Nestled deep in the Australian Outback is the town of Larrimah and its 11 eccentric residents. When one of them mysteriously disappears into thin air, the remaining residents become suspects and a long history of infighting is unveiled. [more inside]
The Librarian of Unseen University is sick, and in order to cure him, the Wizards need to know his real name which, uh... none of them do. And he's not telling, because the information could be used to change him back from his preferred form as an orangutan. But an idea! Rincewind might know it! But he accidentally got teleported to the continent of XXXX, and nobody knows where that is. So the Wizards go looking for XXXX, while Rincewind just tries to survive on terra incognita where everything is trying to kill him, well, about the same amount as is usual for Rincewind, really. (Wizards #6, Discworld #22.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
736 players, 163 goals, 63 games, 32 teams, 2 host countries, and it'll all come down to 1 champion. [more inside]
Four teams left. Heartbreak and glory await! [more inside]
We're down to 8 teams. Who will progress to the semi-finals, who will kick (or stomp on) who's butt, and who will have an agonizing penalty loss? [more inside]
[TRAILER] Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound - the unsolved death of a teenage girl. [more inside]
And we're down to 16, with glorious knockout glory awaiting. [more inside]
Find out who makes it to the Round of 16! [more inside]
Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her. It wasn’t just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett’s life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it. [more inside]
The Secrets of Hillsong: (all 4 episodes) Season 1, Ep 1
Hulu/FX documentary of the rise and mostly fall of the infamous Hillsong megachurch, which used to be international and huge until (a) a few pastors were caught cheating, (b) the founder's pastor dad turned out to be a pedophile, (c) these people spent so much money the Kardashians would be ashamed. Also, shockingly, they are not super gay friendly or PoC friendly either. [more inside]
Class of '07: The Beginning of the End of the World Season 1, Ep 0
A girls' school 10-year reunion coincides with a flood that seems to have wiped out the entire world. [more inside]
Wellmania: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
Liv (Celeste Barber) is an Australian food writer who's about to hit it big in the US. All she needs is to replace her lost green card. And all she needs to do that is pass a physical. And then things get difficult. [more inside]
"Richard Lowenstein’s 1986 masterpiece Dogs in Space was and remains controversial, divisive, compelling and inspirational. Made less than a decade after the events it is based on, using many of the people involved in those events as actors, the film explored Melbourne’s ‘postpunk’ counterculture of share houses, drugs and decadence. Amongst its ensemble cast was Michael Hutchence, one of the biggest music stars of the period, in his acting debut." [more inside]
Clark Kent meets up with some people from the old hometown, but the reunion isn't a happy one. [more inside]
Bluey: Season 3 (1st Half (Mostly)) Season 3, Ep 0
The Australian megahit kids' show about the Heeler family: 6-year-old Bluey, her 5-year-old sister Bingo, and parents Bandit and Chilli. They are dogs who live in Brisbane and engage in imaginative play and learn life lessons. [more inside]
Wanted: Chelsea and Lola Season 1, Ep 1
Lola ( Rebecca Gibney, who is also one of the writers of the show) and Chelsea (Geraldine Hakewell) know nothing of each other, only that they wait for the bus every day at the same time. This all changes when the two women intervene in a fatal carjacking and are subsequently thrust into a chase from authorities across Australia with a vehicle filled with cash. The strangers must rely on each other and their instincts while they are on the run. [more inside]
During a ouija board session, teenage Alison is warned something terrible awaits her during her 19th birthday.
Bluey: Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
Follow the adventures of a family of Australian heeler dogs in what Vulture calls "the best kids' show of our time". Highlights include "Dance Mode", "Sleepytime", "Cafe", and "Granddad".
An exploration of the history of the Bee Gees, featuring revealing interviews with oldest brother Barry Gibb, and archival interviews with the late twin brothers Robin and Maurice. - IMDB. Trailer at HBO, YouTube, and Amazon. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: ALIEN FROM L.A. Rewatch Season 5, Ep 16
Re-rewatch! At the center of the earth lies, apparently, a lost colony of Australians, living, also apparently, in a half-baked version of the techno-dystopia from the Super Mario Bros movie. Into this falls Wanda Saknussemm, played by supermodel Kathy Ireland, here cast as a high-pitched nerd girl. You know those movies where all a young woman has to do to be popular is lose the spectacles and wear a swimsuit? That's the story here, although it also involves falling down a "bottomless pit," running for her life from an oppressive government and their fiendish "Lotto," and a person with three-inch eyelashes. Also: the movie has a sequel, it turns out! Previously, and again.
After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. [more inside]
"The three Bright brothers are the overseers of 3,500 square kilometers of land in Queensland, with hours between each of their homes. It’s a vast, unforgiving environment, and no one ever goes far without a full complement of supplies. When 40-year-old Cameron sets out on his own, ostensibly to fix a repeater mast, he never comes home. His body is eventually spotted, via helicopter, curled up by the stockman’s grave, the source of plentiful, and persistent, local ghost stories. Cam’s older brother, Nathan, and their baby brother, Bub, are as perplexed as the cop who’s come all the way from Brisbane to investigate. What was Cam doing by the grave, and what was his Land Cruiser doing nine kilometers away, still fully stocked with supplies, with the keys left neatly on the front seat?" - Kirkus Review
In 1825, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. [more inside]
The Letdown: Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
New mom Audrey continues in the pathos of early parenthood. Australian series on Netflix. [more inside]
Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. [more inside]
This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back to their homelands. Assimilationist policy dictated that these girls be taken from their kin and their homes in order to be made white. [more inside]
(Whole season) Not to be confused with the 1970s cop show of the same name (and later of 'Bargearse' infamy thanks to the D-Generation), Bluey is an Australian kid's cartoon that follows the adventures of the titular six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy, her dad, mum and four-year-old little sister, Bingo. With 21 million views since it launched in late 2018 on ABC's iView service (overseas viewers will want a VPN for the short seven minute episodes), Bluey has quickly become one of the most popular shows in Australian history. [more inside]
Tidelands: Home Season 1, Ep 1
After a 10-year prison sentence, Calliope "Cat" McTeer returns home to Orphelin Bay, where her brother Augie is dealing with a fisherman's murder. [more inside]
Both versions are fantastic but Tim Meadows excels in the US version. The second US season just dropped. Any interest in a discussion or comparison of the two versions?
+18 days 2 hrs since Lia Haddock's abduction. [more inside]
CARGO is a post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs. [more inside]
A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions. [more inside]
Australia has two excellent free on-demand streaming services via the two government supported broadcasters, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). The ABC streaming service, iview.abc.net.au, is advertising-free and requires no login. The SBS service, SBS On Demand, contains ads and requires a login. Both of these services stream a lot of excellent domestic and international productions which I would like to bring to Fanfare attention, but I don't know if they are geoblocked to regular viewers outside of Australia. Are they?
Glitch: Season Two (All Episodes) Season 2, Ep 0
The Australian Broadcasting Company/Netflix show returns for season two, delivering several answers to the ongoing mystery of how the "risen" might have returned from the dead, even as many more questions arise.
Blindspot: Enemy Bag of Tricks Season 3, Ep 2
Roman makes a new friend in Australia while the team follows his tip to a satellite heist.
On a mission of mercy, Kevin assumes an alternate identity. Wherein we also learn the importance of secure two-factor authentication. They're Kevins! Identical Kevins all the way. One pair of matching bookends, Different as night and day.—Patti [more inside]
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final begins Saturday! May 13th! at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm Eastern! with results announced usually between 6-630pm Eastern! Can you tell I am excite! Most of the world can watch via the main Eurovision YouTube channel. Fans located in the US can tune their TVs to LOGO or computing devices to LogoTV.com, where the show will be co-hosted by Ross Mathews and Michelle Visage of "Rupaul's Drag Race" fame. Other options for following the action include accessing the main Eurovision stream on YouTube using a VPN, or using the delightfully Swedish feed from SVT (co-hosted, although probably in Swedish, by 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw). [more inside]
Live from Kyiv, Semifinal 1 begins Tuesday, May 9th, at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Come on in for performance previews and conjecture about who's good, bad, and so-bad-it's-good. Viewers outside the US can watch via the main Eurovision YouTube channel. For fans located in the US: LOGO is broadcasting the Grand Final again this year (with Ross Mathews and Michelle Visage of Drag Race fame. Yay!) which means we get to deal with geoblocking again. (Boo.) Get a VPN with endpoints outside the US to access the stream YouTube, or try the Swedish broadcaster's high-quality (and usually commentary-free) live stream. [more inside]
The Leftovers: Don't Be Ridiculous Season 3, Ep 2
Nora travels to St. Louis in her role as an investigator for the Department of Sudden Departure. [more inside]
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. [more inside]
Glitch: The Risen Season 1, Ep 1
Sergeant Hayes is a seasoned police officer in the small town of Yoorana in Australia. When late one night he receives a report of a disturbance in the cemetery, he is bewildered to find six naked, filthy, disoriented people wandering the cemetery who don't remember what happened to them. [more inside]
Cleverman: Terra Nullius Season 1, Ep 6
As the Containment Authority prepares to clear the city of Hairypeople, Koen must finally face his destiny as the Cleverman. (season finale)
Cleverman: A Man of Vision Season 1, Ep 5
Charlotte agrees to one last attempt at IVF at a clinic offering new technology; Slade offers Waruu a tempting deal. [more inside]
The Strange Calls: First Call Season 1, Ep 1
A young constable arrives to take the night shift in Coolum Beach, an ordinary Australian town . . . until the sun goes down. [more inside]
Cleverman: Containment Season 1, Ep 2
Koen seeks answers regarding his strange new powers, so he heads into The Zone; Aunty Linda realizes there is a new Cleverman.
EUROVISION DAY IS HERE! The 2016 Grand Final begins at 2100 CET / 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific. As before, the live stream will be available via the Eurovision website, the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, and for the first time, through the LOGO TV website. (Note to LOGO viewers: commentary will be provided by Carson Kressley and Michelle Collins.) Viewers located outside the US can also watch via YouTube. [more inside]
It's time for the next round of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest! Semifinal 2 begins at 2100 CET / 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific. As before, the live stream will be available via the Eurovision website. Viewers located outside the US can also watch via YouTube. Thanks to LOGO TV's contract to broadcast Saturday's Grand Final, the semifinal rounds are not available to viewers in the US via YouTube, and the Eurovision.tv stream is relatively low quality. One freely available (no VPNs necessary!) and high-quality source is the Swedish broadcaster, SVT. This is probably the correct link for today's stream. In case it's not, check the SVT Play home page. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Minefield First Watch Season 1, Ep 4
The boy-girl pairs are assigned confidence tests to prepare them for pas de deux.
Dance Academy: Learning to Fly First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
Tara, the audience avatar, joins Australia's top ballet academy. [more inside]
Dance Academy is an Aussie teen drama about students at a ballet school. I expected to hate it, but it's really rather good: well characterized, limits cheese to portions the size of a matchbox, a decent amount of real dancing per episode. Who's with me?
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