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March 2017

 - Monday, February 27, 2017

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ($29.95)
Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.

Hell or High Water $32.95, Region 2
Texas brothers—Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. Vengeance seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the old and new west murderously collide.

Girls: Season 5 ($29.95)
As Season 5 begins, Hannah’s put her writing ambitions aside and is teaching alongside Fran, her new boyfriend. Marnie realises that she needs more space after her honeymoon with Desi. While working towards becoming a therapist, Jessa also manages a budding relationship. And Shoshanna is thriving at her new job in Japan, flirting with her boss despite her long-distance relationship with Scott.

To Walk Invisible: The Lives of the Brontë Sisters
Written & directed by Sally Wainwright this TV drama follows the lives of the Brontë sisters. Set in 1840s Yorkshire, sisters Anne (Charlie Murphy), Charlotte (Finn Atkins) and Emily (Chloe Pirrie) must come together after their troubled brother Branwell (Adam Nagaitis) struggles to come to terms with a failed love affair and is consumed by alcohol & drug addictions. With their family situation worsening by the day, the sisters turn to writing as a way to escape the hardships of their family life. The cast also includes Jonathan Pryce and Rebecca Callard. ($32.95, Region 2)

The Bureau: Season 1 ($42.95, Region 2)
After returning to Paris following an extended undercover mission in Syria, French intelligence officer Guillaume Debailly (Kassovitz) must face up to the challenge of reconnecting with his estranged daughter and ex-wife as he attempts to adjust to life back at home. Now tasked with training new recruit Marina Loiseau (Giraudeau), Guillaume’s situation is further complicated by the arrival in Paris of Nadia (Zineb Triki), his love interest from his time in Syria, and the case of a fellow agent who mysteriously goes missing while undercover in Algeria.

February 2017

 - Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Stalker: Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky ($36.95, Region 2)
Deep within the Zone, a bleak and devastated forbidden landscape, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant the deepest wishes of those strong enough to make the hazardous journey there. Desperate to reach it, a scientist and a writer approach the Stalker, one of the few able to navigate the Zone’s menacing terrain, and begin a dangerous trek into the unknown. Andrei Tarkovsky’s second foray into science fiction after Solaris is a surreal and disturbing vision of the future. Hauntingly exploring man’s dreams and desires, and the consequences of realising them, Stalker, adapted from Arkady & Boris Sturgatsky’s novel Roadside Picnic, has been described as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.

Our Kind Of Traitor: Dir. Susanna White
Bored poetry lecturer Perry (Ewan McGregor) & his high-flying lawyer wife, Gail (Naomie Harris) are holidaying in Marrakesh in an attempt to breathe life into their failing relationship. Here they are persuaded to help Dima (Stellan Skjarsgard), a Russian mobster who wants to defect. In classic John le Carré narrative, they soon find themselves squeezed between the Russian Mafia, the British Secret Service & a maverick British spy, Hector (Damian Lewis), who is obsessed with exposing high-ranking UK politicians who are colluding with Russian criminals ($32.95, Region 2)


The Fall: Series 3 ($39.95, Region 2)
I must admit I wasn’t sure where The Fall was going to go after the bloody cliffhanger that ended season 2. But Metropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson is back, and still in pursuit of serial killer Paul Spector who survives the bullet from season 2 but is now claiming amnesia triggered by the trauma. Stella is not taken in, but there are others ready to fall under his spell. Some people find the pace of this show a problem—but I like the brooding silences, especially when Gillian Anderson’s Stella is doing the brooding. Viki

The Young Pope: Dir Paolo Sorrentino
Jude Law and Diane Keaton star in this drama that was created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Youth, The Great Beauty). Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election might seem the result of a simple & effective media strategy by the College of Cardinals. But, as we know, appearances can be deceptive. Especially in the Vatican, among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the guiding light of their existence. And the most mysterious and contradictory figure of all turns out to be Pius XIII himself, as he tries to walk the long path of human loneliness to find a God for mankind. And for himself. Something for those who enjoyed Robert Harris’ Conclave. ($59.95, Region 2)


October 2016

 - Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Aferim! Dir.  Radu Jude ($32.95, Region 2)
Radu Jude won the Best Director award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival for this grim depiction of Romania in the early 19th century. Policeman Costandin and his son Ionita travel the country in search of a fugitive Gypsy slave, revealing along the way a primitive and brutal society ruled by ruthless landowners and petty functionaries. Conditions are harsh and injustice routine in this barbarous world of arbitrary killings and cruel punishments in stark contrast to the picturesque beauty of the countryside through which the pair pass. Aferim! powerfully evokes this nightmare world and the attitudes and prejudices which shaped it. Not to be missed!

Aim High in Creation: Dir Alison Broinowski ($32.95)
A unique, sideways step into one of the most secretive nations on earth: North Korea. With a personal mission to make her own protest film against plans for fracking in her neighbourhood, acclaimed film maker, Anna Broinowski, gains unprecedented access into the notorious communist country to learn the principles of movie making as taught by late ‘Dear Leader’, film fanatic & master propagandist, Kim Jong Il. Her experiences gradually reveal a surprising warmth & shared humanity that transcend political differences.

Putuparri & the Rainmakers ($26.95)
This film spans ten transformative years in the life of Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his growing determination to fight for his family’s homeland. Putuparri is a man caught between two worlds: the deeply spiritual universe of his people’s traditional culture and his life in modern society where he struggles with alcoholism and domestic violence. As he reconnects with his ancestral lands and learns about his traditional culture he begins to accept his future as a leader of his people and shoulders his responsibility to pass this knowledge onto the next generation.

Versailles: Series One ($59.95, Region 2)
George Blagden plays French monarch Louis XIV in this 10 episode series. In a bid to strengthen his weakening position among the country’s elite, Louis decides to move the French court from Paris to Versailles. However, with the Parisian nobility deeply opposed to the move, Louis is faced with negotiating a dangerous cycle of lies, deceit and vicious political manoeuvrings as he attempts to exert his authority.

The Big Short ($21.95)
This film follows eccentric financial analyst Michael Burry (Bale) as he uncovers an impending crash in the housing market and puts together a plan to profit from it. As Burry’s predictions are spread by those who believe he is mad, a small number of people, including Jared Vennett (Gosling), Ben Rickert (Pitt) and Mark Baum (Carell), get on board with his idea in the hope of saving their assets. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Bale), winning for Best Adapted Screenplay, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Stephen Fry:Today’s Russia—A Literary Landscape
‘I think I was about 14 years old when I first read Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin & Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. It was the beginning of a life-long love affair with great Russian literature’. Like many youthful infatuations, Stephen Fry moved on to other interests, and lost touch with Russian writing. He was not alone. After the collapse of the USSR in 1990, we in the West stopped reading Russian literature. But that does not mean that the Russians stopped writing. This programme introduces six of the biggest stars of Russian literature—with new works, including original English translations, read by Fry, who is inserted into award-winning original animations of these fictional worlds. ($21.95)




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