Flesh and Femininity: How Body Horror in Raw Externalises Female Sexual Awakening

Julia Ducournau’s directorial debut Raw follows 16-year-old Justine as she attempts to navigate the complexities of becoming a woman alongside her newfound and unconventional desires. Coming from a high-achieving family of entirely vets and vegetarians, Justine is ready to start her first year at vet school, where her older sister, Alexia, also studies. During some time-honoured and intense hazing rituals, the ‘rookies’ are drenched in pigs’ blood (Carrie, anyone?) and forced to eat raw rabbit kidneys as a form of initiation. After eating meat for the first time, unexpected consequences emerge as Justine is overcome with an all-consuming craving for human flesh. Continue reading Flesh and Femininity: How Body Horror in Raw Externalises Female Sexual Awakening

Age vs Maturity: Sex and the Sea in Bright Days Ahead

Bright Days Ahead is available to watch for free on BoB. Bright Days Ahead is a film about ageing and how sex intersects with this process – but it is far more than just a comedy about old people having affairs. It explores the changes that come with age, both in body and in soul, and the grief that accompanies that. In creating this festival of … Continue reading Age vs Maturity: Sex and the Sea in Bright Days Ahead

The Coming of Age Genre – More Like My Coming of Rage

Heads up – shattering of innocent dreams and cynicism ahead. Oh to be 14 again, I’ve just discovered The Smiths and was full of hope thinking everything would magic itself better. How wrong I was. Coming of age films have been staple of teenage culture in the modern era with filmmakers trying to capture the archetypal transition from a naïve youth to adulthood, complete with … Continue reading The Coming of Age Genre – More Like My Coming of Rage

Notes on Netflix: Laggies

Laggies – Lynn Shelton, 2014, 15   Netflix rates it: 4.5/5 I rate it: 4/5 Laggies follows twenty-eight- year-old Megan (Keira Knightley) as she comes to the realisation that she’s just not ready for any of the responsibilities expected of someone her age; spinning a sign advertising her Dad’s business is about all she can manage to do with her time. With both marriage and godparent-hood looming on … Continue reading Notes on Netflix: Laggies