Film / 22/09/2020 Working as a film extra: here’s the reality

The purpose of a film extra is simply to fill space and blend in. That might seem easy enough, however, there’s a lot more that goes into being a blurry dot floating in the back of the cinema screen than you might imagine. Here’s what it’s really like: It starts with an availability enquiry from...

Film / 22/09/2020 The New Mutants and The Return of the Cinema

Tango ice blast? Check. Cinema snacks? Check. I had everything I needed for a classic cinema experience. But this time it was different. When not eating, my mask was on. And there wasn’t the usual hustle and bustle of the cinema, where you were shoved up against the person next to you who was telling...

Film / 22/09/2020 I’m Thinking of Ending Things: Review

I could tell you “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” was made by someone out of their mind. It’s a critique as common as it is vacuous. The film is aggressively obtuse and entirely disinterested in explaining itself, so I have no idea whether I ‘got’ it. But to dismiss the film as deranged  nonsense is...

Film / 22/09/2020 DC Trailers: A Tease of What’s to Come

The DC fandom have been offered several new trailers! Many of the trailers give us a glimpse of these films in any format, though some had little to offer beyond brief teases of the films to come.   Firstly, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, set during the Cold War, shows us that Diana will come into conflict with...

Film / 22/09/2020 Tenet: an interesting insight into inversion

‘Tenet’ marks the welcome return of the blockbuster to the silver screen. The first film released after lockdown, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet shows us a world of inverted espionage, a means of using  time travel as a means to save the world. It has become expected for Nolan’s work to be something of a visual masterpiece...

Film / 29/08/2020 Actor Chadwick Boseman sadly loses his battle with colon cancer

American actor, Chadwick Boseman (43) sadly passed away this morning after battling colon cancer for the last four years.  Staring in films such as 42, Da Bloods Five, Get On Up and the yet to be released Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, it is clear that Boseman had a passion for using his talent for presenting...

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Righting our Wrongs

Films can be a great educational tool, but how do we use them to educate without continuing to give offensive media a platform? HBO Max sparked a conversation when they removed Gone with the Wind from their streaming services because of its highly problematic representation of themes including slavery. While many people agree this is…

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Becoming: Far from unplugged

After furiously trying (and failing) to book tickets to Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Southbank Centre for her memoir Becoming, I was thrilled to hear that filmmaker Nadia Hallgren’s documentary of the 34-stop tour would be available on Netflix in mid-2020. The biographical documentary has been classified by Netflix as both “feel-good” and “intimate.” I…

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Rocketman: the journey from Reginald Dwight to Elton John

“I was in the cinema for about 15 minutes before I started crying… really sobbing, in that loud, unguarded, emotionally destroyed way”. Upon viewing the rough cut of his biopic ‘Rocketman’, Elton John was completely overcome by emotion; it seems that this was an extremely vulnerable process for him, which makes it unsurprising that the…

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‘A Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ – “Elegantly Considered”

‘A Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, directed by Céline Sciamma, could probably be watched without subtitles, as much of the story is unspoken, told instead through looks and images that constitute a power greater than the characters can express in words. This years winner of the Queer Palm at Cannes is set in 18th…

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Norwich’s cinema habits post-Covid-19?

A study from Showcase Cinemas has revealed Johnny Depp as the film star they would most like to be locked down with. The poll has also revealed other A-listers such as Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansonn and Jennifer Lawrence are popular choices. While the research can’t promise that this will actually occur, other questions reveal deeper…


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