8:00 PM, 15th May, 1999
Hilariously sexist Scottish documentary, showing the "education" of teenage girls in domestic sciences.
Shows how at a particular school, the students learn how to plan the housewife's day and carry out various homely duties in an efficient way.
8:10 PM, 15th May, 1999
Cate Blanchett leads a cast in what Geoffrey Rush described as the "antipodean revenge" - artists from Australia and New Zealand telling the story of England's most beloved Queen. Unlike most versions of the life of Elizabeth I, which concentrate on the "golden age" of Shakespeare and Sir Francis Drake, this film treats the life of the Princess Elizabeth and her early days as Queen.
Despite certain historical inaccuracies (most controversially the Virgin Queen sleeps with Robert Dudley), this film succeeds in illuminating Elizabeth's human face. Instead of the venerable monarch replete with wig and ruff, Cate Blanchett is a terrified girl in fear of her life, an inexperienced queen dealing with the vexed question of religion and touchingly a woman who has to give up love to rule. The film depicts Elizabeth's evolution from innocence to the Machiavellianism that allowed her to retain her throne in violent and unpredictable times.
The makers of Elizabeth have done a superb job: the setting and costumes are immaculate and the sweeping score and clever cinematography add immensely to the powerful performances of Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes. They have always gone for the angle which is not the obvious one - thus this is a film that illuminates life, not just the sixteenth century mode.
10:00 PM, 15th May, 1999
The problem: You are researching stopping the ageing process. You need money to continue your research and your ex-girlfriend, ex-research assistant is after the same money! Your potential benefactors are absolute socialite Satanist weirdos and one of them is running the country!
A Little Bit of Soul is a comedy romp through the life of the privileged pastoralist, complete with alcohol, murder, black magic and chickens. Geoffrey Rush plays a great politician - art imitating life you may say. The film also subtly contains a few gems of wisdom. A Little Bit Of Soul is a good way to pass an hour or so.