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The Irishman [Review]

Harry Mear | Student Writer Poignant and perplexing. Scorsese is at his best with his gangster epic of old. At 3 hours 30 minutes running time, The Irishman is a gradual and climatic account of the life and rise of truck-driver turned hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) in the criminal world of Philadelphia for the better part of 5 decades in post-war and counter-culture … Continue reading The Irishman [Review]

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Leonardo: The Works – A True Exhibition on Screen [Review]

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska Released on October 29th, 2019 and directed by Phil Grabsky, Leonardo: The Works marks the 500th anniversary of the renowned artist’s death. This film, a quite literal Exhibition on Screen, provides viewers with an Ultra HD quality of Leonardo da Vinci’s art – that is, not only the artists’ paintings but his notebooks and drawings as well. Some of the paintings … Continue reading Leonardo: The Works – A True Exhibition on Screen [Review]

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LFF 2019: In Conversation with Appreciation director, Tomisin Adepeju

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Written and directed by one of the rising new voices in British cinema, Appreciation is a drama that poignantly explores an African Pentecostal pastor’s navigation of grief and cultural identity following a personal tragedy. Filmed in London, the film flaunts striking visuals and Adepeju’s flourishing distinct directorial style. Aside from Appreciation’s selection in the programme, Adepeju is also one … Continue reading LFF 2019: In Conversation with Appreciation director, Tomisin Adepeju

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LFF 2019: Josef Bates on navigating the ‘clouded view’ of the industry post-university and his black comedy film, Tic.

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico I sat down with Media Arts (what we know now as the Film, TV & Digital Production course) alumni Josef Bates on the afternoon before the first screening of his short film Tic at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. After catching him up on the new, lengthy course title, as well as bonding over the infamous and unchanging … Continue reading LFF 2019: Josef Bates on navigating the ‘clouded view’ of the industry post-university and his black comedy film, Tic.

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LFF2019: Knives Out [REVIEW]: A Fortuitous Mystery with a Refreshingly Moralistic Heart

Film Section Columnist | Luke Hetherington Rian Johnson’s latest film will be review-bombed online by knicker-twisted hoodlums online still sore over Luke Skywalker’s depiction. Such is the price you pay for subversion. Knives Out – an Agatha Christie whodunit that has been pickled in a barrel of narrative twists and slyly raised eyebrows – is more in line with his High School Noir Brick than … Continue reading LFF2019: Knives Out [REVIEW]: A Fortuitous Mystery with a Refreshingly Moralistic Heart

Storytelling Competition Winners

Cassandra Lau | Editor Apologies for the suspense as The Founder, The Orbital and our judges have had to make some tough decisions. All pieces submitted were a pleasure to read, and watch. We have had submissions ranging from the Physics Department to the Psychology Department which is incredible! It just goes to show that creativity exists and stretches across every corner of Royal Holloway, … Continue reading Storytelling Competition Winners

10 Films To Watch for LGBT+ History Month

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico   Two years after the abolition of Section 28, an act which stated that local authorities “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” in February 2003, the month was declared LGBT+ History Month. The awareness month, led by Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick (Schools OUT UK Project), continues to this day. While … Continue reading 10 Films To Watch for LGBT+ History Month

Announcement: National Storytelling Week Competition

What is National Storytelling Week? National Storytelling Week is the celebration of differing means of story telling. From ancient oral storytelling to written or drawn methods, its aim is to empower the narrator and support the unique bond between the story teller and listener. So what’s the deal? For 7 days of the week from 26th January to 2nd February, there will be 7 awards … Continue reading Announcement: National Storytelling Week Competition