar territory, Cambodia, to cover the upcoming elections.
Russell is on a high, securing a big assignment to interview Lupe Fiasco but his world unravels when he asks a controversial question and is requested by the artist to be removed from the assignment. His mentor is unimpressed by his new briefcase advising him to A) show up on time and B) finish an article.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman traces the ancestry and growth of American music through the 20th century and beyond.
The 1975 television series The Naked Civil Servant transformed the life of its creator - fifty-something part-time life model and novelist Quentin Crisp. The story about his life as a homosexual growing up in wartime Britain made Quentin a household name. However, having finally gained the celebrity he craved, he is shunned. So he accepts an invitation to speak in New York. With his flamboyant style, rapier sharp wit, and honest, but seemingly perverse world view he's an instant hit, and New York proves to be Quentin's natural home.
Award-winning documentary In The Company of Actors is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the New York production of Andrew Upton's modern Hedda Gabler starring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Aden Young, Justine Clark and director Robyn Nevin. Within the world of theatre the rehearsal room is a sacred space, the private domain where boundaries are pushed, risks are taken, mistakes made, vulnerabilities exposed and, at its very best, magic created. It is not a place into which the public is often, if ever, invited. Until now.
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