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The ‘problem’ of Sofia Coppola

The trailer for Sofia Coppola’s latest film The Beguiled was released last week amidst much hype. A reimagining of the 1971 Don Siegel film starring Clint Eastwood, this newest work from Coppola will inevitably be divisive, not only because it carries pre-existing cinematic weight on its shoulders, but also because Coppola is a figure that […]

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The (com)modification of Frida Kahlo: when meaning gets lost

When art is commodified, it allows people around the world to engage with it beyond a gallery’s walls. But what happens when a painter’s core messages get left behind in favour of decoration, Emma Sutherland asks? Frida Kahlo’s face is everywhere. Though the Mexican painter and cultural icon died in 1954, her works have enjoyed […]

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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 this way need not 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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