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The Witchfinder

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From Tuesday 31 May 8.30pm

From the writers of Alan Partridge, this six-part fiendish comedy is about an odd couple in a very odd time.

It is 1647 and fear of witchcraft is rife in England. Puritanical Christianity, deep-seated superstition and a willingness to scapegoat outsiders have created a tinderbox of suspicion in which few are safe. In this environment, witchfinding has flourished, as self-appointed witch experts achieve hero status by investigating accusations of witchery and extracting confessions.

A failing, small-time witchfinder, Gideon Bannister (Tim Key), transports an unruly suspected witch, Thomasine Gooch (Daisy May Cooper), across 1640s East Anglia to a trial that could change his fortunes forever. But his captive is the worst possible travel companion: an inquisitive, uncouth woman whose ability to prick his pomposity and ask uncomfortable questions turns a straightforward journey into a life-changing ordeal.

Starring: Tim Key (This Time with Alan Partridge), Daisy May Cooper (This Country), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead), Daniel Rigby (Ideal), Ricky Tomlinson (Nice Guy Eddie), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh)

Production credits: Written by Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons (Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge). Producer, Dave Lambert (Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle). Executive Producers, Christine Langan (The Queen) and Steve Coogan (Philomena).

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The show, which is Pictor’s first comedy animation, will air on RTÉ in (Northern) Spring 2023 and targets kids aged 4-7 years.

The Story of Film: A New Generation

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From Wednesday 22 June 8.30pm

Filmmaker Mark Cousins examines the most powerful movie images from 2010 to 2021. An epic and hopeful tale of cinematic innovation, uncovering new ways of seeing and being in our eclectic and voluminous digital age.

Examining the most powerful movie images of the last decade, filmmaker Mark Cousins updates his classic The Story of Film with A New Generation. Spanning from 2010 to 2021, including the recent pandemic, Cousins spins an epic and hopeful tale of cinematic innovation from around the globe as he helps to uncover new ways of seeing and being in our eclectic and voluminous digital age.

PART ONE: EXTENDING THE LANGUAGE OF FILM

What are the most powerful movie images of our times? Director and writer Mark Cousins examines the cinema of the last decade, showing us the best movies from around the world that pushed the conventions, and innovated. He begins with an arresting comparison between Frozen and The Joker, then works through films by genre: comedies, music and dance films, bodies in cinema, horror, slow films and the surreal. A rich, surprising introduction to the best cinema of modern times, from Booksmart to Hard to be a God.

Compass - We Come to Take You Home

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Sunday 3 July 7.30pm

Kamilaroi elder Bob Weatherall has spent a lifetime working tirelessly to bring home sacred Indigenous ancestral remains that are stored in museums and universities all over the world.

Kamilaroi elder Bob Weatherall has spent a lifetime working tirelessly to bring home sacred Indigenous ancestral remains that are stored in museums and universities all over the world.We Come to Take You Home weaves musical performance and spoken word to tell the story of the long hard battle he and other Aboriginal warriors have fought to bring home their ancestors.

We join Bob and his family on a road trip back to visit the burial ground where the sacred remains of his people were repatriated a decade ago. But for Bob, returning to the resting place is bittersweet, knowing there is still so much more to do.

Production credit: Producer: Tracey Spring. Series Producer: Kim Akhurst. Executive Producer: Amanda Collinge.

River

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Wednesday 13 July 8.30pm

Throughout history, rivers have shaped our landscapes and our journeys; flowed through our cultures and dreams. RIVER, narrated by Willem Dafoe, takes its audience on a journey through space and time and spanning six continents.

Written and directed by Jennifer Peedom, the filmmaker of the acclaimed feature documentary ‘Mountain’ and narrated by Willem Dafoe, River is a profound cinematic and musical reflection on how rivers have shaped both the planet’s elaborate landscapes and all human existence.

Throughout history, rivers have shaped our landscapes and our journeys; flowed through our cultures and dreams. River takes its audience on a journey through space and time; spanning six continents, and drawing on extraordinary contemporary cinematography, including satellite filming, the film shows rivers on scales and from perspectives never seen before. Its union of image, music and sparse, poetic script create a film that is both dream-like and powerful, honouring the wildness of rivers but also recognising their vulnerability.

Production credit: Screen Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in association with the ABC and the BBC present a Stranger Than Fiction production in assocation with Arrow Pictures. Written and directed by Jennifer Peedom, Co-written by Robert Macfarlane and Joshep Nizeti. Co-directed by Joseph Nizeti. Produced by Jo-anne McGowan, Jennifer Peedom and John Smithson. Artistic Director, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and composer Richard Tognetti.

Dinosaur Apocalypse

Monday 27 June 7:30pm

Originally shown in Britain as Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough in April 2022

Sir David did an exclusive interview with ET Canada website earlier this month, ahead of the documentary’s Canadian broadcast.

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Art Works

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Art Works airs at a special time Tuesday 9 August at 9.25pm on ABC TV Plus and ABC iview

Hosted by Namila Benson, Art Works is the ABC’s weekly half-hour arts show sharing the most inspiring, surprising, and formative ways that Australian creatives are telling our stories today. Celebrating the diversity of Australian creatives and bringing new voices and ideas into the conversation, the show redefines how we tell the stories of Australia today and tomorrow. Art Works invites audiences to look, debate, consider and reflect on what the arts bring to all our lives.

Jeffrey Smart

Wednesday 10 August at 8.30pm

The comprehensive story of one of Australia’s greatest 20th century painters. The documentary incorporates rich archive material including rare interviews with Smart and his long term partner Ermes De Zan at their wonderful Tuscan farmhouse and vision of places around Arezzo that so inspired the artist.

Further insights come from portrait subjects and friends Clive James and David Malouf, and leading Australian scholars Deborah Hart and Barry Pearce who curated major exhibitions in public museums.

Ginger & the Vegesaurs has been renewed for a second season, and is among nine online projects which share in $2 million in production funding from Screen Australia.

GINGER & THE VEGESAURS SEASON 2
20 x 5 mins
Cheeky Little Media
Genre Family
Creators Gary Eck, Nick O’Sullivan
Series Directors David Webster, Cindy Scharka
Writers Gary Eck, Sam Carroll, Sylvie van Dijk, Caitlin Farrell, Bruce Griffiths
Producers Celine Goetz, Amanda Spagnolo
Executive Producers Patrick Egerton, David Webster
Platform ABC iview
Synopsis Go back through the mists of time to an era dominated by the juiciest and crunchiest creatures ever to rule the planet - the mighty Vegesaurs.