Reviewed by Craig Austin

Orange is the New Black


Two seasons have been released in Australia of this challenging American television series in which viewers are taken inside a minimum-security women’s prison. A third season is due for release.

Each week the series explores the history of an inmate and how she became incarcerated. The characters are of varied ethnicity, sexuality, beliefs and socio-economic background.

It is a story of struggle with self-empowerment. While gender is not “in your face” the evident underlying premise is that woman are often subjugated due to gender.

The show is based on Piper Kerman’s 2010 memoir Orange is the New Black — My Year in a Women’s Prison. Chapman was sentenced to 15 months in gaol for the crime of money-laundering in association with a drug-trafficking woman friend.

Members of the Restricted Committee think it is definitely worth a viewing. You can find it online.

Craig Austin teaches at Campbell House School and is a member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Restricted Committee.