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‘The Code: Series 2′ DVD Review

8 November 2016 5:42 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Oh, the evil Internet, full of evil hackers looking at the best way to steal your money or sell you to the highest bidder. It seems to be the popular tool for modern television series to create something that stands out. Does The Code: Series 2 stand out as something special though, or just another crime thriller with a technological edge?

When two Australians are killed by militia in West Papua, Internet journalist Ned (Dan Spielman) and his cyber hacking brother Jesse (Ashley Zuckerman) are called into action. Threatened with deportation by the Australian government they are forced to help in the hunt for Jan Roth (Anthony Lapaglia) whose underground website is being used to traffic a young boy.

For the first half of series two the focus is on finding the young boy that has been kidnapped, but there are other motives underneath this. Jan Roth is current fighting »

- Paul Metcalf

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DVD Review – The Code: The Complete Season Two

7 November 2016 1:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Code: Season Two

Created by Shelley Birse

Starring Dan Spielman, Ashley Zukerman, Adele Perovic, Anthony Lapaglia, Sigrid Thornton, Robyn Malcolm and Ella Scott Lynch.


Two brothers, a jaded journalist and an autistic computer hacker, faced with the prospect of extradition to the Us, are forced into making complex decisions taking in political unrest, personal dealings and the mysterious ‘darknet’, all of which have the potential to bring down global powers.

Building on the tense neo-noir successes of season one and continuing the themes of political and personal intrigue, season two of The Code is a classy Australian tech-thriller.

Following the exploits of Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman) and Ned Banks (Dan Spielman) as they attempt to protect themselves from various authorities, the series is a thoughtfully constructed puzzle of conspiracy, claims and counter-claims.

Faced with the grim prospect of extradition to the Us for actions carried out in the previous season, »

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'Sisters', 'Wake in Fright' and the return of Russell Coight: Ten’s 2017 slate

3 November 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


Network Ten has unveiled its 2017 line-up, with two new local dramas leading the slate; Sisters,.starring Barry Otto and Catherine McClements, and the previously announced.Wake in Fright.

Other new local content includes Common Sense, a news-focused show from the creators of Gogglebox; The Biggest Loser: Transformed; and a new series of.Russell Coight.s All Aussie Adventures,.after 15 years away from screens..

Offspring and The Wrong Girl will return, alongside lifestyle and reality programming such as MasterChef Australia, I.m A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here!, Gogglebox, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Family Feud, The Living Room, Shark Tank, Australian Survivor, The Bachelor Australia and The Bachelorette Australia..

Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said the 2017 slate was .diverse and deeply engaging..

.Wake In Fright and Sisters are extraordinary Australian stories. The Biggest Loser: Transformed will take a beloved brand to a whole new level, »

- Jackie Keast

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If visits the set of Sbs mini Deep Water, starring Noah Taylor and Yael Stone

30 August 2016 6:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Noah Taylor and Yael Stone (and soundie) on set. (Photo: Sean O'Reilly)

An old shed on Glebe Island wharf, littered with boat-building machinery and tools, sets the tone for one of the dramatic final scenes of Sbs.s new four-part series, Deep Water, starring Noah Taylor and Yael Stone..

Stone and Taylor play detectives investigating a brutal murder case which appears to be connected to the real-life gay hate crimes that swept through Sydney in the .80s and .90s.

But it was a more recent murder which spurred Blackfella Films. producers Darren Dale and Miranda Dear to get the series moving.

Dear and Dale, coincidentally were both in Potts Point, Sydney, when a particularly violent murder took place.

.He [Darren] was leaving and I was heading in and we both saw fire engines, ambulances, police cars and Darren stopped at the Atm near the building and heard from residents what had happened, »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Noah Taylor, Yael Stone join Blackfella Films' Sbs crime series Deep Water

20 March 2016 6:31 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Noah Taylor in the Spierig Bros' Predestination.

Noah Taylor and Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone will star in Sbs.s new four-part crime drama series, Deep Water, produced by Blackfella Films.

Joining them in the crime thriller are Stone's husband Dan Spielman (The Code, Accidental Soldier, Offspring), William McInnes (The Time of Our Lives, The Slap), Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Rake, Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries), Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Ben Oxenbould (The Kettering Incident, Old School, Rake), Simon Burke (Devil.s Playground), John Brumpton (Catching Milat, Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries) and others..

Sbs are billing Deep Water as its first "cross-genre, cross-platform event which will include a four-part drama series, a feature documentary and unique online web series and content".

The series is executive produced by Sbs.s Sue Masters, produced by Blackfella Films. Miranda Dear and Darren Dale and written by Kris Wyld »

- Staff Writer

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Orange Is The New Black's Yael Stone brings her marriage to Belvoir's stage

15 February 2016 8:23 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Blind Giant is Dancing stars Stone and her husband, Dan Spielman, of political thriller series The Code. ‘We just have to try and be careful,’ Stone says

It’s 1980s Australia and Louise and Allen’s marriage looks set to be shattered. A corrupt political power struggle within the Australian Labor party has threatened the shared socialist worldview that brought them together; closer to home, rampant societal misogyny puts pressure on the gender equality for which they had strived.

Related: Yael Stone on Orange is the New Black: 'I wasn’t Sapphic enough to play Nicky'

I have concerns about the way the way the women end their stories [in the play] … it’s not a happy and empowered ending.

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- Steve Dow

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