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The End

It starts with the end. At least that’s how you know you have an exceptional story — thin...

The Beginning

Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. They usually open at the start of this sequence ...

Chinese People in Western Film

Historically, the representation of Chinese people in European and Hollywood cinema tends to veer from: the dangerous ‘ot...

The Coming-of-Age Story in Film

The coming-of-age story chronicles the journey from adolescence to adult. It explores the young person’s changing perception of...

‘Annihilation’

In the novel Annihilation (2014), by Jeff VanderMeer, an area located in Florida, designated ‘Area X’, has been over...

‘Arrival’ Vs ‘Life’

The films Arrival (2016) and Life (2017) offer two versions of the 'first contact' story - humanity's initial encounter with ...

‘Badlands’

In Badlands (1973) fifteen-year-old Holly Sargis falls for James Dean look-a-like Kit Carruthers. He’s handsome and charismatic, but he...

Masks

The mask is a storytelling device that obscures a wearer’s identity, while highlighting his or her psychological pr...