Alternative La La Land

Warning – spoilers of the film La La Land!   Away from all of the film’s nominations, La La Land is genuinely delightful. The ending, however, didn’t sit well with me, so I’m going to suggest an alternative ending. The final scene is five years on from when the two characters last said goodbye to each…

The Fanny Fan

Painter Chantal Joffe designed a fan for Vogue. On it, she painted a woman with her legs spread and entitled it rather humorously, Fanny, and it is an image that has always stuck with me. Where fans typically conceal, Joffe’s explicitly reveals. ‘It’s the antithesis of a normal fan,’ she explains. ‘A rather dangerous liaison.’…

Fantasy As It Should Be: Heartless

I’m a latecomer to the Scandinavian TV party, but better late than never. I have just finished the Danish series called Heartless. The storyline centres around a brother and a sister, Sebastian and Sofie, who are cursed with the need to feed on other people’s life force. They want to find out why they are…

Holly Golightly: Shamelessly Herself

‘Dah-ling!’ she said, her red lips slowly spreading wide, rightly assuming that she was about to get her own way. Uttering this line with such brilliant flair on the West End stage, was Pixie Lott. We had managed to nab front row seats at a cheap price and saw the play in incredible detail. The…

Gentlemen Prefer Gentlemen

Anita Loos may not be a name you are familiar with, yet she penned the book that greatly epitomises the rip-roaring twenties and influenced a major Hollywood film. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the diary of socialite Lorelei Lee, detailing her escapades through Europe as she amuses suitors and exercises social graces. At first glance, Lorelei…

Carnivalesque Women

The carnival in Mikhail Bakhtin’s terms is a festive, second burst of life that collapses social barricades to allow a merging of oppositions.[1] This unification of oppositions, such as those involving class and gender, is permitted under the assumption that it is temporary and any power given by implication is illusory, thus preserving the established…