Stateless

A woman trying to get away from the grips of a cult. A refugee claimant who has already lost family members trying to save the one he has left. A father trying to earn a better life for his family, but taking on a job which is destroying him. A bureaucrat questioning her career choices. Lots is going on in this limited series based on a true story.

The scandal is a white woman who is Australian ended up in an isolated immigration detention camp. How is this possible? Incompetence? Mismanagement? Human error? A general disregard for human life? Racism? Probably a combination of all that. A horrible story brought to us by Cate Blanchett.

The six episodes feature the stories of four strangers in an Australian immigration detention camp in the middle of the desert. All in different situations, but all suffering. All are left questioning their choices and even their sanity.

In today’s world border protection and immigration has become a couple of big topics which are intertwined. Everyone has been brainwashed into being frightened of the “other”. This series really illustrates that. How it puts pressure on people moving around this planet just trying to find a better life for themselves and their families. As well as the people charged with dealing with them.

Series stars some unknowns like Asher Keddie (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Fayssal Bazzi (Peter Rabbit) and Marta Dusseldorp (from television’s Jack Irish) alongside well known actors like Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok, Carol), Jai Courtney (Divergent, Suicide Squad), Dominic West (from television’s The Wire), and Yvonne Strahovski (from television’s The Handmaid’s Tale). This is a totally story heavy and character driven series. Meaning cinematography, special effects and stunts don’t play such a big part. It is all on the shoulders of the actors here. They have to bring forward the heartbreak of the story in a realistic manner.

The story of how Australia and how much of the world treats their refugees is the heart of the matter here. How what we have in life is largely due to the luck of where we were born. Some don’t have that luck. They are behind the eight ball right from the beginning. They are not bad people, just unlucky. It is embarrassing that is the type of treatment happens. And not just in Australia. The world is facing a crisis and something has to be done.

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