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Our Flag Means Death – who was the real 'gentleman pirate'?

Who was the real Stede Bonnet and just how accurate is the HBO series starring Taika Waititi and Rhys Darby?


Netflix show Is It Cake? is a sweet treat in the fake news era

Cake and conspiracy are hardly the same thing, right? An art historian delves into the world of visual deception.

There was no effective cure for syphilis until the beginning of the 20th century. Image: Colin Hutton/ Netflix.

Bridgerton would have brimmed with syphilis

For the 20% of society contracting the STI in 19th-century England, there was generally no hope of recovery.


From CODA to Hawkeye: signing onto a better future for the Deaf community

The surge of sign languages in popular feature films and TV series is a sign of better things to come…

Found footage plays a key role in Archive 81 Image: Clifton Prescod/Netflix

From Blair Witch to Archive 81: horror’s love affair with ‘found footage’

Netflix's new eight-part series is the latest of many in the genre to employ 'real' footage to chilling effect.

Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza

Paul Thomas Anderson's films – an introduction

From Boogie Nights to Licorice Pizza, writer director Paul Thomas Anderson has developed a strong line of comedies in serious…

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Cabaret: revisiting Bob Fosse's radical musical at 50

The Kit Kat Klub first graced the silver screen half a century ago – what lessons can it teach us…

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Hail John Williams, the composer behind E.T., Star Wars, Jaws and Harry Potter

When adjusted for inflation, one-fifth of the top 100 films at the North American box office have music by Williams.

The wedding of Scott and Charlene
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Neighbours and the Australian screen industry

The under-threat show has given a start to many writers, directors, producers, actors and crew over 37 years.

Australian film buffs were thirsty to see international films from Europe and Asia. Image: supplied by the author.

MIFF: how the Melbourne International Film Festival began 70 years ago

MIFF will commemorate its 70th anniversary in August 2022, making it one of the world’s oldest film festivals.

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