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One city, eight weeks and two contrasting schools come together to put on a professional production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In a unique experiment, each school will ...

One city, eight weeks and two contrasting schools come together to put on a professional production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In a unique experiment, each school will be cast as one of the two feuding families at the heart of the world's favourite love story.

Brilliant Creatures is a documentary series focusing on four significant Australians: satirist Barry Humphries, art critic Robert Hughes, feminist and academic Germaine Greer, ...

Brilliant Creatures is a documentary series focusing on four significant Australians: satirist Barry Humphries, art critic Robert Hughes, feminist and academic Germaine Greer, and poet, writer and broadcaster Clive James. They all left our shores in the late 50s and 60s and went on to become cultural iconoclasts at the centre of western cultural life in London and New York.

An illuminating profile of the writer David Malouf, recognised as one of Australia's finest novelists and poets. Shot in Australia, Italy, England and Ireland, this film uses ...

An illuminating profile of the writer David Malouf, recognised as one of Australia's finest novelists and poets. Shot in Australia, Italy, England and Ireland, this film uses a combination of interviews, dramatisations, archival footage and cinema verite sequences to explore the work of this complex man. It reveals a writer who looks closely into ordinary lives and events, finding something precious in them, giving those mundane moments meaning and making them into art.

The year is 1848 and Alexandre Dumas is at the height of his fame as the creator of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. However, the author's long-time ...

The year is 1848 and Alexandre Dumas is at the height of his fame as the creator of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. However, the author's long-time collaborator, Auguste Maquet, toils in the shadows of his friend's fame. As the clouds of revolution gather above Paris, the usually peaceful relationship between the writing partners deteriorates as the hard-working Maquet begins to crave his share of the spotlight. Directed by Safy Nebbou and stars Gerard Depardieu, Benoit Poelvoorde and Dominique Blanc.

For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz's story went ...

For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz's story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and while Daniel's facts may be other's fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable. Documentary film maker, Eric Walter, has combined years of independent research into the Amityville case along with the perspectives of past investigative reporters and eyewitnesses, giving way to the most personal testimony of the subject to date.

Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction - the Horcruxes. On their own and on ...

Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction - the Horcruxes. On their own and on the run, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever...but Dark Forces in their midst threaten to tear them apart.

The summer of 1955 finds Paris in the grip of both sweltering heat and terror on the streets. Four women have been murdered in Montmartre, with no apparent connection between ...

The summer of 1955 finds Paris in the grip of both sweltering heat and terror on the streets. Four women have been murdered in Montmartre, with no apparent connection between the victims. Chief Inspector Maigret leads the investigation but there are no leads and no clues.

After eight weeks hard work, the cast of Coventry teenagers from two very different schools are now three days away from putting on a professional production of Romeo and ...

After eight weeks hard work, the cast of Coventry teenagers from two very different schools are now three days away from putting on a professional production of Romeo and Juliet. They have moved into a modern space in the city's Belgrade Theatre for a weekend of final rehearsals. There's costumes to try on and make-up, lights and a 1980s set to get used to, but can they remember their lines?

After rehearsing Romeo and Juliet separately, the two schools are now ready to work together. It will be the first time Romeo gets to meet Juliet and seventeen-year-old Glody ...

After rehearsing Romeo and Juliet separately, the two schools are now ready to work together. It will be the first time Romeo gets to meet Juliet and seventeen-year-old Glody - who has never acted before - and 15-year-old Beth begin to feel the pressure of the leading roles as the young cast move into full production in Coventry University's media and arts centre.

One city, eight weeks and two contrasting schools come together to put on a professional production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In a unique experiment, each school will ...

One city, eight weeks and two contrasting schools come together to put on a professional production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In a unique experiment, each school will be cast as one of the two feuding families at the heart of the world's favourite love story.

From one of Charles Dickens' most beloved novels come some of his most unforgettable characters, vibrantly brought to life by a star-studded, award-winning cast. In Nicholas ...

From one of Charles Dickens' most beloved novels come some of his most unforgettable characters, vibrantly brought to life by a star-studded, award-winning cast. In Nicholas Nickleby, young Nicholas and his family have enjoyed a comfortable life but then again, this is Dickens. Nicholas' father dies and the family is left penniless. Nicholas, his sister and mother venture to London to seek help from their Uncle Ralph. Unfortunately, Ralph's only intentions are to break up the family and exploit them. Nicholas is sent to a school run by the cruel, abusive and horridly entertaining Wackford Squeers. Eventually, Nicholas runs away with fellow schoolmate Smike and the two set off on an adventure to find and reunite the Nickleby family.

The 'Gang of Four' are at their peak. It's 1970, and Hughes, a psychedelic art pundit and lecturer, gets a phone call from New York. Time Magazine is offering him a job. He ...

The 'Gang of Four' are at their peak. It's 1970, and Hughes, a psychedelic art pundit and lecturer, gets a phone call from New York. Time Magazine is offering him a job. He moves there to become one of the greatest art critics ever. The Female Eunuch is published to critical acclaim, and Germaine finds herself staring down the personification of the masculine elite, Norman Mailer.

This is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors; Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her ...

This is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors; Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Kate Woods directs this AFI-winning coming-of-age story where Pia Miranda stars as a high school girl growing up in a broken but loving home with Italian traditions who finds ...

Kate Woods directs this AFI-winning coming-of-age story where Pia Miranda stars as a high school girl growing up in a broken but loving home with Italian traditions who finds love and heartbreak in one of the most difficult years of her life. This dilemma leads to the discovery of her father's (Anthony LaPaglia) identity and a deeper understanding of her mother (Greta Scacchi). She comes to terms with her background and romantic interests.

The day after Cathy and Edgar's wedding, Heathcliff surprises Nelly by arriving at Thrushcross Grange unannounced. Cathy and Heathcliff's love for one another is ...

The day after Cathy and Edgar's wedding, Heathcliff surprises Nelly by arriving at Thrushcross Grange unannounced. Cathy and Heathcliff's love for one another is insurmountable. Alone on the moors together, Heathcliff can see that there is guilt in her eyes. He knows that she has slept with Edgar and his outrage fills Cathy with an overwhelming sense of betrayal.

One year after their journey to Narnia, the Pevensie children are transported back and discover that more than 1300 years have passed in Narnian time. The land is in chaos ...

One year after their journey to Narnia, the Pevensie children are transported back and discover that more than 1300 years have passed in Narnian time. The land is in chaos when the children arrive to find that the evil King Miraz is now in power. The rightful heir, Prince Caspian, is in hiding and Miraz wants him dead in order to make his own son king.

Mysterious ciphers are appearing on walls all over London and anyone who sees one dies. Sherlock and Watson must decipher the deadly symbols before they claim another victim.

Mysterious ciphers are appearing on walls all over London and anyone who sees one dies. Sherlock and Watson must decipher the deadly symbols before they claim another victim.

Will Lightman is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to ...

Will Lightman is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single mums, Will gets a hilarious lesson about life from a bright, but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old named Marcus.

Elizabeth Taylor delivers an Academy Award-winning performance opposite Richard Burton in this adaptation of Edward Albee's groundbreaking Broadway play that rips the facade ...

Elizabeth Taylor delivers an Academy Award-winning performance opposite Richard Burton in this adaptation of Edward Albee's groundbreaking Broadway play that rips the facade of civility off the dysfunctional marriage between an alcoholic college professor and his shrew of a wife during a dinner party the two host for a young couple.

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, the encounter a mix of ...

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, the encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

A case of stolen letters leads Sherlock Holmes into a long conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen, the Napoleon of blackmail, and the one man he truly hates.

A case of stolen letters leads Sherlock Holmes into a long conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen, the Napoleon of blackmail, and the one man he truly hates.

Puberty Blues traces the lives of two adolescent females who have spent the first part of their lives in a group by themselves, while desperately trying to break into the 'in' ...

Puberty Blues traces the lives of two adolescent females who have spent the first part of their lives in a group by themselves, while desperately trying to break into the 'in' group who dominate the Greenhill beach.

AFI-winner Anna Broinowski directs this riveting documentary on Norma Khouri who won fame and fortune with her 'true story' Forbidden Love, about a shocking honour killing in ...

AFI-winner Anna Broinowski directs this riveting documentary on Norma Khouri who won fame and fortune with her 'true story' Forbidden Love, about a shocking honour killing in Jordan, until July 2004, when Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction.

Lives and language on the edge: three teens from the Bronx tell their stories of friendship, love and struggle, showing how a radical poetry class can ignite change. Three ...

Lives and language on the edge: three teens from the Bronx tell their stories of friendship, love and struggle, showing how a radical poetry class can ignite change. Three Bronx teens search for their voices and an answer to the question: Can language change lives? Karina, Pearl, and Anthony are precariously balanced on the edge. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.

This visually stunning adaptation of Arthur Golden's bestselling novel transports us into a mysterious and exotic world that casts a potent spell. A house servant blossoms, ...

This visually stunning adaptation of Arthur Golden's bestselling novel transports us into a mysterious and exotic world that casts a potent spell. A house servant blossoms, against all odds, to become the most captivating geisha of her day. In 1929 an impoverished nine-year-old named Chiyo from a fishing village is sold to a Geisha house in Kyoto's Gion District and subjected to cruel treatment from the owners and the head Geisha Hatsumomo. Her stunning beauty attracts the vindictive jealousy of Hatsumomo, until she is rescued by and taken under the wing of Hatsumomo's bitter rival, Mameha. Under Mameha's mentorship, Chiyo becomes the Geisha named Sayuri, trained in all the artistic and social skills a Geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned Geisha, she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue. As World War II loom, Japan and the Geisha's world are forever changed by the onslaught of history.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by Frank McCourt, Alan Parker directs this heartbreakingly funny look at growing up in Ireland. A mother tries to keep her children ...

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by Frank McCourt, Alan Parker directs this heartbreakingly funny look at growing up in Ireland. A mother tries to keep her children alive while plagued by poverty, with Robert Carlyle as her alcoholic husband.

An invitation to the wilds of Dartmoor brings our terrified heroes face to face with the supernatural. They need their wits about them as they do battle with a creature from ...

An invitation to the wilds of Dartmoor brings our terrified heroes face to face with the supernatural. They need their wits about them as they do battle with a creature from hell itself.

During part one of the two-part finale, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Rob Pattinson) is cut short when a series of ...

During part one of the two-part finale, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Rob Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.

Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organisation known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to ...

Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organisation known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

A woman in pink lies dead in a derelict house. She is the fourth in a series of seemingly impossible suicides. DI Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but even he knows ...

A woman in pink lies dead in a derelict house. She is the fourth in a series of seemingly impossible suicides. DI Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but even he knows that there's only one man who can help.

Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But the Princess ...

Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas and it isn't long before young love, with it's glad eyes, hesitations and embarrassments, has broken every self-imposed rule of the all-male 'academy'. Shakespeare's boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life, is a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright's comic arsenal: from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations, to drunkenness, bust-ups and pratfalls. Even more, it is a joyful banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes, bizarre syntax, grotesque coinages and parodies.

Midwest native Nick Carraway arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby and becomes drawn ...

Midwest native Nick Carraway arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby and becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy.

This case finds Sherlock becoming embroiled in the dark and murky waters of blackmail. He needs every one of his remarkable skills to survive, let alone solve the case.

This case finds Sherlock becoming embroiled in the dark and murky waters of blackmail. He needs every one of his remarkable skills to survive, let alone solve the case.

Recorded live from the Shakespeare Globe Theatre. Peter Simple as Nathan Amzi, Sir Hugh Evans as Gareth Armstrong, Abraham Slender as William Belchambers and directed by ...

Recorded live from the Shakespeare Globe Theatre. Peter Simple as Nathan Amzi, Sir Hugh Evans as Gareth Armstrong, Abraham Slender as William Belchambers and directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Imagining that Mistress Ford and Mistress Page have each fallen for him, the fat knight Sir John Falstaff decides to seduce them both, as much for their husbands' money as for their personal charms. Wise to the old rogue's tricks, the women turn the tables on him with a series of humiliating assignations and a very damp, extremely smelly laundry basket. Featuring many characters from Henry IV Parts I and II, Shakespeare's brilliantly constructed farce, which gave birth to a tradition that reaches down to the modern TV sitcom, returns to delight the audience.

In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight ...

In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he's nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.

Academy Award-winner Francis Ford Coppola directs this unforgettable story of a young man's struggle to live up to his adored brother's reputation in an impoverished ...

Academy Award-winner Francis Ford Coppola directs this unforgettable story of a young man's struggle to live up to his adored brother's reputation in an impoverished industrial town. Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke are Rusty James and The Motorcycle Boy, and lead an all-star cast including Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, and Diane Lane. This extraordinary adaptation of the best-seller by SE Hinton features a Golden Globe-winning score by Stewart Copeland of The Police, and reminds us that if you're going to lead people, you have to have somewhere to go.

Based on Khaled Hosseini's stuning debut novel. As young boys, Amir and Hassan were inseparable friends, until one fateful act tore them apart. Years later, Amir will embark ...

Based on Khaled Hosseini's stuning debut novel. As young boys, Amir and Hassan were inseparable friends, until one fateful act tore them apart. Years later, Amir will embark on a dangerous quest to right the wrongs of the past and redeem himself in ways he never expected, by displaying the ultimate in courage and devotion to his friend.

When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers with no miltary training band together to fight a well-armed invasion force.

When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers with no miltary training band together to fight a well-armed invasion force.

Adapted from Flaubert's classic novel, Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma, a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father's pig farm ...

Adapted from Flaubert's classic novel, Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma, a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father's pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage. This sumptuous period drama features a superb cast including Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Flaubert's classic novel comes to life.

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary cancer patients who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that begins a lifeaffirming journey to visit a ...

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary cancer patients who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that begins a lifeaffirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

This Steven Spielberg film, is a cinematic masterpiece that has become one of the most honoured films of all time. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and ...

This Steven Spielberg film, is a cinematic masterpiece that has become one of the most honoured films of all time. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film presents the indelible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womaniser, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1100 Jews during the Holocaust.

After your secondary students have finished reading their recommended texts, encourage them to "compare and contrast" classic and popular books with their adaptations from Australia and Hollywood.
The English language has evolved into far more than an integral communicative tool. Explore the power of words as a spotlight is shone on the next generation of wordsmiths.
Today's complex structure of classrooms make it difficult to use a single approach to teach reading and writing. This literacy focus playlist assists in teaching reading and writing for all learners.
What do The Lion King and The Bad Sleep Well have in common? They're based on Hamlet! Transformative texts recreate aspects of a story to reveal new contexts through adaptation and intertextuality.
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