Film & TV posts

TV series to watch over summer

by Nina Kenwood

It’s been a really tough year, and summer is the perfect time to log off from social media for a little while, give yourself a break and binge watch your troubles away.

You’ll find my many suggestions below, with a few caveats: I have excluded reality TV, I watch far too many American shows, and my blind spots include Scandinavian crime and animation (sorry, BoJack Horseman fans).

If you’re …

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The best DVDs of 2016

by Jemima Bucknell

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 DVDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2016 here.) Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi’s latest and greatest is a must see for laughs and tears. It follows youn…

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MIFF picks for book lovers

This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program features some great films inspired by literature. Here are some of our favourite picks for book lovers in 2016. We’ve also compiled a list of family-friendly films, shared our staff picks, and prepared a quick ‘at-a-glance’ guide for the time-poor. THE HANDMAIDEN Directed by Park Chan-wook | Based on Sarah Water’s Fingersmith

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MIFF picks for kids and teens

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) curates a program of entertaining and thought-provoking cinema for a youth audience with Next Gen. Here’s what’s on offer for kids and teens in 2016. We’ve also compiled a list of literary-inspired films, shared our staff picks, and prepared a quick ‘at-a-glance’ guide for the time-poor. RECOMMENDED FOR 8+ Mune: Guardian of the Moon France | En…

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What we’re watching at MIFF 2016

Staff share what they’re planning to see at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this year. You can find the full program here. We’ve also prepared a quick ‘at-a-glance’ guide to the program for the time-poor, shared our top picks for book lovers, and compiled a list of family-friendly films. Lian Hingee’s wishlist includes films about conspiracy theories and cats.

I’m a sucker f…

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A quick guide to MIFF 2016

by Stella Charls

Here’s a quick ‘at-a-glance’ guide to this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). You can see the full program here. We’ve shared our top picks for book lovers, compiled a list of family-friendly films, and you can also find out which films our staff are planning to see here. Most buzzed about

We recommend: High-Rise Runner up: Gimme Danger

Feel good film

We recommend: Ton

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Our 2016 Oscar Predictions

The Oscars are due to be announced on 28 February. Here are our predictions of who will take out this year’s top awards. (You can view the full list of nominees here.)

Nina Kenwood, Marketing manager

Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett, Carol
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate Winslet…

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2016 Oscar nominations in books

2016 is a particularly literary year for the Academy Awards with no fewer than five of the eight films nominated for Best Picture being inspired by books. Here are 11 books that have inspired films in this year’s list of Oscar nominees. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

In 1952, Eilis Lacey leaves Irela…

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The 25 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2015

Here are our 25 bestselling DVDs from the past year.

Televised dramas led the way in DVD sales last year with multiple seasons of Un Village Francais, The Fall, and The Legacy all appearing in our top 25. The list also includes some great documentaries, such as Asif Kapadia’s harrowing biopic of powerhouse singer Amy Winehouse. We’re also pleased to note that three of our bestselling DVDs are …

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