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Female Screenwriters: The new-ish and the note-worthy

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It's no secret that the film industry (like so many others) is a very male-dominated field. Every time a female director gets a taste of success, or a female protagonist is considered 'strong' it's something to be discussed and celebrated, but never considered the norm. Screenwriting is no different, although it's true that screenwriters, whether male of female, generally go under the radar anyway. (Why is that? Surely the script is key to the success or failure of any film?) I studied screenwriting for my masters course, the class was mostly men, and it seems to me that an interest in film seems to have become a bit of a boys club. Romantic comedies (other than the cynical gross-out kind) have died the death, and cinemas are currently dominated by action flicks, particularly of the super-hero variety (I'm not saying girls don't like that stuff too, but it is more traditionally geared to the boys.) Any list of 'must watch' or 'best ever' fi…

Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Live action (2017) vs Cartoon (1991)

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At the weekend I went to see Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast. After months of casting announcements, teaser trailers and 'first-look' clips, anticipation was high. But did I enjoy the final result? Yes, very much. I still prefer the original and (although it's probably made millions already and I'm very glad they did make it) the re-make was totally un-necessary. Still, there was lots to like and I wasn't disappointed. Although based on the classic fairy-tale, Disney's 1991 film put it's own stamp on the story, and is now so integrated into popular culture that chances are, when you think Beauty and the Beast you'll think of talking candlesticks, the bookish Belle and 'crazy old Maurice'. As the first Disney animated film with a credited female screenwriter, Linda Woolverton's Belle is one of the most forward thinking heroines, and, as their budding relationship is prime focus of the story, the Beast is the first Disney p…

Mini-reviews: Reading and Watching :)

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There's not been much on TV lately has there? Or on the regular channels anyway. Between Christmas and Spring there's always a bit of a slump - which is irritating since it's the time of year we're most in need of something to take our minds off the dreary weather. So, I've invested in a Netflix subscription, finally, and it's doing it's job so far. Thought I'd do some mini-reviews on what I've been watching, and also reading.
What I'm Watching: Moana I was gutted that I didn't see Moana at the cinema, but I've finally filled in the gap in my modern Disney knowledge. It was really good! Still hasn't knocked Tangled off my top spot for the new Disney renaissance (has this Disney era got a name yet?) but I think it might have narrowly beaten Frozen. Moana is an adventure story about discovering who you are, etc. etc, and was closer in tone to Mulan and Pocahontas - which are my favourites, actually  - than the more traditional Disney…