Features

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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Rachel Ward asks ‘Aren’t we good enough?’

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Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

The decision to import a foreigner to direct the television adaptation of the iconic 1975 Australian film Picnic at Hanging Rock has been described as a “very bitter pill to swallow” by Rachel Ward. The British-born film director and actor who has been an Australian citizen for 30 years said the decision by the series’ producers, (Fremantle Media, Foxtel

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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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Top 10 Australian TV shows of 2016

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Australian cinema, in raw dollars, collected a record haul in 2015, tallying $84 million (or a 7.7% share) in total box office. Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason understands more than most that success in our film and television industries is cyclical, which is partly why at the end of last year he switched mediums and

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Reviews

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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