FRIDAY THE MARTIAN
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
8.30PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE Science-fiction on the big screen rarely gets as instantly compelling, yet casually crowdpleasing, as it does in this stirring tale of improvised survival on a desolate planet. Matt Damon stars as an astronaut accidentally left for dead on Mars after a monster storm. What follows is an incredibly involving (and surprisingly plausible) yarn about finding resilience, resourcefulness and humour in situations where none of these things should be remotely possible. Directed by Ridley Scott.