Author: Penny Spirou

First Impressions: Netflix series Safe unveils hard truths behind a quaint, gated community

April 23, 2018

Set to hit Netflix soon is Safe – a drama television series set in a gated community where people are not as they seem. The series stars Michael C. Hall of Dexter fame as a father of two daughters, widowed after the passing of his wife from cancer. His character, Tom, juggles his profession as […]

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DVD Review: The Handmaid’s Tale first season hooks you in and keeps you wanting more

March 23, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future unlike those we are used to seeing. There aren’t any flying cars or amazing technology that you’d assume to see here. There is nothing but solid regression, simplifying life back to its roots. In fact, it appears that everything has gone backwards in the worst possible […]

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Theatre Review: The Trouble with Harry is a play full of depth (performances until March 3rd).

February 19, 2017

Based on the life of a transgender person, born Eugenia Falleni, The Trouble with Harry explores Harry Crawford’s struggle to live as a man in the 1920s. The harrowing journey covers issues in gender, abuse, family and crime. Through each emotive character, the audience takes a glimpse into what faces a transgender person in a […]

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Film Review: Ben Affleck’s Live By Night (USA, 2016) is a visually stunning yet slow running 1920s gangster film

January 26, 2017

Based on the 2012 novel by Dennis Lehane of the same name, Live By Night is set in the prohibition era across the 1920s and 1930s. The man at the centre of the story, Joe Coughlin, is played by Ben Affleck, who brought this adaptation to life. He directed, wrote and produced the film, which […]

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Second season of Billions to premiere in February

August 17, 2016

The second season of Showtime drama Billions will arrive on television screens in February 2017. The critically-acclaimed series, which is currently shooting in the New York summer, will see the return of Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades and Damian Lewis as Bobby Axelrod. Rhoades is a US Attorney who continues to battle for ultimate power […]

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New Australian Comedy Series Little Acorns to star Rachel Griffiths; launches online in September

August 12, 2016

Set in a childcare centre called Big Oak, Little Acorns is a new Australian comedy series that will be available exclusively through YouTube from 1st September. The series will be told in nine parts, running in bite-size 3-5 minute episodes. Written and directed by Maria Theodorakis and Trudy Hellier, Little Acorns shows adults behaving like […]

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Watch Tim Burton take us inside the peculiar world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

August 12, 2016

Tim Burton’s new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. And this week we’ve been given a bit more insight into the anticipated movie, with a featurette being released, seeing Director Tim Burton take us inside the story’s most peculiar world. Watch the featurette here: […]

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The first uncensored trailer for Bad Santa 2 reintroduces us to Willie and Thurman Merman

August 11, 2016

Billy Bob Thornton and his foul mouth are back for Bad Santa 2 – and this week we got our first taste of the film with the release of its first trailer. In the film, Billy Bob returns as Willie, the R-rated Santa, with his equally filthy elf accomplice, Tony Cox as Marcus. In the […]

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The first two films have been confirmed for the 2016 Environmental Film Festival Australia

August 3, 2016

The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA), now in its seventh year, is set to return to Melbourne next month. From 29 September, the EFFA will kick off in Melbourne and then tour nationally, covering Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart. EFFA encourages the participation of environmental advocates, film buffs, academics, business people, scientists, government, and creatives, all […]

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Australian filmmakers who led the new wave of feminism in the 90s to feature in new exhibition

August 3, 2016

FemFlix is set to open at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), at the University of Sydney, on 10 August 2016. It will feature an overlooked decade of feminism, the 1990s, that highlighted zine counter-culture, post-punk gestures, and cyberfeminists on screen. It will feature the work of Australian filmmakers who led the new wave of […]

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Lynette Wallworth’s VR experience Collisions to tell an Indigenous Australian story at ACMI

August 3, 2016

Acclaimed artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth will present a virtual reality film experience titled Collisions at ACMI from October this year. The free exhibition will be a part of the Melbourne Festival, and will run at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image from Thursday 6 October 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017. Exploring the […]

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Netflix acquires exclusive rights to feature film on the Panama Papers

July 28, 2016

Based on the tell-all book by Obermaier and Obermayer, Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the World’s Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money, will be adapted in to a feature-length film. Key members from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Gerard Ryle and Marina Walker, are also on board with the project as […]

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Netflix receives worldwide rights to stream American Crime Story

July 28, 2016

Cable’s most watched new TV series of 2016, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, will come to Netflix in 2017. The series will be available globally (excluding Canada) and will stream all new seasons in the hit American Crime Story TV series. The announcement is the first global agreement between Netflix and 20th […]

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Freddy Krueger himself to appear at Q&A for screening of The Last Showing in Sydney

July 28, 2016

Robert Englund, known for his infamous role as horror supervillain, Freddy Krueger, will be at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick, Sydney for a special Q&A for his new film The Last Showing. The film tells the story of a projectionist (played by Englund) who is made redundant. As it was his life-long career he looks […]

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First trailer released for xXx: Return of Xander Cage

July 20, 2016

Vin Diesel is back as Xander Cage, and he’s brought Samuel L. Jackson, Ruby Rose, and Toni Collette with him. As Jackson chomps on his boiled rice and broccoli in a quaint little takeaway restaurant he lectures that, “the world has changed… The world we’re fighting today, needs a different kind of soldier”. xXx: Return […]

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Australia’s international film festival for kids is coming to the Sydney Opera House

July 20, 2016

Little Big Shots is Australia’s only international film festival for kids. It’s currently touring the country and has been announced to take over the Sydney Opera House from Friday 5 August through Sunday 7 August. The weekend event will feature the best local and international shorts, animations and documentaries for children (including some that have […]

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The 65th Melbourne International Film Festival announces its guest line-up

July 15, 2016

Now in its 65th year, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has revealed the line-up of special guests set to grace Melbourne later this month (and well into August). Melbourne director Cris Jones and cast members Xavier Samuel, Matilda Brown and Rachel Ward will hit the blue carpet for the festival’s glittering Opening Night celebrations, […]

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Bad Girl wins Best Film at the 28th Annual Western Australia Screen Awards

July 6, 2016

The Australian independent feature film Bad Girl is celebrating today after  taking home two awards last night at the 28th Annual Western Australia Screen Awards. Directed by Fin Edquist, the film stars Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Mystery Road) and Sara West (Ash vs Evil Dead, The Daughter). It’s a thriller that sees a rebellious daughter returning […]

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TV Review: Silicon Valley Season 3, Episode 3 (USA, 2016)

May 12, 2016

Behold, the running gag of the gold chain. This episode sees Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) finally on a salary, treating himself to a delicate gold chain that he drapes around his neck. Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) spots it first and so begins a pun-tastic thirty-minute journey. The Pied Piper boys spare no expense at tearing the poor […]

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TV Review: Silicon Valley Season 3, Episode 2 (USA, 2016)

May 2, 2016

Richie (Thomas Middleditch) returns to the doctor this week (the fantastically inappropriate, Andrew Daly) and comes out with a full bill of health. He’s still battling with being kicked out of Pied Piper, only to return as CTO. The boys enter the newly designed Pied Piper office, which again looks too good to be true. […]

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TV Review: Silicon Valley Season 3, Episode 1 (USA, 2016)

April 25, 2016

The Pied Piper boys are back in a third season of Silicon Valley. Each season gets better and better, and this one is already proving to be its best yet. It is a wonderful blend of humour, honesty, and melancholy. Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) finds himself in another pickle with his start-up – it all […]

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DVD Review: Alex & Eve (Australia, 2015)

April 13, 2016

Based on the live stage play by Alex Lykos that has toured around the country since 2006, Alex & Eve is a romantic comedy about a Greek Orthodox boy and a Lebanese Muslim girl who, against all odds, fall in love. This Aussie feature shows off the many cultures that live and breathe in Oz […]

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DVD Review: The Gallows (M15+) (USA, 2015)

December 12, 2015

Another entrant in the found-footage genre of horror that might have reached its expiry date. The Gallows would have had to do something exceptional (and exceptionally different) to tear it apart from the usual suspects. This all started with Blair Witch Project, reprised by the Paranormal Activity franchise, and many many others that never saw […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV Round Up! (21st August 2015)

August 21, 2015

This week’s round up features a lot of science fiction to get excited about, on both the big and small screen. What’s new in film? The Martian features Matt Damon behaving like a sci-fi God, and is set for release in October. His character, Mark Watney, finds himself stranded on a mission to Mars. He […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV Round Up! (14th August 2015)

August 14, 2015

Penny brings us the latest from the world of film and television in the The Iris’ weekly news round up! We kick things off with the new Tarantino blockbuster…

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The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV Round Up! (7th August 2015)

August 7, 2015

Before we get started on this week’s film and TV round up, we’d like to pay our respects to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a great of professional wrestling entertainment, inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, has passed away at the age of 61 on 30 July 2015. Rest in peace, Hot Rod. 

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The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV News Round Up! (31st July 2015)

July 31, 2015

Happy birthday to Bugs Bunny, who turned 75 on 28 July. You haven’t aged a day! In movie news, The Bourne Identity franchise is returning with Matt Damon and Tommy Lee Jones in Bourne. No plot details have been released as yet, but it is scheduled to hit cinemas in July 2016. In TV, sadly Key & […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV News Round Up! (24th July 2015)

July 24, 2015

First up for our weekly news round up, we’d like to wish a happy birthday to the late, great Robin Williams, who would have turned 64 on July 21st this week. You are missed! In movie news, this week saw the bashing of Adam Sandler film Pixels by MovieBob that has been doing the rounds on […]

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Film Review: The Gallows (USA, 2015)

July 22, 2015

Another entrant in the found-footage genre of horror that might have reached its expiry date. The Gallows would have had to do something exceptional (and exceptionally different) to tear it apart from the usual suspects. This all started with Blair Witch Project, reprised by the Paranormal Activity franchise, and many many others that never saw […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV News Round Up! (17th July 2015)

July 17, 2015

In our new weekly feature, we take a look back at some of the biggest stories in the world of film and TV this week… just in case you missed it. Suffice it to say, it’s been a great week of film and TV news, thanks in part to the annual San Diego Comic Con event, […]

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