Review: In ‘Stateless’ on Netflix, Cate Blanchett (and Immigration)

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Cate Blanchett was an executive producer as well as the star of “Ms. De Hulu” America, “but the multi-Oscar-winning actor got his start as a television producer when the miniseries” Stateless “was presented in Australia. in March. She also created the six-part drama, along with Australian writers Elise McCredie (a longtime friend) and Tony Ayres, and appears in a supporting role as a torch singer who leads her cult self-help racket. Dance School.

All that Blanchettness is a good thing, of course – she’s probably excellent as Pat, who happens to exercise his little singing and dancing skills in the service of the scam, and stammers a believable “Let’s Get Away Away It It All. ”

But it is also a case of misdirection, because “stateless” does not concern charismatic fraudsters, at least not directly. This is the troubled story of Australia’s compulsory detention system for visa-free immigrants, especially the centers where asylum seekers are stored while their files are processed.

And while the series, available in the U.S. on Netflix starting Wednesday, is well-made, well-played, and well-intentioned, it is probably less interesting as a social drama than as an example of what even the Cate Blanchetts of the world have to do. do to make a social drama.

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