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Mystery Road TV review: acclaimed neo-noir transitions to the small screen in excellent ABC series

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Director Rachel Perkins’ six-part ABC TV series Mystery Road is the third instalment in the titular franchise, following two hardboiled movies from filmmaker Ivan Sen and star Aaron Pedersen – including the terrific, big thinking neo-noir/western Goldstone. Among Mystery Road’s many virtues is a gravitas-weeping performance from Pedersen as outback detective Jay Swan, the actor

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RuPaul’s Drag Race has ruined Drag

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Trixie Mattel is the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3. There is a certain irony that Brian Firkus’ perfectly executed parody of plastic, mass-produced womanhood (Barbie) seized the crown in a reality TV-show franchise that has “Barbie”-fied the art of drag: taking a staple of underground queer nightlife and turning it into a basic

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Lawrence Mooney’s bizarrely good ‘Unofficial Malcolm Turnbull’ web series goes beyond political impersonation

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Political impersonators often come across as traders in a low-rent form of satire: pantomime obsessed with mimicking speech and gesture, and little else. I do not wish to use this occasion to ridicule entertainers trying to make a crust, such as ‘John How-Odd’ or the more straightforwardly named ‘Kevin Rudd Impersonator’ (“humour that cuts through

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The problem with Ten’s The Project is youth

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Young people. Who knows what sort of popular entertainments they enjoy? But, we can probably name the sort of thing to which they are likely to remain indifferent. Say, murder mysteries set in quaint and monocultural English villages. Any product involving or inspired by Jeremy Clarkson. Australian television program The Project. Folks in the 16-39

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Safe Harbour TV review (SBS): left liberals face a moral quandary

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Of all the recent Australian mini-series, Safe Harbour has one the most interesting concepts we’ve seen on the small screen. The yachting holiday of middle-class, educated Australian friends founders when its meandering itinerary crosses paths with a refugee boat in international waters. Ryan (Ewen Leslie) captains the boat and evolves into the group’s vague lead in an

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The Riot review: ABC TV’s Gay Mardi Gras drama

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As we stumble through our daily lives forced to partake in that, at times, insufferable activity known as ‘conversation’, we are all doomed to experience what the French call l’esprit d’escalier. In English, this is known as ‘stairway wit’ or ‘the stairway syndrome,’ referring to how the perfect riposte arrives in one’s mind too late –

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