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Norwich Film Festival: The Arts Prevails

Picture this: it’s 2009, you’ve left university and you’re having coffee in The Forum with your friend. They show you a short film that they’ve made and you’re amazed by it. They’re struggling to get it into any festivals and there’s nothing in Norfolk. They are disheartened that all their hard work will go to…

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Why We Need Short Films:

It is fashionable – perhaps too fashionable – to feel cynical about the state of contemporary cinema. A casual glance through the screenings at one’s local cinema only seems to reinforce this belief: the average movie going experience is packed with spectacles, superheroes, and sequels. It is also in fashion to link this to the…

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Christmas Classics Countdown

I love Christmas films. In my first year at uni, I had a ‘Christmas Countdown’, where I planned to watch a Christmas movie every day of December until Christmas. This year, I’m determined to complete it.  Last year, I watched more Christmas movies in the two weeks before Christmas than I ever had before, thanks…

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Bizarre Science: Why do we watch horror films?

As Halloween approaches and the nights get darker, lots of people will be settling down to watch a horror film. What is it about these movies that make horror-lovers obsessed with them and keeps them coming back for more jumpscares and gore? What makes someone sign up for a dose of “media-induced masochism”? Science may…

Film, Venue

Why ‘About Time’ Is My All-Time Comfort Film

Sometimes there’s nothing better than indulging in a top-notch comfort film when you’re feeling down – films have the power to heal and restore. For me, the best comfort films are British romantic comedies. Not the cheesy cliché rom-coms which dominated the early 2000’s, but rather the light-hearted romantic comedies that make you feel warm…

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Christmas Favourite: Elf

Elf is my favourite Christmas film. Elf was made in 2003, and to this day is still one of the greatest Christmas movies to be made. It is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell’s funny and charming performance as one of Santa’s biggest helpers. It’s a bit of a…

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30 years of Home Alone

Home Alone is one of the greatest Christmas classics! It has succeeded in establishing itself a Christmas tradition, as well as making three sequels, and the whole franchise in and of it. It’s a great comedy movie exploring the fantasy of a young boy, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), having the entire house to himself, which I…

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Christmas Favourite: Nativity

Every year, on the 1st December, one film graces my screen and has done for the past 10 years. Nativity, for me, encapsulates everything I love about Christmas. Funny, charming and silly, the film champions normality by specifically casting normal children with no previous experience to play the lead roles. This adds a wonderful charm…

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