Show Me the Magic: The Adventures of Don Mcalpine
Tuesday, 9.30pm, Studio ‘‘ Ah, that’s good, McAlpine.’’ It sounds like a clever marketing slogan, but it’s actually a phrase heard on most of the 50 films legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine has worked on. From Bruce Beresford’s The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) to Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), McAlpine worked with 32 directors on some of the world’s best known films such as Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Patriot Games (1992). While there are fantastic set visits shot during the making of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the most touching sequences are during a camping trip to McAlpine’s home town, Quandialla, NSW, where he and Jeanette, his wife of 56 years, go to get away from the stress of making movies. A well-rounded portrait of a great Australian and his work. its debut six weeks ago. But when a local series is as good as this there is no reason not to blow its horn again. Still creepy — watch out for a jug of boiling water in the hands of top dog Jacs Holt (Kris McQuade) — and still poignant as Vera Bennett (Kate Atkinson) is haunted by taunts from her hateful mother in the past even as the old bat continues to destroy her life in the present. Vera is clearly damaged but still seems a long way from evolving into anyone who could reasonably be called ‘‘ vinegar tits’’, as her predecessor in the original series, Fiona Spence, was. There is also an entanglement between governor Erica Davidson (Leeanna Walsman) and lipstick lesbian Franky Doyle (Nicole da Silva) that would have been inconceivable in Prisoner.