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David Gulpilil as the tracker Moodoo in the 2002 film Rabbit Proof Fence. Rumbalara Films, Australian Film Commission, The, Australian Film Finance Corporation

Why is the Australian government funding Hollywood films at the expense of our stories?

Watching David Stratton’s loving recall of Australian films of the past 50 years over the past three weeks on the ABC, makes you realise how much impact they have had on us all. As one actor says, our…
A scene from The Mummy: the first in a Dark Universe multi-film franchise that will include characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Universal Pictures

Will the superhero films ever end? The business of blockbuster movie franchises

The new mummy film is the latest foray into 'shared universes', the seemingly critic-proof movie juggernauts that have come to dominate our cinemas.
Daniel Day-Lewis won the 2012 Academy Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Is Spielberg’s historical drama a good way to learn about the 16th U.S. president? Touchstone Pictures

Are movies a good way to learn history?

History movies may have Oscar potential, but their educational potential is more complicated. Should teachers use Hollywood to teach?
Get immersed enough in a good show, and you’ll enter a ‘flow state.’ 'Screen' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind TV bingeing’s bad rap?

Don't listen to the headlines linking binge watching to depression and loneliness. It can be a positive experience – but only if we think of it as a good thing.
Baywatch is returning to the big screen in 2017. What a time to be alive. Cold Spring Pictures

2017: The year ahead in cinema

From the Blade Runner reboot to Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot to a film about the reincarnated spirit of a dog ... here is our list of the movies to look forward to - or not.
U.S. Coast Guard vessels battle the fire on the Deepwater Horizon while searching for survivors from the rig’s 126-person crew. U.S. Coast Guard/Wikipedia

‘Deepwater Horizon’ honors oil rig workers but oversimplifies the blowout

The new movie 'Deepwater Horizon' depicts the blowout that triggered the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A professor of petroleum engineering assesses what the film gets right and wrong.

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