Film and Writing (M.A)
British Born Punjabi Girl.
Focus in Film: Adaptation from Literature, Horror Filmmaking Styles and Auteur Cinema
A Filmmaker's Guide: Margot Robbie
In this chapter of ‘the filmmaker’s guide’ we’re actually going to be learning about literature and film together. I understand that many of you are sitting in university during difficult times and finding it increasingly hard to study and I understand that many of you who are not at university or not planning on it are possibly stuck of what to do, need a break or even need to catch up on learning film before you get to the next level. This guide will be brief but will also contain: new vocabulary, concepts and theories, films to watch and we will be exploring something taboo until now in the ‘filmmaker’s guide’ - academia (abyss opens). Each article will explore a different concept of film, philosophy, literature or bibliography/filmography etc. in order to give you something new to learn each time we see each other. You can use some of the words amongst family and friends to sound clever or you can get back to me (email in bio) and tell me how you’re doing. So, strap in and prepare for the filmmaker’s guide to film studies because it is going to be one wild ride.
Teenagers, Depression, Social Media and the Pandemic
Depression is something that I don't think that even today we take seriously enough. Not only can it lead a person to hurt themselves, but it can also lead to afflictions such as: cancer, heart attacks, stroke and many more - all with serious consequences. Depression is something that is known to take over your life and, as I have researched, makes it almost impossible to function in the worst of times. During this pandemic, depression in teenagers has been on the rise. This is not really a steady rise but instead, it seems to be a spike with more teenagers than ever seeking out mental health help.
3 Great Novels by Indian Women
As an Indian woman and as a woman who was born and brought up in England, I have often wondered where the novels from my own culture were. Indian novels are very limited in the minds of the western world and even more so, many people are unable to name any novels by Indian women. This has honestly deprived me of novels from my gender and culture and I felt at the age of about eighteen, that I had to do something about that. I began to read novels written by Indian Women and I could find myself connecting to them in ways I have never known before.
The Culture of Self-Sabotage
Self-sabotage is something that has always interested me because it is not like a mental illness that ruins or prohibits your life. But instead, it is something that you do to yourself in order to either stop yourself from feeling a certain way or to make yourself feel something else. This is often sprurned on by mental health problems such as depression, anxiety etc. In recent years though, the younger generation seem to find self-sabotage 'trendy' and not what the people who are doing it actually think: dangerous and horrible. Self-sabotage has become something 'rebellious' people do rather than people who are deeply disturbed who cannot get out of certain situations and are pretty much out of options in their own minds.
3 Epic Novels by Women
Epic Novels are usually considered to be books that are over a large amount of words and/or pages. Sometimes considered to be books over about 800-900 pages, the most famous of these are normally written by men. Works such as "War and Peace", "Les Miserables" and "The Brothers Karamazov" can come to mind alongside the works of David Foster Wallace, JRR Tolkien and Ken Follett.
Mental Illness: Expectation vs. Reality
It is well known now that mental health problems are getting a bit out of hand. With the pandemic, many people have taken their own lives, many people have had mental breakdowns and mental health is no longer just about protecting yourself but also those around you.
The Great Social Media Addiction
We all know that social media is addictive and we have probably seen the argument a million times over. But what happens when an entire sub-society is created from addiction? Is this safe? Is this healthy? But most importantly, how is this being sustained?
Book Review: "Masks" by Fumiko Enchi
"Masks" is a book by one of Japan's most prominent female writers of the post-war era - Fumiko Enchi is up there with her male counterparts of Yukio Mishima and Junichiro Tanazaki as being one of the biggest and most successful writers of modernist Japan. In the novella "Masks", she covers a wide range of modernist topics including: identity, love and the description entailed within realism. One thing I found about this novel is that though the descriptions were often sparse and littered around the book as opposed to one big block like those written in books by authors before her, she has managed to balance the description and dialogue perfectly. The way in which the story is written definitely reflects the changing literature of modern Japan in terms of how men and women are viewed in the course of a relationship.