A Moving Image: telling the story of gentrification in Brixton

by Shane Thomas Content note: this review contains minor spoilers I’ve always found watching a movie, especially in the cinema, to be an act of psychological – albeit synthetic – transport. Being taken to a space different than the one I inhabit, engaging with new people, perspectives, and locations that I would never otherwise encounter. However,… Read More

Moonlight isn’t just a part of the conversation for film of the year, it is the conversation

by Shane Thomas Content note: this review contains spoilers It’s often said that a key facet of healthy relationships is open, honest, and clear communication. Perhaps less emphasised is that this applies to familial relationships as well as romantic ones. Eight years after his debut feature film, Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins has made a movie… Read More

2016’s Racism in Review

It’s Nothing New by Shane Thomas Racism. The obvious kind. We saw plenty of it in 2016. We’re likely to see more in 2017. But we’re less likely to get a nuanced analysis of it from the thinkpiece carousel. In truth, there’s the overt racist, the anti-racist, and a whole lot in between. You can be… Read More

A United Kingdom: Love In The Time Of The British Empire

This review will contain spoilers. by Shane Thomas  Once the year in film began with #OscarsSoWhite[1], was it coincidence that 2016 is closing – and 2017 beginning – with a raft of movies featuring people of colour? We have Hidden Figures, Lion, Fences, and the magnificent Moonlight to come. We recently had the release of Queen… Read More

When A Poppy Becomes State-Sanctioned Remembrance

by Shane Thomas  It’s said that Christmas starts earlier every year. It increasingly feels the same regarding the wearing of poppies in November to commemorate Britain’s Armed Forces. Two years ago, the cause célèbre was the wearing (or non-wearing) of the “poppy hijab”. In 2016, it’s football that is the site of controversy, as England played… Read More

On the struggles of being the ‘other’ in film and TV remakes 

by Shane Thomas   One of the most evident phenomena of Western pop culture is film and television’s propensity for remakes and reboots. It’s a topic as polarising as it can be profitable. While I understand how remakes can subsume original ideas, personally I think they can also serve an useful purpose, as it allows tales… Read More

Men’s Silent Consent Of Rape Culture

CONTENT NOTE: This piece will discuss rape and sexual assault (Here is a list of support services for survivors – via Alison Phipps). by Shane Thomas For those who don’t know, here’s what you need to know: Footballer Ched Evans was found not guilty of rape in a trial that ended last Friday. We’ve written about… Read More

After Rio

by Shane Thomas  Given the panoply of portentous prognostications leading into Rio 2016, received wisdom ultimately deemed this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games as a success: The sport was thrilling; the events passed without much disruption; athletes weren’t ridden by the Zika virus; and Brazil doesn’t appear to be a real-life rendering of The Walking Dead.… Read More

The Paralympics’ Lesson In Allyship

by Shane Thomas  I’m sure you’ve heard of the African aphorism (used to the point of such cliche that one sometimes questions its origins), “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Well, in the Paralympics, get you an athlete who can do both. One of the standout… Read More

In Sport, Sometimes Greed Is Good

by Shane Thomas  I’m sure many of us have done at least one thing in our lives that took a substantial amount of time and effort: completing a degree; moving house; or passing your driving test. And when it’s done, we can relax, look back on our achievement and think, “Glad that’s over. Don’t fancy going… Read More