ABC’s Indigenous sci-fi Cleverman returns with high hopes

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

The first season of ABC’s Indigenous sci-fi Cleverman was met with generally strong reviews and great enthusiasm from commentators excited by its unique blend of politically-charged superhero/sci-fi genre with stories from Aboriginal dreaming and mythology. The series is set in a dystopian near-future in which a fictional race of Hairy People (which are exactly what they sound

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Peter Tullin mixes art and tech to cast Melbourne as a post-Silicon Valley metropolis


The Victorian State Government’s Creative Summit 28-29 June is distinctive in as much as government, that slow beast, makes clear its intention to recognise the artist’s role as an essential, mainstream and productive member of society and the economy and not just an outlier. Big stuff does get done in summits. Summits are short, sharp and seek solutions. There’s

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GLOW review: is Netflix’s new series Orange is the Black 2.0?

Reviews, Screen, TV |

Netflix’s new show GLOW is a fictionalisation of the personalities and stories behind-the-scenes of the 1980s wrestling promotion and TV series, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. The ten-part series premieres today, and is inevitably going to be compared to Orange is the New Black.  On paper, the shows have plenty of similarities: GLOW is a comedy-drama Netflix original, following an ensemble cast of “strong” women

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Overseas visitors rate Sydney first for culture but locals say Melbourne is tops


Melbourne is used to winning the World’s Most Liveable City title and the slightly less prestigious World’s (Second) Most Fun City but a new report released this week by the Victorian Government shows that its reputation as a cultural capital needs some work as other cities catch up. According to the government’s report, Melbourne as a Global

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10 More Female Superheroes who Deserve a Movie

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Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Batman, Superman,Ant-Man; Doctor Strange. What do all these names have in common? They’re all superheroes who have had stand-alone films with budgets over $100 million in the past few years. You may have also noticed they’re all men. The list for female superhero films of the same scale you ask? Wonder Woman. That’s it.

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Australia Day movie review: mosaic of our country doesn’t reach beyond stereotype

Film, Reviews, Screen |

Australia Day has the ambition to use the already contentious celebration of Australia’s national day as a stage. The players are a series of racially diverse characters whose interlinked stories bring them and the audience face to face with the unspoken reality of racial tension in this country. The film bears a resemblance to those cash grab interconnected

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