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Tuesday 21 February 2017
Music

keeping the imagination alive: post-capitalism, feminist sci-fi and optimism with katie stelmanis of austra

Samantha Armatys
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‘Connie got up from her kitchen table and walked slowly to the door…’ So begins Marge Piercy’s feminist sci-fi classic, Woman on the Edge of Time, an allegorical tale of a woman who can communicate with the future and in doing so stirs a yearning for a more egalitarian world.  I am reading it at…
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Monday 30 November 2015
Feminism Film Opinion

a new hope? star wars and gender

Danielle Croci
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With the long-awaited new Star Wars film The Force Awakens being released next month, hopes are high that there could be improvements in Star Wars’ depiction of women. The Star Wars franchise has had issues with its lack of representation, however the portrayal of Leia Organa (most famously by Carrie Fisher) as rebellious and quick-witted…
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Monday 19 May 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the treaty

Raelke Grimmer
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We live in a time when writers are spoilt for choice; they have more power than ever to take publishing into their own hands and share their words with the world. A J Conway is one such writer who has chosen to control her words and go down the self-publishing route. Once considered the very last…
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Friday 30 December 2011
Film

film review: another earth

Kimberley Thomson
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Look out across the ocean and you’ll see a planet hovering above the horizon line. Its swirling clouds and green-brown rivulets of land closely resemble our own. In fact, this planet is our own, a parallel Earth. The night the discovery of “Earth 2” is announced and 17-year-old Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) has been partying…
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Saturday 3 December 2011
Film

film review: attack the block

Natalie Salvo
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From the makers of the UK TV Series, Misfits comes the film Attack the Block - a sci-fi/thriller/monster flick set on a council estate in South London. It essentially plays out as a series of battles between the classes; the inner city and outer-space; and the well-trodden terrain of human versus alien saga. Joe Cornish’s directorial debut…
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Wednesday 31 August 2011
Film

film review: cowboys and aliens

Bernie Nolan
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Bernadette Chapman reviews the Western/Sci-fi hybrid Cowboys & Aliens