Oscar is a priest who gambles discreetly and donates his winnings to help the poor. Lucinda is an Australian businesswoman who boldly defies society's rules. When they meet over an innocent game of cards, their lives are changed forever
Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political parallels within the play that still resonate today.
Australia's most prestigious and iconic short film festival Tropfest will return to SBS 2 on Sunday December 7, bringing all the action direct from Sydney's Centennial Park. Tropfest aficionado Adam Spencer and The Feed and Movie Mayhem's Marc Fennell return to host Tropfest 2014, and this year are joined by SBS 2's leading lady and Feed reporter Jeannette Francis.
Derek Jacobi looks at Richard II and returns to a role he played 30 years ago. He helps actors at the Globe with aspects of the play, reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the extraordinary political parallels within the play that still resonate today. Derek first played Richard II for the BBC in 1978 - now 34 years later Ben Whishaw is starring in a new BBC film of the play. Derek spans those dates and uncovers what is so special about this play. Although written entirely "in verse", it is nonetheless one of the most resonant and relevant of all of Shakespeare's plays. Its understanding of power and its inevitable tendency to corrupt and distort the truth are continually repeated in current affairs. Derek visits Shakespeare's Globe and shares his thoughts with actors rehearsing the play - but he also looks at his own performance and those of other actors who have over the last 30 years tried this taxing role. Richard is both a king and a man who knows he is acting the role of a king. It makes him an extraordinary character for any actor to play. But was this play written by the actor William Shakespeare? Derek is one of those who doubt that and he visits the ancestral home of the man he thinks might very well be the true author of 'Shakespeare's' plays. Richard II is a politically sensitive play, with a monarch having the crown taken from them. Derek goes on to tell of the attempted coup against Queen Elizabeth led by the Earl of Essex, and how that involved Shakespeare's company of actors. The Earl persuaded them to put on the play to encourage his "plotters" and it could have cost Shakespeare his life. With contributions from both the director and leading actor - Rupert Goold and Ben Whishaw - and clips from the new film, Derek uncovers the continuing resonance of this extraordinary play.
One of the most celebrated movie series of all time comes to its thrilling conclusion in the last chapter of The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen, who began her journey fighting to survive the brutal Hunger Games, and rose to lead the rebellion against Panem's tyrannical president. Now, Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final epic battle that will decide Panem's future.
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
In the fourth season inimitable host Wil Anderson will once again pick apart the seams of advertising. Important topics in this episode include the ethics of sexism in advertising, the purposes of making ads that will be banned, and public protest advertising to name and shame commercial businesses. Also, a look at anxiety and the application of psychological obsolescence as powerful marketing tools.
Wil Anderson, Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft are joined by Dee Madigan and Matt Eastwood to deconstruct and decode the week in advertising. Phone companies are big business and it's fiercely competitive with an annual turnover of over 35 billion dollars. How do you sell telcos?
Wil Anderson, Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft are joined by Jane Caro and Bram Williams. Tonight the program looks at the cosmetic and skincare industry. Consumers spend $7 billion on skincare. Does it really make you look younger, or is it just marketing?
Wil Anderson and regular guests Todd Sampson (Leo Burnett) and Russel Howcroft (George Patterson Y&R) are joined by Bridget Taylor (DDB Auckland) and Dan Gregory (Smart Inc). In How Do You Sell? tonight it's road safety ads. Cricket legend Don Bradman did one of the first road safety ads. How far have they come?
Wil Anderson returns after touring the world with his sell-out show Wilful Misconduct, appearing on Chelsea Lately on the E! network and tweeting his way to a Gold Logie nomination. Joining him will be regulars Todd Sampson, Russel Howcroft, Jane Caro, Matt Eastwood, Dan Gregory, Dee Madigan, Bridget Taylor, Bram Williams, Rowan Dean and Carolyn Miller.
For the first time during an Election, each week Wil Anderson, Todd Sampson, Russell Howcroft and guest panelists - political insiders and commentators - will examine the art and science of political persuasion. What works, what doesn't. We'll run a Gruen comb through this election, as well as previous Australian and overseas campaigns.
In Hamlet, David Tennant, whose own RSC performance was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role - from the legendary David Warner in the 1960s to the recent Jude Law. He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to unravel the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered by many to be the greatest play Shakespeare ever wrote. David Tennant surprised when he took on the role of Hamlet - most did not know that he had trained in and worked for many years at the Royal Shakespeare Company. But that didn't mean he wasn't scared stiff at the prospect of taking on the legendary role. Now he takes up the challenge of unravelling the story and trying to uncover what it is about it that has made Hamlet the most famous of all of Shakespeare's plays. He revisits his own performance, alongside his director Greg Doran, and he meets up with other actors who have tackled the role. With the historian Justin Champion he tries to enter the mindset of the 16th century audiences who would have watched this story and he discovers how different generations of actors, directors and scholars have interpreted the play. What he discovers is that Hamlet is a play full of questions rather than answers - but they are the questions we all continue to ask ourselves to this day. Questions about who to believe, who to trust, how to live and how to love, how to understand life and how to face death. What all the actors who have played it seem to share is that the process of acting the role is deeply and profoundly personal - and perhaps that is why audiences also feel that the play touches them more than any other play before or since.
Drowning is suddenly not the only problem for the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef. Four backpackers have set out for a week cruising the beautiful Great Barrier Reef on their own yacht. But when the boat capsizes, leaving them stranded on the overturned hull, they must make a simple choice... stay with the damaged ship, likely to sink at any moment or try and swim for dry land?
This film picks up years after the man once known as Tarzan left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom. But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family's home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
Important topics in this episode include how a fourteen-year-old boy born with one hand inspired a multinational company to sponsor a prosthetic, electronic hand. As well we look at the issue of snack bar confectionary advertised as 'nutritious health food', and the advertising of fast food 'free-range' chicken to impress those who have animal anti-cruelty credentials.
Each week, host Wil Anderson is joined by guests of the best and brightest minds of the advertising industry, insiders prepared to share the ideas and insights that drive them. Tonight, Wil, Todd and Russel are joined by Dee Madigan (CumminsNitro) and Bram Williams (Saatchi Saatchi) to talk about 4WD advertising and the controversial online campaign for anti sex trafficking, featuring Emma Thompson.
The Gruen Transfer is a fast, funny show about advertising that will make you look differently at the constructed world around you. It's not an expose. It's not a satire. It's about truth in advertising. Finally. In this episode the panel look at selling feminine hygiene, and two advertising agencies pitch for the return of child labour.
Examining the best and worst of advertising, acknowledging the art and science involved, The Gruen Transfer brings some of the pointiest and most creative minds in the ad industry together to discuss the power of persuasion. This episode looks at selling yourself, and two agencies pitch for Pimp My Cane Toad.
Lifts the bonnet on the carefully constructed and manufactured messages that surround us all. This episode looks at selling red meat and two advertising agencies pitch for an end to shape discrimination.
Director Trevor Nunn looks at the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare's last complete play, The Tempest. Trevor finds out where Shakespeare got his material from and the strange personal insights hidden within it. It is a truly experimental work but sadly perhaps also Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre. The Tempest is peculiarly suitable to film - ambitious, experimental and full of magic. Not surprisingly, one of the very first silent film adaptations of a Shakespeare play was The Tempest in 1911. As Trevor reveals, it was actually written for an experimental theatre - Shakespeare's first indoor space, the Blackfriars. There is a replica of the theatre in Staunton, Virginia and Trevor sees a rehearsal of the opening scenes of the play using the full panoply of early 17th-century special effects. Shakespeare was probably prompted to write it by a true story of shipwreck and survival which Trevor uncovers, but it is a deeply autobiographical piece, filled with concerns about the upcoming marriage of his own daughter and informed by Shakespeare's need to address many issues in what would be, in effect, the last full play he would ever write. Thus it becomes a play that defies genre - not a tragedy, not a comedy, not a history and not a revenge play - but with elements of all of those. Trevor takes us through the story of the magus Prospero, abandoned on an island with his daughter Miranda. He tells about his spirit companion Ariel and his slave Caliban, and shows how the opportunity for Prospero to wreak revenge upon those who abandoned him ultimately leads to one of the sweetest stories of love and forgiveness. It's a story in which Shakespeare himself seems to be reflected in the character of Prospero, who ends the play by giving up his magic just as Shakespeare is giving up his own to return to Stratford where, only two years later, he dies. Trevor completes his investigation from the church in which Shakespeare is buried.
In Twelfth Night and As You Like It, Joely Richardson investigates (with a major contribution from her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of the two great comedies and the great comic heroines created by Shakespeare in those hugely popular plays. Shakespeare's comic heroines are well known to be some of his greatest creations and in this film Joely looks at Viola in Twelfth Night, washed up on a foreign shore, having (for her own safety) to disguise herself as a man and then falling in love with the man she is working for. Then there is the legendary Rosalind in As You Like It, who also spends much of the play disguised as a man but in the process torments and teases the man she loves in an effort to uncover how sincere he is. Joely investigates the reason why these heroines spend much of their time dressed as men - it was because they were originally created for young men to play. But at the same time we find that Shakespeare revealed an acute understanding and sympathy for women when he wrote these characters. A variety of film versions are studied alongside the most recent productions at Shakespeare's Globe, and with contributions from the world's greatest Shakespearean scholars like Jonathan Bate and Germaine Greer and from actors like Vanessa Redgrave and Helen Mirren, this film reveals the legacy of strong, sassy, witty women that we inherit from William Shakespeare's great comedies.
Hosted by Academy Award-winning writer Jim Rash, The Writers' Room gets real with the most innovative voices in TV today. Join us for a frank and revealing conversation about what we all love - television!
Important topics in this episode include why condoms are not advertised on the basis of health or safe sex. In connection with this is the question of why more women than men buy condoms. As well we look at how neuromarketers work out ways of creating ads that affect us on a subconscious level, psychologically inducing us to buy. This raises the issue of whether, in the future, as 'brain mapping' becomes more sophisticated, stricter controls will have to be placed on the advertising industry.
In the fourth season inimitable host Wil Anderson will once again pick apart the seams of advertising. Important topics in this episode include the growth in billboard advertising and the methods used to capture not only your attention but your participation. Related to this are questions about the exposure of children to R-rated advertising in public spaces. As well, questions are raised about the increasing use by advertisers of public social media sites to find out and to act upon (or perhaps to prey upon) people's interests, desires and needs.
Honest, funny and revealing, The Gruen Transfer, a runaway hit in 2008, is about how advertising works and how it works on us. It lifts the bonnet on the carefully constructed and manufactured messages that surround us all. Examining the best and worst of advertising, acknowledging the art and science involved, The Gruen Transfer brings some of the pointiest and most creative minds in the ad industry together to discuss the power of persuasion.
The Gruen Transfer is a fast, funny show about advertising that will make you look differently at the constructed world around you. It's not an expose. It's not a satire. It's about truth in advertising. Finally. This episode looks at selling chocolate, and two agencies pitch to make the Australian Democrats electable.
Each week, host Wil Anderson is joined by guests of the best and brightest minds of the advertising industry, insiders prepared to share the ideas and insights that drive them. This episode looks at selling banks, and two advertising agencies pitch for making celibacy sexy.
In the most famous horror story of all time, young Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) leaves Geneva for university, leaving behind his adopted sister (Helena Bonham Carter). Inspired by the sinister Professor Waldman, Victor becomes obsessed and reclusive as he experiments with the possibilities of man-made creation. But one night as his Creature (Robert de Niro) struggles to life, Victor realises too late the full horror of what he's done, and vainly tries to destroy his creation. Believing the Creature has perished of cholera, Victor returns home and makes plans for his marriage. Alone, despised and driven by a rage born of emotional agony, the Creature sets off to find his maker, and so begins the nightmare that will engulf Victor Frankenstein and all those he loves.
The fourth program visits the England of Queen Elizabeth the First, and shows how naval enterprise and foreign trade brought scores of new words into the language - anchovy from Spain, ketchup form Malay, and knapsack from Dutch are just three familiar exports from this time. We see how scholars were bringing new Latin terms into the language, and how there was a movement to stop this and keep English pure if it had succeeded, we might now say ungothroughsome instead of impenetrable. We visit Penshurst Place, home of the Sidney family, to see how poetry joined swordplay as a proper attribute of any up-and-coming young man. And we travel to the South Bank of the Thames and to Stratford-upon-Avon to find out how Shakespeare's English really sounded, and how he combined the languages of the common people and the aristocracy to take English to new heights and to invent so many memorable words and phrases that it seems - as a modern spectator said of Hamlet - that his plays are full of quotations.
This acclaimed French production is based on Fred Vargas' renowned psycho-thriller series. A sudden wave of carnage is sweeping the hills of Southern France, with locals blaming the return of wolves. However some begin talking of a werewolf, of "The Beast of Mercantour". A young Canadian arrives in town to study the wolves, as the carnage reaches terrifying new levels.
Trouble prone teen Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of school, but that's the least of his problems. The gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters seem to have walked out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology texts and into his life - and they're not happy. Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, Percy and his friends must return Zeus' stolen property and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.
In the fourth season inimitable host Wil Anderson will once again pick apart the seams of advertising. Important topics in this episode include the range of persuasive methods used in bank adverts to either appeal to customer loyalty, or to attract customers from rival banks; and the ethics and morality of producing sexually crude, fake adverts for genuine products in order to gain attention.
On this week's show - How Do You Sell? - the panel talks about milk; and on Ad Crunch - Carlton Draught Beer. On The Pitch - Victorian Youngbloods go head to head with NSW Youngbloods to sell conscription.
Wil Anderson, Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft are joined by Bridget Taylor (DDB Auckland) and Dan Gregory (Smart) for the final show of this series. In tonight's show, we highlight the best of the world's advertising with a Cannes Round-up.
We used to know what advertising was. It was that stuff in the margins, in the ad breaks. But in recent years, it has begun colonising every space it can. US ad wizard Mark Fenske, the guy behind the Nike campaigns, calls advertising "maybe the most powerful art form on Earth". And the Earth ain't the end of it. Not so long ago, Pizza Hut stamped its logo on a rocket to the moon. Earlier this year, Doritos announced it would beam its ads into space.
Performance poet John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's autobiographical classic Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and discovers how his fellow Mancunian's addiction memoir avoids the cliches of modern 'misery-lit' in favour of something much more unsentimental and psychologically complex.
Ethan Hawke sets out to prepare himself for the possibility of playing the role of Macbeth by uncovering the true story behind the play, seeing some of the greatest productions and discovering the extraordinary insights into the criminal mind that Shakespeare reveals. Ethan has played a modern-dress Hamlet, but he is fascinated by the challenge of the truly ancient story of Macbeth. Assisted by historian Justin Champion - who visits the actual Scottish sites of the story on his behalf - Ethan is introduced to Dunsinane where Macbeth supposedly lived and to the history books that distorted the true story and led Shakespeare himself to distort the truth. Ethan is also helped by actors and performers in his home town of New York as he investigates the 'bloody heart' of this extraordinary character. He also wants to know how important Macbeth's wife is to the whole story and we observe Shakespeare's Globe actors rehearsing and performing scenes from the play. He talks at length to Anthony Sher and his director Greg Doran (recently appointed to take over as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company) about their legendary stage and film production of the play. Finally, Ethan goes to look at a copy of the First Folio - The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as published in 1623. This priceless book contains the first ever printed version of the play - if Shakespeare's friends had not clubbed together after the writer's death to create this book, then Macbeth and 16 other Shakespeare plays would have been lost forever. At the end of the film Ethan believes that this extraordinarily brutal and bloody play does have a message of comfort and explains why the mayor of New York chose to quote from it on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the atrocity of 9/11.
Adapted from David Williamson's classic play, this wry black comedy sees a successful couple move from Melbourne to Sydney in search of artistic integrity, but instead encounter a world of hustlers and opportunists.
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.
Hosted by Wil Anderson, with Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft, The Gruen Transfer lifts the lid on the business of persuasion. It is fast, furious and funny. 'The Pitch' is back - as well as a new segment called the 'Worst Ad Ever'. Each week we play an ad that we think is one of the worst of all time. Viewers will get to vote online. At the end of the season we will announce which ad the audience voted Worst Ad Ever.
Lifts the bonnet on the carefully constructed and manufactured messages that surround us all. This episode looks at selling tobacco and two advertising agencies pitch for the 2012 Olympics for Australia.
Eve searches for every possible clue that could lead her to Bastien. But instead of helping her understand why her husband ran away, all her discoveries only confuse her more. Why did Bastien ask to meet her without calling the police? What is he hiding from them? And who is that man who abducted him and left a trail of dead bodies in his wake? Eva has no choice. She will stop at nothing to find her husband. But soon her own past reveals surprises of its own, and she doesn't know who to trust. Original title: Juste Un Regard. In French.
This film tells the story of one man's struggle under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. Winston Smith endures an abject existence in totalitarian Oceania, employed to rewrite the history books for the Ministry of Truth in order to support the current party line and perpetuate a false legacy. Disillusioned by the state of affairs and ill with the burden of lies, his life takes a horrifying turn when he begins a forbidden love affair and commits the crime of independent thought. Sent to the Ministry of Love, he is placed at the mercy of O'Brien, an imperious leader determined to not only control his thoughts but crush his soul. Title also stylised as 1984.