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Magic, Marvel and Matilda: Musings around Musicals

A conversation about Matilda: the Musical, and how I bullied my friends into ditching dinner plans and working with me. Also this review is full of spoilers – you’ve been warned!   Clara: Wow. Can’t believe that a Thursday evening…

JHS Lit: Bulgakov and Marquez – making magic out of history

Exploring the Representation of History in `One Hundred Years of Solitude` and `The Master and Margarita` The Late Modern Era was a period of monumental transition, with technological, cultural and political revolutions serving to rapidly change the world`s landscape. Many…

JHS Lit: Machiavelli the soldier, schemer or dreamer?

Was Machiavelli sincere when writing ‘The Prince’ and does this matter? Machiavelli was being sincere when writing ‘The Prince’. This matters. In assessing Machiavelli’s sincerity we must evaluate whether his purpose was to give good, genuine advice to Lorenzo de…

JHS Lit: Shakespeare, Ondaatje, Brontë – setting the story

Comparing the use of settings in The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Each writer uses setting to explore the struggle for identity within sociopolitical constraints.  Setting is central to the…

The Children Act review – Thompson triumphs despite sorry act

Matthew Harris  Some fine performances and solid cinematography prove ultimately not enough to save this shaky story… Based on Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel, The Children Act centers around Crown Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) who is given the onerous…

JHS Lit: Austen and Hemingway – Masters of the Frame

From manners to machismo, here are two writers who hold the key to great dialogue… Jane Austen. Ernest Hemingway. At first glance these two writers could not appear more disparate. But within their masterpieces ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and…

JHS: Unlocking Mythic Structure

The guiding principles behind Star Wars’ success… Upon its release, ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ became one of the most successful films in history. Its stars grossed millions. Through spin-offs, toys and merchandise, it’s Director George Lucas profited hugely. ‘Star…

Journey to the Heart of Story

Fascinated by film? Driven by drama? Ready to put the ‘lit’ back into literary genius? ‘Journey to the Heart of Story’ is a fiery new Flipside section exploring any aspect of film, drama and bookish brilliance that has caught your…

JHS: The Hero’s Journey

Human change and transformation doesn’t just occur on screen… Choke! Choke! Choke! Choke! Stop being so fucking weak! You’re a bum. A rapper. A ballet dancer. A boxer. While very different in many respects, the protagonists of ‘8-Mile’, ‘Black Swan’…

JHS: The Art of the Double Reversal

When the antagonist and hero learn from each other, we get a work of exceptional quality and powerful message… Two warriors enter the clifftop edge, bruised and broken from their climactic fight. Killmonger and T’challa. This is the end of…