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What to stream this week on Telstra TV


Posted on May 25, 2018

12 min read

There’s something for everyone this week on Telstra TV, with the latest comedy and drama movies and TV shows streaming on demand, straight to your big screen. Tune in to some of our fresh favourites this week.

Game Night (BigPond Movies)

Game Night on Telstra TV

You’ll never look at a friendly family game night the same way again after watching the hilariously dark and thrillingly suspenseful GAME NIGHT, fresh from the cinema this week on BigPond Movies. Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) have their weekly couples game night turned upside down when Max’s competitive brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler) vows to take it to the next level with a role-playing mystery game. It all kicks off when Brooks is abducted during dinner by some convincingly real thugs, but as the teams follow the clues and wade deeper into the game, they start to question what’s staged and what might actually be real. And as a viewer, you’ll be kept guessing too!

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Foxtel Now)

True Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Telstra TV

Starting this week on Foxtel Now is the gripping true crime drama series, THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. The second season of Ryan Murphy’s award winning anthology series – after the first focused on the O.J. Simpson case – is written by best selling author Tom Rob Smith and delves deep into the mind and crimes of Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan. Beautifully shot and brilliantly cast with Darren Criss (Glee) as Andrew Cunanan, Édgar Ramírez (Zero Dark Thirty) as Gianni Versace, Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace and Ricky Martin as Versace’s lover, the series follows the manhunt for Cunanan against a backdrop of homophobia in America in the late 1990s.

Ibiza (Netflix)

Ibiza on Netflix

“Yaaasss Queens!” New to Netflix this week is the hilariously wrong wild weekend flick, IBIZA. When Harper (Gillian Jacobs from Netflix series, Love) is sent to Barcelona for a business meeting, her friends Nikki (SNL’s Vanessa Bayer) and Leah (Phoebe Robinson from 2 Dope Queens) convince her they need to come along for an outrageous European mini-break. And when Harper makes a connection with a famous DJ (played by Game of Thrones’, Richard Madden) who happens to be playing Ibiza, the girls throw caution to the wind in this crazy funny, one-liner laced girl power adventure.

Love Island Australia (9Now)

Love Island Australia on Telstra TV

Fans of The Bachelorette can get their fix of reality romance – and even more Sophie Monk – with LOVE ISLAND AUSTRALIA, starting this Sunday 27 May on 9Now. In the first Australian season of this popular British reality dating show, ten singles are dropped onto the Spanish island of Mallorca to find their perfect match. Each week, the “Islanders” couple up and whoever is left without a partner is eliminated. It sounds simple enough, but gets increasingly complicated as alliances are formed, love triangles emerge and weekly challenges are thrown in to test them. And just when contestants start to get comfortable, new singles arrive on the island and viewers at home play cupid by voting off their least favourites.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 21 May:

Black Panther (BigPond Movies)

Black Panther on Telstra TV

Strap in for an action-packed movie night-in with the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster, BLACK PANTHER – available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Following the killing of Wakanda’s King T’Chaka, his son T’Challa returns home to assume his rightful place on the throne of the isolated yet technologically advanced African nation. But when his reign as Black Panther is overthrown by a powerful foe consumed with revenge, T’Challa and his allies must fight to defeat the destructive leader and secure the safety of the world from Wakanda’s superior weapons. Acclaimed for its breathtaking visuals, edge-of-your seat plot and the cultural significance of a black superhero (as well as the highest-grossing film ever by a black director), Black Panther is this year’s hottest action-adventure flick and one you won’t want to miss.

Evil Genius (Netflix)

Evil Genius on Telstra TV

Fans of riveting yet unsettling true crime series like Making a Murderer and The Jinx will love EVIL GENIUS: The True Story Of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist – with all episodes streaming now on Netflix. The four-part documentary follows the “Pizza Bomber Case”, a truly bizarre incident involving a pizza delivery driver who was seemingly forced to rob a bank with a “collar bomb” locked around his neck. After the bomb explodes, the police, FBI and eventually the filmmakers begin a 15-year investigation that uncovers a strange network of characters, conspiracies and even more killings.

House Rules (7plus)

House Rules on Telstra TV

Back for its sixth season, Australia’s most ambitious and nerve-wracking home renovation show HOUSE RULES is streaming now on 7plus. In just seven short weeks, seven houses are completely renovated – as seven teams from across the country hand over their keys and watch their competitors completely transform their home inside-out within only one week. Each team is given one area of each house to overhaul in order to impress the judges, including International design expert Laurence LlewelynBowen (“LLB”), renowned architect Drew Heath and style guru Wendy Moore. Hosted by Johanna Griggs, with mentoring by interior designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave, the show offers a massive cash prize of $355,000 for the winning team to pay off their mortgage.

Gunpowder (Foxtel Now)

Gunpowder on Telstra TV

Aussies who grew up in the 60s, 70s and early 80s will remember “Cracker Night”, a yearly celebration of bonfires and fireworks inspired by Britain’s Guy Fawkes Night – a tradition that’s still held annually today in the UK to commemorate the failed “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605. GUNPOWDER, a new three-part period drama miniseries on Foxtel Now, tells the story behind the plot to blow up the English Parliament to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. Starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington as Robert Catesby, the man who planned the attack and recruited Fawkes to carry it out, Gunpowder is a brutal yet thrilling tale of a twisted time in British history.


Our favourites streaming for the week of 11 May:

Eurovision Song Contest, Lisbon 2018 (SBS and YouTube)

Eurovision on Telstra TV

The pop-music world’s biggest annual event is upon us once again, with the Grand Final of this year’s EUROVISION SONG CONTEST airing live from Lisbon, Portugal at 5:00am (AEST) this Sunday on SBS and live-streaming on YouTube. Get ready for an explosion of cheesy, crazy, catchy tunes as 43 countries across Europe (and Australia!) compete through the first and second semi-finals to showcase their local culture before a worldwide audience of over 200 million people (except for the cheeky “big five” – UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy – who automatically go through to the Grand Final). All performers sing live, with the winner decided by a combination of viewer votes and points from each country’s jury panel (listen out for “douze points!”). Australia has competed in Eurovision four times since 2015, even coming in second-place with Dami Im in 2016. This year, we’re represented by the incredibly talented Jessica Mauboy, with her uplifting dance floor anthem, “We Got Love”. Unfortunately, in the spirit of fairness, you can’t vote for your own country… but you can loudly cheer and sing along!

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (BigPond Movies)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri on Telstra TV

Treat mum to a movie this weekend with THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, express from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Winning the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards, this touching yet hilariously sweary film tells the story of a mother’s determination to get to the bottom of her daughter’s unsolved murder. Paying for three billboards to be erected to shame the police on their inaction, Mildred (played by Frances McDormand) causes quite the stir in her small town of Ebbing, Missouri – igniting vicious battle against the police and those who support them (or just dislike her). The film also stars Sam Rockwell, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the blundering, racist Deputy Sheriff Dixon, and Woody Harrelson as Sheriff Bill Willoughby.

Masterchef Australia (tenplay)

Masterchef Australia on Telstra TV

Prepare to be amazed (and amazingly hungry) as MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA returns to our screens this week for an incredible tenth season on tenplay. Twenty-four highly skilled contestants will enter the Masterchef kitchen to be put to the test by the world’s biggest names in local and international culinary circles – with regular judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris joined by extra special guest judges including Maggie Beer, Curtis Stone, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay. With $250,000 up for grabs, the stakes are high and the competition is fierce. And with a surprise challenge to cook for His Royal Highness Prince Charles during his visit to Australia, this season is one not to be missed.

Made in Chelsea (hayu)

Your favourite South-West London toffs (including “Toff” herself, but minus Tiff) are back for a frightfully posh new season of MADE IN CHELSEA, only on hayu from this Saturday 12 May. This year, tune in for exciting new romances, salacious scandals and plenty of laughs as we follow the lives of London’s wealthy young “champagne set” in this captivating scripted reality series. After their messy breakup on the show last season, how will Frankie cope with Jamie’s new 19-year old girlfriend? Has notorious playboy Harry finally met a bikini designer he can settle down with? And will the hunky new bad-boy Ben become the love Mimi’s been looking for, or will he end up driving her mad? Grab a restorative glass of champagne, start streaming and find out!


Our favourites streaming for the week of 7 May:

I, Tonya (BigPond Movies)

i, Tonya on Telstra TV

It was the nineties sporting scandal that captivated the world – the story behind I, TONYA, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Based on the brilliantly talented but short-tempered Olympic figure-skater, Tonya Harding (played by Australia’s own Margot Robbie), her childhood at the hands of a cold and controlling mother (Allison Janney) and her way-too-young marriage to an abusive husband (Sebastian Stan), the film tells the story of Tonya’s rise and subsequent fall following a harebrained scheme to sabotage her main competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. Told from the conflicting points of view of each character, the film is as funny as it is disturbingly fascinating.

The Handmaid’s Tale (SBS On Demand)

The Handmaid's Tale on Telstra TV

Acclaimed drama series THE HANDMAID’S TALE has returned for a much-anticipated second season, with three episodes available now on SBS On Demand and new episodes streaming each Thursday. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, the series offers a chilling look into a dystopian future where an ultra-conservative theocracy takes over the United States, enslaving fertile women as offspring-producing “Handmaids” to cope with a worldwide reproductive crisis. Following on from last season’s climactic conclusion, a now pregnant Offred (played by Elizabeth Moss) works towards escaping Gilead and the terror inflicted upon its residents by the dogmatic and duplicitous ruling classes.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Foxtel Now)

Picnic at Hanging Rock on Telstra TV

For your weekend binge, stream all six episodes of the Foxtel Original drama series, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK from this Sunday 6 May on Foxtel Now. Set in 1900 in rural Victoria, the series follows the mysterious disappearance of three private schoolgirls and a teacher during their college’s Valentine’s Day senior excursion in the bush. As unsettling as it is visually exquisite, this premium Australian series stars Natalie Dormer (from Game of Thrones) as the college’s cold and secretive Headmistress Appleyard, Samara Weaving (from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Home and Away) as a privileged senior boarder and Yael Stone (from Orange is the New Black) as busy-body teacher Dora Lumley.

Sweetbitter (Stan)

Sweetbitter on Telstra TV

Moving to a new city can be daunting, especially when it’s somewhere as chaotic and cosmopolitan as New York. But that’s exactly what 22-year old Tess does in SWEETBITTER, a gritty new drama series starting this Monday 7 May only on Stan. Based on Stephanie Danler’s best selling novel of the same name, Tess (played by Ella Purnell) is faced with finding a job and making new friends – eventually managing both after landing a waitressing job at one of the most prestigious restaurants in town. Thrown into a whole new world of fine dining, binge-drinking and love triangles, Tess must learn to navigate the fine line between life’s sweet and bitter experiences.

The Week Of (Netflix)

The Week Of on Telstra TV

Adam Sandler and Chris Rock team up for the latest Netflix Original comedy movie, THE WEEK OF, streaming now on Netflix. Kenny and Kirby couldn’t be more different: Kenny (Adam Sandler) is a thrifty working-class family man from Long Island, Kirby (Chris Rock) is a wealthy celebrity heart surgeon. When their children get engaged, as the father of the bride, Kenny vows to pay for the wedding. But as the two families come together in the week leading up to the big day, a number of things start to go hilariously wrong due to Kenny’s budget-conscious choices and the tension it causes between the two clans.

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6 true crime stories you can stream on Telstra TV


Posted on May 23, 2018

4 min read

It’s one of the most popular genres on television, and now we’re taking a deeper look into the real life events that have inspired your favourite crime shows. From murders and bank heists to civil unrest, there’s no shortness of action in these six stories you can watch on Telstra TV tonight.

Evil Genius (Netflix)

Evil Genius on Telstra TV

If you loved Making a Murderer, you’ll love playing detective in Netflix’s new investigative doco. EVIL GENIUS takes a deep-dive into the baffling true-crime story where one master-manipulator constructed a detailed bank heist involving a pizza delivery man, a shot-gun disguised as a walking stick, and an explosive collar bomb. As the episodes pan out and more information is revealed, viewers will come to realise the intense planning that led one highly-intelligent woman to piece together the whole thing, leaving a sting of deaths behind her.

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Foxtel Now)

True Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Telstra TV

Colourful, dramatic and utterly captivating, this highly anticipated true crime series on Foxtel Now puts a surprisingly glamourous twist on the murder of one of fashion’s biggest icons. AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE delves into the life of spree-killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), the man who fatally shot Versace outside his South Beach home. With an A-list cast including Édgar Ramírez, Ricky Martin and Penélope Cruz, there’s no shortness of talent as the show examines the cultural homophobia and prejudice that surrounded this infamous case.

Wolf Creek (Stan)

Wolf Creek on Telstra TV

It was one of the scariest Australian films to date, and this thrilling Stan series brings the 2005 classic to the silver screen. With two thrilling seasons, WOLF CREEK welcomes back John Jarratt as he revisits his iconic role as psychotic serial killer Mick Taylor. Based on a series of terrifying real-life murders by Ivan Malat, the show follows a group of American tourist who are attacked, leading the soul-survivor to hunt down the perpetrator and serve her family justice. Prepare yourself for a load of suspense, brilliant acting and an irrational fear of the Aussie outback.

Detroit (BigPond Movies)

Detroit on Telstra TV

DETROIT tells the gripping true story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked the city in 1967. The film closely follows a security guard caught up in the crossfire after a late-night police raid sparked a violent revolt. With Detroit turning into a war zone, viewers will see policeman facing off against civilians on BigPond Movies as they begin forcefully interrogating guests of a nearby hotel they’ve seized. With incredible battle scenes straight out of history, this is one true crime film you can’t miss.

Cartel Land (DocPlay)

Cartel Land on Telstra TV

With unprecedented access into Mexico’s vicious drug cartels, this fearless exposé follows two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemies. CARTEL LAND gives viewers never-before-seen footage of the real brutality behind the ongoing drug war, spreading from Michoacán to Arizona, providing front-seat access into an inescapable world of violence and corruption. If you’ve loved shows like Narcos and El Chapo, you’re sure to enjoy this insider glance into the real world of crime in this exciting documentary on DocPlay.

The Disappearance of Maura Murray (hayu)

The Disappearance of Maura Murray on Telstra TV

This well-researched doco-series investigates the mysterious disappearance of a young nursing student in 2004. After crashing her car into a snowbank on a remote US highway, Maura Murray disappeared without one shred of evidence. Now, 14 years on, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MAURA MURRAY series hopes to shed some light on a case that has perplexed loved ones and investigators alike. You’ll love coming on board the journey as filmmakers share exclusive interviews and theories with hayu to help solve the real reason behind Maura’s disappearance.

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Get ready for the Royal Wedding with these 8 TV shows and films


Posted on May 16, 2018

4 min read

It’s undoubtedly the must-watch TV event of the year. This weekend Prince Harry will wed Megan Markle, welcoming her into the royal family. To get you prepared for the big day, here’s a selection of our favourite royal-themed shows and films to stream on Telstra TV.

The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan (Hayu)

The Real Princess Diaries on Telstra TV

Bringing the monarchy into modern times, this special screening delves into the lives of three royals breaking boundaries – Diana Spencer Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge, and bride-to-be Meghan Markle. With a stellar line up of royal, pop culture, and style experts, THE REAL PRINCESS DIARIES on hayu gives viewers an exciting glimpse into how changing lifestyles, fashion and philanthropy have redefined how the world sees the British royal family.

When Harry Met Megan (Foxtel Now)

When Harry met Meghan on Telstra TV

Airing the day after their big day, WHEN HARRY MET MEGHAN intimately covers the events leading up to the year’s most notorious wedding for Foxtel Now. Starting from their very different childhoods, this 60-minute documentary gives viewers the inside scoop on Harry’s courtship and proposal, with detailed research and interviews providing a deeper glance into Meghan’s ancestral story.

Versailles (BigPond Movies)

This exquisite period series on BigPond Movies takes place in 1667 Versailles, following the reign of Louis XIV in his 28th year. With a talented cast and stunning costume design, this popular show beautifully covers real events as the king forces a revolting group of nobles to submit to him after moving the court from Paris to VERSAILLES. History, romance and a whole heap of addictive drama awaits.

Live Stream: Royal Wedding (9Now)

How to watch the Royal Wedding on Telstra TV

There’s no substitute to watching the wedding live, as it happens, in the comfort of your living room. And with Channel 9 LIVE STREAMING the event and providing a catch-up version on their 9Now app on Telstra TV, you won’t have to worry about missing out on the action. Join Prince Harry and his loved ones as they welcome Megan Markle into their family, in an event sure to be full of style and grace.

Suits (Foxtel Now)

Suits on Telstra TV

While not necessarily royal-themed, there’s no better way to find out more about our future princess than seeing her acting first-hand in SUITS. Playing the role of Rachel Zane, a passionate law associate, viewers will quickly fall in love with Meghan’s character as we follow her professional and romantic storylines on Foxtel Now. If you’re yet to see the popular series, you’ll want to binge on Telstra TV to get up-to-date with the latest season before Meghan departs this highly addictive legal drama to join the British royal family.

The Tudors (Stan)

The Tudors on Telstra TV

The loveable Jonathon Rhys Meyers plays the role of young King Henry VIII, highlighting the raw passion, ambition, and treachery that surrounded his 40-year reign. With four drama-packed seasons, this brilliant series is an easy way to gain knowledge on Britain’s royal history, including the King’s infamous relationships with women such as Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon. Guaranteed to hook you from the pilot, THE TUDORS will be your next favourite show to binge after the royal wedding.

A Royal Affair (SBS On Demand)

A Royal Affair on Telstra TV

With the new Tomb Raider star, Alicia Vikander, leading a beautiful cast, this gorgeous Danish film is one you’ll want to sit and soak in. Set in Denmark in 1766, the young queen (Vikander), who’s married to the mad Christian VII, falls into a deeply forbidden love with her physician. Together, the pair start a revolution that changes the course of history forever. With English subtitles, A ROYAL AFFAIR gives audiences an authentic look into the fashion, politics and relationships of 1700’s European royalty.

The Crown (Netflix)

The Crown on Telstra TV

Visually stunning and based on true events, THE CROWN closely follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II through her coronation into modern times. Created for Netflix, this award-winning series is the perfect show to binge to get you up-to-scratch on your British history in time for the upcoming wedding. Covering everything from personal struggles, scandalous romances and tough political decisions, this is a must-see for all royal fans.

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What the Suncorp Super Netball captains are streaming on Telstra TV


Posted on May 11, 2018

3 min read

We recently celebrated the return of Suncorp Super Netball for 2018, and the fact that Telstra TV customers can catch every game live. We also asked the team captains what they’re currently streaming on their Telstra TVs (aside from the netball, of course).

Here’s what some of the world’s top sportswomen are currently chilling out to after training, and you can watch of all this tonight on your Telstra TV.

Gabi Simpson, Queensland Firebirds & Courtney Bruce, West Coast Fever

UnReal (Stan)

UnReal - Stan - Telstra TV

A popular one with the captains at the moment, UnReal peels back the veneer of a not-so-realistic reality dating show to reveal how unreal they really are. Every character is manipulative. Every character is self-centred Every character will stop at nothing to get what they want.  While Courtney Bruce admits the show is a bit dark, she’s hooked nonetheless, “there’s a little bit going on in there. A lot going on actually!” she says.

Madi Robinson, Collingwood Magpies

Riverdale (Netflix)

Riverdale - Netflix - Telstra TV

This addictive teen drama series based on the characters of Archie Comics, has Madi Robinson sometimes questioning what she’s even watching. Nevertheless, she hasn’t missed an episode of the action at Riverdale High which she says has “taken a very dark turn” in the final episode of Season 2.

Geva Mentor, Sunshine Coast Lightning

Legion (Foxtel Now)

Legion - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

And it seems that comic book adaptations are popular with our netballers. Geva Mentor is currently right into Legion, which is from the Marvel series, and tells the story of schizophrenic David Haller who has struggled with mental illness since he was a child. Now in his 30s, he spends his days in the structured routine of a psychiatric hospital, when an encounter with a beautiful new patient raises the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees – might actually be real.

Kim Green, Giants

Bachelor in Paradise (tenplay)

Bachelor in Paradise - tenplay - Telstra TV

On the rare occasion Kim takes time out to chill out and watch some TV, her current show of choice is Bachelor in Paradise. This elimination-style reality competition TV series follows former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants on their second chance quest to find true love.

Abbey McCulloch, Sydney Swifts

Californication (Stan)

Californication - Stan - Telstra TV

Even 11 years after the first episode aired, this one continues to win viewers over with its seven seasons of novelist Hank Moody’s self-destruction.  Abbey McCulloch is currently deep in the shambles that is Hank’s life, after he moves from New York to California and suffers from writers block. His career is on the brink and he just can’t stop yielding to every temptation.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock stars reveal the series’ life lessons


Posted on May 10, 2018

4 min read

Australia’s most hotly anticipated new local drama Picnic at Hanging Rock is now streaming on Foxtel Now, and we sat down with stars Lily Sullivan (plays Miranda Reid) and Maddie Madden (plays Marion Quade) who revealed that many of the themes explored by the show, set in 1900, are still completely relevant today.

Telstra mobile customers can stream all six episodes of Picnic at Hanging Rock with a 24 month Foxtel Now subscription now included with selected mobile plans.

Were you fans of the original movie when you were younger?

Maddie: I wasn’t actually allowed to watch it because I’m such a scaredy cat!

Lily: I did really young, I thought it was a children’s film – little girls in pretty dresses going off into nature – and then obviously was left with the weird, mysterious, ominous feeling the film does leave you with, but yes I watched it multiple times before scoring the role.

Did anything spook you when filming at Hanging Rock?

Lily: Andy the camera operator’s watch stopped when we were shooting the scene when Ms. McCraw looks at her watch…and we were all calling his bluff but you know when somebody just has that look on their face where they are saying “I’m not making this up for giggles”. And of course, I think we always believe in the unknown and a realm we don’t understand because I feel like that’s just way more interesting and exciting – and that’s definitely where we go with Picnic.

Are many of the themes explored by the show set in 1900 still relevant today?

Lily: The more we jumped into our characters and discovered them the more I realised the themes were just running parallel with my own set of issues or things to overcome.

Maddie: We explore identity and sexuality and being a young adolescent – and that whole storm which is being a woman and being suppressed.

Lily: And friendship, and I feel like as humans they’re all lessons we have to learn over and over again and they never go away.

What’s the dynamic between your characters and the teachers in the show?

Maddie: There are these women that are older and have conformed to society, and then there’s a younger generation of women who are rising up against them and power and the patriarchy.

There was a bit of criticism for having the teachers younger and I think it’s quite brilliant, because it’s something that we still see in the world today.

How was it working with Natalie Dormer?

Maddie: She’s incredible and so down to earth, and a real professional and a lot of fun and she really brings something to the story and to the character.

Lily: She bursts the bubble pretty quickly though. You just hear her talk and she’s brilliant, fiery, ridiculous and a lot of fun.

What’s it like to be starring in a homegrown Australian drama?

Maddie: It’s exciting because there’s so much talent down here and Australian stories, and it’s exciting to showcase our talent and stories on an international stage.

Lily: I think for me, meeting some of the now closest people to me that I get to grow up in this industry with, and try to figure out what my voice is in this realm and creative industry – which is so intoxicating and amazing – but can be scary and overwhelming, but it’s really exciting.

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