Tag Archives: Jenji Kohan

First Impressions: GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is a glamed-up, feminist comedy in the vein of OITNB

From the first scene, GLOW‘s feminist message is openly clear. Aspiring actor Ruth Wilder (Community alum Alison Brie) is auditioning for a role as company boss “Mel”, opening the series by delivering a sombre monologue. After finishing, she explains that she is grateful for the opportunity because  “there are not roles like this for women”, yet Ruth is informed by the casting director that she was reading for the male part – the female role was the secretary.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Orange is the New Black Season Three (USA, 2015)

When we were first introduced to the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary in the 2013 debut season of Orange is the New Black, it was quite clear that we were supposed to be introduced to this new environment through the show’s protagonist, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). The upper-class NYC dweller’s transportation to a world completely different to the one she is used to and her tumultous relationship with ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) and fiance out the outside (Jason Biggs) was the crux of the narrative and it was used as a good tool to loosely learn about the other inmates Piper came into contact with. By the end of Season Two however, the show had become less about Piper and more about exploring the complexities and sensitivities of the other women serving time. The comedy, romance, dark drama and honest writing turned OITNB into a fully fledged powerhouse series for Netflix and it’s no surprise that when the third season dropped a day early this year, fans began their binge watching sessions eagerly.... Continue Reading

Interview: Jess Scully teases VIVID Ideas 2016 lineup and talks House of Cards and Jenji Kohan

This year’s upcoming VIVID is set to be Sydney’s biggest yet. For VIVID Ideas, in particular, it’s hard not to call this year’s lineup their most ambitious effort with over planned 180 events and over 400 unique speakers including the House of Cards writer Beau Willimon and Orange is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan. ... Continue Reading