IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK
|Jirga (Benjamin Gilmour, Australia)|
Jirga – Aussie soldier returns to Afghanistan to seek redemption from the Afghani family of a civilian he killed.
McKellen: Playing the Part – doco about Sir Ian McKellen.
Custody – French drama about a painful, post-marriage custody battle.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – wheelchair-bound Joaquin Phoenix sobers up and discovers the healing power of art.
Night School – comedy in which high school troublemakers are forced to attend night school.
Alpha – Prehistoric boy meets wolf.
|Zama (Lucretia Martel, Argentina)|
Zama –drama set in the 17thcentury about a colonial administrator, “stuck” in Argentina, and yearning for his native Spain.
Pataakha– feuding sisters miss each other when they’re separated by marriage.
ON THE TELLY
|David Farrar, Kathleen Byron The Small Back Room|
Tuesday 12.10pm 9Gem: Nigel Balchin’s The Small Back Room (1949) – during WW2 an alcoholic bomb disposal expert (David Farrar) faces the external challenge of ingeniously booby-trapped bombs. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Also starring Kathleen Byron.
Thursday 10am Fox Classics: Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not (1944) – in WW2 Martinique, Humphrey Bogart helps a French resistance fighter. Also starring Lauren Bacall and Walter Brennan.
Saturday 4.15pm 9Gem: We of the Never Never (1982) – fascinating, beautiful, underrated Australian classic about Mrs Aeneas Gunn (the excellent Angela Punch-McGregor), a 19thcentury white woman making her mark in the outback.
Sunday 1.50pm 9Gem: The Cruel Sea (1953) - WW2 naval drama about the crew of a convoy escort ship. The emphasis on realism and lack of melodrama makes it all the more gripping and moving. Starring Jack Hawkins.