The critically acclaimed Redfern Now begins its second season this week on ABC1. Byron Bache takes a look at why it's a watershed moment for Australian television writing.
It's the perfect case study. Two shows with the same premise: a women's prison, a terrified new inmate finding her place in the pecking order, and a pick-and-mix supporting cast of misfits whose stories are told in flashback. Wentworth premiered earlier this year on Foxtel's SoHo. Orange is the New Black debuts this week on Foxtel's Showcase. When it comes to scripted television, the divide between Australia and the rest of the world has never been easier to chart.
Ten's new Wednesday night drama Wonderland makes a play for Offspring's audience with its The Secret Life of Us-in-Sydney vibe, but terrible writing and a flimsy premise leave it dead in the water.
Lisa McCune makes a bizarre return to television in Reef Doctors, Channel Ten's latest attempt to turn viewers off Australian drama once and for all.
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There was a time when nobody looked a terrible singer in the eye and told them they were going to be a star. When nobody clapped mid-song. And when we let an audience figure out for themselves how worthy someone was of admiration.
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Created by Jane Campion and her occasional collaborator Gerard Lee, six-part miniseries Top of the Lake is built on a familiar foundation. It's concise, careful and considered drama.