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    Autopsy on a Dream (2013)

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    Autopsy on a Dream (2013)

    In 1968, John Weiley shot ‘Autopsy on a Dream’ – a film about the Sydney Opera House detailing its construction process and the politics of Jorn Utzon’s dismissal. Weiley’s film was controversial; it was screened once and then he was told it had been destroyed. Forty five years later a copy was discovered in the BBC vaults by an ABC producer looking for archive footage of the Opera House. Weiley was contacted and told about a film that had no sound track. Weiley was overjoyed; for years he had kept the original sound. So began the painstaking process of restoring this record of a unique moment in Australian culture to its former glory, complete with updated voice-over from the original narrator, Bob Ellis. It is set in context by a 30 minute prologue entitled ‘The Dream of Perfection’. Made by the same filmmaker, John Weiley, forty-five years on, ‘Dream of Perfection’ tells the story of the 1968 film – from commission to destruction, to surprise resurrection.

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    Defeating the Hackers (2013)

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    Defeating the Hackers (2013)

    Exploring the murky and fast-paced world of the hackers out to steal money and identities and wreak havoc with people’s online lives, and the scientists who are joining forces to help defeat them.

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    Fifty Years on Stage (2013)

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    Fifty Years on Stage (2013)

    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, bringing together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable performances, broadcast live from London to cinemas around the world.

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    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip (2013)

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    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip (2013)

    The aim: to select the ideal mode of transport for each leg of a pilgrimage from Venice, Italy to Pau in France – home to a legendary street circuit and the origins of Grand Prix racing. On the way we prepare by taking to the track at Monza – the home of Italian Formula One. We try to get noticed on the road course in Monaco in a Bugatti, a Lamborghini and a Model T Ford. After cruising the canals in Venice we take to the tarmac and things look good – thanks to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Mercedes SLS Black. Throw in a Pagani Huayra, Porsche Cayman S and a GT3 as well as the Aston Martin Vanquish centenary edition, Bentley V8 convertible, Rolls Royce Phantom coupe and the face-bending BAC Mono all seems pretty perfect to us.

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    Legacy (2013)

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    Legacy (2013)

    Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father’s complex past. Based on Alan Judd’s 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981’s A Breed Of Heroes (adapted by the BBC in 1994).
    As the three day week, petrol rationing and industrial strife plunge Britain into a state of emergency, MI6 trainee spy Charles Thoroughgood is asked to reconnect with an old university friend, Russian diplomat Viktor Koslov, with a view to ‘turning’ him. Viktor has his own agenda, though, and reveals a shocking truth about Charles’s own family that threatens to derail him, both personally and professionally.
    He is catapulted into a dangerous personal odyssey to uncover the truth but finds himself drawn into a lethal KGB plot to mount an attack within the UK. His life is further complicated by a relationship with the wife of another agent, which forces him to realise that betrayal can take many forms.

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    The Thirteenth Tale (2013)

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    The Thirteenth Tale (2013)

    Margaret Lea, a young biographer, attempts to interview writer Vida Winter, whose health is deteriorating. Vida has previously denied access to the secrets of her life and childhood home. Vida tells her story to Margaret, helping Margaret to confront her past.

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    Samurai and Idiots: The Olympus Affair (2014)

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    Samurai and Idiots: The Olympus Affair (2014)

    In October 2011, Michael Woodford was suddenly ousted as CEO of Olympus Corporation, a multi-billion dollar Japanese optical company. What followed was international media furor which exposed one of the biggest scandals in Japanese corporate history. The film chronicles the saga of egregious corporate malefactors and a doomed East-West clash.

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    PQ17: An Arctic Convoy Disaster (2014)

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    PQ17: An Arctic Convoy Disaster (2014)

    Jeremy Clarkson tells the dramatic story of the Arctic convoys of the Second World War, from Russia to the freezing Arctic Ocean.

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    747: The Jumbo Revolution (2014)

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    747: The Jumbo Revolution (2014)

    At any given moment hundreds of people are soaring above us in a 747. From the moment the very first jumbo jet took off in 1969, it has been the aircraft against which all others are judged. But its 45-year journey has been anything but smooth. This is the definitive story of the Boeing 747, from its milestones and triumphs to its turning points and disasters. Witness its history through rare archival footage and tales from pilots, engineers, designers, and passengers who were there when it all began.

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    The Case of the High Foot (2014)

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    The Case of the High Foot (2014)

    Comedy short set in the 1930s in which Hilda Stolf (Sally Phillips) visits her doctor (Reece Shearsmith) complaining of a rare case of ‘high foot’. But what can be done about it?

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    Wonders of the Monsoon (2014)

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    Wonders of the Monsoon (2014)

    The wildlife and cultures of southern Asia have been shaped by one of the greatest phenomena on Earth: the mighty monsoon winds that sweep across this vast region, turning drought into deluge. All life – human and animal – is dominated by this rampaging weather system. From the northern shores of Australia to the highest peaks of the Himalayas and the wind-blown deserts of northern India to the lush equatorial forests of Borneo, this series makes an exhilarating journey through the lands of the monsoon. Along the way, it offers a taste of the variety and colour of the different regions’ most extraordinary wildlife and cultures and the way they cope with the tumultuous weather. This is the story of a relationship between humans and nature that has grown across thousands of years – all living in the shadow of the monsoon.

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    War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme (2014)

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    War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme (2014)

    The 1916 Battle of the Somme remains the most famous battle of World War I, remembered for its bloodshed and its limited territorial gains. What is often overlooked, however, is the literary importance of the Somme: more writers and poets fought in it than in any other battle in history. Narrated by Michael Sheen, War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme details the experiences of the poets and writers who served in the battle. The work of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg and JRR Tolkien (who arrived at the Western Front with ambitions to be a poet) was informed and transformed by the battle. Taken together, their experiences allow us to see this dreadful historical event through multiple points of view. The film uses animation, documentary accounts, surviving artefacts, battalion war diaries and the landscape itself to reconnect this literature to the events that inspired it.

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