In these unsettling times, we’re all in need of a good dose of comedy or something to help us step away from reality for just a moment. Here are some hot tips for this weekend and into August by our resident curator, Kate Cashel.
The Moth Effect
from 30 July (monthly episodes)
Australian satirical sketch comedy starring Zazeem Hussain, David Wenham, Kate Box, Miranda Otto, and Bryan Brown. Previews indicate that this series is reminiscent of the days of Fast Forward and Comedy Company. One to watch!
Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar
Available to rent from Telstra TV or Amazon Prime (in Australia)
If you liked Bridesmaids, then you will LOVE Kristen Wiig’s latest offering. Best friends Barb and Star leave their mid-western hometown in their best leisure wear and the hilarity and comedy capers that ensue are of epic proportions. Get set for the trip of a lifetime and look out for Jaime Dornan (50 Shades of Grey) who plays the love interest.
The Pursuit of Love
Book to movie/Classic Romance/Period Drama
In the search for love, friendship is the greatest find. Based on the novel by Nancy Mitford, the Pursuit of Love stars Lily James (Yesterday), Dominic West (The Affair) and Andrew Scott (yes! Hot Priest from Fleabag) in this epic love story set in the inter-war period. The story follows English aristocrat Linda Radlett’s quest to find true romance. A desire that fuels her to risk all and sees her in the Pyrenees at the height of the Spanish Civil War. Her cousin, the story’s narrator Fanny Logan (played by Emily Beecham) contrasts Linda’s choices in stark reality. This is the first in a trilogy of novels, and this movie looks so promising, let’s hope there will be more to offer.
Starring Josh Jackson (The Affair), Christian Slater and Alec Baldwin, this is spine tingling drama is based on the true story of Dr Christopher Duntsch. A charismatic neurosurgeon who wasn’t all that he appeared to be. When his patients are left either maimed or dead on his operating table, the Texan medical community start to put two and two together and mount their assault. Fasten your seatbelts this one is beyond unsettling.
Book to Television/Bingeworthy/Romantic Drama
12 x 30’ episodes
This is a coming-of-age story beautifully executed. The direction, casting, writing and photography – all the essential elements marry to make Connell and Marianne’s story (set in County Sligo, Ireland) one that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the series. This one is a must see!
Nine Perfect Strangers
Book to Television/Drama/Australian
Nicole Kidman and David E Kelly’s latest project filmed up in Byron Bay last year is coming to our screens soon! Based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, expect the same level of writing, casting and direction that made Big Little Lies such a worldwide phenomenon. Starring Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Asher Keddie and Michael Shannon this is one to look forward to and put on your watchlist!
ABCiview and Podcast Series also available
Did you know that Parliament House in Canberra did not have a ladies toilet until 1984! There were already 2 women in parliament and had been for 4 years by that time. Annabel Crabb presents this four-part documentary series focusing on the journey of women in the Australian parliamentary system. From the trailblazer Edith Cowan in 1921 to Joan Pilone (North Sydney Liberal Councillor in 1959 who’s story is extraordinary) and featuring women from the Senate, House of Reps and across all political spheres. Annabel chats candidly with Julia Gillard, Amanda Vanstone, Ros Kelly (and her cookbook for election in 1980 which should go back into print!), Cheryl Kernot, Kate Sullivan, Judith Troeth, Carmen Lawrence, Linda Burney, Natasha Stott-Despoja, Sarah Hansen-Young, Penny Wong, Julie Bishop, Bronwyn Bishop and my personal favourite our first female GG Quentin Bryce. OUTSTANDING DOCO SERIES! A must see for every Australian!
Happy viewing everyone!