‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’: When Cinema Brings You Home

“So remind me again which of the family lived here?”  I am asking this of my father, as we walk the family pets around the remarkably well-preserved remains of a Guernsey castle that is more than a century old. Within the bailey – the central part of the castle – the grass is pockmarked with…

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Gentleman Jack: Redefining Period Drama

Often enough, the term ‘period drama’ does not garner the best reactions. There is a preconception, or arguably there are many preconceptions, surrounding period pieces. Usually this comes down to a misunderstanding of what period dramas are, and the richness of the countless examples of this type of work. In truth, period dramas are simply…

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“Don’t Quit Before the Miracle Happens” – Mental Health in Netflix’s One Day At A Time

For reasons unbeknown even to me, I settled in to watch the third season of Netflix’s comedy series reboot One Day At A Time (ODAAT) on a long-haul flight earlier this year. As someone who has an impressively bad track record for not crying at most of the media I watch, I’m not entirely sure…

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REVIEW: “A Testament To Hope” – Rafiki (2018)

“Let’s make a pact that we will never be like any of them down there”. This article contains mild spoilers for Rafiki. There has been so much controversy surrounding the release of Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki. The film is her debut feature, and the first Kenyan film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival. But…

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Oh, and Bi the Way: How Brooklyn Nine-Nine Centres LGBT+ Narratives in its Comedy, and Manages to Get it Right

I would like to begin with a disclaimer. I know our fabulous staff writers Hayley Paskevich and Shaun Alexander recently wrote about their favourite moments from television series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. However, when a previous Flip Screen prompt got me thinking about comedies, there was no way I couldn’t pen my own piece about what is…

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International Women’s Day 2019: Women We Admire in TV & Film

For International Women’s Day 2019 (IWD19), I thought it would be interesting to find out about some wonderful women from film and television, both fictional and not, that my fellow Flip Screen writers find inspiring. This article was born from that thought, and I’ve absolutely loved being able to read their perspectives and also share…

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How Evelyn Carnahan’s (Rachel Weisz) role in The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) affirmed my love of storytelling

I first saw The Mummy (1999) at the age of eleven. It was by complete chance; a side-effect of my mother deciding one evening that there was nothing to watch and switching our television to a channel she never normally used. I do not think she particularly wanted to watch The Mummy (and I strongly…

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