2020’s first “What’s New in ClickView” brings you the usual vast range of videos for your teaching and learning pleasure, plus some for your leisure hours. There are current affairs programs, reflecting on the tumultuous year that is 2020. And it’s only March. Some excellent docos, too, with the highlight being Stan Grant’s scarifying Australian Dream, about the appalling racism endured by Adam Goodes. And there’s an inspirational video, Tunnel Vision, about a community group who fought City Hall and won!
Improve your language skills with films in Japanese, German, French and Spanish; cook up a Mexican storm with Rick Stein; and explore a world where the Beatles never happened in Yesterday. Judi Dench plays Red Joan, whose past comes back to haunt her in her retirement, when she’s arrested on espionage charges.
There are two programs looking at Ancient Rome – one focusing on the spectacle that was chariot racing, the other looking at the clash between Rome and Judea. And there’s one for the art appreciators amongst us too, in a close-up look at Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
DOCOS & CURRENT AFFAIRS
Black Summer – Four Corners Bushfire Special
They are the videos that stunned the world – images from the firegrounds capturing the ferocity of the bushfires that have raged across Australia. We bring you the people and the stories behind the heart-stopping footage.
Bushfire Special from Queanbeyan – Q&A Special
The summer bushfires have shocked Australia and the world. Q+A returns with new host Hamish Macdonald for an important conversation in Queanbeyan about how these communities are recovering and what they want from our leaders.
The Australian Dream
Walkley award-winning writer Stan Grant tells the remarkable story of indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes. Through the backdrop of Goodes’ journey, the film explores race, identity and belonging in Australia today. Rated MA.
It’s likened to a scene from an apocalypse. Empty streets, overflowing hospitals and an overwhelming sense of fear in a city of 11 million people placed in “lockdown”. In China, almost two thousand people have died as a result of coronavirus with tens of thousands more infected. Authorities are resorting to extreme measures to try to halt the contagion.
To try to contain the spread, Australian authorities have effectively sealed our borders to people travelling from China. On Monday Four Corners charts how the outbreak occurred and investigates whether a cover up by Chinese authorities allowed the virus to spread. Unrated.
7.30 Betting on the House
The gulf between those who own property and those who’ve been priced out is growing wider and it is reshaping how we live and set our families up for the future. A four-part series from the ABC’s 7.30.
Rome’s Greatest Race
They were the superstars of their time, every child knew their names and even emperors prided themselves on knowing them: the charioteers of ancient Rome. This documentary goes behind the scenes of the greatest spectacle of the classical world as it closely follows the legendary rise of the young Scorpus from a slave to one of the most successful charioteers at the impressive Circus Maximus, which held more than 150,000 spectators. At the time, chariot races were as popular as football or Formula 1 are today. They were an integral part of society that linked the emperor to the people: everyone identified with them.
At the heart of this film are the elaborately reconstructed and re-enacted races that are coupled with documentary segments, giving viewers incredibly rich, new insights into the spectacle of chariot racing. Rated PG.
The Fatal Conflict
The two-part series, Judea and Rome explores the tumultuous life of King Herod, and unpacks the glorious rise and tragic fall of Judea under the reign of the Roman Empire. Utilising a mixed media approach, it breathes life into the story of Jerusalem’s rise and fall. Expert interviews, dramatic recreations, animation and stunning CGI weave a visual tapestry as rich as the story itself.
Holden : End of the Road
Holden is an iconic brand closely tied to our national identity but how did it all go wrong for Australia’s car? From the FJ, EH, Kingswood, Monaro, Torana and Commodore, Jeremy Fernandez charts the history as the end nears. Unrated.
Vermeer, Beyond Time
Vermeer, Beyond Time explores the life and work of one of Johannes Vermeer. In this documentary, Jean-Pierre Cottet focuses on not only his work, but also his family life. In 1675, overwhelmed by poverty, physically weakened, and humiliated, Vermeer dies at the age of 43. Rated PG.
In 1879, Spanish archaeologist Marcelino and his daughter Maria discover seemingly impossible paintings of galloping bison adorning the walls of a hidden cave. The cave of Altamira brings the world together in amazement, drawing people of all types to see the paintings in person. But, Marcelino soon realises that the art on the walls must be 10,000 years old, earlier than anyone believes possible. Rated PG.
Modern Paris, a city of glass, steel and the encroaching age of technology. Amidst the babble of tourists, the endearingly clumsy Monsieur Hulot tries to reconcile the old-fashioned ways with the confusing new ways. Rated PG.
Christmas and Co = Santa et Cie
Santa has a problem : the 92,000 elves who make children’s gifts all get sick at the same time! It’s a blow for Santa .. he has no choice: he must go to Earth urgently with his reindeer to seek a cure. Will he find help to save the magic of Christmas? Rated PG.
Female Agents = Les Femmes de l’Ombre
Set in spring 1944, a five-women commando unit parachutes into occupied France on a daring mission to protect the secret D-Day landings and eliminate Colonel Heindrich, head of German counter-intelligence. Their dangerous mission to change the war becomes a desperate fight for survival. Based on a true story. Rated MA.
Love and Peace = Rabu & Pîsu
Bullied and diminished by his fellow employees, demure and bashful Ryoichi Suzuki finds support in an unusual friendship with a turtle. Together they will share many adventures and finally conquer the world. Rated PG
Labyrinth of lies = Im Labyrinth des Schweigens
Germany, 1958: nobody wants to look back to the time of the Nazi regime, so when young prosecuting attorney Johann Radmann comes across sensitive documents that would bring members of the SS who served in Auschwitz to trial, he is told to bury the past. However, against the will of his superiors, he begins to examine the case and lands in a web of repression and denial. He is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth, but what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever. Rated M.
Mostly Martha = Bella Martha
Martha is the chef who fusses and obsesses over each dish before it leaves the kitchen. The demands of her job and her natural shyness keep her from meeting new people. When her sister suddenly dies, Martha adopts Lina, her eight-year-old niece, completely changing both lives. Martha gets unexpected help from Mario, Martha’s hunky new sous chef, who is not only a whiz on the chopping block but knows sundry magic tricks and jokes to keep Lina’s spirits afloat. Just as Martha starts to grow attached to the girl, Lina’s erratic father shows up demanding that he take her back to Italy with him. Rated PG.
Cook up a (Mexican) storm, and sit back and enjoy some pure entertainment.
Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter, but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles. As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie, the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love after all. Rated M.
Joan Stanley is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information, including details on the building of the atomic bomb, to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism. Rated M.
Inspired by true events; a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat on the verge of a national scandal find their lives intertwined in an immigration detention centre. Rated M. (Episodes will be added as they’re broadcast.)
Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico
British celebrity chef, Rick Stein, explores different cities in Mexico and tastes the locals’ favourite mouth-watering dishes and exchanges thoughts with other chefs. Rated G. New episodes will be added as they’re broadcast.