December 18th, 2013

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In answer to the title’s question, that would be me. But I’m definitely feeling a little less scrooged this year.

There must be something in the water.

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March 17th, 2013
A little patience goes a long way...
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March 11th, 2013

Made In Dagenham | Image courtesy of IMDb Based on events in real life, Made In Dagenham tells the story, set in 1968, of a group of female factory machinists going on strike in demand for equal pay. As a fellow female, this to me feels very much like one of those films you almost have an obligation to watch, if only to be reminded of how far society has come in terms of gender equality.

The film does a good job in relaying that sense of inequality – not just in the workplace, but for women in almost every facet of their lives. Rita O’Grady (played by Sally Hawkins) is our eyes and ears throughout the journey and it’s through her that we’re able absorb the injustices she and her co-workers have been forced to endure as a mere result of their gender.

Of course, as far as society has come in recognising the wrongness of sexism, the attitudes held within traditional family life are still as prevalent today as they were in the late 60′s, with women still trudging through life with the weight of expectation upon their shoulders.

Made In Dagenham, in that respect, feels very much like a movie with modern-day issues – of a battle still needing to be fought in areas of society where gender equality is still very much alive and kicking in this day and age.

In one poignant scene, Rita’s husband, Eddie (Daniel Mays), is less than supportive at having to take on some of the domestic, fatherly duties while his wife is out fighting the good fight. Down to his last clean shirt (picture the scene: man in wouldn’t-know-a-washing-machine-if-it-shuffled-up-and-bumped-him-on-the-arse shocker), he asserts his view to Rita that she ought to be grateful for what she has – namely a husband who doesn’t go on out the razz every night and doesn’t knock ten shades of hell’s bells out of her and their children.

Seriously.

It’s a stark reminder of how women have long been expected to ‘know their place’ – that they should someone how be grateful to not be treated more severely. Hawkins delivers a note-perfect performance in challenging him to see that respect towards women should be a right, not a privilege.

It’s a pivotal moment, and quite possibly the best scene in the movie. The fight for equality in the workplace is the tip of the iceberg, representing a much wider issue, and it’s an eye-opener to see how much fear it actually caused men when realisation dawned on them that their dominance and power was at threat as these women began upsetting the status quo.

In terms of cast, Made In Dagenham boasts a quality ensemble with Geraldine James and Bob Hoskins especially engaging. Rosamund Pike steals every scene she’s in. There’s a real depth of emotional bubbling away beneath the surface of her character, and it’s one of Made In Dagenham’s strongest aspects to watch her arc slowly unfold as her motives become clear.

There’s also an all-too-brief appearance by Andrew Lincoln, and he’s fantastically infuriating during his two-minute screen time.

Made In Dagenham is an enjoyable film. It’s not perfect, and it takes time to pick up speed which makes for a not entirely enthralling first 30 minutes, but it gets there in the end.

Overall, quite enjoyable.

Rated: 3/5 …(continue reading)

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March 6th, 2013

There’s one very good reason why I didn’t produce much fanart back in the day – I wasn’t particularly gifted at it. However, I’ve always held a deep admiration for artists with the ability to create derivative works from the fandoms I hold in high regard. By the powers of Tumblr, I recently stumbled upon one such inspiring artist.

Laura Racero, a graphic/web designer and illustrator, beholds a talent for digital imagery that is utterly spectacular. Racero’s Fringe fanart initially caught my eye, but they’re the tip of the iceberg where her striking and provocative creations are concerned.

Below you’ll find a small sample of her work – the full versions available to download on her website as desktop and tablet wallpapers. Be sure to check out her out!

Fringe Fanart by Laura Racero
Fringe Wallpapers by Laura Racero

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Laura Racero: Site Portfolio

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