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People’s Republic of Mallacoota review: beyond the Black Summer bushfires
The six-part ABC documentary follows the Victorian coastal town's efforts to recover following the bushfires of 2019 and 2020.
Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed review – 'rotting from the head down'
The series builds an image of an organisation tapping vulnerable congregants while evading responsibility for the suffering it causes.
Downton Abbey: A New Era review: this feels like a farewell tour
Beautiful interiors, romantic intrigue, endless rituals of dinners, parties and balls – nothing lasts forever ...
The Lost City review: it runs on charisma and fun
The film is at its best when it gives Sandra Bullock's Loretta – and by extension us – permission to…
TV Review: A Dog’s World with Tony Armstrong
Debunking canine myths and celebrating dogs in all their individuality – this show is a soothing treat for the senses
Review: Bel-Air – from West Philadelphia worn and grazed
Even as it celebrates the Banks family’s Black excellence, Bel-Air makes explicit that their wealth has eroded their racial solidarity.
'I hated it so much' – Byron Baes is upsettingly bad
It's safe to say our TV critic Mel Campbell was less than impressed with Netflix's Byron Bay-set docudrama – but…
More Than This review: sleek and sunny TV
Olivia Deeble has become Australia's youngest TV series creator with a show written during Melbourne's lockdown.
Film Review: The Greenhouse is cracking
This queer magical-realist drama is stylish and atmospheric, so why does it fail to impress?
TV Review: La Brea – primeval LA in regional Victoria
Australians are well represented in the cast and crew of NBC's LA-set sci-fi mystery, shot in Docklands Studios and elsewhere…