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Films & Storytelling.

Identity, Meaning & Values.

A Project by Adrian Graham. Posts may contain spoilers!
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‘Black Rain’

Black Rain (1989) is a product of the late 1980s, a time when America was reeling from Japanese industrial success, and a fear… More→

The Christmas Story

The original Christmas story is the birth of Jesus Christ in Nazareth. It is, literally, the story of a birth, the birth of a new… More→


In Hereditary (2018) a family disintegrates under pressure from external forces. It’s a force they’re unprepared for, unable to def… More→


Texasville (1990) is the sequel to The Last Picture Show (1971). Thirty years later, Duane, a handsome young oil worker, is now a… More→


The television series Lost aired from 2004 to 2010. It helped change the way TV series are conceptualised, switching from an… More→

The Place is Alive

At first the Island in the TV series Lost appears to be just another tropical island in the Pacific Ocean. And then one of the… More→

The ‘Other’

In storytelling the ‘I’, ‘me’ (plus the reader, or audience) usually empathises with ‘we’ and ‘us’ against ‘them’. Who are ‘they’? They are th… More→

‘Get Out’

In the 2017 film Get Out Rose (who is white) invites Chris (her black boyfriend) to visit her parents at their country home. The… More→

‘Blade Runner 2049’

Continuing the story of 1984’s original Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 sees officer ‘K’ — a new model of obedient ‘replicant’ — retire an old… More→

‘Altered Carbon’

The Neo-Noir science fiction thriller Altered Carbon (Season 1, 2018) weaves a story about memory and identity. In this future… More→

‘Rosemary’s Baby’

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) is an odd film. Having just watched the Seventies classic, Straw Dogs, I was struck by the similarities b… More→

‘Straw Dogs’

David Sumner, the main character in Straw Dogs (1971), comes across as a kind of Benjamin Braddock from The Graduate, (both … More→


The world appears ordinary, and then the snow falls. Like a mysteriously wrapped Christo sculpture, everything becomes new again.… More→

The End

It starts with the end. At least that’s how you know you have an exceptional story — think of an amazing ending and work back to the… More→

The Beginning

Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. They usually open at the start of this sequence and close at ‘the end’. They can ope… More→


Directed by David Morris and Jacqui Morris, the 2012 documentary McCullin provides an insightful journey through Don McCullin’s w… More→


It’s been happening for a long time but, once again, it’s come to the fore — so-called ‘whitewashing’. This occurs when Caucasian actors (i… More→