Review: Hush (Documentary)

Hush Review

Hush is a documentary on abortion directed by Punam Gill. Unlike previous documentaries on the topic, this one states from the beginning, how there are two sides to the argument, pro-life and pro-choice. Both sides of the story are given a voice throughout the documentary. Ultimately it looks at the science and effect on women and not the point of view individuals are coming from. Continue reading

Short Film Reviews – Pro-Ana and Parallel Chords

A couple of reviews on some short films., Pro-Ana and Parallel Chords Warning spoilers ahead.

Pro-Ana (10 Mins) – Short Film

Description:

A young woman’s journey of recovery and escape from the cult of pro-ana.

Pro-Ana, the film, is a young woman’s journey of escape from the cult of pro-ana, whose adherents deify body dysmorphia and disordered eating. For her, recovery means losing everyone she loves in order to rediscover herself.

Our film, inspired largely by #ThePowerWithin social media campaign, aims to shine a light on this growing and pervasive subculture through a story of strength and self-reclamation. Continue reading

Australian Drama so far in 2013

Usually I save this until the end of the year but if all goes to plan I’ll be going overseas next week so I thought I’d do it now instead.

So apologies for the raves/gushing that is about to follow.

Setting aside the dud Reef Doctors (even though it had a fantastic cast), I have to say this year we’ve had some great Australian dramas air in 2013.

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Some BBC Dramas.. The Paradise – Series One and Last Tango in Halifax -Series One

BBC are known for their great little dramas and ‘The Paradise’ and ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ are no exceptions.

‘The Paradise’ is a BBC drama, which is loosely based on ‘Au Bonheur des Dames’ showcases the ladies wear section of ‘The Paradise’ a department store set during the Victorian splendour.

It’s not only a show which is absorbing and keeps you interested all the time, it also highlights the the class distinction in England during the Victorian era.

Sarah Lancashire as Miss Audrey, in particular, is a delight as the lady who is in charge of the ladieswear section at The Paradise and tries to keep everything in proper order.

The winner of Best Drama Series at this year’s BAFTA Awards, ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ is a real heartfelt ensemble drama set in Halifax and focuses on two people who had lost contact many years ago and reunite sixty years later, much to the dismay of their family.

Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker are the main four leads in this drama which is a must watch for those who love their BBC dramas.

Second series for both ‘The Paradise’ and ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ have been ordered.

Both shows have been released on DVD in Australia by Roadshow Entertainment are now available in all good stores and online.

Packed to the Rafters returns tonight on Seven Network

It’s been away for over 7 months but Packed to the Rafters returns to Australian television tonight on Seven Network at 8:45pm after My Kitchen Rules.

The episode tonight picks up from where the mid-season break ended.

Small recap of where we left off mid-season:

  • Julie forgave Dave for his drunk kiss with Frankie
  • Frankie returned to work for Dave as did Coby
  • Ben and Emma are thinking of buying a farm together
  • Carbo and Retta are now married and found out that Retta is pregnant
  • Ted is showing signs of memory less (forgetting things)
  • Jake has started a relationship with Sian

Silver Linings Playbook

 

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

I will say this straight up. I am not an expert on mental illness, I have no degrees, no qualifications, nothing. But I have been surrounded by people who suffer from mental illness. So I have seen first hand knowledge of the questioning that might occur from  those suffering particular conditions and with the highs comes the lows. You have to recognise them and be careful not to cause a downhill spiral when a person is at their low.

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Rake DVD

Series Two of Rake comes out on DVD in Australia on 7 November.

Just a mini-review:

  • The second series probably wasn’t at the top quality of the first series, well that was until the second series finale. The finale is one of the best Rake episodes to air and is on par with the standard of Series One. When the episode ends, you straight away will say, “but what happened to ***** and *****?” (and no the asterisks have no meaning as to whom I am referring to)
  • The DVD Extras are a major highlight on the DVD – the Blooper Reel and Behind the Scenes in particular are great.

Episodes Rating: 4 out of 5.

DVD Features: 4.5 out of 5

 

Puberty Blues – DVD Review

The finale of ‘Puberty Blues’ airs tomorrow in Australia and it is a fantastic end to the series.

I’ve had a chance to view the finale and am looking forward to doing a re-watch in marathon format (as opposed to week by week format) shortly to see if my opinion of the show changes at all. I will say that in my opinion, the show loses nothing in its transition to DVD, especially when showcasing some locations, such as the ocean/beach scenes.

There are some extras on the DVD including the screen tests of Ashleigh, Brenna and Sean for their respective parts in the series.

The series comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Thursday.