Shakespeare Uncovered
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Shakespeare Uncovered: Richard II with Derek Jacobi

Season 1 Episode 3 ABC March 10, 2013

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Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political ...

Derek Jacobi revisits the role of Richard II which he played in 1978 for the BBC. He reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the political parallels within the play that still resonate today.

Shakespeare Uncovered
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Shakespeare Uncovered: Macbeth with Ethan Hawke

Season 1 Episode 2 ABC March 3, 2013

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Ethan Hawke looks at the greatest productions of Shakespeare's Macbeth as he uncovers the true story behind the cursed 'Scottish Play'.

Ethan Hawke looks at the greatest productions of Shakespeare's Macbeth as he uncovers the true story behind the cursed 'Scottish Play'.

Shakespeare Uncovered
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Shakespeare Uncovered: Twelfth Night and As You Like It with Joely Richardson

Season 1 Episode 1 ABC February 24, 2013

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Six Shakespearean actors and directors research the revered dramatist and reveal the stories behind and the wonders within some of his greatest plays. This week Joely ...

Six Shakespearean actors and directors research the revered dramatist and reveal the stories behind and the wonders within some of his greatest plays. This week Joely Richardson investigates Twelfth Night and As You Like It.

Norman Mailer
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Norman Mailer

ABC February 10, 2013

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Exploring a life often characterised by the violence and passion of his own work, we are introduced to Norman Mailer the man. A unique portrait with exclusive access to the ...

Exploring a life often characterised by the violence and passion of his own work, we are introduced to Norman Mailer the man. A unique portrait with exclusive access to the man himself and his incredible life.

Dangerous Edge
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Dangerous Edge

SBS February 9, 2013

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Narrated by Derek Jacobi, this is a study of the life and works of author Graham Greene. From his struggles with mental illness and associated suicide attempts to his ...

Narrated by Derek Jacobi, this is a study of the life and works of author Graham Greene. From his struggles with mental illness and associated suicide attempts to his conversion to Catholicism and serial adultery, the film analyses the forces which drove his writing, and impregnated it with the dualities and oppositions in his own life.

Discovering Herge
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Discovering Herge

SBS2 December 30, 2012

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An in-depth look at the life Georges Remi (known by his pen name Herge), whose tales of reporter Tintin and his canine sidekick Snowy have stood the test of time, despite ...

An in-depth look at the life Georges Remi (known by his pen name Herge), whose tales of reporter Tintin and his canine sidekick Snowy have stood the test of time, despite controversy over his early work.

Discovering John Huston
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Discovering John Huston

STUDIO December 12, 2012

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In the world of music, art, film and theatre, the 20th century manifests a collection of extraordinary figures that continue to leave their impression and contribution. This ...

In the world of music, art, film and theatre, the 20th century manifests a collection of extraordinary figures that continue to leave their impression and contribution. This series of three strands bring the artists, the filmmakers and the characters who remain as powerful today as when they first appeared; whether painter Salvador Dali, singer-songwriter John Lennon or playwright Harold Pinter, each have changed the way we looked at the world.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: The Harry Games

ABC October 16, 2012

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From Harry Potter to Twilight and The Hunger Games, young adult (YA) fiction is bigger than ever. Anyone who has walked into a bookstore in recent years will know that teen ...

From Harry Potter to Twilight and The Hunger Games, young adult (YA) fiction is bigger than ever. Anyone who has walked into a bookstore in recent years will know that teen titles dominate the front of the shop. Gone are the days of fairy tales and Boy's Own adventures. The youth fiction of today is increasingly dark, tackling taboos and offering nightmarish visions of the future. What has brought about this progression? How has this once niche area of the publishing market become an industry colossus? Why is the domain of young adults now one for grown-ups too?

Lost Town Of Switez
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Lost Town Of Switez

SBS October 13, 2012

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This animated film is based on the 19th-century epic poem by Poland's greatest writer, Adam Mickiewicz, about a ghostly town deluged after a bloody massacre in medieval times, ...

This animated film is based on the 19th-century epic poem by Poland's greatest writer, Adam Mickiewicz, about a ghostly town deluged after a bloody massacre in medieval times, which now lies at the bottom of a lake. Polish animator Kamil Polak imports oil paintings into digital 3D combined with both computer generated animation and visual special effects to create a mesmerising aesthetic experience, set to a full choral and orchestral score.

Ferlinghetti
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Ferlinghetti

ABC October 7, 2012

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The poet and writer Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an iconic presence in the world of arts and letters. He is also the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San ...

The poet and writer Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an iconic presence in the world of arts and letters. He is also the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco as well as a painter and a liberal activist.

Jane Austen
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Jane Austen

SBS October 6, 2012

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Jane Austen biographer Dr Paula Byrne embarks on an investigation to verify and authenticate a newly discovered portrait of Jane Austen, which flies in the face of the one ...

Jane Austen biographer Dr Paula Byrne embarks on an investigation to verify and authenticate a newly discovered portrait of Jane Austen, which flies in the face of the one previously accepted portrait of the author. Her research leads her to the doors of forensic experts, literary, art and fashion historians, as well as a final test in front of the three most highly regarded 'Janites', in an attempt to overturn the conventional image of a sweet, retiring, and rather dull woman.

JK Rowling
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JK Rowling

ABC September 27, 2012

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ABC1's Jennifer Byrne is the only Australian journalist to be granted access to J.K. Rowling to talk about the most hotly anticipated book of the year - her first book for ...

ABC1's Jennifer Byrne is the only Australian journalist to be granted access to J.K. Rowling to talk about the most hotly anticipated book of the year - her first book for adult readers - The Casual Vacancy. The program, J. K. Rowling: Life After Potter will air on ABC1 just three hours after The Casual Vacancy goes on sale in Australia and around the world.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Dava Sobel

ABC August 28, 2012

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American science writer Dava Sobel writes about the natural wonders of the world. Space, time, the stars and planets are her thing, and her special skill has been to make them ...

American science writer Dava Sobel writes about the natural wonders of the world. Space, time, the stars and planets are her thing, and her special skill has been to make them a little less mysterious while retaining a sense of awe and amazement. She has won a number of major awards for her popular expositions of scientific topics.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Jeanette Winterson

ABC July 31, 2012

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More than 25 years ago as a young, debut author Jeanette Winterson seized the limelight - and Britain's major first novel award - with Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, a ...

More than 25 years ago as a young, debut author Jeanette Winterson seized the limelight - and Britain's major first novel award - with Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, a scarifying but also comic story of a girl adopted by a strict, working-class Pentecostal Christian couple in England's industrial north. Some 18 books and - for the author - half a lifetime later, comes the non-fiction version of that same truly bizarre childhood plus, what happened next. It's called Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Erotica

ABC June 19, 2012

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According to the dictionary 'erotica' is art or literature dealing with the arousal and/or satisfaction of sexual desire. Given that one person's perversion is another's minor ...

According to the dictionary 'erotica' is art or literature dealing with the arousal and/or satisfaction of sexual desire. Given that one person's perversion is another's minor titillation leaves a very wide field, from the shocking to the saucy to the sublime. Joining Jennifer Byrne to discuss the erotic and our endless fascination with it are Krissy Kneen, author of Triptych and Swallow The Sound - a writer pushing the boundaries of acceptable sexual norms; David Malouf, one of Australia's most treasured writers and a deep thinker; writer, curator and performer Eddie Sharp, the mind behind the successful and often outrageous Erotic Fan Fiction Readings; and Linda Jaivin, writer, translator, and author of eight books including the very steamy Eat Me and more recently, A Most Immoral Woman.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Punchlines

ABC June 12, 2012

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Jennifer Byrne is looking at funny books. The book considered the first modern novel - Don Quixote - was a comedy. Since then, the genre has seriously branched out. From ...

Jennifer Byrne is looking at funny books. The book considered the first modern novel - Don Quixote - was a comedy. Since then, the genre has seriously branched out. From English wits Wilde, Waugh and Wodehouse and the American satirists Heller, Vonnegut and Roth, not to mention all of those comedian memoirs that are topping the best seller lists.

The Writer's Room
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The Writer's Room: Rhyll Mcmaster

ABC June 10, 2012

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A series of intimate portraits of Australia's leading authors; their work practices, their quirks and habits, their 'imaginative habitat'.

A series of intimate portraits of Australia's leading authors; their work practices, their quirks and habits, their 'imaginative habitat'.

William S Burroughs
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William S Burroughs

SBS June 9, 2012

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A look at the man whose iconic works such as Naked Lunch savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. Featuring ...

A look at the man whose iconic works such as Naked Lunch savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. Featuring interviews with colleagues and confidantes including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant and David Cronenberg, this is the definitive exploration of the Beat Generation author who challenged the world of literature and inspired an entire generation.