Not long ago, I believed that transgender characters played by cisgender actors were largely positive and helped to progress conversations about trans lives. Yet, they were all played by cisgender men, and in some cases reiterated dangerous stereotypes or tropes.
Creative Careers: An Interview with Lydia Gerrard
Right before the pandemic took hold, actress Lydia Gerrard, 22, was covering her dream role on the Phantom of the Opera UK tour. She talks from her family home in west London about live performance in lockdown and the importance of doing what you love.
Elegant Emma: Wilde’s Austen adaptation is picture-perfect
Parasols, petticoats, sweets and trifles – Autumn de Wilde’s 2020 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma is the epitome of decadence. Critics have called it “lavish”, “totally delicious”, and “picture-perfect”. But does a focus on all things pretty make us appreciate Austen’s work or take it less seriously?
Do you think he’s compensating for something? – Adult Humour in PG Films
There are many benefits to watching children’s films as an adult. The most rewarding aspect, however, is finally realising why your parents would laugh at scenes that didn’t contain slapstick, talking animals, or various mishaps involving passing gas.
Is Netflix replacing school Sex Education?
We shouldn’t have to rely on TV shows to teach young adults that consent must be informed. Netflix’s Sex Education is an incredible resource for young people in 2020. More widely, the online sex education industry is booming.
‘PS I Still Love You’ – but you’ve been recast
The recasting of John Ambrose is significant, not because he used to be white, but because he is now black. It highlights ways in which Netflix is becoming a platform for cinematic progression.
Love Island: The Flat Pack Furniture of Romance
Love Island, sharing the fate of many popular mass consumables, epitomizes the definitive break between high and low ‘culture’. Although I have yet to begin my protest to have Love Island screenings in the British Museum, Love Island is not a simpleton’s game by any means.
Simon Amstell’s Carnage will stop you hating Vegans
Humans have a particular penchant for ignoring information we would rather not hear. Intellectually we might know livestock emissions count for around 14.5% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Or that Beef alone accounts for 60% of global deforestation. And yet, we all hate Vegans.
Parasite vs Anglocentrism
On 20th February, at a rally in Colorado, the US president Donald Trump bashed the Academy Awards’ choice of the 2019 South Korean film Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho, as winner of Best Picture, asking ‘what the hell was that all about?’
The Not So Original “Netflix Originals”
With so many adaptations popping up on the world’s most popular streaming service, are new series based on books helping our book economy? On the other hand, when every other Netflix production is based on a book, how does this speak to the creation of new films and series?