Author: Natalia Wikana

What to watch on Australian free-to-air TV and Foxtel this week (9th – 15th August 2016)

August 8, 2016

Here’s this week’s picks that will keep you company other than what’s happening in Rio. Tuesday Russia’s Lost Princesses, SBS, 7:30pm AEST Follow leading historians as they learn about the last Russian emperor’s daughters outside of their rosy depictions and why they remain a fascination to the world. Dead of Summer, Fox8, 8:30pm AEST Things […]

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A Suicide Squad Member is Coming to Supanova in Brisbane and Adelaide

August 3, 2016

As the much anticipated entry in the DC Cinematic Universe Suicide Squad opens this week, it has been announced that one of its stars Karen Fukuhara, who plays Katana, will be part of the Supanova’s lineup in Adelaide and Brisbane this November. Katana, a masked assassin assigned to protect Rick Flag, the leader of the […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 2nd – 8th August 2016

August 1, 2016

Welcome to a brand new month and a new set of TV picks that will glue you to your seat.

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 19 – 25 July

July 19, 2016

Check out this week’s TV picks on Foxtel and Free-To-Air: Tuesday Ballers, Showcase, 8:30pm AEST Spencer encounters an old rival, causing his company and reputation to be on thin ice. Meanwhile Charles enjoys the luxuries of being a new football fan favourite as well as the consequences… Friday Death at a Funeral, GO! 9:40pm AEST […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 12 – 18 July

July 11, 2016

There’s a tonne of new and promising shows this week, so sit back and enjoy our TV picks for the days ahead on Australian free-to-air and Foxtel: Tuesday In Search of Frida Kahlo, Foxtel Arts, 7:30pm AEST One of the iconic artist’s biggest fans, Emeli Sand explores the complex life of Frida Kahlo. Dead of Summer, […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 5 – 12 July

July 4, 2016

Here’s are this week’s highlights on the Australian small screen. Tuesday Winners & Losers, Ch 7, 8:30pm AEST Jenny struggles to cope with her falling out with Gabe and starts to get paranoid over their future. Wednesday Offspring, Ch 10, 8:40pm AEST Things starts to shake up when the new Director of Education arrives. Meanwhile something […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 28 June – 4 July

June 28, 2016

With Games of Thrones season finale kicking off the start of the week, this week promises epic shows on your small screen. Tuesday Penny Dreadful, Showcase, 7:30pm AEST Sir Malcolm, Ethan and the rest of the gang are up for battle to save Vanessa while the Creature lurks around, making calculating choices. Wednesday Brooklyn Nine-Nine, […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Love and Friendship (PG) (UK, 2016)

June 20, 2016

Sophisticated and Austen-worthy, Love and Friendship is a must see. Based on Jane Austen’s epistolary novella Lady Susan, the film centres on the original story’s namesake, played by Kate Beckinsale, a widow with a chain of scandals following her. She arrives at her in-laws’ home and is in search of husbands for her and her daughter. And […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 21 – 28 June

June 20, 2016

Tune in for this week’s TV picks which are worthy of your small screen. Tuesday Game of Thrones, Showcase, 9:36pm AEST A promising episode where new alliances are forged all in the name of survival and power, and Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton’s armies face off in an anticipated battle. Thursday Cleverman, ABC, 9:30pm AEST […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: What’s In the Darkness (18+) (China, 2016)

June 19, 2016

Dark and clever, What’s in the Darkness is in a league of its own being a mixture of crime and coming of age story. Directed by first-time director Wang Yichuan, the story follows teenager Jing (Su Xiaotong) who’s discovering her identity and sexuality. Soon she gets tangled up with a case involving a serial killer […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: High-Rise (UK, 2016)

June 15, 2016

Clever and dark, High-Rise (directed by Ben Wheatley) is a dystopia to remember. The story follows surgeon Laing (Tom Hiddleston) who moves to a tower far from civilisation. This tower has everything you need from a supermarket to a gym, but no contact with the outside world. Laing adjusts to life at the tower and […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: The Lure (Poland, 2016)

June 15, 2016

Far from Disney’s little mermaid, The Lure is a film that mixes musical, comedy and horror together. The story centres on a family of entertainers who find a pair of mermaids and decide to take them in since they have beautiful singing voices. The mermaids immerse themselves in the human world, but soon one of […]

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Ranking the X-Men films

June 8, 2016

With X-Men: Apocalypse behind us, there’s never been a better time for X-Men fans to look ahead. They’ve got TV offerings like Legion and Hellfire in development alongside big screen project’s like New Mutants, X-Force and Hugh Jackman‘s final Wolverine movie. It’s also a great time to look back, and see how Apocalypse ranks against the series’ […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 7 – 13 June

June 6, 2016

The Iris has chosen this week’s picks, so sit back and invest your nights with your small screens. Tuesday Once Upon a Time, 7Flix, 7:30pm AEST Emma disappears after becoming the Dark One. The rest of our heroes must come together to find her, an impossible quest. Unless they seek help from an unexpected character. […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 31 May – 7 June

May 30, 2016

The Iris is here with this week’s TV picks that are worthy of your small screen and time. Tuesday Criminal Minds, Ch 7, 8:30pm AEST Catch up with your favourite team the BAU who are on a hunt for a culprit who is kidnapping and depriving their victims from sleep. American Horror Story, FX, 9:30pm […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 24 – 31 May

May 23, 2016

The Iris here with this week’s picks to make your relationship with the small screen captivating and special. Tuesday  Catalyst, ABC, 8:00pm AEST Biomedical engineer Jordan Nguyen and 13 year old Riley with cerebral palsy work together on a technology that grants Riley superpowers. Lincoln, One, 8:30pm AEST Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) struggles to […]

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Film Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (M 15+) (USA, 2016)

May 19, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse delivers the super fights, the superhero costumes, the supervillain and the super team. But was this latest X-Men film so special that, if it was a person, it would be enrolled at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? Yes and no. Mild spoilers ahead. Set in 1983, 10 years after the previous Days of […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 17-24 May 2016

May 16, 2016

The Iris has chosen this week’s must-see picks and here they are… Tuesday, 17th May Masterchef, Ch 10, 7:30pm AEST Join in and watch the best contestants cook up a dish using only popcorn. Sounds appetising. Wednesday, 18th May The Flash, Fox8, 7:30pm AEST Barry confronts an army of metahumans but is shocked when he […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 10th – 17th May

May 9, 2016

It’s a new week and we have a new menu of TV picks for you to devour. Tuesday – 10 May 2016 The Voice, Ch.9, 7:30pm AEST Join judges Ronan Keating, Delta Goodrem, Jessie J and the Madden brothers to search for the next best thing in music and talent. Jane the Virgin, Fox8, 7:30pm […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 3rd – 9th May

May 3, 2016

April’s over and that means new shows are coming. Here are this week’s must-see shows/movies on the small screen. Tuesday – 3 May Once Upon a Time, 7Flix, 7:30pm AEST Ursula and Cruella come to Storybrooke, but to David and Mary’s suspicions, they’re not visiting to do some sightseeing… Wednesday – 4 May The Story […]

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Interview: Actress Phyllis Logan Looks Back on Downton Abbey

May 2, 2016

The sun had set on Downton Abbey last week but not so when Phyllis Logan, who plays housekeeper Mrs Hughes, visited Sydney. The view of Circular Quay from her hotel suite was bathed in picturesque sunlight but Logan was kind enough to take her time away from the weather and view to talk about the […]

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DVD Review: Downton Abbey Season 6

April 28, 2016

Fans of Downton Abbey shouldn’t be disappointed with the end of the series. After all, it ended on a high note. Now you can add the DVD to your collection and have an elegant marathon. The complete sixth and final season begins in 1925. Life continues to change at Downton with servants including the ones […]

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Five Disney Classics We Want To See Get The Jungle Book Treatment

April 27, 2016

After The Jungle Book smashing the box office last week and while we wait for the current lineup of upcoming remakes including Beauty & the Beast, there’s definitely some potential in what Disney animated classic’s could benefit from a reboot. Here’s a list of Disney classics that we want to see, promising ones that would […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 26th April – 2nd May

April 26, 2016

A brand new week, a brand new list of picks for you to watch including a much anticipated new season of a certain series. Tuesday – 26 April The Fifth Estate, 7Flix, 8:30pm AEST Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, this film portrays Julian Assange and his quest to expose the corruption behind closed government doors, questioning the role of […]

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Six Adaptations Worthy Of Their Source Material

April 25, 2016

Among many adaptations that tear you apart with their inaccuracies, terrible cast and terrible everything, there are adaptations that are worthy of their source and fans. The Iris will take you on a journey through the best ones. Gone Girl True to its bestselling source, Gone Girl centres on Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) whose life […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 19th – 24th April

April 18, 2016

An amazing list of new shows are coming to your Foxtel screens this week and are guaranteed to be promising gems. Tuesday 19th April 2016 The Tempest, Foxtel Arts, 8.30pm AEST A masterpiece adaptation of Shakespeare’s arguably most original work, The Tempest is a tale of enlightenment, power, corruption and melodrama. Foyle’s War‘s  James Garnon […]

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Film Review: Allegiant (PG) (USA, 2016)

April 14, 2016

It seems after Mockingjay Part 2, the last of The Hunger Games, people and Hollywood need to take a break from dystopias. Similar in plot, Allegiant is the latest installment in the Divergent series. It follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her friends in the aftermath of overthrowing the ruthless system that controlled Chicago, their home. […]

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Film Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (M) (US, 2016)

April 6, 2016

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the best fairytale retelling of them all? The Huntsman: Winter’s War might not be – but at least it’s an improvement on Snow White & the Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Eric/The Huntsman who’s given more depth and yes, a sad story in which most of his […]

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Five Fairytale Blockbusters To See Before The Huntsman: Winter’s War

April 1, 2016

Fairytales and blockbusters aren’t two words you’d often expect to find side-by-side but the two have produced a slew of fun and often-fantastic films. In fact, the veritable sub-genre will have a new entry this month with The Huntsman: Winter’s War. In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d take a look back at some […]

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TV Review: The Night Manager (UK, 2016)

March 28, 2016

The Night Manager is a blend of elegance and a much more British 007 with Tom Hiddleston’s Jonathon Pine being a hospitable and intelligent but a little naïve agent. Accompanied with classical and modern music, the opening credits is an interesting masterpiece, mixing up symbols of military, terrorism and the rich, indicating the show isn’t […]

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