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The Place is Alive

At first the Island in the TV series Lost appears to be just another tropical island in the ...

The ‘Other’

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

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 ...

Chinese People in Western Film

Historically, the representation of Chinese people in European and Hollywood cinema tends to veer from: the dangerous ‘other’, to r...

The Coming-of-Age Story in Film

The coming-of-age story chronicles the journey from adolescence to adult. It explores the young person’s changing perception of...

Whitewashing

It’s been happening for a long time but, once again, it’s come to the fore — so-called ‘whitewas...

Reboots With Women

The supernatural comedy-horror Ghostbusters (1984) has a fan base that propelled it to cult film status. So, when the ...

The Hero’s Journey

The hero’s journey is a framework that identifies the various stages a hero passes through as he/sh...