Newsmakers of the Week: Nat Bass Comes Out, The Crown Tackles Diana’s Last Days, and Blak Artist Makes Paris Debut


The Crown’s handling of Princess Diana’s final days divides critics, Natalie Bassingthwaighte opens up about her same-sex relationship, TikTok star Matt Rife gets a Netflix special, literary superstar AS Byatt passes away, and emerging artist Dylan Mooney debuts in Paris.

The Crown’s Diana Controversy

The Crown’s portrayal of Princess Diana’s final days has sparked mixed reviews, with critics panning the writing but audiences enjoying the scandalous take on history and Elizabeth Debicki’s performance.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte’s Revelation

Former Rogue Traders frontwoman Natalie Bassingthwaighte reveals her new same-sex relationship after splitting from her husband, expressing joy in finding love again.

TikTok Star Matt Rife’s Netflix Debut

TikTok personality Matt Rife, known for his quick wit and good looks, releases his first Netflix special ‘Natural Selection,’ receiving mixed reviews but gaining popularity on the streaming platform.

Literary World Mourns AS Byatt

Renowned UK author AS Byatt, best known for her novel ‘Possession: A Romance,’ passes away at 87, leaving a legacy of impactful literary works and intellectual contributions.

Emerging Blak Artist’s Paris Debut

Legally blind artist Dylan Mooney, celebrated for his vivid digital illustrations portraying queer and First Nations identities, makes his Paris debut with a retrospective featuring his distinctive portraits, praised by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Matildas Named Word of the Year

The Australian National Dictionary Centre selects ‘Matilda’ as the Word of the Year for 2023, inspired by the Matildas’ impact at the Women’s World Cup, signifying the team’s widespread influence.

Prosper: A New Stan Drama

Rebecca Gibney and Richard Roxburgh lead the trailer for ‘Prosper,’ a new Stan drama centered on an Australian evangelical church, offering a glimpse into the Quinn family’s internal power struggles as they navigate expansion and confront challenges.