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Australia needs to hear asylum seekers’ stories, in our own words
Our presence has preoccupied the nation, but our stories have been excluded from the national narrative
Debt burden: Paul Schrader’s ‘The Card Counter’
The acclaimed writer-director indulges his experimental streak in a thriller that inverts the popular conception of the gambling man
‘Get Back’ is ‘slow TV’ for Beatles nuts
Despite plenty of magical moments, Peter Jackson’s eight-hour epic is the work of a fanatic, and will likely only be watched in full by other fanatics
Candid camera: ‘How To with John Wilson’
Both delightfully droll and genuinely moving, John Wilson’s idiosyncratic documentary series is this month’s streaming standout
Issues and policies
Can we ever hope for a new Clean Energy Act?
Ten years after the high-water mark of cooperation between Labor and the Greens, why haven’t the “progressive” parties worked together since then?
Power plays: ‘Total Control’ season two
Led by Deborah Mailman’s tour de force performance, the political drama’s second season homes in on truth-telling in the public sphere
Good riddance, Alan Jones
The shock jock is finally brought down by lacklustre ratings
Performance art: ‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s latest film, keenly observing human behaviour, considers the tension between the real and the affected
Practical magic: ‘Petite Maman’ and ‘Undine’
The new films by Céline Sciamma and Christian Petzold share a dreamlike sensibility
How Australian public life has been diminished
Culture wars, climate wars and the bureaucratisation of writing have eroded the public sphere
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