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Rotunda Recommends: October – November

Curated by: Emily Schofield-Cox


Do you tick any of the following boxes?

  • Always finding out about cool content six months too late
  • Can never hold a conversation with a hipster without feeling bad about yourself
  • Wish you could be veraciously consuming the best of the best that Australia and the wider world has to offer

If you answered yes to any of these, you have come to the right place.

If you answered no to the above questions then you’re full of shit but we still love and care for you — you have come to the right place, friend.

Whether you are searching for the right thing to aid your procrastination, or a rose amongst the thorns of the undeniable plethora of movies, TV shows, podcasts, books and the like, then we’ve got you covered for November. You can thank us later.

Comedy:

For all of you who love to laugh, even when you don’t really understand the joke, we’ve got your comedy needs sorted.

If you’re looking for a long-running Aussie podcast that has really gained traction over the last few months and will deliver the laughs in all the right ways, look no further. The Little Dum Dum Club, hosted by overall good lads Tommy Dassalo (the one with the voice of an over-excited pre-pubescent girl) and Karl Chandler (of “G’day dickheads” fame) plays host to every Australian comedian under the sun. It’s laid back, good for a cheeky laugh and thoroughly NSFW; what more can you ask for?

How the hell did Jupiter Ascending (that shit storm with Channing Tatum as a wolf-alien-thing that got to bang Mila Kunis) get made into a movie? How does a duck’s penis work? Why are there so many Sharknado sequels? These are all valid questions that are posed in How Did This Get Made. It’s packed with guys from The League and pretty awesome guest stars. You’ll love this free podcast or your money back.

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  • Aussie TV Show: The Ex-PM

Ever wondered what Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott are up to now that their reigns of doom have ended? Spoiler alert: not a whole lot. This new ABC show, starring the bloody brilliant Shaun Micallef, is what happens when the leader of Australia begins their slow decline into that annoying granddad that keeps trying to tell people that he was important once. Other than doling out laughs in good measure, it’s an educational point of reference for all other future PMs: if you can’t leave well enough alone in the political world without you, it may be best to go the ol’ Harold Holt road: take a leisurely swim to a secret Russian submarine and go hang out over there for the rest of time.

  • International TV Show: Wet Hot American Summer

Brilliant and weirdly sexy Paul Rudd, literal angel on earth Amy Poehler and Bradley bloody Cooper star in this TV Prequel of the 2001 film of the same name. It’s absolutely hilarious, perfect for a binge watch, and despite the massive names attached to it, somehow still under the radar. Do yourself a favour and watch this immediately. (But read the rest of the article first; I have a family to feed.)

  • Movie: The Lobster

Universal sex god, Colin Farrell, takes a super weird and delightful turn in this film, now showing at Luna Cinemas. It’s the strange tale of a man being forced to find love within a select period of time under threat of being turned into a lobster. It looks pretty awesome, and you can watch it right now in real life without illegally downloading it with George Brandis breathing down your neck. What a time to be alive!

Nerdy:

Want to learn a little so you can laud all your newfound knowledge over your friends and finally prove your clear superiority over them? Or are you just looking for some interesting content to check out? Either way, you’ve come to the right place. And you’re smarter than your friends (don’t tell them we said that).

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If you want to hear the Friends characters reduced to numerical stats and rated against each other, or the psychological impacts of being Bobba Fett with you kind of being your dad, then listen to this podcast; it’s a nerd’s wet dream.

“SHIT, STEPHEN FRY STEPPED DOWN AS THE HOST OF QI AND NOW I HAVE NOTHING TO LIVE FOR.” If that is something that has come out of your mouth in the last two weeks, then don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. The QI Elves (aka the people who find the facts and write the jokes for the show) have their own podcast in which they discuss things you’ll never need to know, but will always remember.

  • International TV Show: Daredevil

Maaaaate, get on this show. It follows a blind, religious, morally concerned superhero with abs you could grate cheese on. It’s not like anything you’ve seen before, which is pretty amazing considering the abundance of superhero shows/movies at the moment.  The first season is ready for binging, so what the hell are you doing here?

  • Documentary: Back in Time

Marty McFly, though, am I right? My nerd senses are tingling.

If you were a fan of Back to the Future (who wasn’t?) then this is the documentary for you.

Drama:

Do you want to cry but also relate to people, and maybe learn a little bit in the process? Then you’re asking too much of me, Carol. Check out these little gems for some seriously good seriousness.

  • Aussie TV Show: The Principal

This is an SBS miniseries that is airing right now. It focuses on at at-risk school in which many cultures and values collide in a big way. In a culture of islamophobia, this is a really worthwhile watch that has slipped under the radar of wider Australia.

  • Movie: Love (Director: Gasper Noe)

Set to hit our screens this month, thoroughly controversial director Gasper Noe’s semi-autobiographical piece is on love in all its complexities (see: 3D penis shots). This guaranteed mindfuck of a film is not for the faint hearted or the prudish among us, so leave your mums at home unless they’re super cool chicks who are down to watch an artfully-filmed threesome with you.

This Blue Room play, coming in November, examines the lives that could have been lived compared to the life that was. It combines physics and jazz, which you can’t say about a lot of productions, and looks like it’s going to be pretty awesome. Not something you want to miss out on.

Social Conscience:

The world can be a bit shit, right? Well, there is content that can help you understand what is going on in the world around you in really interesting ways. At least watch them so that you don’t look like such a fool as soon as conversations turn to what is happening in the news.

  • Podcast: Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham

Love the feeling of being an early adopter, but missed the boat on Serial? Here’s the next Podcast take-over, though this time featuring the love-her-or-hate-her Lena Dunham taking the questions you want to know to the people you want to hear from. Jump on board now before you’re left in its feminist wake.

  • International TV Show: Black Mirror

This is a British show that you can find on Aussie Netflix (hallelujah). It’s pretty awesome, with each episode making a point about an issue in society without making it preachy. It’s really amazingly filmed with top-notch Brits starring in it, and each episode is a stand-alone event. If you want to watch something that will make you sit in a dark room for an hour and revaluate your life choices and values after every episode, you’ve found it in this.

  • Documentary: The Hunting Ground

This documentary turns a light on the university institutions that ignore the plights of rape victims. It is a heart-wrenching, stunning portrayal of victim shaming and rape culture, which have become pervading issues globally. If you want to understand what these victims go through, and just how perpetrators are getting away with it, watch this critically acclaimed new doco.  

Sydney artist Mike Watt has taken collaborative art to the next level with his upcoming book. Mike drew characters and sent them all around the world for other artists to draw tattoos on. What has resulted looks to be pretty damn amazing, and showcases the many different styles of talented people all around the globe. The book is set for a release pretty soon, but is being held up in the pipeline by the sheer difficulty of getting dozens of artists (a notoriously tricky breed) to get their stuff back in. Keep your eyes peeled for this great new Aussie book.

BONUS THROW-IN:

Go and watch the first and only season of Freaks and Geeks instead of studying, working or making meaningful social connections. Do it now, it’ll all make sense to you soon.

So there you go: November is sorted. You have food for your ears, eyes and brain. (Disclaimer: We do not provide actual food; if you starve consuming only our recommended content, it’s on you). Enjoy, learn, laugh, commit fraud, or don’t, I’m not the boss of you. Until next month!