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.
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.
Joining the program is crime writer Michael Robotham and author Clementine Ford. The group will discuss Kathryn Heyman's thriller Storm and Grace, and JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.
At the very core of the craft of directing is working with actors. Central to the Bobby Roth method of directing is to prepare as extensively as possible in preparation in order to be available to the actors during production. During production, time is especially precious, and actors require great attention and sensitivity to deliver their best performances. In this double-episode, we take an extended look at the question Bobby is most frequently asked by students and young film makers: how do you get actors to do what you want? Interviews with more than twenty leading actors shed a diverse array of insights into what is expected of directors and the best strategies for building productive working relationships with them.
The Shakespearean properties preserved by the Shakespeare birthplace trust constitute a unique physical heritage. In addition the trust is the custodian of priceless library, archive and museum collections.
Perhaps the single most make-or-break element of directing is casting. It is also the element of directing that differs most between film and television production. This in-depth look at lessons learned from both film and TV, with case studies from Bobby's independent films Manhood and Jack the Dog, as well as guest casting experiences on Lost, offers practical lessons in how to cast across media, when to trust your intuition and when to listen to casting directors, and which common casting mistakes are easy to avoid.
An exploration of the countryside into which Shakespeare was born is essential for an understanding of his life and work. Depicts scenes and places familiar to the poet, illustrating the rich and beautiful countryside surrounding Stratford-on-Avon.
In August Kate Langbroek, and author Andy Griffiths join The Book Club to discuss Harper Lee's much anticipated second novel Go Set A Watchman, and the 1961 classic This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith.
Margaret Atwood has a truly stellar literary career. Achieving her first professional publication at just 20, she won her first award at 22. With over 50 titles published, including 13 novels and 10 non-fiction books, as well as poetry, short stories and children's books, Atwood is as prolific as she is venerated. She has accumulated numerous awards and accolades spanning over five decades.
A program hosted by book lover and ABC arts personality Jennifer Byrne. An integral part of the book world it features regular panellists and guests from the world of literature, entertainment, sport or politics.
My Place, the Logie award-winning ABC TV drama, returns for a second series on ABC3. This time the drama takes us further back in Australian history, with stories ranging from 1878 to a time before European settlement. Over the 130 years we look at the tales of 13 kids, all of whom have a knack of getting into some sort of trouble.
If casting is the key ingredient of prep, and working with actors is the focus of production, then editors are the main character of post-production. This episode looks at the fast-spaced editing in the television world and compares it with the more flexible possibilities of independent cinema, uncovering multiple lessons that can be gleaned from each. In the end, editing is another type of writing, an essential tool for directors to craft their visions.
This month on The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by writers Benjamin Law and Carrie Tiffany. The two books being reviewed are Gillian Flynn's debut novel Sharp Objects as well as the classic, Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.
Michael Robotham and Benjamin Law are back again to discuss Ian McGuire's The North Water, a 19th century tale of murder. And for the 'favourite' we turn to Michael's choice, The Other Hand (or Little Bee) by Chris Cleave.
Barangaroo's world would be perfect if only Mani, the biggest boy in her group of friends, would stop trying to be number one. Deep down Mani knows she's better than he is, that's why he keeps shutting her out from important adventures - to make himself look good. But when a little boy (Mung) goes missing, Barangaroo and Mani are forced to follow his trail into a scary gully ruled by the legendary monster: the Mumuga. The Mumuga has a ferocious howl that echoes across the land. He's said to knock kids unconscious with the smell of his horrible farts and drag them away into his cave.
Provides a fascinating and informative account of William Shakespeare’s life and work set against the background of the town in which he was born and died. Skillful filming recreates the charm and atmosphere of the scenes and buildings associated with him.
Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by C.S. Pacat and Zoe Norton Lodge as The Book Club grapples with the ghostly Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and the timely classic, The Handmaid's Tale.
Jennifer welcomes book lovers to a special movable feast, as we follow some restless writers, On The Road. From Marco Polo's reports from the mysterious East, Mark Twain's adventures right here in Australia, through to Che Guevara's formative wanderings across South America, travel literature has a long, proud history. Books like Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love - and writers like Bill Bryson - regularly top the bestseller lists, yet there are those who consider the genre a shot duck.
Guests Ben Quilty and Jane Allen join Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger to discuss David Grann's exploration into the Osage county murders and much-loved children's classic Watership Down.
Sydney Writers' Festival guests Colson Whitehead and Natalie Haynes join Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger to discuss Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and Junot Diaz's Drown.
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.
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)