Sunday 25 December 2016

A list of pre-Second Test Bawley Point viewing - Summer 2016/2017

Just keeping records. 

I'm on the judging panel for the Film Critics Circle of Australia award for Best Documentary so part of the viewing has been catching up with some unseen gems from the past year.

Mother with a Gun, Jeff Daniels, Australia, 2016
 In alphabetical order:

Baxter and Me, Gillian Leahy
Embrace, Taryn Brumfitt 
The Family, Rosie Jones
Monsieur Mayonnaise , Trevor Graham,
Mother with a Gun, Jeff Daniels
Suzy and the Simple Man, Suzy Mair, Jon Mair and Ian Darling
Winter at Westbeth, Rohan Spong
Zach's Ceremony, Aaron Petersen

A couple of TV series
Tcheky Karyo, The Missing, (series 2)

The Missing, Series Two, Writers Harry and Jack Williams, Director Ben Chanan, with Tcheky Karyo, Keeley Hawes. Only the detective Julien Baptiste (Karyo) remains the same, plus the confrontations with non-comprehending authority. Gripping.

Rejesholdet/Unit One (according to the Arrow UK edition released under the banner Nordic Noir and passed on by a friend.) This is the first series, dated 2000, so from way down in the vault, close to two decades old and rustled up to fill insatiable demand for Scandi crime stuff whether written or visual. Here's the first para from the Wikipedia entry Rejseholdet (English: "Mobile Unit" [lit. "Travel Team"]; international title: Unit One) is a Danish television crime series starring Charlotte FichMads Mikkelsen and Lars Brygmann. Produced by Danmarks Radio (DR), the program aired 32 episodes spanning four seasons from 2000 to 2004. Each episode revolved around an elite mobile police task force called "Unit One" that travels around Denmark helping local police solve crimes. Cases portrayed in the show were loosely based upon actual incidents of sensational crimes such as murders, kidnappings, cross-border sex traffic and child pornography. Rejseholdet won the 2002 International Emmy Award for best drama series.

....and a most unique selection.....

Pema Tseden
Tharlo, Pema Tseden, Tibet, 2015
Tseden's films are a sort of Tibetan equivalent of early Wim Wenders - enigmatic, off-centre, always tantalisingly leading to speculation...and in black and white. This tale of a shepherd and his adventures during two visits to a nearby city in search of an ID card, keeps you guessing while all the while you admire the off-centre visuals and the sense of humour. 

Screened at both SFF and MIFF in 2016.

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