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Matilda Dixon-Smith: “The Voice” and Our Collective Fascination with Spinning Red Chairs

May 14, 2013


Let’s talk about Ricky Martin, his flawless skin and his flamboyant button pressing. The world’s premier reality TV machine, The Voice, is back on Australian screens. True to form, the ruthlessly intelligent program has tightened the reins since last year’s successful outing—this year the show is even more prescriptively, unconsciously, robotically enjoyable than the last. […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith on “Please Like Me”: Now we’re Cooking with Gas

March 18, 2013


There’s something intensely endearing about the opening scene of Josh Thomas’s new comedy on ABC2, Please Like Me. Twenty-year-old Josh is about to enjoy an extravagant sundae on a sunny afternoon with his girlfriend Claire (Caitlin Stasey), when she breaks up with him. Her reason is simple: they’ve been drifting, and also Josh is “probably […]

“Neighbours” 2012: The Most Boring Review You’ll Ever Read by Bridie Mills

January 8, 2013


Another year of Neighbours has gone by and I’m left feeling empty again. Not because it’s over, but because it never really began. I’ve spent this year forcing myself to watch Neighbours. This year was even more boring than last year, and anyone who read my last review will know just how boring that is. […]

“Offspring” Season 3: Love Connection by Matilda Dixon-Smith

June 19, 2012


Australia doesn’t generally do romantic comedies. I don’t know how this affects everyone else but for me, a self-confessed romance addict, it is a great source of vexation. Thank goodness for Debra Oswald, is all I’m saying. Offspring (Wednesdays, 8:30 pm, Channel Ten), a dramedy about a thirty-something obstetrician and her family, is halfway through […]

“SYD 2030”: The Eastern Suburbs in 5 to 10 minutes by Mattie Mould

May 30, 2012


SYD2030 could easily have been pretentious, over-dramatised and predictably cliché but it isn’t. This web series created by Sydney locals and young talent of the eastern suburbs is funny, scandalous and is helping to pave the way for youth in Australian media. The show follows five central characters who attend Sydney University, who are trying […]

“Neighbours” 2011: Bridie Mills explains why it was unusually unsatisfying

January 4, 2012


I’ll let you in on something. I watch Neighbours like it’s my day job. Every day, same hours, usually after I’ve finished 3 glasses of wine and can absorb the meaningful plotlines on a level that I can’t reach while sober. Isn’t that what day jobs entail? But I’ll admit something. I didn’t realise the […]

ABC2’s “Twentysomething” by Jennifer O’Brien

September 22, 2011


What a clever writer/performer Jess Harris is.  She had me hooked from the start of the first episode. How could I resist the opening scene’s teasing invitation to dive to the bottom of contemporary life with a fresh-faced lass who crawls across the pub floor to draw maggot eyes on a young man lying on […]