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Book Review: Bluebeard’s Castle by Anna Biller

As the title suggests, film director Anna Biller’s debut novel Bluebeard’s Castle is a new take on the Bluebeard story. It follows novelist Judith de Courtenay as she is swept…

Review: Enys Men

Released on BFI Player earlier this month, Mark Jenkin’s Enys Men follows the daily routine of a plant researcher (Mary Woodvine) on the remote Cornish island of the same name.…

Women are at the Heart of House of the Dragon

I was sceptical going into House of the Dragon, HBO’s new(ish) Game of Thrones spin-off. The grim-dark edginess of the original and the increasing prioritisation of plot twists over thematic…

Cult Column: Jesus Christ Superstar

It’s nearly Easter again, and for me that’s synonymous with my yearly rewatch of Jesus Christ Superstar, specifically the 1973 film version directed by the criminally underrated Norman Jewison. Despite…

The Costume Drama Facing Costume Dramas

With frequent discourse over historical accuracy, ‘iPhone faces’, and workplace safety, costume design and styling in film and tv has become something of a minefield, particularly in period pieces. Just…

Kate Bush: Dreaming of Adulthood

I graduated in the middle of a pandemic and promptly spent my early 20s sitting in my childhood bedroom, unemployed, watching as everyone around me seemingly had no trouble jumping…

The Love Witch: A Tradwife Tragedy

With the emergence of self-proclaimed tradwife influencers and the rise of gender essentialist “divine feminine” rhetoric on TikTok, we are currently living through an undeniable anti-feminist backlash. Despite somehow already…

Does good representation matter?

‘Representation’ has been the word most often bandied around with the release of every new film featuring queer stories, no matter the genre. It makes sense – Hollywood has a…