Films of the week Are these re­makes I see be­fore me?

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tack­ling a Scot­tish ac­cent at the same time are too much for a na­tive French speaker so has aban­doned the sec­ond in favour of the first. As a con­se­quence her lines are some of the clear­est, though both Fass­ben­der and Thewlis make a de­cent fist of the brogue. No such prob­lem for David Hay­man and Mau­rice Roëves, who play Len­nox and Men­teith re­spec­tively, and there’s also room in the cast for the al­ways men­ac­ing Sean Har­ris (he plays Mac­duff, Mac­beth’s neme­sis) and Aus­tralian ac­tress Elizabeth De­bicki, seen more

re­cently in The Night Man­ager. She plays the doomed Lady Mac­duff.

If all that vi­o­lence, mud and mas­culin­ity-in-ex­tremis shtick ap­peals to you, check out Kurzel’s lat­est film, True His­tory Of The Kelly Gang, adapted from Peter Carey’s novel of the same name and star­ring Sunshine On Leith’s Ge­orge MacKay as the tit­u­lar bushranger.


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Bet­ter known as a pho­tog­ra­pher of rock stars – make that en­tirely known as a pho­tog­ra­pher of rock stars: Emma is her de­but fea­ture – Amer­i­can di­rec­tor Au­tumn de Wilde brings that same sense of swag­ger, glam­our and piz­zazz to this pas­tel-hued adap­ta­tion of ev­ery­one’s third favourite Jane Austen novel.

Bar­ring the frocks, the car­riages and the chore­ographed foot­men it could al­most be a re­make of Clue­less, Amy Heck­er­ling’s cult 1995 film which up­dated the ac­tion to a Bev­er­ley Hills of pagers, keg par­ties, high school cliques and Calvin Klein dresses. Only in terms of set­ting, then, does de Wilde play it straight. Else­where she un­der­cuts the mores and man­ners of the early 19th cen­tury with a know­ing­ness that makes her film feel re­fresh­ingly mod­ern.

Bill Nighy plays Bill Nighy play­ing Emma’s dot­ing father Henry Wood­house (you’ll know what I mean when you watch his typ­i­cally la­conic per­for­mance). Else­where Ru­pert Graves is Mr We­ston, the al­ways-ex­cel­lent Gemma Whe­lan is Mrs We­ston, and co­me­dian Mi­randa Hart plays the com­i­cal Miss Bates.

Other than that it’s all about the young­sters. Anya Tay­lor-Joy is Emma, the girl whose haughty be­hav­iour and match-mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties lead her into all sorts of trou­ble (and, nat­u­rally, a love af­fair).

She’s joined by mu­si­cian Johnny Flynn as her tac­i­turn foil Ge­orge Knight­ley, uber­cool An­glo-Brazil­ian mod­el­turned ac­tress Mia Goth as her friend Har­riet Smith, and Gor­don­stoun-ed­u­cated mu­si­cian and ac­tress Am­ber An­der­son as so­cial ri­val Jane Fair­fax.

The cast is rounded out by

Sex Ed­u­ca­tion pair Tanya Reynolds and Con­nor Swindells play­ing Au­gusta El­ton and Robert Martin and, as Frank Churchill, Cal­lum Turner from Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindel­wald.

A more hand­some cast it would be dif­fi­cult to as­sem­ble, mak­ing this one of the best Austen adap­ta­tion to have hit the big screen in many a year.

Con­ser­va­tion­ist Giles Clark takes on the il­le­gal wildlife trade, as well as the task of build­ing a bear sanc­tu­ary in Laos, South-east Asia, in BBC Two se­ries Bears About The House. Clark talks about film­ing the year­long project.

How would you de­scribe the se­ries?

We re­ally try and aim for a per­fect mix­ture of en­gag­ing the au­di­ence with some in­cred­i­bly charis­matic lit­tle char­ac­ters – in this case Mary the bear – but in this case we also want to tell what the most im­por­tant mes­sage is, which is about the bear trade and the il­le­gal wildlife trade.

If you go too hard I think you sort of end up preach­ing to the choir peo­ple, be­cause peo­ple who are ar­dently in­ter­ested will watch it but oth­ers ei­ther switch off or turn over be­cause the harsh re­al­ity is it’s un­pleas­ant and it’s con­fronting.

So if you feel that we tack­led it in a way that you can take a breath of fresh air and we still in­tro­duce those top­ics and talk about them – and there’s a sense of hope at the end, that’s fan­tas­tic.

How did you get in­volved in mak­ing this?

It’s strange how life works. Matt Hunt, the CEO of Free The Bears, who is in the pro­gramme, I met him when I lived in Aus­tralia in 2004 and we started a friend­ship and have grown stronger ever since. And prob­a­bly up un­til 2018 when I took the po­si­tion, ev­ery year for the last six to eight years he must have sent me a job de­scrip­tion or a po­si­tion open­ing, try­ing to en­cour­age me to work with or do some­thing for Free The Bears.

I was just never in the po­si­tion in life where it was man­age­able or achiev­able un­til last year – and then I was in­cred­i­bly lucky, in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate in my sort of per­sonal po­si­tion, that I could ef­fec­tively take 12 months out and not get

How would you sum up the ex­pe­ri­ence?

It was one of the most in­cred­i­ble, up­lift­ing, and yet chal­leng­ing pe­ri­ods in my life. I don’t even like to call it a ca­reer be­cause all I’ve ever done since I was 15 is work for/with an­i­mals and try and do some­thing to have a con­tri­bu­tion to con­ser­va­tion.

You talk a lot about the bears as in­di­vid­u­als...

When we talk about con­ser­va­tion, and when we talk about the wildlife trade, and when we talk about bears as a species, it is ul­ti­mately about them as a species... but for me it’s also about them as an in­di­vid­ual.

Be­cause Mary the sun bear, when we con­fis­cated her from the traf­ficker, or David and Jane, or any of the bears, they don’t know that their species is now start­ing to be­come en­dan­gered in the wild and if this con­tin­ues in an­other five years’ time it could be past the tip­ping point.

What they know of is what they feel as in­di­vid­u­als, which is they feel fear and they feel stress and they’re hun­gry be­cause quite often most of the bears that we come across are never fed prop­erly.

Given the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, what do you think we can learn?

I re­ally feel, whether it’s or­gan­i­sa­tions like Free The Bears or pro­grammes like Bears About The House, for me it’s about hav­ing that re­spect and com­pas­sion and kind­ness to­wards the nat­u­ral world.

later he reached a whole new au­di­ence when he per­formed at the wed­ding of the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex in front of a TV au­di­ence of two bil­lion peo­ple world­wide. How­ever, he’s not the only tal­ent in his fam­ily - his six sib­lings are also gifted mu­si­cians. The seven prodi­gies have been in lock­down to­gether in the fam­ily home in Not­ting­ham, and here they stage a re­mark­able con­cert and of­fer an in­sight into their fam­ily life, filmed us­ing re­mote cam­eras.

One Day: Sport’s Su­per Sun­day (BBC2, 8.30pm)

Cast your mind back to July 14 last year. If you’re a sports fan, chances are it’s im­printed on your mem­ory, be­cause on that day sev­eral must for all devo­tees of Cold War thrillers. You may have to con­cen­trate to follow the story, but af­ter the first 10 min­utes, you’re hooked. Caine, in one of his trade­mark roles, is on su­perb form as the devil-may-care lead­ing char­ac­ter.

Mum’s List (2016) (BBC2, 11pm)

Based on a true story, Mum’s List is a mov­ing drama about a ter­mi­nally ill par­ent, who leaves be­hind a bucket list of life lessons and rec­ol­lec­tions for her two young sons. Singe Greene (Rafe Spall) and his wife Kate (Emilia

ma­jor events took place - the Bri­tish Grand Prix, the net­ball world cup, the cricket world cup fi­nal and the fi­nal of the men’s sin­gles at

Wim­ble­don. And they were just the ones ex­pected to grab the most at­ten­tion. As it tran­spired, it was the last two of those fixtures that re­ally grabbed the at­ten­tion. The na­tion was torn be­tween what to watch - re­mote con­trols across the land were prob­a­bly close to be­ing worn out as view­ers switched back and forth from an epic match be­tween

No­vak Djokovic and Roger Fed­erer, and the sight of Eng­land do­ing bat­tle with New

Zealand at Lord’s. There’s a chance to re­live that ex­tra­or­di­nary few hours via this pro­gramme.

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