In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver's, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation, and this is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver.
This Is Life with Lisa Ling, returns for a second season for an eight-episode run. The series, which features Ling traveling across the country searching for “ordinary people with extraordinary lives” and their “unconventional communities.” In the new season, Ling gains exclusive access to the children of Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints’ prophet and convicted felon Warren Jeffs, the Mongol Nation outlaw bikers, the LA County Coroner’s office, and The Satanic Temple in Detroit. She also introduces viewers to Electronic Dance Music fans, young girls vying to be models, Richmond City inmates preparing for a “Date with Dad” dance, and professional pickup artists in Nevada.
In “This Is Life”, award-winning journalist and author Lisa Ling takes us on a gritty, breathtaking journey to far corners of America. Here, Ling introduces us to sub-cultures and communities that are unusual, extraordinary and sometimes dangerous; often getting people to share things that they haven’t shared with their closest friends or even family members. Each episode, in the eight-part series, gives a raw and honest look into unconventional lifestyles that exist in our own backyard.
In America, thousands of prisoners are locked up in solitary confinement for years, even decades. With unique access to the punishment wing of a supermax prison, award-winning director Dan Edge paints a shocking picture of this hidden and often violent world. Filmed over six months in Maine State Prison, this film follows the institution's new warden as he tries to reform the system and release some of the prison's most dangerous inmates back into the general population. Unsurprisingly, some of his staff are nervous and resistant to the reforms and he faces a prison culture which has always emphasised punishment over rehabilitation. The film also features younger inmates, inside for less serious crimes, who are driven to shocking self-harm and even suicide by the mental stress of being locked up alone for 24 hours a day.