THE GHOST WRITER
9.30PM SBS ★★★
Controversial writer-director Roman Polanski completed work on The Ghost Writer while living under house arrest in Switzerland. Needless to say, there are obvious undercurrents of claustrophobia, nervous tension, gallows humour and raw anguish pulsing throughout this slow-burning thriller. Ewan McGregor plays the unnamed protagonist of the tale, a jaded journo hired to polish the memoirs of an embattled former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan).