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Culture Comforts: Desert Island Discs

It may seem as though I’ve been living in a box or I’ve become middle-aged as a result of lockdown, but since Christmas I’ve been obsessed with Desert Island Discs. For the uniniated, Desert Island Discs is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It is currently hosted by Lauren Laverne. It was first broadcast on the BBC Radio Forces Programme in January 1942 … Continue reading Culture Comforts: Desert Island Discs

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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

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Reading Corner: “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone” by Lori Gottlieb

While through most of 2020, reading was one of my top pastimes, in this third lockdown – just as others might have lost the urge to bake sourdough bread – I lost the motivation to read. After forcing myself through books for my English modules, I mindlessly scrolled through Instagram and Pinterest in the evenings, occasionally adding books to my “want to read” list. When … Continue reading Reading Corner: “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone” by Lori Gottlieb

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Poetry and Politics

As the striking young woman in the vibrant yellow coat approached the podium at the presidential inauguration earlier this year the world held its breath. Amanda Gorman represents the voice of a new political era, an embodiment of hope and a testament to the potential for change. Her words were not the empty promises of populist leaders but were enthusiastic declarations of joy and purpose. … Continue reading Poetry and Politics

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Reading Corner: Virginia Woolf

As an English Literature student, it can be difficult to juggle my course reading with other books on my personal reading list. However, I try and find time for it when I can, even if it’s just half an hour before bed. I’m currently halfway through Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. I was first introduced to Woolf in a module I took in second year, and … Continue reading Reading Corner: Virginia Woolf

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Review: Uncle Vanya

Anton Checkhov’s 1899 play Uncle Vanya resonates with modern audiences differently when compared to the play’s intended audience, and this is epitomised by the latest production. The cast is filled with well-known faces, although these actors are more familiar swinging a metal detector or flying an aeroplane they adapt to the heightened tone, creating an exaggerated realism that does not permit the audience a moment … Continue reading Review: Uncle Vanya

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Creative Corner: Selkies Stranded on Plemont Bay

“Selkie: a mythical creature that resembles a seal in the water but assumes human form on land.”— Definition from Oxford Languages Cavernous, the sullen cliffs part their lips to reveal the seaWrithing like a tongue, rolling and thrillingThe shore with trails of green. There are women, hungry and dispersedAlong the sand’s raised brow like debris from a wreck.Swallowed by sealskin, Grey and mournful and open-mouthed,The … Continue reading Creative Corner: Selkies Stranded on Plemont Bay

Review: Malcolm and Marie

3.5/5 stars ‘You wanna hurt me Marie?’ the chilling words spoken during an unfolding fight in the early hours of the morning following Malcolm’s big move premiere, ‘I can hurt you ten times worse.’ The first feature film to be entirely written, financed and produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Malcolm & Marie stars Zendaya and John David Washington as a failed actress and growing filmmaker … Continue reading Review: Malcolm and Marie

Subtitles on Screen: The Expansion of World Cinema

When it comes to World Cinema, there is little that can be said without mentioning in some capacity the phenomenon that was Parasite. Winning ‘Best Picture’ (the first foreign film ever to win in this category) among many other awards at the 2020 Oscars it really felt as if the barrier of subtitles was finally dissolving. As director Bong Joon-ho said in his acceptance speech, … Continue reading Subtitles on Screen: The Expansion of World Cinema

Authentic and Awkward: The Best Onscreen Representations of Sex

A good sex scene in a movie or TV show can take several different forms. Steamy, rough, graphic, or tender, there’s a whole selection far superior to anything porn can provide. But, for a long time, sex onscreen was inauthentic and a fantasy, always between a straight, white, cisgender couple. Diversity and believability were not a priority. However, with the rise of indie cinema and … Continue reading Authentic and Awkward: The Best Onscreen Representations of Sex