I’m getting up scarily early tomorrow to catch a plane, but I couldn’t go to bed without a quick note about this evening. Penny and I and quite a few other people were extras in the film Alex is making as part of his year-long director’s course at AFTRS. That’s the Australian Film Television and Radio School. We spent hours standing around being bored, and minutes sitting in front of the camera – at least I was sitting, pretending to eat disgusting noodles, while Penny had a more upright role, wearing an anti-infection mask. I loved seeing – and being a small part of – the well-oiled machinery of a film shoot in action, and I especially loved seeing the way the two actors, in the midst of so much noise and busyness, managed to make something happen between them. All this happened beneath the roar of the Expressway in Pyrmont, close to the city. I took a number of blurry photos with my phone camera. No time for more – here is Alex with actor Richard Green (of Boxing Day fame), a masked Penny, Alex in a variety of directorial moments (including one with Anna Lise Phillips with an umbrella – did I mention it rained a fair bit? Anna Lise lent me her hoodie), and the disgusting noodles.
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- The Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc (Ali Alizadeh 2017) 15 August 2017Fresh from Giramondo.
- Below the Surface (Kasper Barfoed 2017) 15 August 2017SBS on Demand is an endless supply of excellent Scandinavian thrillers. This is a hostage drama where you really can't be sure the heroes will survive, or that dark secrets won't be revealed well before the end. The Danish title, Gidseltagningen, translates literally as Hostage Crisis
- Younger, Seasons 2, 3 & 4 (Darren Star 2015–17) 15 August 2017Silly but hip sitcom that actually expects viewers to be somewhat literate (the action happens in a publishing house, and there are increasing references to some of the more bizarre recent happenings in US public life, I laugh often.
- Younger, Season 1 (Darren Star 2015) 8 August 2017From the creator of Sex and the City, but don't hold that against it. Forty year old New Jersey recent divorcee moves to Brooklyn and pretends to be 14 years younger to improve her chances of employment in publishing. She gets the job and the lifestyle. Not exactly Bergman but more interesting than the plot outline might suggest.
- Ambassadors (Jeremy Webb 2013) 7 August 2017With David Mitchell and Robert Webb and an excellent supporting cast, especially Tom Holland as an obnoxious royal in the second episode, this acerbic geopolitical comedy sadly seems to have come to an end after only three episodes.
- The Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc (Ali Alizadeh 2017) 15 August 2017
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