television June 12, 2021

The Underground Railroad

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins’ television adaptation of The Underground Railroad is a brilliant and deeply moving depiction of slavery in America.

television May 15, 2021

The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

True crime series such as The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness feed our appetites for fear, while shielding us from the crimes of which we should really be afraid.

television May 8, 2021

See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill’s documentary See What You Made Me Do, based on her best-selling book, is a tough but illuminating look at a scourge of Australian society.

television April 24, 2021

Shadow and Bone

In Netflix’s impressively realised Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo’s popular fantasy books find a sumptuous apotheosis.

television April 3, 2021

Allen v. Farrow

Allen v. Farrow is more than a rehash of a celebrity scandal. An indictment of the entertainment industry, it looks thoughtfully at how stories are told, and who gets believed.

television February 13, 2021

Blown Away

The Netflix reality series Blown Away showcases the enchantments and perils of working with molten glass.

television January 23, 2021


The hit adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Regency romances gets everything right, almost.

television December 12, 2020

Film director Glendyn Ivin

Since his first short film won the Palme d’Or in 2003, Glendyn Ivin has established himself as one of Australia’s most exciting film and television directors. The forthcoming Penguin Bloom, starring Naomi Watts, brings some light to his dark meditations.

television December 12, 2020

The Queen’s Gambit

Netflix’s hit series The Queen’s Gambit reveals what genius is considered to be – and who is allowed to have it.

television November 28, 2020

The Crown

The moments of delightful surprise in The Crown are smothered by its refusal to permit uncertainty.

television October 3, 2020

The Vow

In a grim lesson for the age of conspiracy, The Vow explores how the search for meaning can be twisted to dark ends.