Film Review: The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl’s overriding success is its casting, epitomised by Eddie Redmayne’s and Alicia Vikander’s Oscar nominations for leading actor and supporting actress. Redmayne and Vikander handle the compelling plot of a husband’s awakening identification as a woman, and the subsequent journey of her partaking in one of the first sex reassignment surgeries. Loosely based on the lives of Danish painters, Lili Elbe and Gerda … Continue reading Film Review: The Danish Girl

Theatre Review: Wanderlust at the Bike Shed Theatre

I was incredibly apprehensive about my second trip to the Bike Shed Theatre. On my first experience, I went to see a play called ‘After the Accident’, which was a fictional dramatization of the aftermath of the death of a young girl hit by a car. Overtly tragic and distressing, my hysterical reaction to it was one of the most humiliating things of my life. … Continue reading Theatre Review: Wanderlust at the Bike Shed Theatre

Booked In With Jess: 12

For decades Anne Tyler has been unearthing the family in stories that span 20 novels. A Spool Of Blue Thread is her latest release and my first encounter with the popular author. New York Times writer Michiko Kakutani claims A Spool Of Blue Thread is “lacking in emotional specificity and psychological ballast.” But how can a novel shortlisted for the Manbooker Prize and Baileys Women’s … Continue reading Booked In With Jess: 12

The North Devon Solidarity Network

Let it never be said that art has no place in politics. The North Devon Solidarity Network (NDSN) is an autonomous democratic affinity group, formed three months ago. What does that mean, exactly? In the group’s own words, “Rather than being directed towards one single goal, it’s aimed at encouraging and facilitating local grassroots activism in North Devon, and hopefully the rest of the South … Continue reading The North Devon Solidarity Network

Film Review: Suffragette at Studio 74

In some historical movies before it, such as the brilliant historical comedy-drama Pride (2014), and in 2010, Made in Dagenham, a humorous approach is taken on historical-societal matters: Suffragette, on the other hand, does quite the opposite. Suffragette is a much darker and more dramatic picture than Pride and Made in Daghenam: the story takes place in London, in 1912. The streets are filthy, women are visibly oppressed by … Continue reading Film Review: Suffragette at Studio 74

Notes On Netflix: Accidental Love

Accidental Love – Stephen Greene, 15, 2015 Netflix rates it: 1.5/5 I rate it: 2/5 Accidental Love follows the story of Alice (Jessica Biel) who, during a freak accident, ends up with a nail lodged in her head causing her to suffer from a lack of inhibition. After being denied healthcare due to her not having insurance, she attempts to convince local government representative Howard … Continue reading Notes On Netflix: Accidental Love

Film Review: Inside Out

Pixar, already the leading name in the field, has really stretched the boundaries of the animated genre with the 2015 release Inside Out. Pete Docter (Director of Monsters Inc, Up and Toy Story) and Ronnie Del Carmen (storyboard artist for Up and Ratatouille) come together to create this bold meeting of psychological science and pop culture.  Moving away from loveable monsters, cooking rodents and robots … Continue reading Film Review: Inside Out

A Chat with Jim McComish

Jim McComish has always been interested in cultural heritage and his debut novel The Reluctant Rapparee aims to transport readers into 16th – 17th Century Ireland. He took a break from writing his second book to answer a few questions…   Where did the idea for The Reluctant Rapparee come from and how did this idea develop over time? I’ve been fascinated by the subject … Continue reading A Chat with Jim McComish

Theatre Review: Shotgun Theatre’s Avenue Q

I have to admit that I was adamant that Avenue Q was going to be Avenue Poo. As a child I was terrified of puppets, and the notion that this production was a warped Sesame Street simply was not my cup of tea. But, a great friend of mine stars in it, and after watching him give up his life for months on end to … Continue reading Theatre Review: Shotgun Theatre’s Avenue Q