Noon, Seven, Prime7
M. 2006. Hardluck working class nobody James Franco gets a chance to enter the Annapolis naval academy and succeeds despite all odds. Routine service drama rewrites An Officer and a Gentleman with Franco in the Richard Gere role. Franco can hold the screen, but do you want to see the same film all over again? 8.30pm, World Movies
M. 2008. Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh brings the iconic story of Che Guevara to the screen in this twoparter filmed in French, English and Spanish. Benicio Del Toro plays the man. Part one The Argentine airs tonight. Part two tomorrow. 10.30pm, Go!
AV. 1980. Somewhat off-key horror film from Stanley Kubrick, based on Stephen King’s book. Kubrick takes liberties that occasionally test logic, though his visuals are remarkable. Jack Nicholson’s performance, while often over the top, grips the viewer from beginning to end. 10.30pm, SBS TWO
M. 1988. Trail-blazing film, which garnered a Best Director award for Emir Kusturica at Cannes, about the coming of age of a young gypsy taken from his people in Yugoslavia to Milan where he is taught to steal and pimp for a Faginlike gypsy elder. Wild music, vivid imagery and jagged, documentary style shooting engage the viewer, though its inordinate 142-minute length makes it a long trek. Davor Dujmovic, Bora Todorovic.
SHE’S won two Logies and has an extensive theatre and musical career behind her, but Debra Byrne feels like a novice in front of a television camera.
The singer and actress admits she turned to fellow ‘‘veteran’’ Shane Bourne for advice during the filming of Channel 9’s new family drama Tricky Business.
Before taking up the role of Claire Christie, wife of Bourne’s character Jim Christie, Byrne was appearing in Sydney’s stage production of Mary Poppins.
‘‘I love doing TV because I haven’t done a lot of it and it’s a relatively new place for me to work,’’ says Byrne.
‘‘I looked to Shane a lot for advice during shooting.’’
Byrne won her Logies during the 1970s for Best Teenage Television Personality when she appeared on Young Talent Time.
In fact her success on the show led to a successful solo singing career and spawned film and TV roles, though the bulk of her work during her long career has been on the Australian stage – including leading roles in Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables.
In scoring a lead role on Tricky Business, Byrne was able to leave Mary Poppins but remain in Sydney to spend more time with her family including her 11-year-old daughter Lucille, who seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps.
‘‘That was a great blessing, seriously, to get the role of Claire,’’ Byrne says.
‘‘As much as I was loving the role (in Mary Poppins), I wasn’t looking forward to commuting (to Brisbane) and leaving my family in Sydney and my daughter Lucille had just got the role of Annie, in the Sydney season of Annie.’’
Byrne, 55, cherishes playing the role of a woman about the same age as herself.
‘‘What I like about playing Claire is you see me at 55,’’ Byrne says.
‘‘I was playing a 60-year-old before I had even turned 40 when I was playing Norma Desmond (in Sunset Boulevard), so there’s less time in the make-up chair these days.’’
Mondays, 9.30pm, Nine, NBN.
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