Although the tidal wave of refugees landing on Lampedusa's shores has receded, the island still witnesses tragedies at sea. The emotional toll exacted on first responders is illustrated in "Lampedusa", a two-part television drama produced in Italy and starring Claudio Amendola.
Detective Jay Swan, an Indigenous Australian, is the hero of two excellent Australian crime thrillers, "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone". Aaron Pedersen gets the starring role he deserves, written for him by filmmaker Ivan Sen.
It's a film lover's dream in the coming weeks as the Venice Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival, and the San Sebastian Film Festival showcase the best in world cinema.
"Pascali's Island" is a must for fans of British drama. Adapted from Barry Unsworth's novel, writer-director James Dearden fashions a beautiful, elegiac tale with a trio of great British actors: Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, and Charles Dance.