AACTA Award Winners

Credit – AACTA.org

Hosts Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman were today joined on stage by a star-studded line up of presenters including Geoffrey Rush (AACTA president), Lachy HulmeStephen Curry and cricketer Brett Lee to honour Australia’s best achievements in Australian film and television at the 4th AACTA Awards Ceremony, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney. Continue reading

Q & A – Virginia Gay

Australian performer Virginia Gay has been a presence on our screens since she graduated from WAAPA. Not content with acting only on screen, Virginia has excelled on stage too including writing some cabaret shows.

Virginia was kind enough to do a Q & A for this site. She can currently be seen on Winners & Losers on Channel 7 whilst at the same time trying to perfect the art of Twitter.

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Mini-Reviews: Carlotta and Edge of Tomorrow

Carlotta

Performances are top notch in this telemovie that depicts the life of Richard Byron who would later be known to the world as Carlotta.

Jessica Marais and Eamon Farren’s performances in particular are outstanding to watch. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Eamon Farren on stage a couple of times and am glad that a bigger audience gets to see his talent present in this telemovie.

On top of the telemovie, the DVD contains a number of extras, which are definitely worth watching.

Airs on ABC1 on 19 June 2014 at 8:30pm and will be released on DVD on 2 July 2014.

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Resurrection soon on Seven Network (Australia)

Resurrection will be premiering soon on Seven Network in Australia

Credit to Seven Network Australia

  •  13.3 million watched US premiere, highest rated show of the night
  •  Best premiere for any new mid-season drama on broadcast television since 2012
  • 2nd most-watched new drama debut this season (behind INTELLIGENCE, also soon on Seven)
  • Averaged a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, and increased viewers from its first half hour to the second

 

The Blacklist earns a second season

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Following a strong ratings finish for its 2013 run in the US and Australia,

The Blacklist has scored an early second season renewal with a 22-episode order.

The series will return to Seven after the tennis with all-new episodes.

  • Australia’s No.1 US Drama in 2013
  • Australia’s No.1 new overseas Drama in 2013
  • Ranked in Australia’s Top 5 Drama programs in 2013
  • 2013 Series Average – 2,014,000 Combined (Metro + Regional); 1,350,000 (Metro)

In the US, The Blacklist is the No.1 drama and No.2 scripted series in 18-49s and No.1 new show in 18-49s and total viewers.

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.