Art critic Waldemar Januszczak's epic biopic of Paul Gauguin follows the painter through countless twists and turns in a remarkable life that takes him from an idyllic childhood in Peru to a terrible death on the Marquesas Islands. He questions whether the fame of Gauguin's Tahiti pictures has blinded us to the bigger truth about his achievements.
In commemoration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, this documentary examines final opera in conjunction with the original story by Thomas Mann and the film by Luchino Visconti.
The most controversial film of 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11 is the new incendiary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. Following the success of Bowling For Columbine, Moore uses his characteristic deft humour and uniquely persistent style to launch an unflinching and searing examination of the Bush administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
As New York's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America's largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as Governor, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's first Jewish President. Then, shockingly, Spitzer's meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer had been caught seeing prostitutes.
In this intimate, meticulously crafted patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage and never-before-seen home movies explores the evolution and enduring popularity of The Eagles, all the way from the band's creation and rise to fame in the 1970s to its breakup in 1980.
The cocaine trade of the '70s and '80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world's most glamorous hot spots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia's Medellin cartel. By the early '80s, Miami's tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country, for which a Time cover story dubbed the city 'Paradise Lost'. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
An unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of the Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalogue of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
The fifth of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Director Michael Apted returns twenty-eight years on as the subjects, now aged thirty-five, talk about their lives and their hopes for the future.
A vibrant, politically charged journey into the life of the beloved, celebrated father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti.
The words "health care" and "comedy" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but in award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore's SiCKO, they go together hand in (rubber) glove. Opening with profiles of several ordinary Americans whose lives have been disrupted, shattered, and - in some cases - ended by health care catastrophe, SiCKO makes clear that the dysfunctional system doesn't only affect the 47 million uninsured citizens - millions of others who dutifully pay their premiums often get strangled by bureaucratic red tape as well.
In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Hicks followed Glass across three continents - from his annual ride on the Coney Island 'Cyclone' roller coaster, to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass's working process, family life, spiritual teachers and long time collaborators, Hicks gives us a unique glimpse behind the curtain into the life of a surprising and complex man.
An up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, Frank Sinatra. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, this is an intimate portrait of the singer, actor, father, husband and philanthropist.
In 1961 segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government remained indifferent. That is, until an integrated band of college students decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. With access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, this program highlights what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organise against all odds.
Walt Disney - never has a person held such a commanding place in American life. Yet as familiar as his work was to young and old alike, Disney himself was something of an enigma.
SBS access all areas with a string of premiere documentaries exploring the lives of the world's biggest music legends, including Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, George Harrison and David Geffen. The line up of legendary musicians begins with a man who has helped to shape American popular culture over the last four decades; agent, manager and producer David Geffen.
This documentary from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles the case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
Covers many of the defining events and central ideas behind Mormonism, beginning with Joseph Smith's first revelation and following its transforming impact on America's religious landscape. The series looks at the role persecution played in defining this religious group, and follows the Mormon's transformation from a polygamist theocracy to a flourishing mainstream religion.
For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world - illuminating and powering the start of the industrial revolution, and laying the groundwork for a truly global economy. From its stunning rise as an economic force in the 18th century, to its precipitous decline in the decades following the Civil War, the whaling industry mapped millions of miles of uncharted ocean, opened new seaways and markets, employed the world's most multicultural workforce, and shrunk the globe by bringing once remote reaches of the earth into contact as never before - all the while capturing the American imagination.