Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders. Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.
This very special TV presentation of Rigoletto is filmed totally on location in and around the Italian city of Mantua, the original fictional setting for Verdi's much-loved opera. Placido Domingo, who plays the lead baritone role, says Rigoletto is "one of the most moving roles that exists.
Family Confidential returns for a third, headline-grabbing series. Narrated by Gretel Killeen, this series showcases some of the biggest names in Australia and the world, and reveals the private story behind the public face. The first episode focuses on Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman.
International stars Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush will host a very special episode of At the Movies in front of a live studio audience of invited guests to celebrate Margaret and David's 25 years together on television.
For over 40 years, Caroll Spinney has played Sesame Streets' Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch with no intention of retiring any time soon. This is the story of the man inside the suits, and how he has become a living legend.
Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice, Hannibal) takes us through a demonstration of world building step-by-step from conceptualising a project from scratch to a fully realised creation. Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica, Fargo), Astronaut and Space-X Engineer Garrett Reisman, and Jesse Wente all weigh in on the genre and the critical point at which science meets fiction. The cyclical conversation of fiction informing scientific creativity and science inspiring art is explored.
Accomplished editor Matthew Hannam (Sensitive Skin) sets off to Northern Ontario with his mentors, Don McKellar (Sensitive Skin) and Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo), to create a documentary about their careers. Along the way, the two legends explore the iconic power of the Canadian road movie.
Count Almaviva arrives in Seville to find the mysterious woman he met in Madrid. When he learns that she, Rosina, is engaged to her tyrannical guardian Bartolo, he asks the cunning barber Figaro to help him win her hand. Almaviva and Rosina fall in love, and Rosina turns her mind to duping Bartolo. The combined conniving of all three is too much for Bartolo, who admits defeat when he discovers Almaviva and Rosina have married right under his nose.
Director Taylor Clarke catches Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen in LA on the set of big budget comedy Neighbours and at the premiere of their more personal project, This is the End. On the crux of the next big step forward in their careers, they share their journey from Canadian boys to making it big in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the pair guide rising talent Matt Bass through an endless string of rejections.
Matthew Lochner is on a journey to create his own superhero concept complete with a trailer. Along the way, Matthew enlists the help of Stephen Amell (Arrow), David Hayter (X-Men) and Lloyd Kaufman (The Troma Empire, Toxic Avenger) to understand what it means to be a superhero, what's behind the genre, and what it means to fans while uncovering glimpses of what drives them in their careers.
Wanting to explore filmmaking in a pre-digital era, Phillip Riccio turns to his mentor, horror film icon, George A Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow). Together they remake one of Romero's lost films. Romero guides Phil through 16mm filmmaking, including shooting and cutting actual film, and through the transition to digital. Romero reminisces about his long career along the way.
In commemoration of 40 years of the Sydney Opera House, this film celebrates the inaugural Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert on September 27 1973 with the 2012 recreation of the concert in its entirety conducted by Simone Young.
A tribute to ABC's Ripponlea studios, where Australia learned to make television. Actors, entertainers, costume and set designers honed their craft inside this creative hub, bringing drama, film, comedy and music to audiences.
Luca, a policeman, obtains the revenge he is seeking, but justice is another matter. Advertising man Leo finds himself under the threat of blackmail: someone has dug out some murky truth about his past.
An interview series in a class of its own. James Lipton's studious research and enlightened curiosity inspires his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft. This episode features Anthony LaPaglia.
When a politician is arrested in Milan, a series of large-scale investigations are set in motion marking the beginning of Italy's infamous Tangentopoli (Bribesville) scandal and the 'clean hands' operation. This drama series follows six people whose lives are intertwined with the rapidly changing political landscape of early '90s Italy: the hottest and most dramatic year in contemporary Italian history. This first episode sees politician Mario Chiesa's arrest ignite a nationwide scandal. The political fallout spreads across the country.
Di Pietro and the Mani Pulite team involve Prime Minister Bettino Craxi as a prime suspect in their investigation. Everyone is confronted with extreme choices. It all builds up to a final judgement day: he who is willing to pay the most terrible price will win.
An interview series in a class of its own. James Lipton's studious research and curiosity inspire his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft. This episode features Jason Bateman.
Lally Katz invites us into her world of unusual characters and the lifetime deal she's made with her subconscious: writing over love. Except now - she's met someone she really likes. Will she commit to her writing?
Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers' the perfect leading lady, but neglects to tell the other until the trip home - with their leading ladies.
Jonathan Ross interviews celebrity guests, with musical performances by A-list artists. In this episode guests include; Jamie Dornan, Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Rob Beckett, Davina McCall and Zara Larsson.
This is the tragic story of a married aristocrat/socialite and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother's unbridled womanizing - something that prefigures her own later situation, though she would experience less tolerance by others. A bachelor, Vronsky is eager to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Alexei Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities, and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky and Anna go to Italy, where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances, she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fearing loss of control. Music by Rodion Shchedrin and choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.
Fenella Kernebone takes us to the 50th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival and investigates the Reel Life project; Namila interviews Jin Xing; and Paul wraps up with spectacular installations at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Actor/director Clint Eastwood tells his life story, from his childhood in depression-era California to his astonishing rise to superstardom. Each major period of Eastwood's life is juxtaposed with a corresponding phase in the thematic development of his work.
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Explore depictions of Australia and it's culture through a special collection of films representing life Down Under with a range of selected content for all ages. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073, VCHHC097, VCHHC098, VCHHC100)