And the award goes to…

Bat Girl

The Oscar awards in the US this week followed the Bafta awards in London a couple of weeks ago and, amid the dress reviews, speeches, dud jokes and bad comedy routines, there was something else going on. The discussion about diversity, or lack of diversity, in the films and filmmakers

Women War Correspondents on Screen and in Print

Women war correspondents is the theme of this week’s post as the Broad takes a look some films and books on these brave, often trailblazing, women reporting from the front lines. It’s by no means exhaustive - more like a brief tour through the topic in recent popular culture. It’s no

A look at Disney+ and AppleTV+, plus Topic and AcornTV


This week’s post takes a look at the two new kids on the streaming block, Disney+ and Apple TV+, plus film and doco streaming site, Topic, and Brit TV specialist, AcornTV. Wow, that's a whole lot of pluses for one post. Launched in Australia in the last couple of weeks, Disney

The Crown, plus a trip through dystopian drama

The Crown Season 3

This week’s post takes a look at three different shows on screens right now, from two very different dystopian dramas, Years and Years and Black Mirror, to the popular, historical series The Crown. First up, is the English series Years and Years, which has just come to SBS On Demand

The Nightingale: Feminine exploration of Australia’s violent Colonial past

The Nightingale

The Nightingale is an astonishing new Australian film from writer/director Jennifer Kent in cinemas now. It’s the follow up to The Babadook, Kent’s critically acclaimed 2014 film. It traces the story of Clare, a young Irish convict woman free after serving her sentence is seeking revenge for the violent acts committed

Tarantino has a questionable record in #MeToo context, should we boycott his film?

once upon a time in Hollywood

Christina Lee, Curtin University This story contains spoilers for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While promoting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was asked why Margot Robbie’s character – murdered actress Sharon Tate – was given so few lines. An “angry-looking Tarantino”, as

More streaming services could change what we watch on TV and how we watch it

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Jessica Balanzategui, Swinburne University of Technology When it comes to television, how much choice is too much? By year’s end, Australian consumers will have at least seven major subscription video services to choose from: Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime, Hayu, Foxtel Now, 10 All Access, and Disney Plus. Apple’s highly anticipated Apple