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Tuesday 1 April 2014
TV

true detective and the absence of women

Claire Gaynor
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Two male detectives arrive at a crime scene. In a small clearing, in the midst of still-smouldering crops, is a dead woman. She is naked and blindfolded, with large antlers atop her unruly hair, and is poised in a sacrificial manner. This is Louisiana in 1995. Merely the beginning of what is to be a…
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Friday 24 January 2014
Opinion TV

screenshot: what miranda did

Emma Nobel
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The year was 2011. Kristen Wiig, of Saturday Night Live fame, and director Paul Feig were about to join forces to pen the newest chapter in the history of the chick-lit genre: a polished comedy with a female-centric cast which would go on to garner a whopping 46 nominations and win the People’s Choice Award…
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Monday 23 December 2013
Opinion TV Uncategorised

festive television: the o.c. and chrismukkah

Rosie Hunt
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When Christmas rolls around each year, my mind inevitably drifts to a magical place of woolly reindeer jumpers, lavish office parties, Death Cab for Cutie, Chinese food and a good dose of family drama… a place known, of course, as The O.C.. Is there a better television show to revisit at Christmas? I think not….
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Saturday 7 December 2013
Culture Featured

miss representation: how have women been portrayed in the media in 2013?

Danielle Scoins
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  As 2013 draws to a close, activist organisation The Representation Project, looks back on the year that was in terms of the representation of women in the media. Whilst their focus was on American media, their message of gender discrimination is global. 2013 Media – The Positives In their video ‘How the Media Failed…
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Thursday 5 December 2013
Culture TV

tv review: ja’mie: private school girl

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Chris Lilley’s mockumentaries always tread a fine line. The comedy television shows that he writes and stars in parody stereotypical Australian identities. Some argue that in doing so, they entrench discriminatory stereotypes. Yet, Lilley’s nonchalance for taking the piss out of, well, everyone, allows him to perform a social critique more explicit and engaging than…
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
News

in brief: Today Show hosts spread breast cancer awareness

Matilda Mornane
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  In a generous move from both hosts, the Today Show’s Lisa Wilkinson and Georgie Gardner allowed themselves to be filmed having mammograms. Last week, Wilkinson admitted that she felt ‘like a fraud’ because it had been three years since her last mammogram. As an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation for almost ten…
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Tuesday 19 November 2013
Arts TV

tv review: the bachelor

Caitlin Gordon-King
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‘Tim Robards ticks all the boxes: good looks, charm, a successful career… and an active lifestyle. What’s missing? The woman of his dreams.’ Reality TV show The Bachelor tracks Tim as he finds a woman he “can fall in love with” who will eventually become his “life partner”. Luckily for Tim, Channel Ten has done…
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Monday 9 September 2013
Film TV

the ‘worst kind of sausagefest’: limited opportunities for women in the film industry

Lou Heinrich
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Emmy season is coming. It’s almost the time of year when the American television industry rewards ingenious storytelling and immortalises actors and actresses as they sweep the red carpet, demigods in evening gowns and designer tuxedo. Prompted by fever for the September 22 event, US writer Cory Barker decided to crunch some numbers regarding the…
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Tuesday 27 August 2013
Culture TV

a cultural shift: killing off TV snobbery

Lou Heinrich
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Upon discovering that Kevin Spacey and David Fincher are working on a new production, it would be natural to assume the project from the director of Fight Club is a big budget film. Wrong. House of Cards explores betrayal in US politics within 13 one-hour episodes: it’s a television show. Spacey and Fincher aren’t the…
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Wednesday 10 July 2013
Culture Opinion Politics TV

in the media, sport and life, women have a use-by date

Marta Jasinska
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I remember when I was little, I was watching the news with a family member when the weather report came on. I mentioned that the very feminine presenter was ever so pretty, to which I was given the answer that she was probably chosen for that very reason as opposed to her understanding of meteorology….
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Friday 5 July 2013
Culture TV

a nerdy girl’s introduction to under the dome

Fanny-Linn Kraft
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What’s it all about? The small town Chester’s Mill is a classic example of the American country life. It’s large enough to have a diner, police station and fire brigade but small enough not to have a 7-Eleven. The city is governed by James ‘Big Jim’ Rennie, its Second Selectman. Few people oppose him but…
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Wednesday 3 July 2013
Culture Featured Opinion TV

when it comes to romance, is real life better than fiction?

Shannon Clarke
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**Spoiler Alert: Scandal fans, you’ve been warned** It’s unfortunate, but Scandal, Shonda Rhimes’s successful network drama, has mostly come down to one word: Olitz. The show’s protagonist Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her lover Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’ Grant (Tony Goldwyn) have a romance so extraordinarily dysfunctional that a portmanteau was inevitable. It is a nifty hashtag…
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
Culture TV

[rewind] adventure time vs. avatar: the last airbender

Zac Millner-Cretney
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Back when I was around fourteen, I was really into Lost. We still had dialup so I couldn’t Limewire it; I did it old-school, waiting for Christmas when my Grandad would buy me the latest season on DVD. I’d chew up four, five episodes at a time. My little sister, who would have been about…
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Wednesday 15 May 2013
News TV

in brief: american tv bosses axe lgbt shows and characters

Michelle See-Tho
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American television networks are moving to cut gay characters from screens. An article from The Hollywood Reporter says that television series The New Normal and Partners have been cancelled. Both shows featured predominantly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters, with members of the gay community also being involved in the creative process. The New…
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