A notorious London theatre and film impresario, playboy, gambler, bon vivant, and eccentric friend of the rich and famous, Michael White transformed Britain's cultural scene in the 1970s, producing over 200 shows and movies.
This French drama explores the often troubled life of Edith Piaf as her fame took her from the City of Light to America to the south of France. Abandoned by her mother, Piaf grew up in her grandmother's brothel and her father's circus. While singing on streets of Paris as a teen, Piaf is discovered by club owner Louis Leplee, and this chance encounter changes her life.
When the local coal mine is facing imminent closure, it could also see the demise of the village's brass band, but their leader is determined they should play on. When a beautiful young woman joins the band, the men decide to stay around and are persuaded to take part in a brass band championship where the defiant spirit of their community is reawakened.
Dirty little secrets stir up the reunion of a world-famous quartet when they get together for a one-off concert. An eccentric diva, her ex-husband, a lustful baritone, and the scatter-brained object of his desire make up a cast of vivid characters. Funny and touching, this is the story of four friends reconciled and revived by their love of applause.
In 1964, when five young newly arrived immigrants met in a Sydney migrant hostel and formed a garage band, little did they know that they would take Australian rock 'n' roll to the world. This is the story of the Easybeats.
Part two sees the story turn dark. At 23, Bob Dylan is already a newsworthy phenomenon, capable of filling Carnegie Hall without ever having a hit song on the radio. And with success comes expectations: expectations from the old left to become a political activist, expectations from the media to articulate the concerns of America's youth. It's a role in which Dylan is completely uninterested.
This is an unconventional journey into the life and times of Bob Dylan. From the public to the private to the fantastical, this story weaves a rich and colourful portrait of the ever-elusive and much-loved singer/songwriter.
Covering the later years of legendary singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone's career, this is a story of redemption and hope. Living alone in France and feeling exiled from her own country, Simone struggles to balance music, family, and what she believes in. That is, until she meets Clifton Henderson, her nurse-turned-assistant, and a man determined to help the high priestess of soul rediscover the meaning in her life and music.
Showbiz dreams and political commentary mix harmoniously in this entertaining documentary about the first all-girl pop group to emerge from Burma (Myanmar). Filmed between 2010 and 2012, when the release from house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi brought fresh hopes of freedom to many of Myanmar's citizens, this stunning documentary effectively presents the big picture of a nation in transition through a Girl Power-charged portrait of the group and its go-getting Australian manager-mentor, Nikki May.
From his humble beginnings in the South through his meteoric rise to the top of American music charts, Ray's inspirational journey is a tale of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit. Witness the incredible true story of a musician who fought harder and went further than anyone could imagine.
Baz Luhrmann's spin on the tragic Parisian love triangle is a celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and, above all these, love. The film stars Nicole Kidman as the consumptive courtesan Satine; Ewan McGregor as her lover, Christian; and Richard Roxburgh as the jealous Duke. Featuring spectacularly staged hit songs from the 1970s and 1980s; this unconventional musical earned two Oscars and six nominations.
The story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, and more.
Put on your dancing shoes, frock up and get ready to laugh when you join us for a wonderful evening of entertainment coinciding with World Mental Health Day on October 10. Our two hour live-to-air variety show, Friday Night Crack Up, will bring you singing, dancing, comedy and personalities - from across all the Australian TV networks - doing things you never expected they could, or would! Broadcast live in front of a studio audience, Friday Night Crack Up is the main event in a week of compelling programming for Mental Health Week as ABC goes Mental As...
Dr James Fox tells the story of Paris in 1928. It was a city that attracted people dreaming of a better world after World War I. This was the year when the surrealists Magritte, Dali and Bunuel brought their bizarre new vision to the people, and when emigre writers and musicians such as Ernest Hemingway and George Gershwin came looking for inspiration.
Michael Jackson released the greatest selling album of all time, Madonna created a persona just as important as her music, and Public Enemy exhorted their fans to Fight The Power. There was a new visual component to it all courtesy of MTV. The digital revolution hit the music world as CDs replaced LPs. Whitney Houston, Guns N' Roses, U2, David Bowie and Run-DMC were some of the other major artists of the decade.
Californian hip hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. What Sony didn't know was the pair were students from Scotland with fake American accents and made up identities. The Great Hip Hop Hoax is a film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame.
Big Name No Blanket tells the extraordinary story of George Rrurrambu, the former lead singer of the pioneering Warumpi Band of the 1980s. George is the charismatic frontman, who combined rock and roll, reggae, pop and traditional culture to spread the message about Indigenous contemporary issues, awakening the Australian consciousness of a third world in its own backyard.
Dr James Fox tells the story of Vienna in 1908, a city of amazing creativity and dangerous tension. This was the year Gustav Klimt painted his masterpiece The Kiss, Sigmund Freud revealed the Oedipus complex, Egon Schiele produced startling pictures of humanity stripped to the bare essentials and both music and architecture took a bold step in a radical new direction. But it was also the year a struggling young artist named Adolf Hitler arrived in the city, a year that would put Vienna and Europe on the road to destruction.
Beca, Fat Amy and the Barden Bellas are back to pitch slap the world. After a scandal threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that they've lost their harmony for good. With one chance left at redeeming their legacy, they must they must face off against the toughest competition on the planet: German supergroup Das Sound Machine and fight for their right to win at the World Championships of A Cappella. It will take the power of sisterhood to find their voice and see what it takes to be the world's top pitches.
In this engaging story from writer-director Scott Cooper, Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges stars as the broken-down, hard-living country music singer Bad Blake who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. However, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man's crazy heart. Bad promises nothing to Jean and, as a single mum with plenty of regrets, Jean knows she'd be a fool to believe even in that. Still, they continue winding up in each other's arms. At the age of 57, Bad still lives his life out on the road, playing long-ago hits in third-rate beer joints and bowling alleys to aging crowds as drunk and yearning as he is, while his fleeting fame slides into obscurity. The most he can hope for these days is to open a big concert for his young protege, Tommy Sweet, who learned everything he knows from Bad - except Tommy, unlike Bad, managed to become rich and famous from it.
Based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers, this film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to relearn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships.
A feature-length musical documentary film that follows the award-winning Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia's finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom.
William Yang found a role as a documentary photographer of the emerging artistic, literary, theatrical and queer circles in the 70s and 80s. Now Yang has adapted his original live performance method into this intimate one-hour documentary in his own frank, humorously deadpan performance style - telling the stories behind his fly-on-the-wall photographs.
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
The return of SBS's critically acclaimed series East West 101 explores the fallout from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through a series of violent crimes committed in Australia. In episode one, the sophisticated robbery of an armoured guard van leaves four dead, including some of the robbers themselves.
Major Crime and NSO unite once again as a terror attack looms as a real possibility. Detective Zane Malik uses everything in his power to discover the conspirators and in doing so finally finds out why Agent Angleton was killed.
The shooting of Inspector Patricia Wright's brother unites the team at Major Crime. Can they bring the killers to justice? While the detectives gather together to help their boss, a respected transplant surgeon is murdered. And Malik's wife, fed up with his obsession with work, leaves with their children.
When Akmal is killed in prison, Malik is determined to find out the truth behind his murder and the murder of the NSO agent. Going to Canberra with the NSO agent's widow leads Malik to an old foe. But his absence causes problems when the squad investigates a mysterious crossbow killing. And Inspector Wright juggles professional and personal problems, as her own brother is the target of an intended hit.
An ambulance officer is stabbed to death by a kid in an Ice induced rage. When Detective Sonny Koa delivers the death knock, he bonds with the dead man's Maori family. In investigating the Ice racket, the detectives find a link to the stolen arms that killed the NSO agent in a car bomb. But can Malik convince his imprisoned target, Akmal, to help?
The final episode of the multi-award winning drama series East West 101. The series has been exploring the fallout from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through a series of violent crimes committed in Australia.
Superintendant Patricia Wright becomes personally involved in a case when a young woman is found raped and murdered after being last seen getting into a taxi late at night. The suspect is taxi driver Roman Wisniewski who was investigated and charged by Wright many years before. Wisniewski walked free with the help of a QC on that prior occasion. Now Wright sees this as a chance to put him away for a long time.
Mere Hahunga has problems with her youngest son, Sam, and enlists the help of Detective Sonny Koa. Sam is going off the rails and Mere pleads with Koa to help save him. However, stopping a youth on a mission of self-destruction is a very difficult task.
Malik works with Agent Skerritt from the NSO to track down the car bomb killers. The prime suspect is a Lebanese businessman, but is he an arms dealer? Malik goes undercover to find out, leaving a gap in the Major Crime detective unit. Also, a murder investigation reveals Chinese student, Jenny, was from a wealthy family. Her parents received ransom demands and paid the money. So why was she killed?
The armed robbery and subsequent escalating violence seems to hold a link with a drug ring and criminal activity including a massacre in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Malik is hoping that visiting Afghani police officer, Khan, can help in the investigation.
Detective Zane Malik is deep undercover, and in danger. His mission is to link arms dealer, Akmal, with the car bomb murder of an NSO agent. But when Akmal's girlfriend, a Russian prostitute, is killed, Akmal orders a hit on the man who killed her - a sleazy sex trafficker - and he wants Malik to do it.
In episode two,a Somali teenage boy is found viciously bashed to death in a lonely railway tunnel. When the investigation leads Malik and Sonny Koa to a group of white youths, the detectives must determine if this murder was a result of racial conflict.
The mysterious double murder of a Jewish couple in an affluent suburb leaves police baffled with little evidence to go on. Soon after, two drug importers end up in the morgue after being shot at close range. Now the Major Crime Squad detectives must determine whether this murder is in any way linked to the robbery they are investigating or something separate.
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