TV Films Ryan Holder

A Guide to the Week’s View­ing

New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - By RYAN HOLDER


Bobby (Choice TV, 8.30pm). Bobby is less about the 1968 as­sas­si­na­tion of Robert Kennedy than it is about the mood and am­bi­ence of the pe­riod – the Viet­nam War, civil rights protests, the sex­ual rev­o­lu­tion – and the star cast as­sem­bled to re-en­act it. Nota­bles in­clude Harry Be­la­fonte, An­thony Hop­kins, Lau­rence Fish­burne and He­len Hunt. Real-life footage from protests, ral­lies and speeches is in­ter­cut with act­ing that reaches its cli­max in the kitchen of the Am­bas­sador

Ho­tel. (2006)

I, Sky skat­ing the that at­ten­tion. Tonya world” 030, would scan­dal (Movies 8.30pm). But is usu­ally not the Pre­miere, that some­thing “The story keep shocked fig­ure of my world-class, Tonya Hard­ing, red­neck whose skater boyfriend or­gan­ised an at­tack on her main op­po­nent be­fore the Olympic team se­lec­tion … well, that’s a dif­fer­ent beast en­tirely. Di­rec­tor Craig Gille­spie ( The Finest Hours) and writer Steven Rogers ( PS

I Love You) play a lit­tle fast and loose with the truth, but it’s part of the charm. They break movie con­ven­tions the way Hard­ing changed fig­ure skat­ing. Char­ac­ters talk to the cam­era mid-scene and sit down for mock­u­men­tary-style in­ter­views. Stick around af­ter the cred­its for grace­ful footage of the real Hard­ing on the ice, plus real in­ter­views with the gorm­less goons be­hind the as­sault. (2017)

The Da Vinci Code (TVNZ 2, 9.15pm). By di­rec­tor Ron Howard ( A Beau­ti­ful Mind,

Solo: A Star Wars Story), The Da Vinci Code is sup­posed to be the think­ing man’s Na­tional Trea­sure (see Fri­day). But they are equally pre­pos­ter­ous. Ev­ery­one has read Dan Brown’s novel and knows his fic­tional con­spir­acy about how the Catholic Church hid the true na­ture of Je­sus Christ and Mary Mag­da­lene’s re­la­tion­ship. What is less known is how wide­spread the anger pro­voked by the movie was: it was cen­sored in Syria, Be­larus, Pak­istan, Sri Lanka, Samoa,

Bobby, Satur­day.

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