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Women’s health on film: how Mike Leigh changed the game

Cinematic representations of women’s health conditions have a history of gesturing towards the abject and horrific. Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies (1996) reminds us that horror doesn’t need to be the only way.  Mike Leigh’s award-winning Secrets and Lies (1996) turns twenty years old this year and it remains a film about big ideas. The […]

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Man tears, lad chat, and Men Cry reviewed

When we talk about feminism, we’re talking about a lot of things. We’re talking about women, of course; of their oppression and how we can fight to have them seen in equal stead to men in every which way. We’re also talking about men, which sadly is something most people either don’t know or deny […]

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Strange and familiar reviewed: clever cliché at the Barbican

Photography has always been a medium I’ve struggled with. By nature, it’s a tool imbued with more seeming authenticity than other forms of art — a lens for documentary that doesn’t express the same subjectivity of, say, a canvas made choppy in the name of abstract expressionism. What I struggle with is what I’m meant […]

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Can dick pics be art? Meet the good, the bad, and the ugly

From invisible to funny, and abusive to bewildering, there are spades of words used to talk about dick pics. Yes, the ‘cheeky’ snaps boys take of their willies to send to other people — usually unsolicited, typically unwelcome. But as well as being an evergreen talisman of garish lad culture, unwanted dick pics are expressions […]

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Review: The Gap at Parasol Unit

Between exasperation (“My five-year-old could have done that!”) and pure confusion (“I’m sorry, I just — I really just don’t get it”), it can be tough for the uninitiated to get on board with abstract art. And frankly, that’s fair enough. Having planes of seemingly random lines, shapes, and colours in impossible constellations shout at […]

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