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Warwick Thornton's The Beach (Image: SBS)

Don’t call it ‘slow TV’: The Beach is the meditative show we need

Welcome to The Beach: three hours of meditative television, where so little happens — but so much.

(Image: Unsplash/Lukas)

The Schadenfreude Redemption

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week, violence against Indigenous women, "influencers" fight back, some dead presidents and why performance reviews suck.

SBS has told an Australian filmmaker it only wants docos with "broad, general appeal". Isn't that what commercial stations are for?

‘A broad, general channel’: is SBS ignoring its charter?

SBS has told an Australian filmmaker it only wants docos with "broad, general appeal". Isn't that what commercial stations are for?

Australian journalist Peter Greste has been imprisoned for seven years for spreading "false news". See for yourself the evidence on which he was convicted.

Egypt wants to silence Peter Greste, but you can listen to him here

Australian journalist Peter Greste has been imprisoned for seven years for spreading "false news". See for yourself the evidence on which he was convicted.

Chris Uhlmann, the tough political editor of <em>7.30</em>, is leaving the program to make a documentary for the ABC on the Labor years. Who will replace him in the important role as Leigh Sales' understudy?

Chris Uhlmann departs 7.30 to make Labor doco

Chris Uhlmann, the tough political editor of 7.30, is leaving the program to make a documentary for the ABC on the Labor years. Who will replace him in the important role as Leigh Sales' understudy?

You don't need to like formula one motor racing to appreciate this spectacular documentary on the life of Brazilian champion Ayrton Senna, says freelance writer <b>Andrew Rankin</b>.

A thrilling look at F1’s king

You don't need to like formula one motor racing to appreciate this spectacular documentary on the life of Brazilian champion Ayrton Senna, says freelance writer Andrew Rankin.

You can be forgiven if, for a moment, you mistake <em>Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet</em> -- airing tonight on ABC2 -- as a serious documentary. But host Leigh Hart is taking the piss, says <b>Matthew Smith</b>. And it's very funny.

A mysterious mockumentary

You can be forgiven if, for a moment, you mistake Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet -- airing tonight on ABC2 -- as a serious documentary. But host Leigh Hart is taking the piss, says Matthew Smith. And it's very funny.

We can never really have enough historical Australian documentaries, writes <b>Matt Smith</b> of <em>Crikey</em> comedy blog <a href="http://blogs.crikey.com.au/laughtrack"><em>Laugh Track</em></a>.

A night of shifty women and dirty rats

We can never really have enough historical Australian documentaries, writes Matt Smith of Crikey comedy blog Laugh Track.

Documentary filmmakers and their subjects have always blurred the line between truth and fiction. <em>Catfish</em> is the latest is the first wave of the 'real-or-not-umentary,' which is destined to make audiences more cynical and hostile than ever before, writes <b>Luke Buckmaster</b>.

Catfish and the rise of the ‘real-or-not-umentary’

Documentary filmmakers and their subjects have always blurred the line between truth and fiction. Catfish is the latest is the first wave of the 'real-or-not-umentary,' which is destined to make audiences more cynical and hostile than ever before, writes Luke Buckmaster.

I pretty much dare anyone who likes guitars and/or guitar-based rock and blues to not like music documentary <i>It Might Get Loud</i>. <b>Tim Dunlop</b> watches.

Stay inside with guitar heroes

I pretty much dare anyone who likes guitars and/or guitar-based rock and blues to not like music documentary It Might Get Loud. Tim Dunlop watches.

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