Category: TV review


Apocalypse Baby

This essay for the Spring issue of Meanjin is about television’s lost and found children, childless and desperate mothers, and callous and caring states. It draws on (far too many) hours of lockdown viewing, from the Creamerie and Mare of Easttown to The Handmaid’s Tale, via Top of Lake and Call the Midwife, with a cameo from The World According to Garp. Read it … Read More Apocalypse Baby


East of Western Decline: “Mare of Easttown”

In this #MareOfEasttown review for @themonthly I try to think of an answer to the question “What’s the Guy Pearce character doing in this show?” And I’ve got another answer to the Whodunnit? question. Read the review on The Monthly website here.


The Handmaid’s Tailspin

See The Saturday Paper (26 July – 2 August) for my review of The Handmaid’s Tale. Click here to read.


Daniels trump the world’s Donalds

First published by the Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 2016 Their first names start with D, they’re both ginger-haired, and they both have interests in real estate empires, but otherwise Rosehaven’s Daniel McCallum and Republican Donald Trump couldn’t be more different. A large part of the pleasure of watching Luke McGregor (Daniel) in the new ABC drama is, surely, that our hero plays the anti-Donald. When … Read More Daniels trump the world’s Donalds

House Husbands: less mad men, more dad men

First published by Daily Review, 24 September 2015 Another Monday night, another hour thrashing out the issues de jour: gay marriage, IVF, the privatisation of public assets*, all delivered with cleverly scripted lines. No, I’m not referring to Q&A: I’ve tried watching that program lately, but I usually end up passing out on the couch, thankful I’m not poor flu-afflicted Simon Sheikh, slamming my head down … Read More House Husbands: less mad men, more dad men

We’re all bit players in a television drama

First published by The Australian, 25 September 1997 In “The era of living vicariously” (Opinion, September 17), Valerie Parv writes that in the wake of Thredbo, Port Arthur and Diana’s funeral, we are in danger of becoming a nation addicted to virtual experiences, hooked on virtual emotions, virtual romance and the virtual hobbies and crafts demonstrated on infotainment television. The problem with Parv’s idea that we … Read More We’re all bit players in a television drama

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