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Pixar: Representation in Animation

Alongside their most recent animated feature film, Soul, Pixar have released a series of new ‘SparkShorts’. Each at around 7-10 minutes long, they follow a long history of such short films which Pixar have been making for years, and many readers my age will probably remember watching the older ones before their favourite childhood films, (if you want a real nostalgia trip, try watching some old Pixar Shorts on YouTube). However, these aren’t just any old shorts, as Pixar has put diversity and opportunity for marginalised voices at the forefront of this project. Pixar gave employees six months to develop their stories, most of them based on personal experiences, with the hope that as a company they would ‘discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques’. The result is one the most inspiring and moving range of animations I have ever seen Pixar produce, all told through gorgeous animation styles. Continue reading Pixar: Representation in Animation

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Diversity and Inclusivity: The Problem with Award Shows

When announcing nominations and winners, award shows like the Oscars and the Grammys have the opportunity to amplify stories and voices through their platform. These awards do not define music and films as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but, due to the nature of their voting processes, they ultimately become popularity contests and a race for record labels and production companies to win over the most members … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusivity: The Problem with Award Shows

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Netflix and the Oscars: How Unconventional Streaming Platforms are Starting to Dominate Awards Season

Streaming service Netflix has amassed 35 nominations for the 2021 Oscars, the third most for a studio since the history of the awards. Towering over major theatrical studios including Universal, Warner Bros and A24, one question remains at the forefront the industry – what is the future of online distribution and the award season? Continue reading Netflix and the Oscars: How Unconventional Streaming Platforms are Starting to Dominate Awards Season

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Vilified Victims: The Problematic Portrayal of Violence Against Women in True Crime

During multiple lockdowns this year and last, I have found myself reaching for true crime documentaries and films on Netflix. There’s something about them that’s just so compelling to me – I’m the kind of person who stays up on Wikipedia deep dives reading about serial killers, much to my shame. However, many of these shows and films fall short at representing their female victims … Continue reading Vilified Victims: The Problematic Portrayal of Violence Against Women in True Crime

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Review: Behind Her Eyes

I thought I had hacked it. ‘You’ll love the twist; I didn’t see it coming!’ were the words of fellow viewers I shook off with confidence. The psychological thriller embedded in the quaint charm of an English town is a formula well acquainted with the British public, and yet Netflix’s new mindbender, Behind Her Eyes takes the slow burn to new heights, pulling off the … Continue reading Review: Behind Her Eyes

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Review: Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

In early 2020, filmmakers Charlie Russell and Dov Freedman met with Caroline Flack to discuss making a documentary that would tell her side of the story, in the wake of her recent assault charge. That documentary was never made, as just a couple of months later, she took her own life. Now, a year on from her death, Russell and Freedman have turned the project into a heartfelt eulogy that is both compelling and devastating. Continue reading Review: Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

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The Responsibility of our News Presenters

Should opinion have a place in news reporting? In an ideal world, objective reporting would allow people to make up their own minds about current affairs. But from the off, this isn’t realistic. There’s a sliding scale when the media engages with political and personal biases, and Sky, Channel 4, and BBC’s news programmes are not immune to this. Openly political news reporting such as … Continue reading The Responsibility of our News Presenters

Reboots: Old Stories and New Faces

Sex and the City and Gossip Girl have defined the adolescence of millennials and Generation Z alike. Whilst we may like to know what happened next, is it a better idea to stop while you’re ahead? Both shows are being remade by HBO Max. No one can deny the success of both shows. They have both had a significant cultural impact and boast a huge … Continue reading Reboots: Old Stories and New Faces

Framing Britney Spears: The Faustinian Fall of the Female Celebrity

I am of the generation who’s resounding image of Britney Spears is 2008’s “Breakdown Britney”. Even in 2017 this image was regurgitated with an onslaught of online memes relating to Britney’s “breakdown” to, once again, remind the world of the media constructed “crazy woman”. They are given the same tragic and inevitable fall like those designed for men of early modern plays but, unlike those … Continue reading Framing Britney Spears: The Faustinian Fall of the Female Celebrity