#wearwhatyouwant: Islamophobia and Sexism in the West

#wearwhatyouwant: Islamophobia and Sexism in the West

By Kath Walkling UPDATE: France’s top administrative court, the Council of State, has now overturned a ban of the Burkini in the French town Villeneuve-Loubet. This decision is expected to set a legal precedent for other French towns which have similar bans. (As reported by the Associated Press) This ruling is part of a test case that resulted in a temporary ruling before the definitive ruling is given.  On Thursday 25th August 2016 a women-only protest took place, triggered by French policemen forcing a Muslim woman to remove her tunic in…

Too little or too much?

Too little or too much?

By Kulsoom Raza (@sooms_raza) The answer to this common question asked of the amount of clothing women should wear, is of course, a resounding: whatever the hell she wants. Today I had the pleasure of going to the Wear What You Want Beach Party protest situated outside of the French Embassy in Knightsbridge, London. Along with editor-in-chief Clare Clarke and one of our writers Kath Walking (check out her news coverage of the event coming soon), we went along to show solidarity in particular with Muslim women who are suffering from…

24th Raindance Film Festival Launch

24th Raindance Film Festival Launch

The 24th annual Raindance Film Festival announced its programme, jury members, and special events this morning in an event hosted by festival founder, Elliot Grove, accompanied by, among others, Snow Patrol‘s Johnny McDaid. The festival sees more submissions than ever this year, with entries from over 98 countries, and a screening list of 90 feature films and 85 shorts making the cut. The jury thus far announced includes Joanna Lumley, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Fry, Jodie Whittaker, Anna Friel, Jack Davenport, Nicholas Pinnock, and David Datuna, with further members to be detailed…

David Brent: Life on the Road

David Brent: Life on the Road

UK Release Date – 19th August 2016 Brent’s back, so… The return of one of television’s greatest comedy creations – probably the best – had potential to corrupt the highly prestigious brand that is the aforementioned “Brent”.  We walked into the screening with trepidation and scepticism but remained hopeful that Gervais would not tarnish the brush of the two ground-breaking series that he and Merchant had worked tirelessly to create. Without Ricky and Stephen at the helm, David Brent: Life on the Road had the makings of a standalone Gervais…

EfU: Optimism/Pessimism Under the President/Dictator (delete as appropriate)

EfU: Optimism/Pessimism Under the President/Dictator (delete as appropriate)

All writing has been in conjunction with local sources on the ground in Uganda. They are satisfied with the result and it has been anonymised at their request. The highway from Kampala to Entebbe is undergoing major upgrade work. That at least explains the traffic jam I find myself in. Different to the chaos of the city – the vehicles are in recognisable lanes, painted signals bright on the sun-softened tarmac. No quagmire in the rainy season. It does not stop the horns though. It is hot, drivers are impatient, irritable from…

Julieta

Julieta

UK Release Date – 26th August 2016 The prestigious Pedro Almodóvar makes a masterful return to drama with Julieta, a vibrant film about grief, guilt and mystery. The Spanish director’s past two films were widely seen as attempts to branch out in genre, with relatively little success. 2011’s The Skin I Live In was an interesting but disappointing stab at body horror; a thoroughly unsettling piece which centred around human captivity and artificial skin. Three years ago he released I’m So Excited! (released in Spain under the superior title of…

Echoes of Eternity – Shanghai Ballet Company – London Coliseum

Echoes of Eternity – Shanghai Ballet Company – London Coliseum

Runs until 21st August 2016 Ballet as an art form more than any other draws its inspiration from literature, and Shanghai Ballet’s newest production Echoes of Eternity is no exception. Based on the eighth century poem The Song of Everlasting Regret, the ballet tells the story of the tragic romance between Emperor Ming and his consort, Lady Yang. The curtain opened to a completely bare stage – no wings, no backdrop, no decoration of any kind – with the Lady Yang standing alone. A refreshing change; this hyper minimalistic set…

Classic Album Review – Volume 6: Fever 105 – GTA Vice City O.S.T.

Classic Album Review – Volume 6: Fever 105 – GTA Vice City O.S.T.

I’ll never claim to being a committed gamer, nor would I consider the Grand Theft Auto series to be one of my favourite franchises growing up, but it does undoubtedly boast the most carefully chosen and incredible soundtracks in gaming history. Period. No better is than that of Vice City, released in 2002, with the cars’ radio stations reflecting the big city ambience of Los Angeles as one drives around to hustle with gangsters, evade the pigs, and cause havoc at strip clubs. Just as Anthony Burgess (and Stanley Kubrick)…

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

UK Release Date – 5th August 2016 Suicide Squad had been fiercely promoted for the best part of a year prior to its August 5th release this year and the trailers displayed encouraging contents. Initial reviews have been significantly more negative than one might have expected, however, and this review will not buck that trend. While certainly not a bad film, Suicide Squad lacks a certain panache throughout. The premise is a good one: an ensemble of captured villains is covertly created to fight any extra-military threat that may arise,…

Essays from Uganda: Abraham and the Cranes

Essays from Uganda: Abraham and the Cranes

All writing has been in conjunction with local sources on the ground in Uganda. They are satisfied with the result and it has been anonymised at their request. The centre of Kampala elicits an overwhelming air of jamais vu; the shopping malls, billboards, even traffic lights are all familiar. There is disconnect in how they are used. The malls are dirty and dilapidated, packed, overfilled with vendors and little sense of regime. Constructed with no real idea of what to do with them. They stand as grubby cousins to the banks; façades…