She’s Gotta Have It: How the present becomes Nola Darling
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She’s Gotta Have It: How the present becomes Nola Darling

The moment my friend and I finished binge-watching She’s Gotta Have It, we resolved to do our best to emulate Nola Darling. Her poise and creativity drew us in within the first ten minutes of the first episode; her confidence and steadfast self-intuity inspired us through every episode after. A character who represents so many … Continue reading

American Vandal: On shaming women, neat endings and the role of the spectator
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American Vandal: On shaming women, neat endings and the role of the spectator

It almost does not need to be said that the history of storytelling is ineluctably intertwined with variations of the “hysterical woman” trope. From Josef von Sternberg’s Blonde Venus to scripted reality shows like The Bachelor, entertainment has always taken the body of woman and made her into a thing to be tamed (or “castrated” … Continue reading

Derry Girls looks to the strong and amazing women of the troubles, to produce Channel 4’s biggest comedy hit since 2004
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Derry Girls looks to the strong and amazing women of the troubles, to produce Channel 4’s biggest comedy hit since 2004

Admittedly, when I heard Channel 4 was producing a sitcom in mid-troubles Northern Ireland, I had my doubts. Although, they do say comedy equals tragedy plus time, and Derry Girls proves just that. Created and written by actual ‘Derry Girl’ Lisa McGee, this fast paced, joke per minute, smash hit tackles the troubles, and comes … Continue reading

REVIEW- Requiem, Episode 1: BBC Supernatural thriller strikes perfect balance between bumps in the night and brutal realism
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REVIEW- Requiem, Episode 1: BBC Supernatural thriller strikes perfect balance between bumps in the night and brutal realism

If there is one thing that TV is not short of, it’s ‘missing child mysteries’ and shows about suspicious rural towns; Dark, Stranger Things, Top of the Lake, The Returned, the list goes on. So what can BBC’s new supernatural thriller Requiem offer us on top of that? Judging by its gripping first episode, a … Continue reading