Huddled under the covers, clutching my little torch, reading late into the night is a fond memory of my childhood. Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers series was always a firm favourite of mine, and I simply couldn’t hide my delight in seeing it being adapted into a series by the BBC early last year. Despite an array of university deadlines, a global pandemic hit and I had a whole lot of time on my hands. As such, I found myself rushing downstairs at lunchtime to snuggle on the sofa with my younger sister, reliving my childhood, and cherishing every single episode.
An Unpromising Act of Inclusion- The Problem with Award Shows.
Time and again award shows have faced an onslaught of backlash about the lack of diversity amongst their nominees and winners. However, the 2021 Golden Globes decided they wanted to tick gender off their list of diversity boxes in terms of nominations. Their list contained, most excitingly, three female nominations for best director. Unfortunately it wasn’t until I saw who the nominations were for, that I began to once again question the validity of their choices.
The Masculine Hunk vs The Camp Caricature: The portrayal of masculinity in High School Musical
If you’re a millennial baby like me, the High School Musical trilogy was a big deal. “We’re all in this together” and “Fabulous” are the soundtracks to our childhoods, and in a burst of lockdown nostalgia, I took a trip down memory lane and rewatched the trilogy.
It’s a Sin: Didn’t You Know?
‘It’s a Sin’ has swept the nation, breaking the hearts of all who are able to finish it, transcending generations, sexuality and prejudices.
TikTok: A Vine/Fanfiction Crossover
I don’t know about you, but I used to be one of those people who said, “Nope. No. I’m not getting TikTok, it’s rubbish- bring back Vine!) Then the lockdown of March 2020 happened, I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands, and next thing I knew, I found myself enthralled. No, it’s not Vine, but TikTok is full of hilarious, creative human beings who made my lockdown that much brighter.
The Welcomed Invasion of International Cinema
Last year, Parasite became the first South-Korean film to be nominated at the Oscars. It also became the first non-English language film to win Best Picture, taking home four Academy Awards in total. In contrast, this year the Golden Globes brought some controversy surrounding the exclusion of Korean-American film Minari. Undoubtedly, international cinema in predominantly English speaking countries has increased in popularity in recent years.
What’s My Age Again? How Hollywood’s Age Problem Affects Us All
Hollywood’s perception of age has always been skewed. Actors over 60 are almost non-existent and teenagers are played by people who probably have a mortgage. This has inevitable affected our self-perception, and some young adults, fresh out of their adolescent years, feel they must fulfil their life dreams before they reach the ‘dreaded’ age of 30.
“Shiny Screens” and Societal Value Manifested in Black Mirror and Instagram
Tiegan Dudley It is no secret that today’s culture is extensively encompassed in a virtual world. But with this ever-increasing digital age, could it be possible that these “shiny screens” become the […]
HBO Max Versus the Auteur
Caitlin Hall The traditional model of film distribution is slowly dying, and COVID-19 may be the final death knell for the industry. With many theatres closed for the foreseeable, distribution companies have […]
How Soon is Too Soon? The Depiction of Pandemic Life in TV and Film
It’s begun. January 2021 has marked the start of Covid-19’s hardly anticipated debut into entertainment’s fictional realm.