A Danish-Korean theatre troupe of two comedians and their manager travel to North Korea on the pretext of wanting to perform vaudeville comedy. In actuality they are there to make a guerrilla-style expose of the ruthless police state. Constantly shadowed by a guide, they rehearse under the watchful eye of government officials brought in to 'collaborate' on their performance. But as the hoax plays out, the two comedians (both of North Korean descent) begin to emotionally unravel.
Not since Woodstock has there been a concert with so much love. In the summer of 2004, an excited crowd of strangers board a bus to Brooklyn to join comedian Dave Chappelle at his block party. Meanwhile, at an undisclosed venue not far away, Dave is greeting musicians such as Jill Scott, the Fugees, the Roots, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and Cody Chestnut, who have all come to perform at the party.
Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic tells the story of a grand opera about the atomic bomb. This behind-the-scenes documentary follows composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars over the course of a year as they work to forge the tale of J. Robert Oppenheimer into a music drama like no other the strange and beautiful Doctor Atomic.
In a special tribute hosted by Virginia Trioli, ABC TV will remember the life and work of one of Australia's greatest playwrights, Alex Buzo. The Sydney-based playwright and author died in August 2006 after a long fight with cancer.
A provocative and hilarious look at five Arab-American comedians working the stand-up circuit in the wake of 9-11. When people of Middle Eastern origin were advised to lay low, these men and women all chose to stand up ... and crack jokes.
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.
The showgirl, the jazzman, the spy, the ventriloquist. Every family has a story, but not quite like this one. You Only Live Twice - The Incredibly True Story of the Hughes Family takes us on an intimate, whirlwind journey through the ages, revealing the complexities and duality inherent within this prodigiously talented and eccentric clan who've pursued their passions on the world stage.
Simon Palomares is a comedian. Life has become complicated. Spain is calling. Loudly. There is a saying in Madrid, that to be successful at anything you need to have balls (cojones) as big as those you find on the horse that is Madrid's most famous statue. This film follows Australian comedian Simon Palomares as he attempts to break into the Spanish comedy circuit while also reconnecting with his Spanish identity.
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