6.30PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE ★★★★
Having just started out as a freelance TV news cameraman, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) prowls Los Angeles after dark in search of what sells: car crashes and murders soon become a house specialty. Though Nightcrawler is squarely taking aim at the worst inclinations of US tabloid TV – the holy grail of footage is described as “a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut” – it is the eerily centred performance of Gyllenhaal that draws all focus. With a smile always on his dial and a work ethic that never lets up, Lou seems like the kind of guy who would do anything for anybody. Gyllenhaal reads him differently, and gradually gets us thinking the same way: Lou is really the kind of guy who would do anything to anybody.