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Cult Column: Boyhood

Everything happens whilst nothing happens –these words are my best attempt to try and summarise and understand Richard Linklater’s twelve-year coming-of-age epic, Boyhood. The 2015 film is largely remembered for its ambitious and unique process: it was revisited every year for twelve years, utilising the same ensemble cast, in the hope of presenting a naturalistic […]

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Radical Book Fair: Priyamvada Gopal on her new book, Insurgent Empire

A diverse crowd mills through the book stalls at Lighthouse’s Radical Book Fair, vending forward-thinking literature from new voices as well as beloved authors – illustrated children’s stories on Greta Thunberg to the works of Engels are on offer, an indication that  the event is truly radical. The crowd fills the seats rapidly in anticipation […]

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The Stormzy Effect

The so-called ‘Stormzy effect’ is up and running in its second year. The grime artist’s highly discussed scholarship programme with the University of Cambridge is giving rise to record numbers of black students enrolling as undergraduates in the prestigious institution’s history.  According to Cambridge, 91 students have been admitted for the 2019-20 year, an almost […]

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Film

The Farewell

The Farewell starts by declaring itself to be ‘based on an actual lie’. This ‘actual lie’ is one based on director Lulu Wang’s truth – previously told in a radio episode of This American Life in 2016 and here bought to life in her semi-autobiographical second feature. Billi (Awkwafina) is a New Yorker who immigrated […]

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The Farewell

The Farewell starts by declares itself to be ‘based on an actual lie’. This ‘actual lie’ is one based on director Lulu Wang’s truth – previously told in a radio episode of This American Life in 2016 and here bought to life in her semi-autobiographical second feature. Billi (Awkwafina) is a New Yorker who immigrated […]