October 5, 2020

Coming of age films are my favourite type of film. They capture the awkwardness of adolescence and they chart the struggles of someone on the cusp of adulthood trying to find their place in the world. They convey a feeling so universal yet unique that you can’t help bu...

October 4, 2020

Sofia Coppola’s MARIE-ANTOINETTE (2006) is an utterly unique depiction of a real life historical figure, yet portrayed in such a way that is tender, modern, and strangely relatable. The film’s soundtrack is powerful because of its perfect mixture of contemporary as wel...

October 3, 2020

It is surprising that Cameron Crowe’s music focused, semi-autobiographical love letter to 1970s rock begins with an Alvin and the Chipmunks song. In some ways though, its symbolic of the sheltered world its protagonist William (Patrick Fugit) finds himself in. He has n...

September 29, 2020

After watching Lady Bird for the second time, I turned to my mum sitting next to me almost in tears, a rare sight for this strong Yorkshire lass. She explained it felt like her story.

Lady Bird’s chutzpah epitomises the women Greta Gerwig portrays in her films, although...

September 27, 2020

If I had to explain the concept of a guilty pleasure to someone, I would invite them to a screening of Whip It. The experience of watching it is at times so toe-curlingly cringy, and yet every single time the credits roll, my instinct is to watch it all over again, imm...

September 25, 2020

What do you get when you put together a Heath Ledger rendition of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You’, a classic 90s wardrobe and dialogue filled with scathing critiques of the patriarchy? A coming-of-age film with so much more to offer than romance. Even in 1999, the plot...

September 24, 2020

During lockdown, I have enjoyed feeling genderless. I’ve barely worn makeup or high heels. I haven’t been outside enough to be cat called. It’s been freeing to feel not just like a woman, but like a person. I was surprised therefore to so suddenly be filled with femini...

September 17, 2020

What is a film student to do if suddenly presented with an abundance of time? The answer seems obvious at first: Unearth your never-ending watchlist of films you saved for a rainy day, revisit the greats, exhaust all selections on each streaming platform you have acces...

September 16, 2020

Lost at Sea: My Dad’s Last Journey, directed by Johnny Burke and distributed by Channel 4 is about Louis Bird and his father, Peter Bird, a pioneer in Ocean rowing and adventuring. Peter Bird rowed the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Australia in 1982, and was the...

September 16, 2020

As London went dark once lockdown began, one of the many thoughts that raced through my mind was what would happen to cinemas. Much has been written about the government’s lack of support for those struggling in the arts industry. In terms of film, the blow falls heavi...

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