An ingeniously constructed interactive documentary, this short film tours 2500 years of 'vertical living', from the Tower of Babel, to turn-of-the-20th century New York City tenements, to luxury skyscrapers in modern Shanghai.
Five Australian playwrights talk candidly with Dr Tess Brady about their best known plays. In this episode, Andrew Bovell discusses recurring patterns of family and global histories in When the Rain Stops Falling.
Recorded live from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The Tudor Court is locked in a power struggle between its nobles and the Machiavellian Cardinal Wolsey, the King's first minister and the most conspicuous symbol of Catholic power in the land. Wolsey's ambition knows no bounds and when his chief ally, Queen Katherine, interferes in the King's romance with Anne Bullen, he brings gigantic ruin upon himself, the Queen and centuries of English obedience to Rome. Famous in its own day as Shakespeare's most sumptuous and spectacular play, Henry VIII is a gorgeous pageant of masques and royal ceremony; a blaze of fireworks, cannon fire, red satin and cloth of gold. But within the passages of grandeur works the mind of the mature Shakespeare: psychological and political insight, language of great depth and power and, in the figures of Wolsey and Katherine, two of his most vivid and memorable characters.
Richard Flanagan journeys with presenter Alan Yentob through his native Tasmania, visiting the places that have inspired his novels, and on to Thailand, to see first-hand the site of the Death Railway.
The writers are asked to report on companies they believe to be America's worst polluters. Russell faces consequences for his erratic behaviour while Krystal ditches reporting for a Victoria's Secret Pyjama Party.
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.
In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lively gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame.
This ten-episode series follows six young writers over the course of a summer as they work towards earning a highly coveted full-time position at Rolling Stone magazine. For each of the aspiring writers, it's the opportunity of a lifetime, but only one of them will be offered the contributing editor contract.
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.
The restoration of the English monarchy in 1660 marked the beginning of a new era not only for English society but also for English culture. In drama, art and music, the century following the accession of King Charles II was a magnificent age, and in poetry, the era produced some the country's greatest ever men of verse. Drawing on contemporary events for subject matter and the classical past for inspiration, John Dryden, Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson defined the poetic spirit of the time. These men were the greatest poets of the English Augustan Age.
Mrs Gonsha's class is graduating from Grade 6 and everyone is excited about going to High School, but when they uncover the explosive news that Rory is unable to graduate with them, no one is eager to leave school any more.
Globalisation is having a huge impact on communication within the workplace, often driven by American multi-national companies. Why has English emerged as the language of international communication and what are the social, and political consequences?
After the collapse of the USSR, the world stopped hearing so much about Russian writers. But that doesn't mean they stopped writing. This eye-opening film allows us to reconnect with what makes Russian literature so remarkable. With dramatic readings by Stephen Fry and award-winning original animations, the distinct worlds of some of Russia's most powerful imaginations are bought to life. Six contemporary Russian authors take us on a journey through the country's literature, its influences, its role in shaping social and political change and its relationship with power. This program showcases some of Russia's most remarkable modern talent with intimate personal encounters with Russia's most talented contemporary authors. In Moscow we march with the poet who leads many of the anti-Putin demonstrations, and we sit in the flat of the former scientist who only turned to writing after she fell afoul of the KGB in the 1970s. We meet the former Special Forces officer who writes touchingly of provincial life, but idolises Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent - and Stalin. We are taken by a master of chilling horror stories to the secret spot in Moscow's Gorky Park where the old Soviet-era rides of her childhood are being dismantled. Audiences will discover writers like the astounding Armenian writer, Ludmila Ulitskaya, who spent her entire adult life writing an 1000-page fantasy masterpiece. Lastly, the film treats audiences to an exclusive interview with Russia's most scandalous and violent literary novelist Vladimir Sorokin (critically acclaimed by the New York Review of Books) who compared the ruling Putin clique to the medieval torturers who served Ivan the Terrible. This program allows audiences to question not only what they thought they knew about Russian literature but also what they think they know about Russia. Each writer has their own surprising voice, often with more in common with Julian Barnes and Jonathan Franzen than Gogol or Tolstoy.
A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests, it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests James Runcie, Mariam Said and Peter Guttridge.
Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three but it's dangerous being a Stick Man as a dog wants to play with him. Join Stick Man on his troublesome journey back to the family tree.
The final First Tuesday Book Club for 2012 is a one-hour special to announce what Australians think are the 10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die. Presenter Jennifer Byrne and regular panellists, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, are joined by author and actress, Judy Nunn, and director of The Wheeler Centre, Michael Williams, to count down the 10 top Aussie books as voted for by First Tuesday Book Club viewers.
Celebrate and explore the history of DC Comics, the creator of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Aquaman, the Justice League and many other superheroes. Founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications, the company that would one day become DC Comics virtually created the comic book, publishing the first comic of all-original material. In the spring of 1938, the first superhero story appeared in Action Comics #1, introducing Superman. Other soon-to-be icons would follow. Today, DC Comics publishes more than 80 titles a month and close to 1000 issues a year and is the largest and most diverse English-language publisher of comic books in the world.
AN Wilson, author of a revelatory biography of CS Lewis, goes in search of the man behind Narnia. Bestselling children's author and world famous Christian writer CS Lewis spent his public life in the all-male world of Oxford colleges, but his private life was veiled in secrecy. Even his best friend JRR Tolkien didnt know of his marriage to an American divorcee late in life. Lewis died on the same day as the assassination of JF Kennedy and few were at his burial; his alcoholic brother was too drunk to tell people the time of the funeral. This new film explores the turning points of Lewis' life, the death of his mother, his relationship with his friends mother Mrs Moore, his religious conversion, the arrival and untimely death of his wife Joy Gresham. It is a moving and insightful psychological portrait of a man who experienced fame in the public arena but whose personal life was marked by the loss of three women he most loved.
Prepare for a new series that will rock foundations and challenge prejudices - Living with the Enemy is set to confront the fault lines in contemporary Australian society. Produced by Shine Australia for SBS, based on the original BBC format, each episode explores a different subject currently dividing Australian opinion by asking people to live 24/7 with others whose lifestyles and beliefs directly contradict their own. Each pairing has never met each other before they spend ten days together - five days in one world, then five days in the other.
A profile of the French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008. Offers a rare glimpse into the mind of the acclaimed writer and travels with him around the world to the places that have helped to develop his unique style of writing.
When Atticus' mother gets a job overseas, he discovers that the day of the Halloween school play will be his last day of school. Suddenly Halloween doesn't seem scary, but leaving his friends, especially Rory, is terrifying.
National treasure Patricia Routledge takes us on a journey into the fascinating story of one of the world's greatest artists, authors and farmers! Internationally loved and admired, Patricia is the Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society and is a passionate expert about Beatrix Potter. Join Patricia on a visual feast featuring the stunning landscapes of Cumbria and a close up look at the remarkable art created by one of the greatest illustrators in the world. Delve into Potter's journal that she began writing at only 15 and discover the fascinating code she developed - it was not cracked until 8 years after her death! And explore the farming legacy Beatrix left behind, enabling many Cumbrian farmers to continue making a living. Authored with passion, perhaps even obsession, this charming and fascinating programme, tells the definitive and most comprehensive story of Beatrix Potter; a practical, formidable, remarkable woman.
Michael Williams, Toni Jordan and Gorgi Coghlan join Club regulars to discuss what comes after happily ever after in Alain de Botton's The Course of Love. They tackle Jason's pick, classic outback horror story Wake in Fright.
This November, Ben Quilty and Kathryn Heyman join The Book Club to discuss Richard Flanagan's new release The Narrow Road to the Deep North along with Chris Ware's classic graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.
It may seem self-explanatory, but how a director reads a script has a large impact on the way she/he prepares. This episode looks at how various key collaborators, such as first assistant directors, cinematographers, and editors, read a script in different ways, and emphasises the many different kinds of rereading required of directors. It also examines strategies for improving scripts under the crunch of production schedules.
One of the main elements of prep, in both film and television, is producing the shot list. This episode covers not only what a shot list is, how it should look, and whom to give it to, but also how to imbue camera instructions with emotion and personal investment. Extensive case studies from Lost and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. demonstrate the way personal experience can and should affect everything from lens choice to camera placement.
Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by Di Morrissey and Adam Liaw to consider 'Jean Harley Was Here' by Heather Taylor Johnson and a favourite of two Clubbers - 'The Group' by Mary McCarthy.
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.
Prepare for mystery and intrigue as Michael Williams and Rosie Waterland join the team to discuss Noah Hawley's page-turner, Before the Fall. Plus Michael brings his favourite, Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate.
Sydney Writers' Festival headliner Jeanette Winterson joins Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger and Virginia Gay in the return of The Book Club. Includes exclusive live performance by Paul Kelly.
Jennifer Byrne and regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by best-selling author Graeme Simsion and comedian Kitty Flanagan to count down the top 10 viewer-voted classic beach books of all time.