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Forecasting the future

What is humanity’s destiny in the Anthropocene era?

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Daydream believer: Director Brett Morgen

Morgen’s freeform documentary about David Bowie, ‘Moonage Daydream’, explores the philosophy and creativity of one of popular music’s icons

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Indecent exposure

Sky News’s ‘Your ABC Exposed’ reveals more about Chris Kenny and co than it does about the national broadcaster

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The complicated grief when a family member goes missing

As National Missing Persons Week begins, the founder of an advocacy network for families reflects on the ambiguous loss experienced by those left behind

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When art imitates life: ‘The Rehearsal’

Nathan Fielder’s unhinged new series, probing what would happen if there really was a dress rehearsal for life, leads this month’s streaming highlights

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‘Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface’ at the MCA

The major survey of work by the pioneering feminist artist reveals her preoccupations with the body and abstraction

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Private reservations

Australia’s obsession with private schools is only adding to a deepening democratic deficit

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Screen presence: ‘Official Competition’

Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s laugh-out-loud comedy, starring Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, deliciously skewers the screen industry’s careerists

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Keeping notes

On the intricate magic of reading, remembering and making notes in the margins

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The herbs and the bees

How does a new parent avoid passing on the conspiracy of silence about the big things in life?