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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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