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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