This film is the centrepiece of the ABC’s Ausmusic Month, celebrating the way music has told our stories, brought communities together and augmented social cohesion via the mediums of radio and TV, to the newer sources of iView and online. Directed by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who also wrote the film with Nick Cave, and featuring original music by Cave and Warren Ellis, it takes its title from a line in one of Cave’s songwriting notebooks, which he allowed the filmmakers to use as raw material, calculating how many days he had been alive. It presents an intimate if fictitious 24 hours in his life, his 20,000th day. Premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, it won the world cinema directing and editing awards in the documentary category. Commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and produced by ABC journalist Chris Masters, who also reports and narrates, this powerful hour-long film simply and directly presents the untold stories of the conflict, Australia’s longest war. From 2001, more than 30,000 army, navy and government personnel bid their families farewell to go and fight the Taliban and rebuild a broken country. It contains confronting and visceral footage of action — “There were a lot of bullets flying around and a lot of people shooting at us,” says one combatant — and interviews with medics, soldiers and engineers, plus the relatives who waited patiently back home. Please Like Me Wednesday, 9.30pm, ABC This surprisingly clever coming-of-age comedy returns for a fourth season with baby-faced Australian comedian Josh Thomas playing a version of himself. Now an international Along Came Polly presence, the show has found a place on many critics’ top 10 lists. When the series began, Josh was on the verge of emotional collapse as he faced the chasm that separates childhood from the responsibilities of adulthood. Now, more chapters unfold in the continuing story of his youth coming to an irrevocable end. This oddly talented young man, a singular presence with a rare verbal wit and a gift for subtle physical comedy, has become in several short years one of our great TV stars. Based on Stephen Hunter’s novel Point of Impact, Antoine Fuqua’s Shooter (Saturday, 8.45pm, Nine; Not WA) is for confirmed action-movie fans only. Mark Wahlberg stars as reclusive former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, lured back into action by an assassination attempt on the president. Stuart Beattie’s adaptation of John Marsden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began (Thursday, 8.30pm, Eleven), starring Caitlin Stasey, Lincoln Lewis and Ashleigh Cummings, proved a huge hit at home in 2010 — the top local movie of that year. It follows a group of teenagers who return from a camping trip to learn their country has been invaded by a foreign enemy. Separated from their families, they begin to wage a guerilla war in their fictional home town of Wirrawee. For fans of Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller, John Hamburg’s Along Came Polly (Friday, 8.30pm, Eleven) was well-received critically and was a box-office hit. Stiller does his hapless neurotic turn as Reuben Feffer and Aniston her light comedy schtick with some skill as his zany former classmate. It is also notable for a brilliant supporting cast, including Alec Baldwin, Debra Messing, Hank Azaria and Philip Seymour Hoffman — always a scene stealer.
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