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I am a 22 year old student at Kingston University, studying an MA in Film Studies. My blog is about my interaction with film (my passion) and theatre events. Occasionally I will discuss music and trips I make to concerts, galleries and museums.

Gabby's film blog gives an overview of disability at The Oscar ceremonies over the past decade or so

5 July 2012

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When reviewing 'A Beautiful Mind' I became just as irritated at the reception to the film as the film itself. It is annoying that film-makers consistently make lofty movies. However, they know that it will be a hit at the box office. Hollywood mainstream movies have made fluffy movies that are aiming to be inspirational but are far too condescending to show true emotion. Take a film like 'Rain Man' (1988). This is one of many films where the lead actor gets the Best Actor Oscar...

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Temple Grandin (2010), starring Clare Danes

24 April 2012

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A DVD cover showing Clare Danes as Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is an animal behaviour expert and autism advocate. HBO recently (2010) made a film following her early years staring Clare Danes for which role Danes won a Golden Globe. The film shows Temple on her path to university and sees some of her past in flashbacks and a bit of what she managed to accomplish after she finished her studies. The film really makes the viewer see life through Temple’s eyes. Therefore, you get a sense of what it is like being autistic, such as being...

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Benny and Joon (1993), starring Johnny Depp

24 April 2012

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flyer image portraying the three main characters in the film Benny and Joon

I recently came across Benny and Joon, as part of my film course. Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and released in 1993, this movie is a typically Hollywood representation of mental illness, despite being an enjoyable romantic comedy/drama. The character of Joon is said to be suffering from a mental illness, but it is unclear what she is suffering from; she is only referred to as “mentally ill”. Psychology students have suggested different diagnoses, one suggesting she is an...

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