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The ABC has picked up this com­ing-of-age movie based on the crit­i­cally ac­claimed pro­duc­tion by Ade­laide’s Wind­mill The­atre be­fore its the­atri­cal re­lease. It’s writ­ten by Matthew Whit­tet and di­rected by Rose­mary My­ers, the movie mark­ing the lat­ter’s cin­ema de­but. Greta Driscoll (Bethany Whit­more), who is about to turn 15, is bul­lied at school and still es­cap­ing into the fairy­tale fan­tasies of her child­hood. She’s a girl with no friends apart from the equally so­cially in­ept El­liott (Har­ri­son Feld­man). “It’s easy with you, Greta,” he tells her. “I’m glad I’m your friend.” But ev­ery­thing changes when her par­ents throw her an un­wanted birth­day party. Set in the 1970s, it’s gor­geously the­atri­cal and the per­for­mances of the two teenagers are quite splen­did. Oprah Win­frey’s Oprah’s Book Club, which be­gan in 1996 and made de­vout read­ers of mil­lions of TV watch­ers, ended in 2002. “It’s be­come harder and harder to find books I feel ab­so­lutely com­pelled to share,” she said. Well, it has never de­terred Jen­nifer Byrne, whose First Tues­day Book Club went to air in Au­gust 2006 un­der the stew­ard­ship of pro­ducer and creator Amanda Duthie. This show is the end-of-year spe­cial, screen­ing when many are lin­ing up books to take on sum­mer hol­i­days. Byrne and reg­u­lar guests Marieke Hardy and Ja­son Ste­ger are joined by fan­tasy au­thor CS Pa­cat and Wheeler Cen­tre di­rec­tor Michael Wil­liams to dis­cuss the best lit­er­ary of­fer­ings of this year. They in­clude Work­ing Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes; Mu­sic and Free­dom by Zoe Mor­ri­son; and Paul Beatty’s Man Booker Prize-winner The Sell­out, among oth­ers. Open­ing Shot: The End of the Line Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, ABC Two This fourth in­stal­ment of five half-hour Gone Girl doc­u­men­taries from Aus­tralia’s next gen­er­a­tion of film­mak­ers has been a gritty but promis­ing dis­play in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ing’s fu­ture in this coun­try, and a timely ini­tia­tive be­tween the ABC and Screen Aus­tralia. This film is from Tom Abood whose first short, Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense, placed third at Tropfest. No pre­view was avail­able but the synop­sis tells us Abood re­turns to his home town, Nowra, to in­ves­ti­gate the spread­ing scourge of the drug ice among lo­cals, some fa­mil­iar from his past. David Fincher’s Gone Girl (Sun­day, 9.50pm, Ten) was de­scribed bril­liantly by Rolling Stone mag­a­zine critic Peter Travers as “the date-night movie of the decade for cou­ples who dream of de­stroy­ing one an­other. Ex­pect a stam­pede at the box of­fice.” Ben Af­fleck’s Nick Dunne and his glam­orous wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) give the pub­lic im­pres­sion of a bliss­ful mar­riage. How­ever, when Amy goes miss­ing on the cou­ple’s fifth wed­ding an­niver­sary, ev­ery­man Nick be­comes prime sus­pect. The Devil Wears Prada (Sun­day, 7.30pm, Ten), di­rected by David Frankel and adapted from Lau­ren Weis­berger’s best­selling novel, grossed $326 mil­lion world­wide, an as­ton­ish­ing amount for a project that cost only $41m to make. Andy (Anne Hath­away), a re­cent col­lege grad­u­ate with big dreams, lands a job at prestigious Run­way mag­a­zine and finds her­self the as­sis­tant to Meryl Streep’s di­a­bolic ed­i­tor Mi­randa Priestly. Natasha Arthy’s classy Fighter (Sun­day, 3am, SBS) is set amid the Turk­ish emi­gre com­mu­nity in Copen­hagen and tells the story of Aicha (Semra Tu­ran), a spir­ited high school se­nior whose con­ser­va­tive par­ents ex­pect her to be­come a doc­tor but who se­cretly en­rols in an elite co-ed kung-fu school.

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