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A Project about Stories & Storytelling

By Adrian Graham

What are stories for? How do they work? What do they mean?

‘The Subtext’ is a project about storytelling: how we use stories to learn about ourselves, and how they inform and reflect identity and values.

Books / Films / Storytelling

The ‘Other’

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

‘Get Out’

In the 2017 film Get Out Rose (who is white) invites Chris (her black boyfriend) to visit her parents ...

‘Blade Runner 2049’

Continuing the story of 1984’s original Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 sees officer ‘K’ — a new model of obedient ‘replicant’...

‘Altered Carbon’

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

‘Rosemary’s Baby’

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

‘Straw Dogs’

David Sumner, the main character in Straw Dogs (1971), comes across as a kind of Benjamin Braddock from The G...

‘Last Year in Marienbad’

The film opens with a point of view camera sequence revealing a sumptuous Baroque hotel interior, filmed in ...

Snow

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

The End

It starts with the end. At least that’s how you know you have an exceptional story — think of a...

The Beginning

Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. They usually open at the start of this sequence ...