Tag Archives: The Handmaid’s Tale

Critical Condition: The City & the City

The City & the City | SoHo, 9.30 Sunday ➢➢ “A four-part adaptation of China Miéville’s award-winning, sci-fi/detective-fiction hybrid, it’s about the murder investigation that ensues when a foreign exchange student turns up dead in the fictional European city of Besźel. Or is that the fictional European city of Ul Qoma? Or perhaps both at […]

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Critical Condition: The Handmaid’s Tale (S2)

The Handmaid’s Tale | Lightbox, from Thursday ➢ “The spectre of freedom — how we gain it, and more crucially, how we lose it — looms over Handmaid’s this season, as the writers move beyond the borders of Margaret Atwood’s source material … As a cautionary tale, Handmaid’s is never moralising or hysterical, instead constructing a […]

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New to Lightbox in April

The latest seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Path will premiere exclusively next month on Lightbox. Season two of the award-winning Margaret Atwood adaptation will stream weekly from April 26 while all of The Path’s third season will be available from April 18. According to executive producer Warren Littlefield, the two major themes in […]

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Critical Condition: The Looming Tower

The Looming Tower | SoHo, 8.30 Thursday ➢ “Hulu asserted its ambition last year with the dystopian literary adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale, a drama that resonated with viewers thanks to its congruence with certain strains in the culture in 2017. Now the streaming service is hoping for continued success with The Looming Tower, a series […]

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Critical Condition: Alias Grace

Alias Grace | Netflix, from today ➢ “After The Handmaid’s Tale, author Margaret Atwood’s big year in TV continues with this quietly mesmerising adaptation of her 1996 novel, which was based on the true story of a 19th-century Canadian housekeeper convicted of a double murder after a sensational trial … The story comes to the viewer […]

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Lightbox Poised to Top 300,000 Subs

Spark’s streaming service Lightbox is about to notch up its 300,000th subscriber on the eve of premiering top-rating US drama The Good Doctor. “We are incredibly proud of the progress we have made to take Lightbox from an idea to one of New Zealand’s most popular SVOD services in just three years,” Lightbox General Manager Hema […]

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Lightbox’s Vision for Blindspot

Lightbox’s deal with Warner Bros has paid off with Spark’s streaming service about to launch season three of Blindspot exclusively in this market. TVNZ 1 still plans to screen the series but Lightbox will have it first, starting November 5 with a double-episode (it will stream weekly thereafter). Lightbox also has seasons one and two […]

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Westworld Rides Again in 4K

Westworld may have wound up firing blanks at the primetime Emmy Awards but fans of the sci-fi shoot-’em-up can look forward to its release on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray. It goes on sale on November 8, a month ahead of season seven of Game of Thrones. “We are thrilled to release the first season of HBO’s […]

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Critical Condition: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale (Lightbox, streaming now) “If 2017 feels like both the best and worst of times for dystopian tales, it also continues to be an exceptional year for straight-to-streaming originals. And [Hulu’s] 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s landmark 1984 novel plays like true prestige television: A masterfully unnerving vision of a near future in which […]

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