Exclusive Access Only – an Urge to Make Subtitles a Legal Requirement (UK)

SIGN AND SHARE: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/314443 We have come a long way in terms of on-screen entertainment - from slapstick shorts with intertitles (dialogue written on screen) to blockbuster films and gripping TV dramas. The history of cinema itself predates the addition of audio equipment, meaning that the audience would often need subtitles or an assisting speaker … Continue reading Exclusive Access Only – an Urge to Make Subtitles a Legal Requirement (UK)

Fate, Loss, and Severed Limbs: An Exploration of Jérémy Clapin’s ‘I Lost My Body’

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Typically when people mention animation, the first films that come to mind are created by giant studios such as Disney Pixar and Studio Ghibli, and more often than not, the use of animation in films and tv shows is aimed solely at children. A medium that combines all of the skill of illustration, storytelling and the core belief of film as a spectacle – what’s not to love? Over the past two decades especially we have seen filmmakers broadening their horizons, experimenting with various forms of visual storytelling to find their best-suited medium. The limits on creation are boundless, so why not use all the tools in the toolbox?

I am an avid fan of animation due to the creative freedom it gives the filmmakers to present their story. Some stories that demand to be told simply cannot be done justice through the use of real life productions, and utilising…

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Fantasies and Boundaries in Michaela Coel’s ‘I May Destroy You’

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Trigger warning: Rape, Assault.

*Spoilers ahead*

Michaela Coel’s refreshing new BBC series I May Destroy You is a rollercoaster from start to finish, oozing with millennial drama and hard hitting stories surrounding the issue of consent. Set in modern day London, this new 12 part drama follows a young Black creative in London navigating agents and draft deadlines, friendships and hookups. This all changes when Arabella (Michaela Coel) goes out for “one drink” with friends, resulting in her despicably getting spiked and raped. She wakes up knowing something is wrong and only has one flashback in her brain to go off on.

I May Destroy You explores strong bonds, vulnerability and recovering from trauma. Based on a real life experience of Coel’s, you can tell by watching that these issues have been handled with respect and responsible intentions, with both the inclusion of an intimacy director and a therapist…

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The Slice Recommends: Hidden Treasures of Animation

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The Slice team have come together to explore their favourite, under-appreciated, animated classics. These are films which can really mean so much to us, with a pure personal messages, or even those that have fantastic humour and uplift us.

Treasure Planet (2002)

Image from Treasure Planet
Treasure Planet (2002), Buena Vista Pictures

Treasure Planet is one of Disney’s most emotional features, but beyond that, it’s one of their most visually psychedelic and inventive ones too. Blends CGI and traditional 2D animation in a way that is flat-out magical. – Kyrah Williams

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Sony Pictures Releasing

I’ll admit I’m not recommending this for being a cinematic masterpiece but Cloudy with a Chance of meatballs is superior in its pun orientated humour and for being pure entertainment through out. As inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) creates a machine that makes the clouds rain…

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Pride and Prejudice: Announcement

I was lucky enough to be able to get involved with a diversity and inclusion collection of articles that LUSH have been publishing onto their site, covering topics such as unconscious bias, white fragility, cultural appropriation to name a few. As a young person who wants to learn more about these topics it’s truly amazing … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice: Announcement

The Future is Female: Celebrating Women in the Film Industry

Credit: Yasmine Gateau for Variety In light of International Women’s Day and the recent Academy Awards I wanted to take a moment to pay homage and celebrate all of the amazing and wonderful women in the film industry. It is still considered very much a boys’ club with the Academy itself being 77% male and … Continue reading The Future is Female: Celebrating Women in the Film Industry

Velvet Buzzsaw: profit over passion

Jake Gyllenhaal in promo poster for Velvet Buzzsaw Credit: Netflix I spend an embarrassing amount of time on Netflix aimlessly scrolling, adding new films to my list or rewatching the same series I have already seen a thousand times (I’m looking at you, Drag Race). So when I saw the trailer for Velvet Buzzsaw I … Continue reading Velvet Buzzsaw: profit over passion