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Shadows of Troy: “an epic theatrical experience”

Shadows of Troy brings to Oxford brand new adaptions of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides and Ajax by Sophocles rolled into one epic theatrical experience. It commences with the Euripides. As Greek ships wait to sail over the sea to storm Troy, Kalchas the seer augurs that the winds will arrive only if Iphigenia, the general’s Read More…

Culture Film & TV

A guide to Ghibli

Last weekend, while UK dwellers were probably fast asleep, something magical happened. Netflix dropped the first 7 out of a total 21 Studio Ghibli Films that will all become available over the next 3 months everywhere excluding Japan, Canada and the USA. The booing and hissing issuing from across the Atlanic is almost audible. I Read More…

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T.S Eliot prize: Explorations of Testimony

‘No one bears witness for the witness,’ remarked Paul Celan – to bear witness is to bear the utter solitude of absolute responsibility. The burden of the witness-survivor pervades Roger Robinson’s A Parable Paradise, which was most recently awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize: a highly prestigious poetry commendation with a cheque for £25,000. Several reviewers have Read More…

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The 92nd Academy Awards: An Initial Reaction

I’d love not to join the stockpile of day-after Oscars news reports, giving you instead some sort of subversive *hot take*, but, like everyone else, I cannot feel anything but sincerely happy for Bong Joon-ho and his cast and crew.  With three Oscar wins, last night was theirs and rightly so. The only thing one Read More…

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The Lighthouse Review: Barnacled Bathos

Following the success of Robert Eggers’ film The Witch, a genuinely unsettling debut that injected traditional folk horror with nuanced political undertones and plenty of sinister goats, the UK has eagerly awaited the release of his psycho-sexual horror film, The Lighthouse. Set against the murky backdrop of 19th century New England, his latest film charts the lives of two lighthouse Read More…

Culture

What We’re Into This Week: 9/2/20

Film – Marriage Story If you’re a fan of Noah Baumbach, Laura Dern or Adam Driver’s nose, this film is a must see. A heart-felt and poignant depiction of a crumbling marriage, featuring incredible dramatic performances from its leads.  Emmeline Armitage (Senior Culture Editor) TV– Cheer This week I’m watching Cheer on Netflix, a documentary about Read More…