Mariah Carey’s reality series is a glorious ode to capitalism (with help from James Packer)

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Music, News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

If you’ve never seen Mariah Carey performing live, either in person or on film, you’re missing out. There’s something about an MC performance that’s difficult to comprehend: how did somebody who seems to care so little about communicating any sense of joy, or really any emotion beyond exhaustion, come to be so successful as a

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Blackfella Films boss Rachel Perkins responds to ‘First Contact’ criticism

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Last week, SBS aired the second series of Blackfella Film’s controversial reality series First Contact, sparking a passionate debate about how Indigenous Australians are represented on TV. The series featured six famous, non-Indigenous Australians, most notably former One Nation politician David Oldfield, on a month-long journey through Indigenous Australia. But the show attracted criticism from some writers,

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Girl Asleep review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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Before writer Matthew Whittet and director Rosemary Myers’ Girl Asleep was a hit indie Australian film, it was a play from Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre Company, one of the country’s leading forces in theatre for young people. The play premiered at the 2014 Adelaide Festival to strong reviews and less than two years later was turned into a film

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Lighten Up review (Griffin Theatre, Sydney)

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There’s no doubt that this debut play by Nicholas Brown and Sam McCool has something to say and comes from a perspective too rarely heard on Australian stages. Certainly it has the beginnings of a strong satire on race and racism in the Australian entertainment industry, but the play’s various parts never really come together. Brown, an

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Survey reveals live music and theatre have suffered a huge hit at the Australian box office

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Live Performance Australia has released its annual ticket attendance and revenue survey for 2015, revealing a decline in ticket sales across the sector after two years of growth. Just over 18 million tickets were issued to live performance events in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.4 billion. When compared to 2014, revenue is down

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Sydney Dance Company: New Breed 2016 review (Carriageworks, Sydney)

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Now in its third year, Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed has proven itself to be a wonderful laboratory for rising choreographic talents to test new ideas and stretch their choreographic muscles. Those choreographers have been drawn from around the country and within the ranks of Sydney Dance Company’s dancers, many of whom have tried their hand at

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SBS’s First Contact is more concerned with white drama than Indigenous stories

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I’m not sure what SBS was trying to achieve when the powers that be decided to exhume David Oldfield’s long-dead career as a political personality for the second season of First Contact. Were they just looking for the easiest way to make sparks fly in their sociopolitically-aware reality series? Or did they seriously think a useful or informative debate

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Why Chewing Gum is the most exciting new show on Netflix

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As is often the case on major subscription video on demand services, the most exciting show to pop up on Netflix this month is not The Crown (allegedly the most expensive TV series ever made), but rather a much smaller series launched with far less fanfare, Chewing Gum. The six-episode comedy series actually premiered on the UK channel E4 in

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