Leiden Book Club Book & Film 3 – Watership Down

  I love kid’s stories, hell, we all do. Kid’s stories are the first stories, they lay the foundations for how we think about all stories afterwards and, more important still, they inform our approach to life itself; the stories we hear as children raise us just as much as our parents and our community do. The greatest kid’s stories resonate not just with the child but with the adult as well (…most of us, anyway), satisfying both our awe of the big wide world, and our terror of it. It is thus with great pleasure that I return to… Continue Reading

Leiden Book Club Book & Film 2 – Fight Club

  It’s a been a long time since I last read Chuck Palahniuk’s debut novel Fight Club. I was around fourteen–fifteen when I first picked it up, a result of having become enamoured with its much more famous film adaptation (more on that later). I remember, back then, being struck by the blunt beauty of the prose, wrapped around a tight and thrilling narrative. It wasn’t long after that I chronologically consumed the entirety of Palahniuk’s catalogue, which at that point ended with Haunted. Throughout this consumption I became more and more dissatisfied, seeing less insight, less poetry and more… Continue Reading

Once you realise that Love Actually is actually bad, can you still enjoy it?

  It’s a pretty well known fact now that Love Actually is actually a deeply problematic film. Lindy West has written a truly spectacular take down that you can read in full here , but to sum up the main points, the women barely ever talk, if they do have a bit of a personality they’re punished for it, most of the men are actually terrible people who are somehow magically all rewarded with a woman at then end of the film and then, you know, the whole woman being flattered by her husband’s best friend literally stalking her thing.… Continue Reading

Filmmaker Call Out for Canberra Fashion Festival FASHFEST

  Canberra fashion festival, FASHFEST, has issued an Australia wide call for filmmakers to produce six original short films celebrating six different themes of the upcoming event in September. As well as promoting local designers in Canberra and the surrounding region, FASHFEST creates opportunities for a whole host of creatives such as hair stylists, makeup artists, production designers, musicians and filmmakers. We went straight to the source, founder and owner of By George studios and creative director of film for FASHFEST, Georgina Jenkins, to find out a little bit more about her and this incredible opportunity for filmmakers.   Leiden:… Continue Reading

Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites: An Interview with Platon Theodoris

  If you haven’t yet heard of Platon Theodoris, you’ll soon be hearing his name pop up all over in the Australian film industry. He’s been compared to David Lynch (he’s never even watched Twin Peaks or any of Lynch’s work) and having released his first feature film Alvin’s Harmonious World Of Opposites last July, Platon has since won The Dead Oscar Director’s Choice at the Sydney Underground Film Festival and was named best newbie director by the influential Star Pulse magazine after the film screened at Slamdance in the USA. The film has been described in various ways by… Continue Reading

Review: The Huntsman Winter’s War

  The Huntsman: Winter’s War acts as both the prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The beginning of the movie tells the story of Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) younger sister, Freya (Emily Blunt). While Ravenna is amassing her kingdom, Freya has fallen in love with a duke however he is already engaged to someone else. She ends up bearing his child, and on the night they are meant to run away with each other, tragedy strikes and her lover ends up killing their child, unleashing her latent ice freezing abilities. Ravenna sends her off to start her own… Continue Reading

Review: Zoolander 2

One of the most quotable movies of all time, the original Zoolander explored (and lovingly mocked) the world of high fashion in a way not seen before. Even the films fictitious ‘looks’ have penetrated our social consciousness, with Derek Zoolander’s famous ‘Blue Steel’ now a ubiquitous selfie expression. With a huge legacy behind it, this sequel has been one of the more hotly anticipated films of the year. The sequel finds our favourite male models Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) navigating a very different fashion landscape to the one they thrived in during the early noughties. Having both… Continue Reading