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Filmmakers Victoria Cocks and Kirsty Stark have harnessed the power of Twitter to call attention to their TV series Wastelander Panda. Their experiemt was a success, with the ABC commissioning six episodes.

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Rundle: Planet Janet, a Wolf, the Lone Survivor and other illiberalism

Janet Albrechtsen writes on a spurious “cultural divide” in Hollywood and at home. Her fact-free propaganda exemplifies the illiberal spirit of the Right. Our writer-at-large goes to the movies.

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Incredibly offensive: Tropfest sex change comedy sparks outrage

This year’s Tropfest winner has been accused of homophobia and transphobia by advocates. It’s another controversy for the wildly successful short film festival.

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The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to Crikey)

The arts is a living, breathing monster; roaring in our major cultural spaces and dingy laneways near you. Crikey is diving into the pond with the launch on Monday of Daily Review.

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Movie review: Jobs — one long, cheesy moment

Joshua Michael Stern’s Steve Jobs biopic is a bit of a turkey, but anyone trying to pin the blame on Ashton Kutcher should take a closer look at the script, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Video: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on ‘The World’s End’

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have made a career out of writing and playing boozy characters for laughs, but as Luke Buckmaster discovers, they don’t find alcohol so funny in real life.

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2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

What was the best film of 2012? The best TV show? The book you have to read, the video game you have to play, the album you have to download, the theatre you should have seen? Crikey picks the best.

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Why the death of Hollywood has been greatly exaggerated

Hollywood’s business model is in serious trouble, so the narrative goes. So why are big film studios making more money than ever? New markets in China and on the internet are driving a new boom.

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Unscripted and on message: Mark Duplass on Your Sister’s Sister

Lynn’s Shelton’s love-triangle-with-a-twist dramedy Your Sister’s Sister is the best kind of micro-budget American indie, says Luke Buckmaster. He talks to one of its stars, Mark Duplass.

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Writer/director Tony Gilroy on rebooting Bourne

Matt Damon moved on and the mega-successful Bourne franchise looked finished. Enter Tony Gilroy to find a new Jason and chart a new course for the movie thrillers. He talks to Alasdair Duncan.

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Absurd things in ultra slow-mo

Who explodes a birthday cake with fireworks? Filmmakers with apparently too much time, apparently.

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The year in cinema: the top five female performances of 2011

It’s time to acknowledge cinema’s top five female performances (plus five honorable mentions) of 2011. Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia makes the list, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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First look at ABC’s The Slap — and it’s a winner

Last night Luke Buckmaster saw the first two episodes of ABC’s highly anticipated adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap. The show is likely to become a huge critical and popular success, says Buckmaster.

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Win a double pass to see POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold

To mark the Australian theatrical release of director Morgan Spurlock’s new ‘docbluster’ POM Wonderful Presents: the Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Cinetology gives readers the chance to win a double pass.

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Morgan Spurlock’s latest, inside the NYT and more: MIFF Day 9 and 10

Having now watched and reviewed 40 films in 10 days, Luke Buckmaster is now deep within the belly of the Melbourne International Film Festival beast. He examines the six films he’s seen in the last 48 hours.

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Day 6 of MIFF: one clever chimp, Israeli dramedy, tabloid shenanigans and hipster futurism

It’s Day 6 of the Melbourne International Film Festival and the tired and bedraggled state of Crikey blogger Luke Buckmaster caused an embarrassing encounter in one cinema foyer.

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Stoking Russian crime, viva Las Elvis, check mate: MIFF Day 5

Just five days in and Luke Buckmaster has already seen over 20 films as part of his quest to watch 60 films in 17 days for the Melbourne International Film Festival. An Elvis classic was amongst yesterday’s offerings…

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Face to Face: all eyes on a great new Australian film

Finally we have proof that a David Williamson play can still provide the foundation for a great Australian film and that a new great Australian film, Face to Face, is indeed upon us, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Fairies, a hissing microphone, red onion tart canapes and fine company

Bleary-eyed Luke Buckmaster reviews the opening night of the Melbourne International Film Festival, from the lesser-quality cinema for the pleb guests to the brilliant film The Fairy, which opened the festival.

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Reel film festival dreams: bureaucratic bungles now showing at SFF

Concerns have been raised about the Sydney Film Festival and the relatively glacial pace of its board in seeking a new artistic director. It highlights the general ineptitude of bureaucracy and the various boards that oversee its parts, reports Matthew Clayfield.

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Relive the Disney magic in person

Disney has clocked up an impressive run of 50 animated feature films and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne is celebrating the achievement with a new exhibition, Dreams Come True. Matt Smith went along.

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Spend a night with Wong Kar Wai

Elegant women in elegant dresses, their dark hair pinned into perfect chignons. Men with slicked-back hair smoke thin cigarettes. Sultry glances are cast across hotel hallways. It must be a Wong Kar Wai film. Alexandra Patrikios watches the back-catalogue.

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Curtains close on cinema viewers?

TV audiences are up but cinema tickets are down. Could cinemas reliance on tent-pole films and excessive market research be killing audiences love of cinema? asks TV blogger Dan Barrett.

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Bend it like a heavily-edited Beckham

And the honour of the first Western film ever shown in censorship-loving North Korea goes to…envelope please… Bend it like Beckham! Sure, it was edited from 112 minutes down to just 60, but no other film can claim that title.

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Pomeranz: Don’t mix business with art

While wannabe sports stars gets thousands in government support and sponsorship, young Australian film makers struggle to make a living in Australia and that talent heads overseas, writes film critic Margaret Pomeranz.

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