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The popularity of the orphan storyline in Western literature

Some of the most prominent characters in literature are surprisingly orphans. From classic figures like Oliver Twist and David Copperfield to contemporary favourites like Charlie Bucket and Pippi Longstocking, the…

A Love Letter to F.R.I.E.N.D.S

For almost three decades, Friends has stood the test of time. The beloved sitcom is often underestimated; yet the recent tragic passing of Matthew Perry and the clear impact he…

Is Social Realism a Dead Genre?

Social realism is a gritty cinematic style which throws you right into the lives of ‘ordinary’ individuals. The tradition of social realism in film has been sustained since the early…

David Attenborough and the BBC’s impartiality crisis

The BBC’s seemingly strict policy of impartiality has come under fire. Fronted by Gary Lineker, recent criticism questions the elusive relationship between the BBC and right-wing politics. David Attenborough, BBC…

The Cult of Horror

Four children cover their eyes in fear.

Do the Writers’ Strikes Affect Film and TV as much as Hollywood Would Have Us Believe?

This week, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has finally agreed to end a gruelling five-month strike, which persisted for 146 days. Representing a significant workforce of 11,5000 screenwriters, the…

Why Russel Brand calls controversial authorship into question

CW: discusses allegations of sexual assault Comedian Russell Brand’s recent allegations of rape and sexual assault, exposed by a joint investigation with Channel 4, The Times, and The Sunday Times,…

Review: Blonde

Our cultural fascination with Marilyn Monroe can be seen in full force concerning testimonies of Netflix’s highly controversial Blonde. Arguably rooting for the title of an epic, labels surrounding this…