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First Impressions: Sacha Baron Cohen gets boldly political on Who Is America?

Ultimate troll Sacha Baron Cohen is back in form for his new show Who Is America?, screening for Australians exclusively from today on Stan, and this time he’s splitting his time between four characters. You’ve got the right-wing blogger for a fictitious website dubbed “truthbay.org”; a cis-gendered liberal who is so open-minded he watches his wife have sex with sea mammals; an ex-con turned abstract artist who uses bodily fluids to create his works; and an Islamophobic ex-Mossad agent dripping in machismo and unwavering gun advocacy. It’s messy and unbalanced, but Bacon Cohen’s penchant for stripping away niceties and exposing the idiocy of his guests, through often extreme levels of satire, is still very much in tact.... Continue Reading

First Impressions: The Crossing Will Suck You In

The premise of ABC Studio’s recent offering The Crossing is simple. Several hundred people wash up on an isolated Oregon beach near a town called Port Canaan. Most are dead but some have survived. The notion of an assumed shipwreck quickly evaporates as no evidence of any lost ships or aircraft can be found. And, the survivors are all yielding a disturbing account of their origins. They all insist they’ve travelled from 180 years in the future – a time when the earth is controlled by a more evolved race of human.... Continue Reading

Netflix’s new true crime series The Staircase: Five things you should know

The Staircase is a new true crime series streaming on Netflix. It will appeal to fans of Making A Murderer and The Jinx. A total of 13 episodes were released at different times and span the 16 years covering the trial of Michael Peterson, a man accused of killing his wife Kathleen on 9 December 2001 after her body was found in a pool of blood at the bottom of the stairs. The Iris’s Natalie Salvo has put together the top five things you should know about this program.... Continue Reading

Five Things We Learned From Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix Special Nanette

The best kind of comedy is the one that makes you laugh and cry. It’s the stuff that’s funny but also makes you stop and think. This is precisely the environment that Tasmanian-born comic, Hannah Gadsby’s final swansong, Nanette occupies. This award-winning show was filmed at the Sydney Opera House in 2018 and will premiere on Netflix this month. The Iris’s Natalie Salvo has put together the top five things she learned.... Continue Reading