Richard Jones's new production of Puccini's triptych for the Royal Opera House was a major critical and artistic success. The consensus is that a finer production of these operas will never be seen again.
Classicist Michael Scott travels to Greece on a quest to find out how drama first began. In Athens, he discovers that the first stage plays were not so much story-telling as reactions to real-life events, and deeply connected to democracy in the city.
Dr Michael Scott explores the role played by the Romans in the preservation of Greek drama, discovering how they adapted it to their own ends. Plus, he reveals how the empire served as a vital link between modern drama and the plays of the ancient Greeks. With contributions by professors Matthew Leigh, Tim Whitmarsh and Gesine Manuwald.
This film tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera, exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents.
A show that offers a distinctive peek inside the creative minds of Hollywood's best directors. A personal and insightful look into the lives, influences, and original style of today's top film directors. A fascinating profile that explores each director's unique process for creating some of the most memorable and enduring movies of our times.
The last days of American icon Walt Disney form a powerful and poignant subject, using both fact and fiction to peer into Disney's troubled psyche for Philip Glass's opera. Phelim McDermott directs and is conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
This is the story of Mia Slavenska, one of the most celebrated ballerinas of her time. It is also a story about historical memory, national identity, and the power of art. In her era, the 1930s through the 1950s, everyone in America who loved dance knew her name. Yet, in spite of a career that lasted decades, when Slavenska died in 2002 she believed that she had been completely forgotten. As her daughter, Maria, retraces Slavenska's life journey, she unearths the fascinating story of a maverick ballerina and a lost time of dance. Maria also discovers something more: Mia Slavenska hasn't been forgotten after all.
Narrated by Christopher Plummer, this offers a rare, personalised look at the American film industry, featuring the remarkable men and women whose drive and ambition founded the "Dream Factory" that became Hollywood. This personal history of Hollywood's founders draws together interviews with important past and present industry figures, archive photography and excerpts from the greatest American movies of all time to better understand how the interpersonal relationships, collaborations and conflicts between key personalities created an industry and an art form. These biographies are set against the backdrop of the major events in American history such the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights Movement and will investigate how Hollywood responded to the changing world around it.
Presented by Monty Python fan, Hugh Bonneville, this series features some of Python's greatest sketches, and the classics include: The Argument Clinic, Hell's Grannies, Whicker Island, Fish License and The Olympic Hide and Seek Final, plus we feature a scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian and ogle some of Terry Gilliam's psychedelic animations. Also, there are fantastic contributions from Eddie Izzard, Mike Myers, Stephen Fry, Jessica Hynes and Ben Miller.
Presented by Monty Python fan Hugh Bonneville, this series features some of Python's greatest sketches, and the classics include: Working Class Playwright, How to Defend Yourself Against Fresh Fruit, Communist Quiz, How Not to be Seen and Nudge Nudge, plus we feature a scene from Monty Python's Meaning of Life and take a look at some of Terry Gilliam's classic animations. There's fantastic contributions from Paul Whitehouse, Simon Pegg, Dara O Briain, Seth Green and Charlie Higson.
Presented by Python nut Hugh Bonneville, each episode sees stars of the comedy world pick their favourite sketches and explain why these moments deserve to be considered as Monty Python's finest. Celebrity fans include Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Chevy Chase, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard, Kate Beckinsale, Tracey Ullman and Simon Pegg.
Follows the journey of acclaimed Pitjantjatjara actor, Trevor Jamieson, as he returns to his traditional country to perform his hit stage show - Ngapartji Ngapartji - to an all-Indigenous audience, in the remote Aboriginal community of Ernabella, South Australia.
Recently Ben Stiller was in Australia to promote his new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty releasing on Boxing Day. Margaret and David took the chance to chat to him both about the film and his career.
The last episode ever of Margaret and David's At the Movies will be a fun-filled hour packed full of bloopers, funny discussions, outstanding interviews with filmmakers and actors, some great behind the scenes footage, together with their final movie reviews of the films coming to a theatre near you over the summer period.
In this hypnotic game show, Showbiz legend Daryl Somers will put contestants through a series of crazy games and tasks to win a maximum cash prize of $20,000 but standing between them and their fortune will be their own subconscious thoughts.
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.
From the acclaimed Preljocaj ballet, a contemporary romantic ballet, based on the Grimm brothers classic fairytale. Angelin Preljocaj's trademark modern choreography is accompanied by fashion giant Jean Paul Gaultier's costumes and music by Gustav Mahler.
Elektra is in despair. Her father Agamemnon has been murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegistheus. Elektra swears revenge. Failing to enlist the help of her timid sister, Chrysothemis, she determines to kill Aegistheus herself. Before she can carry out her plan, however, her brother Orestes, whom she believes dead, returns and determines upon revenge himself. He kills Klytemnestra and Aegistheus. Elektra drops down dead after an ecstatic dance of triumph.
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.
Act I tells Shakespeare's familiar story of lovers and fairies while Act II presents a strictly classical dance wedding celebration. The ballet dispenses with Shakespeare's play-within-a-play finale. Music by Felix Mendelssohn, conductor Nir Kabaretti and choreographed by George Balanchine.
Caesar and Cleopatra is a witty and seductive comedy about the relationship between a veteran Roman political strategist and an enchanting Egyptian teenage queen. Stratford's production was hailed by the New York Times as "the climactic event in the company's impressive current season." Now you can witness the acclaimed performance of legendary Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, and experience the drama, intrigue and comedy of George Bernard Shaw's celebrated play. The high quality production captures the true experience of witnessing Shaw's celebrated play on the prestigious Stratford Festival stage.
When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing - first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant's crown. From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches' prophecy, Shakespeare's gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.
Fred Astaire, born in 1899, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is famous for his on screen partnership with fellow actress and dancer Ginger Rogers, with whom he made 10 films. It is said by Gene Kelly said that "the history of dance on film begins with Astaire". Beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers, Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis, Jr, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his importance and influence. Classic titles include The Gay Divorcee, Top Hat, Swing Time, Royal Wedding, Holiday Inn, Funny Face (with Audrey Hepburn), On the Beach (anti-nuclear war film set against the cold war) and Towering Inferno.
Deborah Jane Kerr was a Scottish film and television actress. She won the Sarah Siddons Award for her Chicago performance as Laura Reynolds in Tea and Sympathy (a role which she originated on Broadway), a Golden Globe Award for the motion picture The King and I, and was a three-time winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress. She was also the recipient of honorary Oscar, BAFTA and Cannes Film Festival awards. She was nominated six times for the Academy Award for Best Actress but never won. In 1994, however, she was awarded the Academy Honorary Award, cited by the Academy as "an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance". Her classic films include The King and I, An Affair to Remember, From Here to Eternity, Quo Vadis, The Innocents, Black Narcissus, Heaven Knows, Mr Allison, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Separate Tables.
In anticipation of her upcoming film Downsizing, Wiig discusses her Hollywood beginning at The Groundlings improv troupe which led to her breakout role as series regular on Saturday Night Live, where she earned five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. From the small screen to the big screen, Wiig expanded her repertoire to include both comedic and dramatic roles in films such as Mother!, The Martian, Skeleton Twins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Despicable Me 2, Welcome To Me, Ghostbusters, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and the upcoming Where'd You Go, Bernadette. In the episode, Wiig recounts her journey to writing, producing and starring in the Oscar nominated film, Bridesmaids, and how she created many of her iconic characters in Saturday Night Live including the Aunt Linda and Sue the Surprise Lady.
Explore some of Australia's most influential arts organisations and the people that lead them. Wesley Enoch creates new work and curates a dramatic new season as the artistic director of Queensland Theatre Company.
Twenty-eight students began the National Institute of Dramatic Art's competitive drama course in 1975, among them were Mel Gibson and Judy Davis. This documentary explores the experiences of this standout year - but who will make it, and who won't?
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 Josh Brolin.
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from Katherine Jenkins and a performance from mind magician Colin Cloud. A florist gets the surprise of her life when she becomes the unexpected star of the show, and former Welsh international footballer Robbie Savage hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
An interview series in a class of its own. James Lipton's studious research and curiosity inspires his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft. This episode features Danny De Vito.
An interview series in a class of its own. James Lipton's studious research and curiosity inspires his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft. This episode features Denis Leary.
Deborra-lee Furness In Conversation features an illuminating Q&A interview between actor/director Deborra-lee Furness and Arts presenter Virginia Trioli. While best known as the motor-bike riding lawyer in the 1988 Australian film classic Shame, other key roles in a rich and varied television career have included Neighbours,Singapore Sling and Flying Doctors. In the 90s while starring in the hit ABC TV series Correlli, Furness also met her future husband, Hugh Jackman, with whom she has two adopted children.
Women have been omnipresent in Hollywood on the other side of the camera almost from the beginning. Think of the most successful actress, producer and business woman Mary Pickford or Frances Marion, to name but a few. Only with the arrival of the talkies the male influence in Hollywood became dominant for the next decades. With Women's Lib in the '70s and '80s the tide turned again. Well educated women with university degrees took Hollywood by storm. Paula Wagner, film producer of Tom Cruise who heads Cruise Wagner Productions, tells us about the new era in Hollywood. Other contributors include Robin Swicord, Linda Obst, Cari Beauchamps and Ally Acker, filmmaker and author of Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema. Plenty of film clips round off this interesting documentary.
An interview series in a class of its own. James Lipton's studious research and curiosity inspires his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft. This episode features Ricky Gervais.
An interview series in a class of its own. James Lipton's studious research and curiosity inspires his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft. This episode features Daniel Radcliffe.
Nina Conti (daughter of actor Tom Conti) is almost single-handedly re-inventing the art of ventriloquism in the UK, and gaining a growing international reputation as a talented and genre-breaking performer. She was a disciple, and lover of the late theatrical tour-de-force Ken Campbell, who donated all his puppets to her after his death.
A film which focuses on the concept of democracy, based on the lives and experiences of ordinary people who, through their words and actions, changed the course of history. It takes viewers on a journey from the founding of America to the civil rights movement and beyond.
The tragedy of Julius Caesar, the ambitious conqueror who "doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus" - until he's felled by a group of conspirators led by his good friend Brutus, "the noblest Roman of them all."
It has been 20 years since John Bell founded his groundbreaking theatre group, Bell Shakespeare. ABC2 Live celebrates this important occasion by bringing you one of Shakespeare's greatest works, King Lear, exclusively recorded by the ABC at Melbourne's Arts Centre.
This is a feature-length documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James Randi. The film brings to life Randi's intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived.
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from Rod Stewart and James Morrison, comedy from Romesh Ranganathan and a performance by show-stopping Spanish dancing brothers Los Vivancos. Plus, one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show, and Dragons' Den investor Peter Jones hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from Years and Years, comedy from Rob Beckett and a performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. Plus a handyman gets the surprise of his life when he becomes the unexpected star of the show, and Strictly Come Dancing star Bruno Tonioli hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
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.
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