What to Watch: The Iris’ Weekly TV Picks (16th – 22nd December 2015)

Simon brings us his weekly TV picks, this week focusing exclusively on Foxtel programming. Check out the incredible selection here:

Wednesday 16th December 2015

Rabbit-Proof Fence – Masterpiece Movies – 6.50pm AEST

Based on Doris Pilkington Garimara’s much loved novel Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, this Australian drama is an inspiring story of an often dismissed dark period of our country’s history. Directed by Phillip Noyce, the film tells the tale of sisters Molly (Everlyn Sampi) and Daisy (Tianna Sansbury), who along with their cousin Gracie (Laura Monaghan) escape a “re-education camp” in an effort to find their way back to their home and families. As a depiction of the torturous events that plagued the stolen generation, Rabbit-Proof Fence is a hugely important film that you really cannot miss.

Thursday 17th December 2015

Wayne’s World 2 – Comedy Movies – 8.30pm AEST

Buckle up ladies and gents; it’s time for party time, excellent! Take a trip back to the nineties and spend some time with Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) – two guys who want nothing else but to rock out and have a good time. In their second outing on the big screen the boys behind Aurora’s hottest public-access television program’s show decide to pull out the big party guns and stage their very own festival known as Waynestock. But before they can stage the most legendary party Illinois has every seen they must first deal with evil music producer Bobby Cahn (Christopher Walken) and a beautiful yet secretly evil woman named Honey Hornee (Kim Basinger). A silly film yes, but Wayne’s World 2 is guaranteed to have you in stitches.

Friday 18th December 2015

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs – Disney Movies – 6.30pm AEST

The movie that kicked off the Disney Empire, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is an adorable classic that will have you grinning from ear to ear with nostalgia. Walt Disney was the laughing stock of Hollywood when he first announced his plans to make a feature length animated film back in the thirties, but he quickly proved his naysayers wrong with this adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale. If you find yourself without plans this Friday night there is no better way to spend it with your favourite dwarfs – they’re guaranteed to have you singing enthusiastic cheers of “Heigh Ho” until the early hours of the morning.

Saturday 19th December 2015

The Dark Crystal – Family Movies – 9.30pm AEST

Directed by the legendary duo of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal is a hugely entertaining family film that is highly deserving of its status as a cult classic. The surprisingly dark movie centres on a fantastical quest undertaken by Jen, a ‘gelfling’ who must restore peace to the world he inhabits by fixing the magical crystal that previously kept the world of ‘Thra’ at peace. With Henson and Oz providing their puppetry skills to bring many of the characters to life, The Dark Crystal is a weird yet hugely entertaining trip into the mind of one of America’s greatest entertainers.

Sunday 20th December 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Premiere Movies – 8.30pm AEST

Starring Colin Firth in one of his best roles in years, this hilarious spoof of the spy genre is well worth a watch. Firth stars as Harry Hart/Galahad, a member of a secret spy organisation known as the Kingsman, who must enlist the help of a controversial new recruit named Eggsy (Taron Egerton). Galahad and Eggsy must team up to defeat the nefarious plans of the eccentric billionaire philanthropist Richmond Valentine, who plans to destroy the world by infecting the lower classes with a murderous rage virus. Funny, smart and highly controversial, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a movie you’ll want to watch again and again.

Monday 21st December 2015

Pride – Masterpiece Movies – 8.30pm AEST

Starring acting royalty such as Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Paddy Considine, Pride is to put it simply, one of the best British films to be released in years. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the film depicts the true story of the “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners” Campaign, a surprising yet hugely effective movement which arose out of the British miner’s strike of 1984. Winner of the Queer Palm Award at Cannes Film Festival in 2014, Pride is an insightful film which takes one of the weirder events of recent history and transforms it into a hugely important and entertaining tale which should be at the top of everyone’s to watch list.

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

American Takedown – crime + investigation – 10.30pm AEST

From the legendary mind of Morgan Spurlock comes American Takedown, a new documentary series that delves deep into the modern world of American crime. The seven part series follows a variety of different tactical law enforcement units across the country, including those working to take down drug trafficking rings or investigating sex crimes. Though as a series subject this may sound like anything but a good time, the show is a fascinating glimpse into an area many of us seldom get to see. And with episode titles such as Meet Janette, Dog Fighting Specialist and The Coast Guard Fires on a Hazardous Boat you just know you’re in for a world of entertainment.


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