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What’s the point of watching TV when you have to wait an age to talk about it? Patrik Theander

Spoiler-alert culture is taking all of the fun out of television

What is the statute of limitations on spoilers? When can you comment on what you’ve watched? And at what point is our fear of ruining other people’s television experience hindering our own?
After recent lacklustre ratings MasterChef is back with a bang – so what’s the secret? MasterChef/Network Ten

What MasterChef teaches us about food and the food industry

While MasterChef might teach us a lot about food and food trends, it also glosses over some of the harsher realities of the industry that produces this food. What's the secret to its sudden ratings boost?
Are new video-on-demand services really ‘breathing new life’ into Australian content? LoKan Sardari

What do Netflix, Stan and Presto mean for Australian TV?

The arrival of subscription video on demand services Netflix, Stan and Presto have implications for what we call "television" in Australia – and much of the policy detail remains to be hammered out.
Writer Vince Gilligan has much to teach us about the human animal and about life. Photo Credit:Ben Leuner/AMC

Three reasons Better Call Saul works: a scriptwriter’s perspective

Many successful shows spawn sequels. In Better Call Saul, writer Vince Gilligan has created a prequel to his phenomenally successful series Breaking Bad. And it works. So how has he done it?
New technologies are allowing us to understand far more about what we see when we watch a screen. Arthur Cruz

Gogglebox and beyond: lifting the lid on eye tracking research

What are we really looking at when we watch a screen? There's more to it than Gogglebox. Advances in eye-tracking technology are transforming how we understand film and TV spectatorship.
Foreign PR campaigns have been waged for decades. Films like 1930’s All Quiet on the Western Front were significantly altered to appease Germany’s Nazi Party. filmjunk.com

How foreign governments can influence American media – and tried to block my documentary

Feature films and television shows notoriously play fast-and-loose with the facts. When prologues proclaim “Based on a True Story,” they’re gracefully implying that what follows is mostly fiction. Awards…
All that research has made Tom a dull boy. BBC/Company Productions Ltd

Wolf Hall may be historically accurate, but it’s also a bit dull

In his biography of Sir Thomas More, Peter Ackroyd audaciously asks us to imagine pre-Reformation London as the street markets of Marrakesh. Cheapside would have been a bustling surge of traders and customers…

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