The show represents the industry’s worst temptation to exploit characters and capitalize on their suffering

I’m not sure how I landed a job with a TV production company in New York. During my interview, I accidentally blurted out that I didn’t watch any television. In fact, I didn’t even own a television. Maybe they took my confession as some sort of Australian joke? Somehow, I…

The Victorian government gave its citizens hours to return, without providing the necessary information or infrastructure to support them through 14 days of isolation. Then they faced a total lack of sympathy from fellow Victorians.

A month ago, I was looking forward to enjoying Christmas with my family in Sydney — after a pretty tough year that was mostly spent in strict lockdown in Melbourne. …

A lack of data is allowing killing to happen behind closed doors — unreported, unaccounted for, and largely unknown by the public.

Earlier this year, before our lives were upended by a global pandemic, our little household suffered its own personal tragedy. Our foster greyhound Dash was killed by a so-called animal welfare organisation after completing his foster placement with us — becoming another statistic in the broken animal shelter system.

Reports…

More women are choosing not to have children — but you wouldn’t know it from watching film and TV.

When I think about how women are portrayed on-screen, the final image in the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill comes to mind.

In a montage laden with sentimentality, we are whisked through Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts’ romantic life — culminating in a scene on a park bench. He is…

Seeing my old school in the news has resurfaced anger from the 13 years I spent there.

No matter how hard you try, it seems you can’t escape your childhood. Even if you unfriend everyone you went to school with, leave the WhatsApp chat group, ignore invitations to your 5, 10, and 15 year reunions, and move interstate — you can still turn on the news and…

On #ChallengeAccepted and how female empowerment has been co-opted by capitalism (and the Kardashians).

What does the word “empowered” mean? If you were believe the hashtag on Instagram, it would seem to denote being female-identifying, having a camera, and a black-and-white filter.

The most recent trend circulating on the social media app, renowned as a platform for pretty people to post flattering photos of…

The endless culture wars are as exhausting as the confinement.

During this pandemic, my routine — and that of everyone in my city of Melbourne — looks something like this. Spend all morning waiting for the time of the Premier’s press conference to be announced. Wait for the press conference where today’s number of new cases is delivered. Anxiously hope…

Claire J. Harris

Global wanderer. Expert thumb-twiddler. Screenwriter, travel writer, and copy writer. Find me at www.clairejharris.com.

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