The average Brit will watch 22.3 hours of television a week, nearly one full day’s worth of TV. The average Brit will also watch 72 films a year which is, on average, more than one film a week. Between 2001 and 2016 just 18% of those television programmes were written by a woman, lessening to 14% for prime-time TV. In the film industry 79% of the films made had no women involved in the writing at all. It is no secret that screenwriting is a male-dominated industry, highlighted in recent times by speeches like that of Frances McDormand at the Oscars 2018, where she urged all women involved in the nominated films to stand up, raising awareness to the female talent in the room but also the lack of female representation. Why is this such a problem? Should it not just be the best TV made which gets to be aired? Yes, it should. But some of the best TV and films are being made by women and are not being given the chance to be seen. Continue reading Why are female screenwriters still not given the prime opportunities?
Cinema has always been kind to the fantastical. Whether it be sci-fi or superheroes, there will always be a space for the otherworldly on the big screen, be it another Spielberg classic or the next instalment in the Marvel cinematic universe. But amidst all the CGI madness these films provide, I want to instead focus upon the Italian Neo-Realist school of filmmaking, a movement that originated in post-World War Two Italy.
It is fair to say that Yorgos Lanthimos is no normal director. Ever since the Greek born maestro started making English language films, his unique blend of comedy and surrealist direction has amazed and unnerved in equal measure. With The Favourite, Lanthimos has stayed true to form, envisioning hilariously eccentric scenes from racing ducks to a naked man getting pelted with oranges. Continue reading Frost on Film: The Favourite
A not so Fantastic opening weekend
Today, not having seen a Harry Potter film is a marker of peculiarity. The Potter universe stands as one of the largest and most successful series to make it to the big screen and seems to be becoming more popular every year. But the new Fantastic Beasts series, set as a precursor to the eponymous events at Hogwarts, has failed to achieve equal praise. Continue reading Frost on Film: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Sports films are not the easiest to make. Many sports are not readily transferable to the big screen and those that are, don’t often work. However, with the upcoming release of Creed II, boxing films keep proving to be the anomaly in all of this, churning out entries year upon year that entertain and motivate in equal measure. Continue reading Frost on Film: A Step Into The Ring
In the last 30 years, 50% of the world’s corals have been lost, and we are likely to lose the remainder within the next 30 years. Chasing Coral documents a group’s project to record time lapses of coral bleaching events, in order to awaken the public’s attention to the effects of global warming in our oceans. It is a ninety-minute whirlwind of beautiful visuals, comic episodes, and most importantly, a stark relation of the catastrophic impact our actions have had upon corals. Continue reading Review: Chasing Coral
The 1840s potato famine in Ireland is not the most obvious choice for the setting of a violent cat and mouse chase. And yet director Lance Daly has gone for it, resulting in a rather drab and boring film that fails to maintain intrigue or interest. Continue reading Review: Black ’47