If Baz Luhrmann’s idea of Australia wasn’t your idea of Australia, perhaps you’re going to enjoy Tracks more. Starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), it’s the true story of Robyn Davidson, who made a solo trek from Alice Springs to WA in the 1970s. Well… solo, but for four camels and her dog Diggity.
It’s due for release on March 6, 2014, and quite apart from the epic landscapes, should strike a chord with anyone who’s ever just wanted to be alone.
Tracks is made by the Academy Award-winning producers of The King’s Speech and is directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, Praise).… Read more
Much to our delight, Chris Lilley brought back the queen of quiche, Ja’mie, to our TV screens this year with Ja’mie Private School Girl. During the past week the ABC has teased us with several trailers on different Lilley characters, one set to have their own show that will screen in early 2014.
Puck you haters, it’s now confirmed that Jonah Takalua is back. Last time we saw Jonah he was expelled from Summer Heights High and dragged out of Gumnut Cottage, which made our eyes leak. This time round Jonah will be punking people in Tonga after being sent to live with his uncle to sort himself out. But island life won’t be easy for this breakdancer who still has a penchant for dicktation. And if you don’t like it? Get a sense of humour, don’t you even know what fun is?
Also on the ABC 2014 line up…
Miniseries Anzac Girls is based on a Peter Rees novel and follows five military nurses working with soldiers in Gallipoli and the Western Front. For politics nerds who love getting obsessed with a new series, The Code is an Australian thriller that looks set to hook us in. Next, the ABC has again teamed up with Matchbox pictures, who brought us The Slap, to produce Old School.… Read more
Part 2: Revived Doctor Who
When the BBC brought Doctor Who back in 2005, it was with an American-style showrunner in the form of Russell T Davies – hugely talented, very aware of what worked in the old show, yet not afraid to push the Doctor in new directions. This was a big-budget program aiming high, targeting a new, younger audience, not just ageing geeks. Davies borrowed the tone for the series from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: undercutting the monsters with non-stop witticisms, and mirroring fantastical peril with everyday problems.
10. Rose (Ninth Doctor, 2005)
It’s the pilot episode many watched through their fingers. Would the new Doctor Who be any good? Well, it was more than good. Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor was funny, brave, and haunted, and this struggle against animated shop window dummies established the formula – the uncanny hiding in the every day. Billy Piper as the companion proved inspired casting, much to everyone’s surprise.
9. The Doctor’s Daughter (Tenth Doctor, 2008)
The tongue-in-cheek casting of a real-life Doctor’s daughter, Peter Davison’s child Georgia Moffett, as the Time Lord’s machine-generated progeny wasn’t the only clever thing about this hard-sci-fi episode. Its brilliant twist – that an epic battle fought for generations has actually only been going for a week – nails the futility of war and is a nifty variation on the series’ time-travel theme.… Read more
Part 1: Classic Doctor Who
When it comes to episodes of “classic” era of Doctor Who (1963-1989) that are still watchable today, you can immediately discount Doctors One and Two (William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton): the stories are slow-moving and uninspiring to modern eyes. Sure, there are great moments in there, but no complete tales to seriously tempt anyone except those old enough to remember them nostalgically, or rabid completists.
Similarly, you can forget about everything with the Fifth, Sixth, or Seventh Doctors (Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy). The ’80s – with one shining exception – were not kind to Doctor Who, under the aegis of lame-duck producer John Nathan-Turner, a showrunner with no taste, no ideas, and more interested in attending fan conventions than creating a watchable program. Davison’s era crowded the Tardis with whiny companions. Colin Baker’s Doctor was unwatchably arrogant. And the cringe-worthy pantomime the show had become under Sylvester McCoy made its cancellation in 1989 the kindest of all cuts.
As for the eighth Doctor Paul McGann, who starred in a one-off 1996 adventure – watch it and you’ll wish Tardises were real and you could get those 90 minutes of your life back.
No, the real Who gold is all during the eras of Doctors Three (Jon Pertwee) and Four (Tom Baker).… Read more
Okay, so this happened…
Just a week and a half out from Breaking Bad: The Complete Series being released on DVD, what seems to be a special feature showing an alternate ending to the series has surfaced on YouTube. It’s pretty much what we’ve all been waiting for.
Fun fact: this is a loving homage to the 1990 Newhart series finale
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series will be released in Australia Thu 28 Nov. Breaking Bad season 5 is currently showing on ABC2 on Mondays at 9.30pm
UPDATE: The video has been removed (sad face), as soon as there’s a new one online we’ll post it (cause it really is very good!)… Read more
Calling all Sci-Fi fans (and trendy-magazine-editors-who-just-enjoy-the-escapism-that-scifi-offers-so-stop-judging-us): the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space, thank you very much) is materialising for a short time only in the hip and geek-friendly suburb of Richmond. The new Doctor Who pop-up store will offer all the essentials (stacks of Dr Who DVDs, basically) as well as some charming add-ons – Cyberman tea-towel anyone? Plus you can get your photo with a Dalek! Get there before we buy the whole place out.
Slap your hand to your left cheek in an appropriate sign of shock and/or awe. The recently departed Chopper Reed – Melbourne’s most notorious/beloved massager of laws – is potentially going to be remembered in the only way fitting for a man of his nature: through the medium of musical theatre.
We’ll be breaking all the news on the upcoming smash hit on November 19. Stay tuned.… Read more
Dear the Internet,
Despite the whiny complaints of people who bemoan the incursions into Australian culture by commercial American traditions, the fact is that Halloween is becoming more of, as the young people say, A Thing.
However, one tradition that has yet to get its chipped and bloodied claws into the Australian culture is that of television shows prepping their Very Special Halloween Episode. In the US it’s mandated by Federal law that every program must have an episode in which at least one character must either develop vampire fangs, spend a night in a haunted house, or survive a zombie uprising (except for The Walking Dead, whose Halloween episode involved all of the living and undead characters enjoying a friendly BBQ).
Because of the fine print of our deal with the US regarding international broadcast content, from 2014 every single Australian television programme will be required to have between one and six Halloween episodes per year. And we’ve seen some of the guidelines that have been issued for a range of Australian series’, outlining what will be happening this time next October. Set your TiVO now to enjoy these “small scream” highlights!*
*Also acceptable: must-scream TV.
The dead return to Ramsay Street, with the beloved likes of Helen Daniels, Madge Bishop and Stingray Timmins rising from their unquiet graves to wreak a terrible posthumous revenge on Erinsborough.… Read more