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Screen bites: did Offspring need to come back for a sixth season?

29 June 2016 1:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Guardian Australia’s new series of bite-sized TV commentaries will shine a light on telly talking points. In the first, we take on Offspring: the show that almost didn’t return

When Offspring first hit screens back in 2010, it gave us something we hadn’t had before: the realism of Australian dramas like The Secret Life of Us and Love My Way, but with a totally bonkers backdrop. Nina Proudman was unlike any other leading lady on Australian TV — distracted, overwhelmed, possibly psychotic.

God, we relished in it. A woman like us! Sometimes a mess but doing her best – it was easy to see the appeal. Through dream sequences and flashbacks that offered insight into Nina’s true feelings about work, romance and endless family crises, Offspring told us it was fine to feel like an impostor, to be afraid or discombobulated or incapable. We knew it from the first episode, »

- Anna Spargo-Ryan

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A Month of Sundays duo Anthony Lapaglia and Matthew Saville in conversation

13 April 2016 10:26 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Justine Clarke, Anthony Lapaglia and Matthew Saville on-set.

Palace Cinemas will host actor Anthony Lapaglia and director Matthew Saville for preview screenings of their new film, A Month of Sundays, at Palace Norton Street in Sydney (April 19) and Palace Cinema Como (April 21) in Melbourne.

Screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the pair.

Lapaglia plays Frank Mollard, a divorced Adelaide real-estate agent with a teenage son who strikes up a friendship with an elderly stranger, played by Julia Blake.

This is Saville's third film after Noise and Felony. The filmmaker also has a long resume on TV, including Graham Kennedy TV movie The King, The Secret Life of Us, We Can Be Heroes and Please Like Me..

Tickets for the preview screenings can be purchased here. »

- Staff Writer

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Tomorrow When the War Began bows April 23 on ABC3, debuts trailer

20 March 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Tomorrow When the War Began, the series based on John Marsden's novels, premieres April 23 at 7:30pm on ABC3.

The six-part adventure series tells the story of a group of young Australian friends on the run from a foreign invasion force.

The unsuspecting Australian military is quickly overwhelmed and none of Australia.s allies are willing to risk possible nuclear war to come to our aid.

Veterans Sibylla Budd, Deborah Mailman, James Stewart and Alison Bell are joined by relative newcomers Molly Daniels, Narek Arman, Jon Prasida, Madeleine Clunies-Ross, Madeleine Madden, Andrew Creer, Fantine Banulski and Keith Purcell.

Daniels plays Ellie, the heroine of the books. The young actor starred in two seasons of ABC3's You're Skitting Me, as well as Very Small Business, Party Tricks and The Librarians.

An Ambience Entertainment Production in association with ABC3, Screen Australia and FilmVictoria, the show is produced by Michael Boughen »

- Staff Writer

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BBC commissions Kris Mrksa's Requiem

5 January 2016 6:12 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kris Mrksa

Australian screenwriter Kris Mrksa (Glitch, Janet King, The Slap, Underbelly, The Secret Life of Us) will write a six-part series for BBC Drama..

Requiem will be made by New Pictures (coming off the back of a great success with The Missing, starring Australia's Frances O'Connor) and will consist of six one-hour episodes. The show will be executive produced by Willow Grylls, Elaine Pyke and Charlie Pattinson for New Pictures and Polly Hill for BBC One.

A thriller which flirts with the supernatural, Requiem is the story of a young woman who discovers, in the wake of her mother's death, that everything she thought she knew about herself was a lie.

So: expect a more adult, ambiguous, and female version of Harry Potter.

"Requiem is the show I've always wanted to make", Mrksa said. "To be making it with the team at New Pictures, and for the BBC, a »

- Harry Windsor

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