How do we watch The Crown?

The Crown

What is The Crown and how are we to understand it? Does The Crown have a responsibility to be historically accurate, given that it is a historical drama? Are we gaining a better understanding of the people and the events? Or are we indulging in a high-brow soap opera that

NAIDOC Week & First Nations Narratives

NAIDOC Week 2020

NAIDOC Week 2020 is a chance to celebrate First Nations stories in TV, film, books and music. This week is NAIDOC week in Australia. In 2020, this year’s theme 'Always Was, Always Will Be' recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for the continent for over 65,000 years. Originally

What to watch, read and listen to in November

This month’s round-up of TV, books, podcasts and more includes I Hate Suzie, Fargo, Chan & Dee’s Drink Tank, plus new books A Jealous Tide and On Tyranny, and a new playlist from the Sydney Opera House. A Note on TV I Hate Suzie TV star Suzie Pickles has her phone hacked and

Hot flush fiction

menopausebooks

It’s not just TV shows like Fleabag where women are finally breaking the silent code around menopause. In books and films women are dishing on the joys and challenges of middle-age hot flush life. Blood red takes on a whole new meaning after meno. Aaaand the Broad is back after a few

Were you raised by TV?

Have you ever felt like the characters in a TV show were more your kind of people than your own family? Have you ever looked to TV parents for wisdom? Have you ever felt drawn to TV shows for company or to help with life's problems? If you’ve answered yes

What to watch, read and listen to in September

This month's round-up of TV, books, podcasts and more includes The Salisbury Poisonings, The Bisexual plus new books Growing Young and Glimpses of Utopia and a podcast about Women With Clout. A Note on TV The Salisbury Poisonings In 2018, a father and daughter were found slumped on a park bench in the

Hazel Edwards & lockdown writing

Hazel Edwards

At a time when it’s not that easy to take a writing course, a new book from Australian author Hazel Edwards is here to help guide you through writing a book from start to finish. Have you ever wanted to write a book but, after the first flash of an idea

We need to talk about QAnon

QAnon, the conspiracy group that developed out of the 2016 US election and spread through Facebook, has now emerged into mainstream US politics and is even finding supporters in Australia. So just who and what is QAnon? What threats does it pose to democracy and how can it be countered? In

Is TV fatigue killing TV?

You know that feeling when you embark on a new TV series. New storylines, new characters and the start of a new journey to become involved with. But it’s also the start of a new relationship, and like any relationship it takes commitment - time spent together, engaging in another’s

The power of a protest song

The first Midnight Oil song in 20 years is something to celebrate. And it’s a doozy. The new song Gadigal Land is from the band’s forthcoming mini-album Makarrata Project and is a message sent across the airwaves about the recognition of Australia’s First Nations people, the colonisation by the English