Stretching from the spectacular red desert of Australia’s outback to the cool corridors of power in Canberra, The Code tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret. In the middle of the outback a stolen 4WD collides with a transport truck. Two local kids in the car are hurt. Badly. Someone should have called for help. But they didn’t. They didn’t because that ‘someone’ works for a major stakeholder in an international research project no-one talks about. The kids’ accident would have remained a mystery if it weren’t for Ned (Dan Spielman) and Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman) – a young internet journalist desperate for a break, and his troubled hacker brother on a strict good-behavior bond. Ned and Jesse Banks are gifted a poisoned chalice when a phone video of the outback accident arrives in their in-box. And posting it on-line will cost them more than they ever imagined. Together, they suddenly become the unlikeliest crusaders for democracy. The decision to dig deeper drags the brothers into the darkest heart of politics, and the web of black marketeers and the international agencies who monitor and manipulate them. The question is just how far those in authority will go to keep their explosive secret safe. And just how far the two brothers will go to reveal the truth.
TVMA • Drama, International • TV Series (2015)
Matt Bashir, former Deputy Principal at a prestigious girls’ school, begins his first day as the new Principal at Boxdale Boys High. With unemployment rates twice the national average and more than half its residents born overseas, Boxdale is yet to find its social equilibrium and nowhere is this more evident than in the schoolyard. Though the job might seem like a poisoned chalice, Bashir is determined to make change and stop the school from imminent closure. Bashir’s appointment is met with cynicism by a burnt-out staff and the students predict he won’t last a week. He wins over the school police liaison officer, Kellie, as he takes on the notorious Ahmad brothers. He devotes much attention to Tarek, the younger, volatile brother with whom he feels a connection. Just as it seems like he’s making progress, Tarek’s brother Karim is found dead on school grounds. The police investigation threatens Bashir’s fledgling reforms, his support from staff and his resolve. He promises Tarek’s father that he will not lose another son. The Principal is a character-driven drama that evolves the 'Inspirational Teacher' genre films such as Dead Poet's Society, Stand and Deliver and Lean on Me with a strong element of mystery and intrigue that echoes crime dramas The Killing, True Detective and Broadchurch, all inside the pressure cooker of a secondary school. Whilst a chilling tone pervades the murder investigation and Bashir’s own dark past, the ever-changing machinations of staffroom politics and the erratic energy of the students bring an element of humor. It is a story of transformation – out of ignorance and despair and the transformation of self in order to move forward. The series explores masculinity and issues of gender, race and identity. Bashir’s passion for history raises questions about civilization and the rule of law. What makes us a civilized society? What makes a functional and safe community? What must we face about our past in order to find a hopeful future?
The Strange Calls
TV14 • Comedy, International • TV Series (2012)
“Strange Calls”, these moments of midnight madness reveal the bizarre truth of the town – a place where people turn into chickens, mermen go to the school dance and a mysterious radio jingle can transform you into a lawn mowing zombie.
The Slap (AU)
Drama, International • TV Series (2011)
The Slap is a bold, provocative television drama series that forensically examines the mores and morality of contemporary middleclass life. Based on Christos Tsiolkas’ best selling novel, The Slap traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends.
Stephen Fry in America
TVPG • British, Documentaries • TV Series (2008)
Stephen Fry embarks on an odyssey through all 50 states, taking a comic's delight in the vast differences in regional cultures that he finds. From the Deep South to the mountains, he engages cheerily with all sorts of Americans along the way.
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