THE PRINCIPAL (2015)

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Creators: Kristen Dunphy and Alice Addison

Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Mirrah Foulkes, Rahel Romahn

Here is a great TV series from Australia that is worth seeing. It is a bit of a complex story here which involves muslin kids at school. The old way is not working and the kids are miss treated. The boys in the school are almost all traumatized by violence and some of them don’t make it out alive. Every years there is one or two that died. There are in territory ghetto where the drug dealers are king and deals in school.

Enter Principal Bashir who comes from an all girls school as a teacher now is a step up as the principal and yes he has his own issues to deal with , don’t we all. The opening scene show us a murder happening we do not even know who did what and who is the victim then we jump to 2 weeks before. When the principal comes in the school he did not get the welcome he was hoping for. He has a new way of getting the kids around respect them they will respect you. But is not an easy task because the teacher here does not know how to teach and to react toward the kids. But slowly they will come around. The police on the other hand are trying to solve the murder. Well acted and written in only 4 episodes , do not miss this one.

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GLITCH (2015 – )

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Creators: Tony Ayres, Louise Fox

Cast: Patrick Brammall, Genevieve O’Reilly, Emma Booth

Ok you have the French series the returned which the Americans copied but the Australian has their own  version but totally different with new elements in the story. So far so good.

Glitch is set in a small Australian town where one night, people start crawling out of their graves. A policeman, James Hayes (Patrick Brammall), finds them and does not know what to make of it. But then he finds  his wife Kate (Emma Booth) . She died a few years back after a battle with breast cancer. It becomes apparent that these people are definitely something different. There some similarities between the two series which I am not going to get in because I do not want to give any away. The biggest drama comes from Hayes and his former wife Kate. After her death, James fell in love with Kate’s best friend Sarah (Emily Barclay), and they are expecting a child any moment. The thing is here this series will surprise you at every turn. Who are those people and why did they come back. Maybe the came back to finish some unfinished business. Some even say an act of god. James is trying to keep everything under control and contained but shit hits the fan at every turn. Not easy task to do when most of all he wants to protect his wife Sarah. Can they sent them back? This Australian series has only 6 episode on Netflix in France anyway. With a great cliffhanger at the end paving the way for the second season which I can’t wait. Have fun.

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MISS FISHER’S MURDERS MYSTERIES (2012 – )

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Cast: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt

Melbourne, Australia, 1928. Wealthy, titled, free-spirited  knockout Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), a feminist of the post-WWI Western world, has returned to Australia to make sure imprisoned child killer Murdoch Foyle (Nicholas Bell) remains behind bars. Phryne is convinced that Foyle is the man responsible for the disappearance (and presumed death) of her little sister years ago well she can’t prove it. In the meantime, Phryne quite by accident because she has brains and guts proves herself to be adept at solving  crimes and murders, leading to her new career path as a private detective for hire. Along the way, she acquires an extended family: Dot Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), a shy Catholic girl whom Phryne rescues to be her servant; Bert and Cec (Travis McMahon and Anthony Sharpe), two laborers who serve as Phryne’s chauffeurs, and other things and Mr. Butler (Richard Bligh), who is her butler. Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page), of the Melbourne Police, is at first irritated by Phyrne’s pushy, interfering ways…but once he sees how clever and useful she can be in an investigation, he develops an admiration for her skills.

Based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries fans of the book are going to appreciate this little well done, filmed, and well written series. The stories revolves around Miss Fisher who is a strong independent woman, free-spirited, marriage is out of the question as well as kids but is this sexually liberated woman who makes a go of it at solving crimes. They took a chance with this character to be sexually loose and free-spirited, Okay there were women like that already back in the day plus I love the fact that she has a gold-plated gun. She is going from Jazz club to jazz club drinking and dancing all night. Viewers might find this series over the top but seriously it stand out. It is a smart, savvy, sophisticated and endless of fun series that is worth watching.

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WENTWORTH PRISON (2013 – )

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Creator: Reg Watson

Cast: Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

Bea Smith has attempted to kill her abusive husband which landed her in jail. once in jail she has to learn the rope of survival after all it is a different  world in Prison.

Here is a great series more brutal than orange is the new black with a bit of realism into it. It is an Australian series and a prequel of  Prisoner Cell Block H way back in the 80’s but this one is fast pace and a lot juicier. Bea gets of the bus to go to her cell block when a prisoner ask one of the guard if he wanted the usual, he drop off his pants and she sucked him off. She gets to her cell block, find out that there is a kid there her mom is still on drugs supplied by on of the rehabilitation officer , Franky Doyle ( Nicole da Silva) who runs her cell block wants to take down her competition. to top it all off the prison warden gets murdered during a riot and that is the tip of the iceberg on the first season. Be a who tried to kill her husband because she has been abused by him countless time ends up in jail for attempted murder. Once she gets there it is a terrifying world and not an easy one to adjust. One inmate is showing her the rope while her kid is on Bea’s mind at all the time. She has guilt issues and didn’t want to leave her behind god knows what her husband is feeding her for information. It is pure and simple grippy drama well written and acted beside being addictive. The show has the name of a real prison; Wentworth Gaol, a former Australian prison that operated between 1881 and 1928, is located in Wentworth, New South Wales and is now a tourist attraction.

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TOP OF THE LAKE (2013)

Creator: Jane Campion , Gerard Lee.
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan.
When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
In January 2013, it became the first television series ever to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Later, the entire series was screened at the Berlin Film Festival.
Not to reveal too much of anything I am going to say terrific mini series and yes there is a few twist in the plot here and there. brilliant character development. Magnificent scenery, great acting, intuitive story telling. Of course you should know who influenced Jane Campion, David leach she said in a interview I owe a lot to him. If you seen Twin Peaks you will love top of the lake. Peter Mullan plus a great psycho path Is performance is outstanding for some one at age 12 who wanted to be an director became an actor instead. Any local will tell you that New Zealand is Paradise; Top of the Lake tells us about the dark side of that paradise. Elizabeth Moss play a detective who is consumed by the case and also by what happened to her 15 years ago. Peter Mullan plays a psychopath to a T. Holy hunter play this woman who takes damage women and takes them to a remote area in New Zealand that they call Paradise so they can be at peace. she conduct a series of therapy for them. David Wenham Plays an eccentric detective Who falls in love with Robin (Moss). Like I said Nice series with character development and outstanding acting.

THE SLAP (2011)

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Creator: Christos Tsiolkas.

Cast: Jonathan LaPaglia, Sophie Okonedo, Alex Dimitriades

Jonathan LaPaglia (Hector) is going to be 40 years old I see a middle age crisis there coming up. His wife is preparing the get together for his birthday. so far so good. Meanwhile Hector has something on his mind a woman Connie (Sophie Lowe) , you see Sophie has been flirting with Hector and wants to jump hector. The party gets started and every thing is going according to plan. A kid who is difficult to deal with and a pain in a butt because he destroy anything on his path gets slap by the cousin of hector what follows is a series of even that follows.

Here is an original series from the book the slap by Chistos Tsiolka. I love this series. There is a narrator at the beginning of it and he makes some funny comment from time to time. I love a scene when hector is masturbating in the bathroom and his mom arrives downstairs and said ” I got the meat” and kill the mood of hecto rmasturbating . The event that follows is that the couple who the kid got slap pressing charges. Every episode after that is the point of view of each character of what happen at the party. Terrific cast at that and fun to watch. From what I heard they followed the book to a T. Good for them because those who read the book will not be disappointed. Won for best miniseries in Australia.

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FARSCAPE (1999 – 2003)

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Creators: Rockne S. O’Bannon.

Cast: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe .

A bunch of characters escape from corrupt authorities in the form of a militaristic organisation called the Peacekeepers. Meanwhile John Crishton (Ben Browder) a modern-day American astronaut who accidentally flew into the entrance of a wormhole near Earth during an experimental test flight. On the same day, another stranger is picked up by Moya ( the ship that flight and think for itself): a stranded Peacekeeper named Aeryn Sun (Claudia black). Unfortunately John has a few enemies on the top of that he is trying to figure out where there is a wormhole so he can get back to earth.

Here is a smart Sci-Fi series from Australia. I saw that one when it came out and I was hooked from the beginning. It is the best Sci-Fi series ever made besides the twilight zone and the Outer Limits. All 4 seasons are great. The chemistry of the cast is perfect at best. The writers has gone a great job of using their imagination. When the series start to develop John as making some friends even some enemies.  Through death, betrayal, birth and r massive cultural dissonance, Moya and her crew see and do it all as they flee the pursuing Peacekeepers in more ways than one. Each Characters has it own backdrop story. The story is moving along just fine you will never get bored with that series. You can pick the DVD set or rent it on Netflix.

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