New Netflix viewing data shows how we stream TV

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Although subscription streaming services have smashed traditional broadcast TV schedules, newly released viewing data from Netflix suggests we’ve formed our own kind of schedule. Netflix is famously cagey with its viewership figures — there’s no need to release ratings, after all — but has released a smidgen of information gathered from 77 million Netflix accounts over the course

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Walkley Awards to finally recognise arts journalism

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News & Commentary |

For many years the arts industry has complained that there is no devoted category for arts journalism in the Walkley Awards. Just two weeks ago, Editor of The Australian’s Review magazine Tim Douglas argued that the Walkleys should recognise arts and culture journalism. Well, it seems that those wishes have been heard, with the Walkley Foundation introducing

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Leah Purcell’s ‘Drover’s Wife’ adds another big award to the cabinet

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Leah Purcell’s radical theatrical reimagining of Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife has won the major prize at this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In addition to winning the $30,000 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting, the play picked up the $10,000 prize for Book of the Year. It’s the first play script to win the Prize for Book

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S-Town’s Brian Reed is coming to Australia

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News & Commentary |

Brian Reed, the host of S-Town, will be coming to the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre in July to tell the stories behind his smash hit podcast. He’ll also reveal all that’s happened since the podcast’s release. S-Town captured the imaginations of listeners all around the world when it was released in March this year, and was

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Exclusive: Muriel’s Wedding the Musical has found its Muriel

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

PJ Hogan’s 1994 movie Muriel’s Wedding launched Toni Collette to stardom, earning the actor widespread recognition and her first Golden Globe nomination. So the actor stepping into the role for the upcoming musical adaptation of the film has massive shoes to fill. Daily Review can reveal that Muriel will be played by newcomer Maggie McKenna. McKenna is daughter

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Sally Abbott’s Australian Dystopia in ‘Closing Down’

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Books, Fiction |

Sally Abbott’s debut novel Closing Down (Hachette Australia) imagines Australia in the near future. It’s an Australia in which climate change and its geo-political repercussions have wrought social breakdown in small communities across the country. Abbott will be at the Sydney Writers; Festival this week talking about the novel and she is included on the panel “It’s

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The Bodyguard Musical ensemble picks their favourite Whitney covers

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Performing songs made famous by Whitney Houston is no easy feat, but that’s just what the cast of The Bodyguard Musical does eight times a week. They’re led by Paulini, who steps into Houston’s shoes and her role, performing a whole stack of the singer’s greatest hits, both from the original 1992 movie and Houston’s extensive catalogue of music.

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Chanel comes under fire for $2000 ‘luxury’ boomerang

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Luxury French fashion label Chanel has been criticised by Indigenous activists and commentators for selling a AUD $1930 boomerang. The bizarre “luxury” item came to the attention of various groups on social media after American internet personality and makeup artist Jeffree Star posted an image of the boomerang to Snapchat yesterday, and then Twitter and Instagram

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