I have never been much of a make-up person. Growing up in a strictly religious environment, I never saw any women around me wearing it, and if any did, it was frowned upon. It was slutty; sinful.
Through this long-winded quarantine, I've made it a goal of mine to expand my cinematic vocabulary and branch out beyond that of the 1000 Hollywood Movies You Have To Watch Before You Die!-kind of movies. I get it, Hitchcock made great movies - I'm not going to deny that, but cinema didn't start nor end there.
There is something special about the air when the sky is blue. It is fresh, clean, and as you feel it fill your lungs, it is almost as if you’re breathing for the very first time. Now imagine a golden field of flowers around you and sense the green grass you tickle your feet.
A couple of weeks back, I started a podcast with my friend Shania Bethune, called “Making It: Women in Film” (shameless self-plug), where we sit down with women who work in the film and TV industry. We wanted to create a space where women could speak about and share their experiences and opinions, and where aspiring filmmakers could ask for advice and get answers relevant to their position and dreams.
Warning: This piece talks about the sexual exploitation of real children as well as spoilers for the movie "Cuties".
When Netflix announced that the French film “Cuties” (Mignonnes) would be released on their platform September 9th, people were immediately outraged. The poster featured four young girls clad in tight crop tops and booty shorts in very easily sexualised positions. The description initially read:
When we discuss the threat of white nationalists and their ‘movement’, tattooed skinheads, greasy incels, and men in white robes with tiki torches is often what comes to mind. On a more general note: men. We think of men; of Hitler and his soldiers and Trump and his supports. And yet, women made up roughly half of Hitler’s voters, and 53% of white women voted for Trump. White women have always played an integral part in the persistence of white nationalism, to ignore their involvement would be a grave mistake.