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Guest Post: Vamps, Vixens & Feminists 2010 – Notes by Carla Grauls

Many thanks to super Bang2writer Carla Grauls for providing us with some notes on the Vamps, Vixens & Feminists event at the Sphinx Theatre last thursday (Oct 28). About Carla: Carla Grauls is a writer of screen, theatre, fiction and non-fiction. She is working on writing more feminist sci fi. Note: For additional notes on this event. check out the lovely Carmel Shortall’s blog, here. Enjoy!————————————Beatrix Campbell kicked off proceedings with an inspiring talk about how the paradigms have shifted. Women and men have started questioning people’s behaviour, and call them to account – like bankers, a working class woman… Read More »Guest Post: Vamps, Vixens & Feminists 2010 – Notes by Carla Grauls

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6 Unsung Movie Heroines

Female characters get a bum deal, because even when they’re written and performed WELL, audiences don’t always notice them. Booo!!! So here’s 6 unsung movie heroines I think need a little more appreciation … 6) Di in Shaun of the Dead The long suffering Di is not the protagonist of course – Shaun is – but what’s refreshing about Di, Dafyd’s girlfriend in comparison to Liz (Shaun’s), is she is not entirely reactionary. Liz relies almost entirely on Shaun to get her part: she has to be disgusted, annoyed or impressed by him throughout (more or less in that order) to… Read More »6 Unsung Movie Heroines

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Best Movie Heroines – The Case for Sarah from JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD

I often post here, there and everywhere about the veritable lack of decent female characters in movies and specs generally. So when my delightful stalker Jazz Juice emailed me this week and demanded to know who gets my vote as the “near perfect” movie heroine, I had no hesitation … And you’ll be surprised. NO, it’s not Ripley or any of her many imitators. It’s not anyone played by Judy Dench, Maggie Smith or Meryl Streep, either. In fact, she’s an oft-overlooked genre movie heroine… … It’s Julianne Moore as Sarah in Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Yup, you read… Read More »Best Movie Heroines – The Case for Sarah from JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD

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12 Character Journeys We Can Learn From (No Real Spoilers)

We hear lots about films that get Oscar-Nominated; lots about films with mega stars in. Yet every now and again a film comes out that is simply excellent – yet does not seem to get the mentions it deserves. It might appear on a critics’ list of faves or there might be a short flurry of attention – then it might seem to sink without a trace or get forgotten with the passage of years. Other times, you will be completely unaware of the film until it turns up in the DVD bargain bin. Yet I find often it’s these… Read More »12 Character Journeys We Can Learn From (No Real Spoilers)

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All About Dramatic Irony And Twists In The Tale

All About Dramatic Irony Dramatic irony is a tool I see often in produced and published works, but hardly ever in spec scripts or unpublished novels. Recently I was talking with Uber-Agent Julian Friedmann and mentioned how much I love Yves Lavender’s book Writing Drama. Segnor Friedmann replied how much he loves the book’s section on dramatic irony, lamenting the fact that so few screenwriters actually use this fantastic device. His comments really struck a chord, so I think I’ll have a good look at what makes dramatic irony so great. What is Dramatic Irony? First off however, what is dramatic irony? Well, this… Read More »All About Dramatic Irony And Twists In The Tale

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This Is How It Should Be Done: The Brave One (No Real Spoilers)

When I sent Him Indoors out foraging for a DVD yesterday and he came back with The Brave One starring Jodie Foster, I could have quite cheerfully shot HIM in the head. After all, had I not literally just posted how sick I was of vigilantes? Does this man not read my blog at all? I know we’re married and everything so he could just ask me, but really: if you have a web presence, the least your spouse can do is check – maybe just once a week – what you’ve been going on about. Right? To be fair,… Read More »This Is How It Should Be Done: The Brave One (No Real Spoilers)

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