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Fringe Theatre

Father of Lies

Setting foot in Silk in the middle of the afternoon is an incredibly daunting experience at the best of times. However, doing so as eerie music plays accompanied by the noise of wind and rain, while a passage from the Bible –‘for he is a liar and the father of lies’ (John 8:44) – is […]

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Film Reviews

Get Out

The horror genre has a long-standing history of social commentary, from the racial issues addressed in George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, to the Aids allegory prevalent throughout Near Dark. However never before has it felt more relevant or well-handled than in Jordan Peele’s debut film, Get Out. The film follows young African-American […]

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Film Reviews

The Founder

It would be incredibly simple to dismiss The Founder – the story of the man who turned McDonalds into the global corporation that it is today- as merely a marketing ploy to advertise the brand (not unlike director John Lee Hancock’s other film Saving Mr. Banks).  However, to do so would be to miss a […]

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Culture Literature

Taduno’s Song

As far as debut novels go, one would be hard pressed to find a tale as beautifully written and thoroughly engaging as that of Nigerian author, Odafe Atogun. The freshman writer draws on his own experiences growing up under an oppressive regime to tell a wonderful tale that, on its surface, is a story about […]

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Film

We need to talk about Westworld

A lone figure sits atop his horse, his all-black ensemble stark against the brightness of the horizon; slowly he surveys the rocky landscape before him searching for his prey. The camera shifts and the audience can see the world from his perspective – a pixelated view of the desert before him. Zooming closer a blurred […]

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Film

Editorial: A look forward to Africa in Motion’s return to Edinburgh

Next week signifies the start of Scotland’s annual celebration of African cinema and culture, the Africa in Motion Film Festival. Now in its eleventh year, the festival aims to showcase a variety of cinematic works from across the continent and bring these stories to the people of Scotland who would not ordinarily have the opportunity […]

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Film

A look forward to the film festivals coming to Edinburgh this year.

As the academic year begins, there are sure to be countless opportunities for socialising as clubs, societies, and RAs all clamor to attract both fresh-faced Freshers and the more jaded postgraduates to their numerous events. The question becomes, what is there for those who just want a quiet night in with a film? Well, fear […]

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Culture Literature

Library Cat: The Observations of a Thinking Cat

As far as University of Edinburgh institutions go, Jordan – more commonly known as Library Cat – is a rather high-ranking one. Instantly recognisable by his black and white coat, which gives him the impression of having been dipped in milk, he has been as much a part of George Square as the David Hume […]