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The Tube of You

Dunno if I’ve mentioned it already, but when my therapist found out I was trying to do “poetry stuff”, she told me to film myself and upload the videos on YouTube. It sounded terrifying. I mean, I’m going to therapy and stuff. Why would I want to be so “exposed” to mockery and disdain? That’s […]

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Film Haiku

On Monday, I went to Nottingham for a workshop with Leanne Moden in preparation for the Words for Walls contest organised by Nottingham Uni. Since the workshop was hosted at Broadway Cinema, most of our freewriting exercises were film-centric. This was the first one: writing one or more haikus about some of our favourite films […]

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A Dozen Summers

[:en]adozensummers-onesiesIt’s been a while since we’ve had a great coming-of-age movie. Between the innocence of Stand By Me and the nihilism of Breakfast Club, bildungsroman comedies in the late twentieth century made us feel connected, less isolated during our most awkward stages, cherishing our days of youth while bracing ourselves for an uncertain future. Yes, the new millennium is not short of tweenage adventures on silver screen, but there has to be a sweet spot between the apparent frivolousness of Mean Girls and the literal kick to the stomach of This is England. Something to soar our spirits as our wings start to melt due to emotional Global Warming. That’s where A Dozen Summers comes into play. [Click on title to read more…]

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Buena Vida Presenta: First Crush

[:en]Buena Vida Presenta First CrushAbout five years ago, I wrote a short story in Spanish and turned it into a zine. It was the first in a series called Buena Vida Presenta, in which I was meant to live my fantasy and write as a career and as the only thing to do in life. A good life indeed. The story was called Santa Belleza, and it was about the way a struggling family of Mexicans in Los Angeles prayed to their favourite film star to cure their child from a terminal disease. Spoiler alert: it sort of worked. [Click on title to read more…]

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Patty Cake, Patty Cake (Glastonbury Film Challenge)

Making films, although exciting and generally satisfying, is no walk in the park: it takes discipline, organisation, team work, and lashes and lashes of creativity. All of this, usually within a deadline. But what if that deadline is shorter than average? What if you have to write, arrange, produce and edit your film within five days, with no chance of preparing anything beforehand? That’s what some of us did for the Glastonbury Film Challenge.glastonburyfilmchallenge [Click on title to read more…]

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MLE: I Spy for Realzies

[:en]mylittleeye-posterSometimes, when a door closes shut, a window opens wide. But what if it’s a secret window into a world of lies, mystery, heartbreak… and puppets? That’s more or less the premise of MLE, a feature film written, directed and starred by Sarah Warren. Believe it or not, based on a true story. [Click on title to read more…]

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I’ll Be Waiting: filming

[:en][caption id="attachment_2721" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Photo: Jesse Nandra. Photo: Jesse Nandra.[/caption]Nearly a couple of weeks ago, I was involved in filming a movie as part of Seven Five Productions. It’s called I’ll Be Waiting, and it’s a short film about those lives lost during the First World War, not only in the bunkers and the fields but in the towns back home. [Click on title to read more…]

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Transindia: A Documentary

[:en]Transindia, by Meera DarjiMeera Darji wants to make a documentary about the hijras, the term used in South Asia for people who don’t consider themselves men nor women but contain features of both genders. Usually assigned male at birth, hijras have effeminate traits and present themselves in femme outfits. In Indian culture, they are/were seen as holy human representations of Ardhanari, the composite of Lord Siva and his partner Parvati. Blessed by Rama in the Ramayana, they to go to weddings, childbirth and celebrations to dance and bring fortune and fertility. They were featured in the Kama Sutra, although a vast percentage of them renounce to sexuality and channel their sexual energy into other sacred activities. [Click on title to read more…]

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Stephen King – Carrie

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When I was in high school, I wanted to be like Carrie. I wanted to have strong, mental powers to defend myself from the bullies, the teachers, and sometimes from family itself. I wanted to have them on the palm of my hand, unable to escape after one joke too many. I’m pretty sure I’m not the one.

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Bienvenidos al Fin del Mundo (¿o al Fin de los Pubs?)The World’s End (or The Pub’s End?)

This opinion article was originally published on the December 2013 / January 2014 edition of The Leicester Drinker, The Newsletter of Leicester CAMRA Branch. It was inspired both by the latest pub closures and the film The World’s End.leicesterdrinkerdecjan1314 [Click on title to read more…]