TV and all that jazz

TV and all that jazz.

Turn the clock back to 1994 and Australian audiences were introduced to a show called Blue Heelers (technically the pilot aired in 1993), a show which could give the British dramas Heartbeat and Midsomer Murders a run for their money in terms of the number of crimes in a rural setting.

When Blue Heelers started it was a low rating show for the Seven Network, so much so there were concerns it would not be renewed for a second season. But Seven pursued with it and then by the time it got to its third season (1996) it was the #1 Australian drama and often the #1 show on Australian television screens.

The reason I bring this up is the show is being re-released this week on DVD, which gives those who were not around a chance to watch the show and those who were to rewatch the show again.

So this raises the question. If you watched a show years ago, would you still have the same perspective of it years later? Or if a person who is in their teens, do they have the same opinion as someone say in their 30s or 70s?

I am about to launch a new section on the site in regards to some TV shows, which depending on popularity may expand to other forms of media. Some will include perspectives of a teenager and those in their 30s and/or 70s, others will be of those in their 30s and 70s, or maybe only involve a member of one of the said age groups.

If there is a show you would like to see reviewed, feel free to suggest one or just comment on what you thought of the shows that are being reviewed!

Source: A Blast From The Past (archived Unofficial PJ and Maggie Site)

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.

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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