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Thursday 9 July 2015
Column Film TV

shonen women part i: on strike witches and female viewership

Marie Davis
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As the West and Japan grow more enchanted with each other, our cultural landscape is exposed to new and unique interpretations of the female. This three-part series by Marie Davis explores the characterisation of women in shonen anime and manga, and their relationship with their burgeoning Western audience. Perhaps the most unique reimagining of the…
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Wednesday 1 July 2015
Film TV

tv review: sense8

Katerina Paltoglou
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Directorial duo Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) have teamed up with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to create a radical new Netflix Original: Sense8. Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Will, Riley, Capheus, Sun, Lito, Kala, Wolfgang, and Nomi. In the aftermath of the violent and tragic death of a…
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Thursday 25 June 2015
Film Opinion TV

tv news: is hannibal too gay for NBC?

Kiah Meadows
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Anybody keeping up on pop culture news has most likely heard that NBC has cancelled Bryan Fuller’s operatic adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal series. The series’ third season returned to the aforementioned network on June fourth, to 2.57 million viewers, and saw just 1.6 million the next week’s episode, which aired during an NBA final….
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Saturday 9 May 2015
Film TV

orange is the new black: why are we itching for the third season?

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Full of sex, criminality and queer-dom, it’s little wonder why Orange is the New Black (OITNB) has amassed a devoted following. The show launched in July 2013, and quickly shot to the leader board for Netflix’s most popular shows. Responding to pleas, producers will release the third season late this June. Inane at times, the…
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Tuesday 5 May 2015
Film TV

4 great female-centric TV shows streaming on netflix right now

Kate Voss
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Earlier this year, Netflix Australia was launched in an effort to reach a larger worldwide audience with its services that continue to replace a­ny need for cable TV for most people. And while the original launch only included 1,500 shows, it’s anticipated that it will continue to release new content as time progresses to bring…
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Wednesday 29 April 2015
TV

complex, brilliant and flawed: a snapshot of TV’s female characters

Claire Paterson
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The current “golden age of television” has brought us a barrage of addictive series begging for a lengthy binge-watch. These shows are marked by their compelling plots and an increasing number of complex, flawed and brilliant female characters (hooray!). Here’s a snapshot of just a few. Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) – Mad Men Peggy Olson…
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Thursday 5 March 2015
TV Uncategorised

you beautiful, rule-breaking moth: the top 10 moments of parks and recreation

Hollie Pich
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YOU BEAUTIFUL, RULE-BREAKING MOTH:  The Top 10 Moments of Parks and Recreation   After seven seasons of adventures, laughter, and warm-hearted storylines, Parks and Recreation left our television screens last week. The show was, in words of Leslie Knope, a ‘beautiful, rule-breaking moth.’ Not only was Parks and Recreation hilarious, it was unrelentingly positive: driven…
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Monday 9 February 2015
Film

agent carter: the hero we deserve

Hollie Pich
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  Agent Carter, Marvel Universe’s first female-led adaptation, offers a break from your regularly scheduled programming. It’s a wonderful mash-up: part espionage thriller, part comic-book adaptation, and part historical drama. There are secret identities, car cashes and fist fights, gadgets and conspiracies, and crime fighting teams (all in the first episode!). Most excitingly this television…
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Friday 14 November 2014
Film TV

tv review: the good wife, season six

Michael Wu
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The Good Wife, as it proved even in its earliest seasons, houses some of television’s best and most complex female characters on television. In the current landscape of television, where women are so often subjected to roles defined by male characters, the show presents dynamic and layered women like Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Diane…
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Wednesday 5 November 2014
Film TV Uncategorised

tv review: party tricks

Rosie Hunt
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Channel Ten’s new political drama Party Tricks opens with an uncomfortably familiar scenario: a public controversy surrounding comments made about a female politician who doesn’t have children. In this case, though, it wasn’t former Prime Minister Julia Gillard they were talking about— it was Kate Ballard, the fictional Premier of Victoria played by Asher Keddie…
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Thursday 30 October 2014
Column Film TV

bisexual tropes: so sexy it hurts

Caitlin Gordon-King
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After revealing that I’m bisexual, I’m often asked three questions: “Do you think it’s a phase?”; “But… who do you prefer?”; and, “Have you and/or will you have a threesome?” (To be fair, this question is usually served with a drink, spilled on my dress.) Regardless of whether they’re asked by drunk strangers or a…
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Wednesday 29 October 2014
Featured TV

once more, with feeling: on TV’s working women

Shannon Clarke
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It’s become something of a cliché to say that television has never been better. Whether that’s just the natural progression of production and arts or a sudden spell of great stories and storytelling (or both) is subjective. I’d argue that what everyone is reacting to are the incremental steps toward diversity, to the voices of…
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Wednesday 15 October 2014
Film TV

tv review: scott & bailey

Rosie Hunt
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Scott & Bailey is like any other good British crime show. It has gripping and often disturbing storylines, workplace banter and plenty of trips to the pub after work. But in one particular way, the show stands out: its two title characters are women, working under the leadership of a female boss in the Manchester…
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Saturday 11 October 2014
Film TV

sexuality and gender in orphan black

Katerina Paltoglou
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Sci-fi as a genre undeniably has something of a shaky history when it comes to feminism. All too often sci-fi’s female characters fall into one of two categories: the ‘slutty nemesis’ or the ‘damsel in distress.’ This is why BBC America’s science fiction series Orphan Black is a great addition to our screens. Here’s what…
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