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Film

Venue Reviews: Mortal Engines

As a running joke in the books, real world pop culture relics show up thoroughly misunderstood in the new film adaptation of the Mortal Engines series. This seems to have happened between book and movie. I’m glad I watched this film. There’s undeniable joy in seeing so much care put into the translating the aesthetics…

News

UAE release Matthew Hedges

British student Matthew Hedges has been pardoned and released by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following his life sentence for allegedly spying against the government. He was freed from prison and returned to the UK last week. He was imprisoned for life following an arrest and interrogation in May, during which he was denied access…

Science

Tea or coffee? It’s in your genes

Studies carried out at Northwestern University in Illinois have revealed that your choice of hot beverage may not be the conscious decision you once thought it was. A study published in the Scientific Reports journal has suggested that in those with European ancestry, genetic variants may influence your perception of bitterness, and thus your preference…

Features

Christopher Eccleston

This year’s Norwich Film Festival kicked off in style with a screening of Danny Boyle’s deliciously dark 1994 debut film Shallow Grave, followed by star Christopher Eccleston in conversation with The Guardian’s chief film critic Peter Bradshaw. The first actor to step into the role when the series was rebooted in 2005, a certain percentage…

TV

Altered States: Love without Limits

Louis Theroux describes polyamory as ‘the practice of pursuing multiple romantic relationships with the consent of all those involved.’ Also known as ethical non-monogamy, polyamory is a relationship lifestyle that seems to be on the rise. Even here at UEA, I know a number of people involving themselves in the polyamorous world or even what…

Arts

Book review: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting

It is uncommon for a book not originally written in English to become popular in the UK, but Norwegian journalist and author Lars Mytting achieved this rare feat when his book Norwegian Wood became a (surprising) hit among British readers. Mytting’s international success is an example of how books about apparently niche subjects can end…

Film

Costume dramas for the costume society

Period dramas are the pride of British cinema. They are addictive, entertaining, and oftentimes endearing. The servants are written as funny, the women seem to transgress societal norms, and the men are just adorable in their slowly changing misogyny. The smallest gesture of rebellion is a revolution. Yet this is precisely where the danger lies….

Film

London Film Festival Review: Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite

I never thought I’d say it, but this is the closest that Director Yorgos Lanthimos is ever likely to come to a fluffy rom-com. Dropping contemporary dystopia for 18th Century largesse, The Favourite is a sumptuous, star-studded lark that marks not only Lanthimos’ safest film but will very likely live on as a gateway drug…

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