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Celebrating Women Composers on International Women's Day

Sara Mohr-Pietsch | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Here's a question: can you name me five female writers from history? Of course you can: Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf... OK, next question. Can you name me five female composers?

If Film Has the Power to Turn BDSM Mainstream, The Masses Should Be Watching 'The Duke of Burgundy', not 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

Natalie de Winter | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie de Winter

if mass popularism of BDSM is coming, some of our friends and acquaintances are going to get into it, or come out that they're already into it. Then, being supportive friends, it's going to impact our life too. With Fifty Shades of Grey as a point of reference, we'll get theme park BDSM.

MANGEL'd: The Accidental Fame of an Anarchist OR How an Aussie Soap Character Stole my Identity

Mark Little | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Little

I put my agitprop comedy theatre and my cinematic art ambitions aside, swallowed my pride and threw myself into the absurd world of Soap Opera. The work was relentless and demanding, a grinding sausage factory of five day a week TV.

Why Women Over Fifty Are Not Dead #actforchange

Danny Lee Wynter | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Danny Lee Wynter

Unless you're Meryl the culture won't allow you to age. The opportunities available suddenly become a role-call of grannies, witches and victims of dementia.

Light Saber Remix

Eclectic Method | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Eclectic Method

According Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, light sabers are "not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age."

Books Are What Make Us Civilised

Marcus Sedgwick | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Sedgwick

In America, Tom Paine's writings spurred the revolution for independence. Or closer to our own time; consider how the Nazis burnt books of which that they were scared. It's easy to see that books have power if they are being fought over because of the ideas they contain.

The Curious Business of Casting

Julia Wagner | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

I found that one of the most enjoyable and interesting tasks of an agent's assistant is to submit the selections in response to a casting call, mainly because the agent's suggestions often baffled me, but also because I enjoy seeing the very earliest stages of a production.

Celia Imrie Is Wrong, Women Don't Need To 'Lighten Up' About Catcalling

Rachel Moss | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

Celia Imrie's comments in Glamour villainise women - like me - who hate being catcalled. But we don't need to "lighten up" about catcalling, we need to shout about it and tell the world that IT'S NOT OKAY.

Film Reviews - Appropriate Behaviour and Still Alice

Clive Botting | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Appropriate Behaviour', Desiree Akhavan's clever feature debut peppers the screen with wit, farce and melodrama. 'Still Alice' sees Julianne Moore give an effortless and stunning performance devoid of sentimentality.

'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

What happens if you mix classic British sitcom Waiting For God with Slumdog Millionaire? You get a bittersweet comedy with a Bollywood feel, aka The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

You Must Stand Up for What You Believe - But First of All, By God, Believe in Something

Michael Sheen | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Michael Sheen

No one says they want to get rid of the NHS. Everyone praises it, across all parties. It is about as powerful a symbol of goodness that we have, so it would be too dangerous not to. But for decades now, there has nevertheless been a systematic undermining of its core values.

'Focus' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Okay, it's not as clever as some of the best episodes of Hustle or classic movie The Sting, but it looked terrific, the leads were magnetic and there were some splendid scenes.

Unlikely Emcees

Muneera Williams | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Muneera Williams

Sukina (my band member) and I often joke about performing to new audiences and how it takes about three songs before they get over the shock of hijabis running across the stage, telling them to throw their peace signs up.

'Still Alice', An Account of an Oscar Winner From Lesley Loizou, Who Works With People Living With Dementia

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

With awards season is in full swing, it was great to see dementia being brought to the forefront of conversation as Julianne Moore was awarded an Oscar for her role in Still Alice. One person in particular who was touched by the film was Lesley Loizou who works at Anchor's West Hall, a care home that offers specialist dementia care.

Why We Must Use International Women's Day as a Launching Pad for Inspirational Women

Jameela Jamil | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jameela Jamil

International Women's Day is one of my favourite days of the year. It's a day that gifts us that much needed prompt when we are stalling, to remember how wonderful and important we are, how far we have come, and most importantly how far we have to go.... We need each other. More than ever before. While the smoke is much appreciated, we need a full on fire in order to make a substantial change to the billions of women being held back by the chains of tradition and lack of effect.

Cliff Richard Lawyers Slam MPs For 'Unfair' Publication Of Police Details

PA | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK

Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers have criticised a House of Commons committee for publishing a letter about the police investigation into sex abuse allegat...

Author Alex Wheatle's New Novel Can Inspire Young Black Males Away from Gang Violence

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Claudia Tomlinson

In this general election year, politicians are in listening mode, so what message would Wheatle wish to transmit to them? Inequalities and confused messages about literacy would be at the top of the list.

Inequality: Let's Get Creative

Thomas Kemp | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Kemp

Inequality is everywhere at the moment. Scarcely a day goes by without a new take on an age-old story. Inevitably, much of this has focused around money - the super rich, multinationals, bonuses, the wage gap, housing, Swiss bank accounts, tax - all have been under the media spotlight in articles that generate anger and jealousy in equal measure.

Why Patricia Arquette's Motherhood Is a Small Victory for Feminism in Hollywood (Spoiler Alert)

Hanna Gunnarsson | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hanna Gunnarsson

Arquette confirms my fear of becoming a mother. A fear that has led to my non-normative decision in not having children; a decision that is constantly contested by society, my mother every time we Skype, and none the least by myself.

How to Win Oscars and Influence People

Nathan Crouch | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Nathan Crouch

For studios, awards season is less about direct profit than it is a long-term exercise in branding. Awards help give the studio and actors a reputation for quality, allowing them to go on and sell bigger-budget films.

Film Reviews - 'Catch Me Daddy' and 'White God'

Clive Botting | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Catch Me Daddy', the UK directorial feature debut from Daniel & Matthew Wolfe with honour killing as it's theme is ambitious, stunning and gripping cinema. Kornel Mundruczo's 'White God' is a unique, bizarre, audacious and extraordinary tale of a canine uprising on the streets of Budapest.

Black History Month - My American Odyssey

Becky Walsh | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Becky Walsh

Roger's story is full of the things I talk about. His personal story is about resilience, rebuilding your life, being positive and true to yourself. Through understanding his own heritage and discovering his identity he found the value of education.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Reaching the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Noel Sullivan | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

We switched off our head torches and allowed our eyes to adjust. This was the Arctic region of the mountain, a barren, lifeless area covered in ice and rock. At this altitude the oxygen is half that of sea level. And we would feel the effect of that greater tonight than any other night.

Blackhat - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Cyber thrillers can fall flat if they slip into the realms of cliche, but thankfully Blackhat gets the cardinal sin out the way early: assorted close up tracking shots of data transfer through chips and microscopic tech landscapes.

Let's Stop Thinking About Music in Silos and Recognize the Challenges That All Artists Share

Vanessa Reed | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Vanessa Reed

Why is it that the composers, songwriters and performers who create this independent music are so often perceived as having little in common? Does an upcoming electronica or left field hip-hop artist really have such vastly different career development needs as, for instance, a classically-trained composer?