It seems like the whole world is excited to watch the 2017 TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
Released in 1985, Atwood’s novel has long been a staple on school curriculums. It’s a pointed critique of patriarchal regulations placed on women’s bodies, an exploration of the societal pressures that fester into harmful female relationships, and the cost of progress.
The Hulu series refreshes the novel, which is littered with ’80s cultural references. Modern-day references to modern apps like Uber and Tinder, and tagging the handmaids with location trackers, brings the tale hurtling into 2017. There’s something particularly disturbing about seeing a contemporary American society plunged into absolute chaos. The language, fashion and politics are easily recognisable as our own, and makes the entire tale all the more plausible.
In fact, Techly recently addressed the uproar from illiterate Trump fans who slammed the TV series for its criticism of Trump. Unable to realise the irony of self-identfying parallels between the sci-fi dystopia and Trump’s presidency, Trump voters slammed the show’s cautionary feminist message.
how can Australians watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
The series will stream on Hulu in the U.S., but Aussies will have to wait a little while to view the series free and legally.
The entire series will be available to stream via SBS On Demand. Aussies have been raving about the content range and quality on SBS On Demand for a while, and the series will be easily accessible across several devices, with the newly-added Chromecast functionality now available on Android. TSBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald, said that SBS’s offering would be “available to stream anytime, anywhere and absolutely free”.
MGM’s President of Worldwide Television Distribution and Acquisitions, Chris Ottinger, spoke about the choice to stream ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ exclusively – “’The Handmaid’s Tale’ has garnered worldwide attention and critical acclaim, sparking conversation that has led to a high demand for the series. With a commitment to quality and handpicked content, unquestionably, there is no better home for the series in Australia than SBS On Demand”.
Check out the trailer, if you haven’t already.