Author: Penny Spirou

First Impressions: Netflix series Safe unveils hard truths behind a quaint, gated community

April 23, 2018

Set to hit Netflix soon is Safe – a drama television series set in a gated community where people are not as they seem. The series stars Michael C. Hall of Dexter fame as a father of two daughters, widowed after the passing of his wife from cancer. His character, Tom, juggles his profession as a paediatric surgeon with his newly single-father status. After a secret party sends his eldest daughter missing, he embarks on his own frantic investigation of the people in his community to find her.... Continue Reading

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DVD Review: The Handmaid’s Tale first season hooks you in and keeps you wanting more

March 23, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future unlike those we are used to seeing. There aren’t any flying cars or amazing technology that you’d assume to see here. There is nothing but solid regression, simplifying life back to its roots. In fact, it appears that everything has gone backwards in the worst possible way.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Ben Affleck’s Live By Night (USA, 2016) is a visually stunning yet slow running 1920s gangster film

January 26, 2017

Based on the 2012 novel by Dennis Lehane of the same name, Live By Night is set in the prohibition era across the 1920s and 1930s. The man at the centre of the story, Joe Coughlin, is played by Ben Affleck, who brought this adaptation to life. He directed, wrote and produced the film, which ended up being an (only slightly) above-average addition to his quality catalogue.... Continue Reading

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Second season of Billions to premiere in February

August 17, 2016

The second season of Showtime drama Billions will arrive on television screens in February 2017. The critically-acclaimed series, which is currently shooting in the New York summer, will see the return of Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades and Damian Lewis as Bobby Axelrod.... Continue Reading

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Watch Tim Burton take us inside the peculiar world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

August 12, 2016

Tim Burton’s new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. And this week we’ve been given a bit more insight into the anticipated movie, with a featurette being released, seeing Director Tim Burton take us inside the story’s most peculiar world.... Continue Reading

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New Australian Comedy Series Little Acorns to star Rachel Griffiths; launches online in September

August 12, 2016

Set in a childcare centre called Big Oak, Little Acorns is a new Australian comedy series that will be available exclusively through YouTube from 1st September. The series will be told in nine parts, running in bite-size 3-5 minute episodes. Written and directed by Maria Theodorakis and Trudy Hellier, Little Acorns shows adults behaving like children, pranking, fighting and being generally outrageous childcare workers.... Continue Reading

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The first uncensored trailer for Bad Santa 2 reintroduces us to Willie and Thurman Merman

August 11, 2016

Billy Bob Thornton and his foul mouth are back for Bad Santa 2 – and this week we got our first taste of the film with the release of its first trailer. In the film, Billy Bob returns as Willie, the R-rated Santa, with his equally filthy elf accomplice, Tony Cox as Marcus.... Continue Reading

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The first two films have been confirmed for the 2016 Environmental Film Festival Australia

August 4, 2016

The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA), now in its seventh year, is set to return to Melbourne next month. From 29 September, the EFFA will kick off in Melbourne and then tour nationally, covering Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart.... Continue Reading

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Australian filmmakers who led the new wave of feminism in the 90s to feature in new exhibition

August 4, 2016

FemFlix is set to open at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), at the University of Sydney, on 10 August 2016. It will feature an overlooked decade of feminism, the 1990s, that highlighted zine counter-culture, post-punk gestures, and cyberfeminists on screen.... Continue Reading

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Lynette Wallworth’s VR experience Collisions to tell an Indigenous Australian story at ACMI

August 4, 2016

Acclaimed artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth will present a virtual reality film experience titled Collisions at ACMI from October this year. The free exhibition will be a part of the Melbourne Festival, and will run at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image from Thursday 6 October 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017.... Continue Reading

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