The Devil Wears Prada
1:42:12

The Devil Wears Prada

Ten December 11, 2016

English

Literature

Media arts

Literacy

11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
In New York, a naive young woman scores a job as the second assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, Miranda Priestly of Runway fashion magazine.

In New York, a naive young woman scores a job as the second assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, Miranda Priestly of Runway fashion magazine.

Secret Treasures of the British Library
49:54

Secret Treasures of the British Library: Augustan Poets

Season 2 Episode 4 FOXTEL Arts December 9, 2016

English

Literature

Modern History

Literacy

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
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 ...

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.

Dickens In America
29:02

Dickens In America: The End Of The Journey

Season 1 Episode 10 FOXTEL Arts November 27, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Miriam turns towards home after a 6000 mile overland journey and heads south from Montreal down the Hudson River Valley, visiting the Shaker community of Mount Lebanon and the ...

Miriam turns towards home after a 6000 mile overland journey and heads south from Montreal down the Hudson River Valley, visiting the Shaker community of Mount Lebanon and the army cadets of West Point Military Academy.

Romeo And Juliet
2:40:46

Romeo And Juliet

FOXTEL Arts November 27, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
A violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo's first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact that Juliet has been promised to another ...

A violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo's first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact that Juliet has been promised to another man in marriage, they fall in love. But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between the two families - and while the adults remain almost comically preoccupied with their own affairs, among their children a hidden tragedy begins to unfold. With its wonderful combination of lyricism, suspense and dramatic changes of mood, Shakespeare's heartbreaking tale is one of the greatest of all love stories.

Dickens In America
29:01

Dickens In America: Canada

Season 1 Episode 9 FOXTEL Arts November 24, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
This week sees Margolyes cross the American/Canadian border to meet several obsessive Canadian Victorian collectors, learns what it took to be a 19th century ladies' maid and ...

This week sees Margolyes cross the American/Canadian border to meet several obsessive Canadian Victorian collectors, learns what it took to be a 19th century ladies' maid and treads the boards in a reconstruction of a play produced by Dickens during his stay in Canada. She also visits Niagara, tacky and spectacular in equal parts and ends up in a very snowy Montreal.

Dickens In America
29:00

Dickens In America: St Louis And The Midwest

Season 1 Episode 8 FOXTEL Arts November 23, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
This week we see Margolyes arrive in St Louis having sailed down the Ohio River on one of the last remaining Mississippi steamboats. She attempts to teach a class at American ...

This week we see Margolyes arrive in St Louis having sailed down the Ohio River on one of the last remaining Mississippi steamboats. She attempts to teach a class at American high school, visits Cairo (the inspiration for a setting for Dickens' novel Martin Chuzzlewit) and meets members of the United Houma Indian Nation on a sacred burial ground.

Dickens In America
30:35

Dickens In America: Pittsburgh To Louisville

Season 1 Episode 7 FOXTEL Arts November 22, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
This week she follows Dickens inland 1,000 miles along the course of the Ohio River to Louisville Kentucky in the company of cowboys and crazies, she is taught how to improve ...

This week she follows Dickens inland 1,000 miles along the course of the Ohio River to Louisville Kentucky in the company of cowboys and crazies, she is taught how to improve her manners by an American Etiquette instructor, she meets the unlikely Dr Mesmer and the Harmonites of the New Society for Universal Harmony, and attends the Kentucky Derby - yee haw!

Dickens In America
31:24

Dickens In America: Washington And Richmond

Season 1 Episode 6 FOXTEL Arts November 21, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Margolyes continues her travels in Dickens footsteps to Washington DC this capital of tobacco tinctured saliva where she meets a pistol-packing Christian Minister, talks to ...

Margolyes continues her travels in Dickens footsteps to Washington DC this capital of tobacco tinctured saliva where she meets a pistol-packing Christian Minister, talks to the inmates of the local penitentiary and tours the tobacco factories of Virginia.

Dickens In America
29:06

Dickens In America: Philadelphia

Season 1 Episode 5 FOXTEL Arts November 20, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
This week sees Margolyes arrive in Philadelphia to find an unnaturally Dickens-obsessed city. The city of Brotherly Love still has the prison that Dickens writes about as well ...

This week sees Margolyes arrive in Philadelphia to find an unnaturally Dickens-obsessed city. The city of Brotherly Love still has the prison that Dickens writes about as well as one of the most active Dickens societies in America, a Dickens drinking club for men, Dickens' pet raven, stuffed, mounted and on display in the local library and the only life size statue of Dickens anywhere in the world. Is this a town gone mad?

Today's Russia: A Literary Landscape
54:01

Today's Russia: A Literary Landscape

FOXTEL Arts November 14, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
After the collapse of the USSR, the world stopped hearing so much about Russian writers. But that doesn't mean they stopped writing. This eye-opening film allows us to ...

After the collapse of the USSR, the world stopped hearing so much about Russian writers. But that doesn't mean they stopped writing. This eye-opening film allows us to reconnect with what makes Russian literature so remarkable. With dramatic readings by Stephen Fry and award-winning original animations, the distinct worlds of some of Russia's most powerful imaginations are bought to life. Six contemporary Russian authors take us on a journey through the country's literature, its influences, its role in shaping social and political change and its relationship with power. This program showcases some of Russia's most remarkable modern talent with intimate personal encounters with Russia's most talented contemporary authors. In Moscow we march with the poet who leads many of the anti-Putin demonstrations, and we sit in the flat of the former scientist who only turned to writing after she fell afoul of the KGB in the 1970s. We meet the former Special Forces officer who writes touchingly of provincial life, but idolises Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent - and Stalin. We are taken by a master of chilling horror stories to the secret spot in Moscow's Gorky Park where the old Soviet-era rides of her childhood are being dismantled. Audiences will discover writers like the astounding Armenian writer, Ludmila Ulitskaya, who spent her entire adult life writing an 1000-page fantasy masterpiece. Lastly, the film treats audiences to an exclusive interview with Russia's most scandalous and violent literary novelist Vladimir Sorokin (critically acclaimed by the New York Review of Books) who compared the ruling Putin clique to the medieval torturers who served Ivan the Terrible. This program allows audiences to question not only what they thought they knew about Russian literature but also what they think they know about Russia. Each writer has their own surprising voice, often with more in common with Julian Barnes and Jonathan Franzen than Gogol or Tolstoy.

Masterclass
21:21

Masterclass: Editing

Season 1 Episode 9 FOXTEL Arts November 5, 2016

Media arts

English

Literacy

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: MatureClassification: Mature
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 ...

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.

Masterclass
14:45

Masterclass: How To Get Actors To Do What You Want: Part I

Season 1 Episode 7 Foxtel Arts October 20, 2016

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English

Literacy

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Not ClassifiedClassification: Not Classified
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 ...

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.

Masterclass
21:38

Masterclass: Casting

Season 1 Episode 4 Foxtel Arts September 28, 2016

Media arts

English

Literacy

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: MatureClassification: Mature
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 ...

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.

Masterclass
22:55

Masterclass: Designing Shots

Season 1 Episode 3 Foxtel Arts September 24, 2016

Media arts

English

Literacy

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: MatureClassification: Mature
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 ...

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.

Masterclass
19:46

Masterclass: How To Read A Script

Season 1 Episode 2 Foxtel Arts September 17, 2016

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English

Literacy

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
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 ...

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.

Akeelah and the Bee
1:48:04

Akeelah and the Bee

NITV July 3, 2016

Media arts

Literacy

Personal and social capability

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer.

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer.

Great Expectations
1:46:50

Great Expectations

Foxtel Romance May 23, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

History

9-10
11-12
Classification: MatureClassification: Mature
This film is about a young man's passage into manhood and of the three individuals who change the course of his life forever. Set in a small town in Florida, we follow the ...

This film is about a young man's passage into manhood and of the three individuals who change the course of his life forever. Set in a small town in Florida, we follow the journey of the young and impoverished Finnigan Bell into adulthood. His adventure begins when he is forced to aid a dangerous convict in his escape from prison and is further complicated when he meets a rich and insane matron and falls in love with her niece, the icy beauty Estella. Finn's artistic talent and an unknown benefactor take him to New York, where it appears that all of his dreams are within his grasp, including a reunion with Estella. However, in this epic story of fate and desire, Finn becomes lost trying to realise his own great expectations.

Henry VIII
2:48:43

Henry VIII

Foxtel Arts April 27, 2016

English

Literature

Literacy

Drama

11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Recorded live from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Dominic Rowan as Henry VIII and Ian McNeice as Cardinal Wolsey. The Tudor Court is locked in a power struggle between its ...

Recorded live from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Dominic Rowan as Henry VIII and Ian McNeice as Cardinal Wolsey. 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.