Film Review: Still Alice

Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a good-looking fifty-year-old successful professor of linguistics; her loving husband (Alec Baldwin) is a brilliant research physician, she has three beautiful children, a brownstone in the Upper West side and a house at the Hamptons. This is the perfect stage for an impending disaster; in fact after some episodes of […]

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Gamal Hassan: “Stoker’s plight: Is Murderous Instinct Nature or Nurture?”

A review of the film “Stoker” USA 2013 directed by Park Chan-Wook Mental illness and its impact on individuals and families have inspired film-makers from all around the world. “Stoker” directed by the visionary film maker Park Chan-Wook (of “Old boy” fame, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldboy_(2003_film) is a family drama with a different twist. […]

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In the Shadow of Guardians: A Review of ‘Radiator’ and ‘My Old Lady’

“Radiator” screened at the London Film Festival October 2014, star rating: 4* directed by Tom Browne, due to be released in 2015 “My old lady” is currently in general release in the UK, star rating: 3*, directed by Israel Horovitz, http://cohenmedia.net/films/my-old-lady The Oxford dictionary defines the word “guardian” as ” a person who is legally […]

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Tender: On Taking Ownership of Death and Dying by Catherine Oakley

Lynette Wallworth’s Tender: On taking ownership of death and dying A particular highlight in the documentary category at this year’s BFI London Film Festival was the UK premiere of Tender, which follows a community group in the Australian town of Port Kembla as it seeks to establish its own, not-for-profit, bespoke funeral service. Directed by […]

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Neurological Disorders on Film by Catherine Oakley

Neurological Disorders on Film at the 58th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival, October 2014 Film and television have long explored narratives involving neurological disorders, but have achieved only patchy success in engaging with the emotional, physical and social implications of this category of impairments. The BFI London Film Festival (LFF) has previously proven […]

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Film Review: The Lunchbox, ‘Letters, Chillies, and Memories’

Set between an apartment block in suburban Mumbai and a modest office floor, The Lunchbox is a film of understated elegance exploring human emotions and connections. Ila (played by Nimrat Kaur) is a young, middle-class Indian woman who is desperately trying to rekindle a waning marriage by preparing her husband delicious lunches that are delivered […]

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Stories behind closed doors: two films exploring group and drama therapy in prison

The applications of dramatic and theatrical interactions between individual therapists and patient groups were first introduced by Moreno as early as 1920. The term “psycho-drama or drama therapy” was later coined by Kellerman in 1992, and was described as an effective means of supporting individuals in high secure units such as prisons and mental institutions. […]

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