For lovers of true crime, check out this cross between Spotlight and Making a Murderer. The Keepers is a seven-part documentary series directed by Ryan White. It tells the story of the unsolved murder of Cathy Cesnik, a Catholic highschool teacher and nun from Baltimore whose body was discovered in 1970. In the 1990s, one of her former students alleged sexual abuse by the school’s chaplain, and also revealed she was taken to Sister Cathy’s undiscovered body and told: “See what happens when you say bad things about people.” White investigates through conversations with friends, relatives, journalists, and officials, piecing together a story of clerical abuse, repressed memories and institutions that, he says, “at worst, covered it up”. This brilliant (albeit sexually explicit) series has just been renewed for a second season, and is currently the most watched show on Amazon Prime Video in Australia; neither of these facts even remotely surprises me. It is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Bryan Fuller ( Hannibal) and Michael Green ( Alien: Covenant); the cast includes Ian McShane, Cloris Leachman, Gillian Anderson and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon. Gods doing battle for hearts and minds — what could be more dramatic than that? I Love Dick Amazon Prime Video This suggestively titled series from Amazon, starring Kevin Bacon, certainly provides food for thought. Created by Jill Soloway ( Transparent) and adapted from the 1997 fictional memoir by Chris Kraus, it tackles feminism, art and filmmaking, all wrapped in a wry, fish-out-ofwater comedy. Chris (Kathryn Hahn) and her husband Sylvere (Griffin Dunne) have left New I Love Dick York for the artist colony of Marfa, Texas. When Chris meets local sculptor Dick (Bacon) — half Marlboro man, half visionary — she begins writing love letters to him, which sets in motion a ripple of creativity that affects the whole community. Roberta Colindrez has received rave notices for her portrayal of struggling local artist Devon, who steals pages from Chris’s work to write a play. And India Menuez, who plays Toby, another artist-in-residence, is simply primal. It is sexually explicit, but it has something to say. Written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen, Steve Jobs (Saturday, 8.30pm, Masterpiece) sounds like a film with every single thing going for it. I surmised that those who didn’t like it wanted a more comprehensive biopic than this elegantly crafted three-act offering, in which Sorkin takes Jobs’s troubled relationship with his daughter as the motif for his life. With Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot arriving in cinemas imminently, and expectations running high, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Monday, 8.30pm, Premiere) should serve as a reminder not to get ahead of ourselves: it is a mindless smash-fest from start to finish. ( Justice League, starring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, et al is due out later this year.) The Purge (Wednesday, 8.30pm, Thriller) has many knockers, most obviously because the conceit whereby all crime is legal for a period of 12 hours once a year is quite insane. But it is said to have grossed nearly US$90 million, having cost only $US3m to make; can’t argue with that. It stars Australians Adelaide Kane and Rhys Wakefield, alongside Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey.
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