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Wednesday 18 January 2017
Arts Feminism Theatre

review: women on the verge

Eliza Graves-Brown
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The play Women on The Verge produced by the Bridge (Teatro Latino) Theatre company demonstrates both subtle and explicit gender inequalities in society. Directed by Jamie Wilson Ramirez, the production is based on four monologues written by Dario Fo and Franca Rame during the 1970s – 1980s. The adaption brings slight changes to the performance,…
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Tuesday 17 January 2017
Arts Books

lip lit: the shape of water

Christina Bulbrook
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With the rigorous research involved and the potential for disagreement and criticism, what could be more difficult than writing the biography of an historical figure? The answer? Writing the life of an historical figure on whom the historical record is completely silent. In the latter case, academic rigour must be balanced against a refined imagination…
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Wednesday 28 December 2016
Film

film review: la la land

Giuliana Cincotta
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Discouraged by another failed audition, La La Land’s Mia (Emma Stone) takes the high, albeit hopeful, road to produce a one-woman show and forge her own luck in life. At one point, daunted by the feat, she worries to her lover Sebastian (Ryan Gosling): ‘It feels too nostalgic to me. Are people going to like…
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Saturday 24 December 2016
Film TV

best on screen: 2016 in film and tv

Rosie Hunt
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As 2016 comes to a close, Lip’s film writers share their screen highlights for the year. Unsurprisingly, Netflix is well-represented – perhaps more interestingly, no one chose a film they had seen in an old-fashioned cinema. In 2016, it seems that TV and streaming reigned supreme. What were your favourites? Let us know in the…
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Sunday 18 December 2016
Film TV

gilmore girls: a year in the life review

Rosie Hunt
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This review contains spoilers for all four episodes of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. A couple of Saturdays ago, my Mum and I sat down with a large pizza, a bottle of wine, and Gilmore Girls. I could barely contain my excitement. Eight years after the original series had wrapped up, we would…
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Saturday 10 December 2016
Film

christmas rom-coms aren’t the worst

Hannah Rogers
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  When it comes to Christmas rom-coms, only two are of any importance. These films are of course Love Actually and The Holiday. Both films give you a slight guilty feeling about watching a rom-com, which quickly dissipates as you become emotionally involved. But why should we feel guilty about our emotional entanglement with such…
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Thursday 1 December 2016
Books Feminism

lip lit: no to feminism

Eden Faithfull
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When you first see Rebecca Shaw’s neon-coloured book, ‘No to Feminism: 70 Reasons Why Femism is Bad for You’ on the shelf, do yourself a favour and don’t judge too soon. Take a copy down, hold it in your hands, and flip through a couple of pages. Better yet, peruse Shaw’s witty, tongue-in-cheek introduction and…
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Friday 25 November 2016
Film

film review: i, daniel blake

Rosie Hunt
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Sometimes films can take you by surprise: you think you know what you’re in for, but in the safety of the cinema they knock you out of your comfort zone and leave you reeling. For me, I, Daniel Blake was one of those films. While I expected a story of struggle, I certainly didn’t prepare…
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Wednesday 23 November 2016
Film

film review: fantastic beasts and where to find them

Hannah Rogers
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The year is 1926. Our new protagonist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York from Britain with a suitcase full of magical creatures. But a dark force is terrorising the city, threatening to reveal the magical world to the ‘No Majs’ (read: American Muggles) and…. did someone just say Dumbledore, my god I’m so…
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Monday 14 November 2016
Film

film review: american honey

Rosie Hunt
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We found love in a hopeless place. It’s a familiar refrain for the millennial generation, and one that provides the soundtrack to key moments in Andrea Arnold’s latest film, American Honey. Rihanna’s We Found Love is the perfect music to capture the heart of this film, a winner of the Jury Prize at The Cannes Film…
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Monday 14 November 2016
Books

lip lit: fight like a girl

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Fight Like a Girl is a rousing memoir-meets-manifesto by Clementine Ford. Though casual in tone, it is persuasive and confronting. Ford shares her experiences as a woman claiming her space in the world and exposes the brutality of life as a woman, which we are raised to be oblivious to. You finish the book angry…
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Thursday 10 November 2016
Books

lip lit: the science of appearances

Roan Scott
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The Science of Appearances, the third novel from Melbourne author Jacinta Halloran, is the story of two thirteen-year-old non-identical twins and the very different ways they find themselves in the wake of their father’s sudden death. Set in rural Victoria, in a town called Kyneton, and then in Melbourne, in the wake of WWII, this…
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Tuesday 8 November 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: the hate race

Harriet LM
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Walking into the playground, early on in primary school, two of my friends got into fight. There was hair pulling, slapping and screaming. A crowd gathered, cheering them on. “You fucking bitch,” yelled one, using the colourful language we were just starting to learn. “You’re a monkey,” said the other. Watching on, I had never…
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Monday 7 November 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: the girls

Emma Hardy
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Emma Cline’s debut novel, The Girls, is a coming of age story set in extraordinary circumstances. Based on the true events of the Charles Manson family, The Girls follows Evie Boyd, a fourteen-year-old girl on the cusp of adolescence, as she is drawn into the inner circle of a soon-to-be-infamous cult. The research that has…
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