The best of entertainment from January 2020, as chosen by Red Bee’s entertainment experts.
BEST TV SHOW: SCHITT’S CREEK SEASON 6
Fans of the award-winning Schitt’s Creek will be glad to see that the Roses are back, along with Moira’s many wigs, in the sixth and final season. Unlike many other long-running sitcoms where the jokes soon wear thin, this one feels more wholesome, feel-good and beautifully crafted. It’s worth binge watching the full series for the laughter alone.
BEST DOCUMENTARY: DON'T F**K WITH CATS: HUNTING AN INTERNET KILLER
This Netflix three-part crime docuseries will have you hooked. It details the disturbing viral videos of cats being tortured that triggered a team of internet vigilantes to work ferociously to decipher the clues and locate the perpetrator. But, by watching the series, we are left with a dilemma: by raising awareness of these crimes, does it feed these perpetrators’ need for attention, pushing them to do ever more dastardly deeds?
This year’s Photographic Portrait Prize is an exhibition of powerful juxtapositions of traditional and contemporary, professional and amateur, formal and intimate, commissioned and candid – each providing a small yet affecting glimpse into the lives of strangers. Highlights include Rory Delta’s cowboy series, which calls into question what the term really means in Mississippi today, and Garrod Kirkwood’s depiction of the colourful journey to a typical English summer holiday, which won third prize and is sure to brighten your day. Hurry - as the exhibition closes on the 16th February.
BEST FILM: PARASITE
There is a reason that Parasite has broken through the pack of foreign language films to be touted as a potential Best Picture Oscar winner. It is such an original piece of storytelling that it is virtually impossible to compare it to other films. Managing to be social commentary, dark comedy, tense thriller and with note-perfect performances from all the large ensemble cast, it deservedly won SAG’s outstanding performance by a cast.
BEST BOOK: A BOY IN THE WATER BY TOM GREGORY
A poignant but brilliantly written memoir by Tom Gregory as an 11-year-old attempting to set the record for youngest swimmer to swim the English Channel. The book flips between the gruelling and traumatic swim itself, highlighting the extremes a young Tom was pushed to, and the back story of his relationship with his swim coach, John Bullet, a maverick who he adored and was intimidated by in equal measure.
Stay tuned for more in February