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  1. S04.E01: Episode 1 2018.06.10

    Fantastically snarky review by Viv Groskop of episode 1 in The Guardian. Sample quote: I agree with her singling out the performance of Tristan Sturrock as Zacky Martin in this episode. He was great.
  2. Getting Our Claws Into Season 2

    I was very happy to hear you pronounce it as 'dooer', @Sarah D. Bunting. That's the way I was taught to pronounce it, but more and more these days I hear people saying 'dower', probably because it looks like 'sour'. (BTW, the 'dooer' pronunciation is really fun to say with a Scottish accent!)
  3. I think she saw herself in Sara (unwanted orphan) and part of Appleyard's mistreatment of Sara was her acting out her self-hatred. Also, without Miranda, Sara had no one to protect her, so Appleyard was free to bully and imprison her. And then there was the fact that Sara's guardian seemed to have disappeared, so it was like no one was going to come looking for Sara. IIRC, this is never made clear in the book either. The implication is that Appleyard pushed her. As I understood it, Hester was 'adopted' from an orphanage by Arthur (the older man she 'saw' in her bedroom). Arthur used her to rob from people and, when she got older (at least I hope so - although of course he may have used her as a child prostitute too), he prostituted her to rich men so they could steal from the men. Tomasetti (the guy from her past who turned up in Australia) was part of their 'gang'. I guess Hester snapped one day and murdered that one guy (or was it Arthur she murdered? I can't remember), which meant she had to get away or she would be arrested and hanged. She decided to get on a ship going to Australia, and saw the 'Appleyard' soap just before she left - which she then used as her new name.
  4. They really are. If those final frames from each episode's opening titles were made available as prints, I would be an enthusiastic customer.
  5. Not your imagination. It was heavily implied. I think the show portrayed it well, and I liked the relationship between the two men.
  6. Hanging Rock is really remarkable and I love the way they filmed it. Go and visit it if you get the chance! The school scenes were filmed at Werribee Park, near Melbourne, and the scenes at the Fitzhuberts' 'Lake View' property were filmed at the Rippon Lea Estate in Melbourne. You may recognise the latter as Aunt Prudence's home in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (and countless other Australian TV series).
  7. I don't think there's a lot to say about the author. Maybe change this topic to Book v. Movie v. TV Series instead?
  8. Yeah, I really loved the first three episodes and then was disappointed in the last three. I think the show tried to do too much - all those backstories and lesbian affairs and unrequited (?) manlove and attempted portrayals of race and class relationships became overwhelming. It was pretty to look at, though, and the performances were good.
  9. Funny thing about Jim Jefferies is that he's really not that well-known in Australia - he's much better-known in the USA. His comedy used to be horribly misogynistic, so I've never watched his show. In other news, Drumpf has tweeted that Sam should be fired. What a surprise ... not.
  10. Interesting. I'm Australian, and while I personally don't use the c-word, I wasn't shocked by Sam's use of it at all. To me, it was just like another swear word bleeped out, and I laughed my head off. Then when I woke up this morning it was a trending topic on Twitter and I found out that she had caused outrage in the USA by saying it. Honestly, sometimes it's like conservative white Americans are another species altogether. *shakes head in wonder* ETA: A couple of brilliant tweets from Australians that will help non-Australians understand why we're not so offended by the c-word: the first one (which has so far been RTed 32,000 times) says, 'I love little cultural differences, like how Americans are super offended by the word cunt but here in Australia we're super offended by school children being slaughtered with automatic weapons', and the second one (by a comedian friend of a friend who is currently living in New York) says, 'I hate being reminded how many Americans collapse like a stack of dead butterflies in the face of the word “cunt”. You wouldn’t last one simple greeting between friends in Australia, you gossamer dickheads'.
  11. Wentworth in the Media

    Yeah, it's fascinating that this is the first time it's been nominated in the 'most popular' category, and yeah, I'd assume that's because it's on pay TV. But I don't think the reruns have been on the ABC for long enough to affect the Logie nominations yet. I guess the word has spread about how great the show is!
  12. Wentworth in the Media

    Wentworth has picked up a bunch of 2018 Logie Award nominations today. The 'Outstanding' awards are peer-voted and are Australia's equivalent of the Golden Globes, while the 'most popular' categories are sort of the equivalent of the People's Choice Awards. Really happy to see Kate Atkinson and Celia Ireland being nominated! - Most Popular Drama Program - Most Outstanding Drama Series - Most Outstanding Actress: Kate Atkinson (aka Vera Bennett) - Most Outstanding Actress: Pamela Rabe (aka Joan Ferguson) - Most Outstanding Supporting Actress: Celia Ireland (aka Liz Birdsworth)
  13. Re getting more people to watch the show: I've just posted on FB about it, and especially about the weekly 'Little Victories' email the show sends out. Get yourself on the mailing list if you're not already. Reading the email each week makes me feel better, if only for short time.