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Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon: no sexual violence on screen

At its worst, presenting women’s bodies as inherently available and vulnerable perpetuates damaging, misogynistic tropes.


Remembering Shirley Barrett: an offbeat and generous Australian director and writer

Barrett passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Sydney at age 60, following a battle with metastatic…


Olivia Newton-John remembered: an icon of screen and music

She was the rare performer whose career flourished through different phases, and who found success exploring many facets of her…

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The loss of Neighbours is a loss of career pathways for screen professionals

The end of the series raises serious concerns about the career pathways available to Australia’s emerging screen professionals.


Bluey: is Bandit Heeler a bad dad?

Bandit’s engaged presence in his daughters’ lives has been hailed as a watershed in children’s television.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at 40 – Spielberg’s most exhilarating film

Hollywood once saw aliens as hostile critters intent on planetary carnage – Steven Spielberg's 1982 smash changed everything.

Heartstopper's queer joy can be hard for the LGBTIQ community

Watching Netflix's Heartstopper and feeling both joy for the characters and sadness for yourself isn't uncommon, writes Liam Casey.


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.

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