To keep you entertained and active during isolation, we have put together the following lists of links, podcasts and movie reviews.
We will be continually adding to these so make sure you check back here regularly.
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Staff Suggestions for Podcasts
Clear and Vivid with Alan Alda
This is so interesting. I’ve always loved Alan Alda (Hawkeye from M*A*S*H), but listening to him interview big names in every industry about how they communication is fantastic. Genuinely clever and funny conversation ensues. Alan Alda has a foundation that focuses on teaching professionals in the STEM fields how to communicate better with the general public and thos creating public legislation, so that everyone is as informed as possible and has all the correct information when making decisions.
This podcast is about the lives of the men in San Quentin prison in America and is incredibly eye-opening. Heartfelt, funny and very honest, this podcast is recorded on site between the inmates, particularly Earlonne Woods and a local visual artist Nigel Poor. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.
Australian Comedian, Em Rusciano has created “Emsolation, you can’t lock down glitter”, with her best friend Michael Lucas and her husband Scott.
True to form, Em in her feminist and outrageously funny, open and honest manner talks through life in isolation and how she and her family are coping. Hubby Scott is there to answer listeners burning life questions and to solve all their problems.
*course language warning.
Movie and TV Reviews
Brave New World (2020) (Stan) In a utopia whose perfection hinges upon control of monogamy and privacy, members of the collective begin to question the rules, putting their regimented society on a collision course with forbidden love and revolution. Based on Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel set 600 years in the future, this TV series is incredibly intriguing with plenty of parallels to be drawn with our current way of living.
Hot Tip: Push past the pilot episode and you’ll be hooked.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Netflix) David Attenborough recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and share his vision for the future.
The Boys in the Band (Netflix) At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.
I am Woman (Stan) I Am Woman is the story of Australian singer Helen Reddy, who within months of landing in NYC, became one of the biggest superstars of her time and an icon of the 1970s feminist movement, empowering women to fight for change.
Harlots (Stan) Featuring an all-star cast, HARLOTS is a powerful drama set against the vibrant cosmopolitan backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, offering a bold take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity – sex.
Mrs America (Binge) Tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendments (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly.
Enola Holmes (Netflix)
When Enola Holmes-Sherlock’s teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.
A fun movie with a little bit of everything thrown in. Perfect for the whole family.
This recommendation comes from Guy and Tina Schofield.
Hector and the Search for Happiness (SBS on Demand)
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become tired of his humdrum life, yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting happier. So he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.
Travels with My Father (Netflix)
Comedian Jack Whitehall and his stuffy father, Michael, take unusual and amusing trips to foreign lands in an attempt to strengthen their bond…starting with a “gap year” in South-East Asia. What could possibly go wrong?
Movie of the Week – Hunt for the Wilderpeople (SBS on Demand)
New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi follows Ricky, a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous uncle in the wild bush.
Starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison this family friendly comedy will have you crying tears of laughter. I know I did when I saw it at the movies. Available on SBS on Demand until the end of September.
Sour Grapes (Netflix)
This documentary shines a light on a dizzying chronicle of excess and deception, dissecting a fascinating case of fine-wine fraud and the con man who cheated investors out of millions.
As the lead investigator says, “the motivation of the investigator is to show the elegance of the hustle”…and what a hustle it turned out to be.
Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)
Follow Phil Rosenthal, creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond” as he explores different cuisines in cities around the world.
From street food to fine dining, Phil’s infectious, childlike joy of discovering new foods and meeting new people makes this show one of the most enjoyable in the genre of food & travel documentaries.
There are currently 3 seasons available including stops in Bangkok, Saigon, Venice, Lisbon, New Orleans and Buenos Aires.
Nadiya’s Time to Eat (Netflix)
Nadiya Hussain shares a mouth-watering selection of stress-free recipes that will save you time in the kitchen. Her down to earth and realistic approach to simple, yet tasty cooking doesn’t shy away from instant noodles, garlic powder, or tinned goods. Tune in and be inspired. It’s time to eat!
The Great (Stan)
From Oscar-nominated writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite) comes the wildly comedic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great, in a genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia. Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult are fantastic in this strange, but intriguing modern re-telling of Catherine the Great in a way that no one has ever seen before. I’ve been looking forward to this series for ages and I don’t think it is going to disappoint.
Normal People (Stan)
Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Normal People tracks the tender, but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell, in an exquisite, modern love story that shows how two people can profoundly impact each other’s lives. Poignant and heartbreaking, Normal People is an emotional rollercoaster of the best kind. Never has a TV series left me feeling so empty, yet so satisfied.
Former high school classmates are reunited from around the US to re-stage the musicals of their youth, year’s after they originally performed them.
Watch alumni share old memories, reflect on life and attempt to get back into their old stage roles. Through it all, these unlikely groups of friends, along with the help of Broadway’s best, just might pull off standing ovation performances of beloved musicals including Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music.
Heartfelt, hilarious and brave, this show will have you cheering from the side lines and maybe even joining in a standing ovation…
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Disney has knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous live action version of the classic 1991 animated movie.
With a mix of songs from the original animation, as well as the Broadway show and some new songs specific to the movie, Alan Menken really proves why the soundtrack will stand the test of time.
Emma Watson leads an all star cast including Dan Stevens (the Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (a hilariously camp le Fou), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Emma Thompson (Mrs Potts).
A firm family favourite. Watch it today on Disney+