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CHUCK CLOSE, an astounding portrait of one of the world’s leading contemporary painters, was one of two parting gifts from the late filmmaker Marion Cajori, the second being “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine”. With editing completed by filmmaker Ken Kobland, Chuck Close depicts the life and work of a man who has reinvented portraiture and triumphed in the face of adversity.
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. “Shut Up And Play the Hits” documents this once in a life time performance, and provides an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision to break up the band.
“Ping Pong” follows eight pensioners from around the world as they train for and compete in the over 80’s table tennis world championship in Inner Mongolia. As this fun, inspiring film’s tagline proclaims “You’re never too old for gold!”
With the US Open having reached its stunning conclusion, take a look at two of tennis’ greatest legends: the sisters Serena and Venus Williams. Ever since Venus and Serena started playing in tennis tournaments, they’ve provoked strong reactions – from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. Find out the behind-the-scenes stories of these extraordinary women and their success.
Climate change and rising water levels mean that the island nation of Kiribati is in danger of being submerged. As President Anote Tong urges the Australian and New Zealand governments to be more proactive about climate change, its population must come to grips with the idea of abandoning their country. “The Hungry Tide” examines Kiribati’s dire situation.
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives. “The Angel’s Share” is a fine whisky of a film directed by award-winning director Ken Loach.
Determined to stop a gas mine being built near her inner-city Sydney home, Anna Broinowski, in a world first, goes to North Korea to meet the masters of propaganda filmmaking, who teach her how to make a revolutionary drama in which “heroic workers” overthrow the “evil gas miners” – all executed in the Dear Leader’s proudly melodramatic style. Back in Sydney, Anna’s brave western cast follow the North Koreans’ instructions, culminating in an uplifting, anti-capitalist drama.