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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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Thursday 3 November 2016
Film

film review: drama

Hannah Rogers
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  As I slink into my mid-twenties, I have feared that it would be time for me to leave behind my much-loved millennial dramas. As I find my way into stable maturity I would outgrow movies and television series like Girls and Please Like Me begrudgingly. But I need no longer worry if films like…
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Friday 28 October 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: i’m buffy and you’re history

Kathy Pollock
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From its inception as a (widely panned) movie, through to the iconic TV show and comic book series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BTVS) has proven to be an ‘undying’ piece of pop culture. Celebrated for its punning protagonist Buffy Summers and her ‘Faith’-ful Scooby Gang, BTVS is canonical in its portrayal of female strength. In…
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Saturday 22 October 2016
Film

film review: the girl on the train

Hannah Rogers
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The Girl on the Train is violent, melodramatic and dark. Based on the insanely popular 2015 thriller novel by Paula Hawkins, the film sits within a new brand of female-led thrillers. These films typically have a women heavy cast and explore the white suburban ideal through some sort of mystery. Films and books like Gone…
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Thursday 6 October 2016
Film

film review: girl asleep

Rosie Hunt
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Girl Asleep is a colourful and creative film about leaving childhood behind. Set in 1970s suburban Australia, the film is a visual delight, and a clever representation of the confusing and somewhat terrifying experience of being a teenager. 14-year-old Greta Driscoll (Bethany Whitmore) has just moved house and started a new school. She meets Elliott…
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Wednesday 28 September 2016
Film

film review: snowden

Marie Davis
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The lone, brilliant man is the archetype in film I find the most groan-inducing. Spanning all genres, the lone, brilliant man can be the action hero who saves the world before time runs out, the only genius in the world who can crack the case, or the innovative creator of a technological advancement that changes…
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Monday 26 September 2016
Film TV

‘sneaky feminism’ on screen

Rosie Hunt
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Feminist fans of the popular television show Gilmore Girls will be happy to know that one of its lead actresses has described the series as ‘sneakily feminist’. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lauren Graham (aka Lorelai Gilmore) expressed frustration with the collective obsessing over the love lives of the Gilmore girls in the…
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Monday 29 August 2016
Film

film review: tallulah

Rosie Hunt
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Netflix Original’s most recent releases include Tallulah, a heartfelt story of three women whose lives unexpectedly intertwine. Starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, the film seems right at home on the streaming service that brought us Orange Is The New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where nuanced depictions of women are fast becoming the norm. In…
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Tuesday 16 August 2016
Arts Film

q&a with epiphany morgan

Bridget Conway
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If you haven’t heard by now about the 365 Docobites being shown on SBS2 every night from June until next year, it’s about time you got in the loop. Epiphany Morgan and Carl Mason are Sydney-based partners in life and in filmmaking, who have accomplished the mammoth task of filming 365 small documentaries - or ‘docobites’ – at locations across…
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Thursday 4 August 2016
Featured Film

ghostbusters: how to engage naysayers

Annie Hariharan
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When a classic movie is remade or rebooted, when a book is made into a movie, when a new Bond, Superman, Spiderman or Batman is selected, there are rumblings of discontent in the fandom. Remember when fans thought Heath Ledger too pretty to be the Joker and Jennifer Lawrence too blond to be Katniss Everdeen?…
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Tuesday 26 July 2016
Film Uncategorised

film review: maggie’s plan

Rosie Hunt
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The inimitable Greta Gerwig stars in Maggie’s Plan, a colourful comedy about a woman who is always in control. Gerwig is great at playing characters that have no idea what they’re doing (like the titular character in Frances Ha), but in this film, she proves she can also play the opposite. Maggie, a university graduate…
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Friday 22 July 2016
Film TV

tv review: rebellion

Rosie Hunt
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  Rebellion is a historical drama that puts women at the centre of the action. The five-part mini series premiered earlier this year, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, and is still available on Netflix for subscribers to binge-watch at their leisure. The series begins in 1914, with three…
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