television

television June 30, 2018

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

As a portrayal of misogyny and violence against women, The Handmaid’s Tale ticks all the boxes. As a piece of empowering feminist storytelling, it couldn’t be more misguided.

television June 9, 2018

‘The Americans’

While The Americans masterfully resurrects memories of Cold War anxieties, it also offers an unnerving lens on US politics as they are today.

television April 7, 2018

Director Garth Davis finds religion

His first feature film, Lion, took movie-goers on an emotional journey across the world. Now director Garth Davis lends his visual poetry to the tale of one of history’s most famous women. “If you look into it, Mary Magdalene was a very significant apostle, and was present in all of the key elements, and sometimes mentioned more than other apostles. So she must have been a very significant person, and not the one that we’re learning about in Catholic school growing up. I thought it was amazing that it hadn’t been told.”

television May 12, 2018

‘Westworld’

The second season of Westworld continues the series’ Baudrillardian illusions of reality and fakery as its robots develop a class-consciousness rare on our screens.

television March 24, 2018

Breakfast television’s no-news news

Where once viewers tuned in fondly to breakfast television, personality-driven dross and offensive opinions now make some wish the format – and its Cash Cow – would be put out to pasture.

television February 23, 2018

‘The Good Place’

Kristen Bell and Ted Danson’s satirical comedy The Good Place portrays a middle-managed afterlife where inauthentic goodness makes for a kind of hell.

television November 11, 2017

ABC TV’s ‘Screen Time’

Where once the contrary but charming banter of David and Margaret was an authoritative guide to modern cinema, the ABC has replaced it with uninsightful postmodernism and lame jokes.

television November 4, 2017

Actor and director George Clooney

In Suburbicon, George Clooney’s latest turn behind the camera, the foibles of American society are again in the spotlight. Here, the actor–director talks about gun laws, the sanctity of the fourth estate and how failure breeds success. “No one wants to look at someone with a string of hits and a string of right decisions. You have to make bad decisions and … you have to make mistakes. You only learn from mistakes. You never learn from success.”

television October 21, 2017

Actress Pamela Rabe on tackling Ibsen

Following the success of her Glass Menagerie with Eamon Flack, Pamela Rabe reunites with the director to explore the knottiness of Ibsen’s Ghosts. “I’m never one to sit around and wait for the phones to ring,” she says. “I love working in the theatre, and I work a lot in the theatre.”

television September 29, 2017

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Larry David’s return as a cantankerous version of himself in a new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm is a chance to reflect on the roots of comedy and the discontent that produces it.

television September 8, 2017

ABC TV’s ‘Get Krack!n’

With their new show Get Krack!n, Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney have expanded their satirical universe from food culture to the dumb decline of the knowledge class.