Ryan Norman

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The White Crow – Event and Q&A review

As windy Tuesday evenings go in Norwich, watching Ralph Fiennes’ film on Soviet ballet dancers felt like an enjoyable way to spend one. The venue, Cinema City, justified the conditions on its own. Dating back to the 14th century, the Grade 1 listed building is beautifully flint-walled, tall-windowed and situated beside St. Andrew’s church, offering…

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Film review: The White Crow

Rudolph Nureyev, widely regarded as the greatest male dancer of his generation, possessed the quality that makes any technically proficient artist into something special; rebelliousness. He learned the rules of dance, then pushed further. Ralph Fiennes’ third directorial offering tells the story of this Soviet ballet dancer gradually breaking free of constraints until the moment…

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Investigative journalism in film

Investigative journalism that probes into the hidden practices of those who hold political power is in decline. There are a number of reasons for this, such as lack of resources available to editors to commission long investigative projects, massive demand for 24/7 news, the rise of ‘churnalism’ and the dependency on PR sources, the media…

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Pornography: art or not?

Pornography: it’s a presentation of sex most people will have come across at some point. The question is how this presentation differs from the wide array of sexual material found in popular culture – in particular, film. When films like Blue Is the Warmest Colour depict sex scenes that wouldn’t look out of place on…

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#20MovieChallenge: exploring the impact of films online

Recently, a trend has been circulating twitter called the #20MovieChallenge. The idea is for users to post an image or gif, once a day for twenty days, of a film that has impacted them in some way. For me, this process was a distillation of film as a cultural institution in 2018: it made the…