From time to time, every one of us wants to come home from work and treat ourselves to a good TV series. However, it’s often the case that you have neither the strength nor the time for that. For those of you who feel like this but still want to delve into the unknown with charismatic characters, solve mysteries with genius detectives, or take a look into the past, we have compiled a list of mini-series you can watch in just seven days.
First Lady Jackie Onassis Kennedy was well-known for her elegance, so casting Natalie Portman to play her seems more than fitting. Jackie follows her through the days immediately after her husband’s assassination as she tries to cope with the events, look after their children and maintain JFK’s legacy.
It’s based on the true story of Ray Kroc who made McDonald’s a global phenomenon, so it’ll give you something to think about next time you’re grabbing that 2am Big Mac. Plus, it stars Nick Offerman (aka Parks And Recreation‘s Ron Swanson) as one of the chain’s original founders, the McDonald brothers.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monaé portray the African-American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA and helped the US to put a man in space. Their story has never been told on the big screen before and from first looks it should be an inspiring and empowering watch.
On Victory in Europe Day in 1945, as peace is declared across Europe and London is celebrating, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed to join the celebrations, against the Queen’s wishes. the King, impressed by Elizabeth’s pleading, asks her to report back on the people’s feelings towards him and his midnight speech on the radio. Each girl, incognito, is given a chaperone of an army officer, and an itinerary to be back at Buckingham Palace by 1am. Soon realising the planned itinerary by the Queen does not live up to their expectations of fun and meeting the ordinary people, Margaret is the first to slip away from her escort, followed by Elizabeth.
The Historical drama, set in London follows the early members of the Women’s Social and Political Union and the story of their radicalisation from peaceful protesters to law breakers. The film documents WSPU’s secret meetings to discuss tactics when protests and parliamentary evidence fail to win women the vote. After further mistreatment by employers, police and political lies the suffragettes decide to increase their activism with civil disobedience causing damage to Oxford Street windows, postboxes, churches and politicians homes. Police surveillance and arrests lead to the suffragette’s imprisonment and hunger strikes.
Puntolingue Teachers’Club Cineclub, Saturday October 8th, 5 pm.
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener whose marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Copenhagen, 1926. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener (oscar winner Alicia Vikander), painted her own husband, Einar Wegener (oscar nominated Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar – or Elbe – attempted one of the first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before.
Puntolingue Teachers’Club Cineclub, Saturday May 21st, 5 pm.