The reaction of an audience at the Cannes film festival doesn’t necessarily predict anything; after all, there are countless lists on the internet of famous films that were booed, such as 1976’s Taxi Driver and 1994’s Pulp Fiction. David Lynch has had a mixed reception through the years at the storied festival. In 1990 his film Wild at Heart was roundly booed but went on to win the Palme d’Or. In 1992, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, his big-screen prequel to the television series and an admittedly difficult work, was also jeered. This year, his Twin Peaks revival won a five-minute standing ovation. (At the Sydney preview screening, the reaction was more of astonishment.) After a one-week hiatus, the new series returns with episode five of 18. In an age when political satire is getting trickier, no one is doing it better than Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the now former US president Selina Meyer. More people seem to nominate this show as an accurate reflection of how Washington, DC, works over alternatives such as House of Cards, Scandal or The West Wing — a notion I find intuitively appealing. Here, in season six of the acclaimed comedy, caution has been cast to the wind as the writers seem determined to push the jokes as far beyond the pale as possible. Race, religion, gender — nothing is beneath them to lampoon. Last week marked the return of fan favourite Hugh Laurie as Tom James. This week’s episode is titled Judge. Long Strange Trip Streaming on Amazon Prime Video The finale of Judd Apatow’s seminal TV series Freaks and Geeks featured Lindsay Weir, played by Linda Cardellini (now starring in Netflix’s Bloodline), pretending to set off for summer camp at university but actually joining her friends following the Grateful Dead in a Kombi — such is the band’s enduring cultural symbolism. This new documentary, titled Long Strange Trip, executiveproduced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev, assembles interviews with the band, road crew, family members and notable Deadheads to reveal the history of the Dead and the psychedelic subculture the band fostered, and to chart the rise and fall of 20th-century counterculture. With lots of buzz around about Netflix’s new true-crime series The Keepers, which investigates the murder of a Catholic nun in 1969 amid accusations she was killed for defending sexually abused girls, check out the Oscar-winning film Spotlight (Tonight, 8.30pm, Masterpiece), also based on a true story of clerical sexual abuse. Unlike the Netflix series, newspapers come out of this film looking quite heroic; the then real-life editor of The Boston Globe, Marty Baron, is still fighting the good fight as editor of Jeff Bezos’s The Washington Post, which has adopted the inspiring tagline “Democracy dies in darkness”. From the endlessly inventive mind of Charlie Kaufman, director of 2015’s Anomalisa, check out his 1999 fantasy comedy film Being John Malkovich (Friday, 8.30pm, Masterpiece). Directed by Spike Jonze, and starring John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener alongside Malkovich, it introduced among other metaphysical oddities the notion of a building with a floor 7½. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris, 1995’s Apollo 13 (Friday, 10.25pm, Masterpiece) tells the heroic story of a NASA mission gone awry.
Seminal US band the Grateful Dead