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For Sama Review

For Sama documents the uprising and subsequent siege of Aleppo. The film is made from the over 300 hours of footage captured by film maker Waad al-Kateab and spans from the start of the revolution in 2012 to the fall of Aleppo in 2016. The revolutionaries were spurred on by other movements in the Arab Spring and many of...

Films Of The Moment: Joker & Judy

Autumn’s customary rush of would-be Oscar contenders kicks off with a pair of dark character studies centred on remarkable, transformative performances. Both are character pieces centring on childhood trauma and its reverberation in the lives of emotionally dysfunctional adults. They’re both at their best during near-ambient stretches which emphasise their title characters simply being, letting physicality and facial expression...

Szentek 2019: sustainability, creativity, inclusivity… and good music

“It’s a place where you can do what you want. You can dance however you want, wear whatever you want. There are no restrictions. There’s no VIP section. Everyone’s equal, everyone’s under the same roof, having the same experience.” This description isn’t exactly typical of a classic St Andrews event. £90 for a student-run fashion show, £75 for a...

“The Reality of Being Fake”: A Preview of Chicago

Growing up I was never a fan of musicals. They all seemed unbearably cheery. That was until I discovered the deliciously cynical world of Chicago. The show’s own opening lines tell you everything you need to know: ‘a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery—all those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts.’...

New in Town: Cornering the Market

Sophia Rink reviews the new St Andrews farmers market.

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’: A Review

We have reached peak James Corden saturation point. I am very tired of watching that man gleefully coordinate carpool karaoke with all the artistic conviction of Christopher Nolan choreographing the rotating corridor scene in Inception. And so it was that when I heard that Mermaids was presenting Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors for its first Byre slot this...

‘Unbelievable’: A Netflix Review

In the era of the #MeToo movement, where rape accusations nowadays seem to be more of a case of “he said, she said” as opposed to a criminal investigation of the accused party, Unbelievable seems to illuminate modern-day concerns regarding sexual assault and the mistreatment of rape victims, showcasing why reporting figures for sexual assault are in fact so...

Spritz the Way to Your Perfect Man

Coco Chanel once said, “No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.” The creator of the world’s bestselling perfume, Chanel No. 5, was not wrong. Perfume can speak volumes about a person. (Or rather smell volumes.) I present the ultimate guide to finding the perfume that reveals your innermost thoughts. Floral scents Floral scents, especially softer...

‘The Good Place’: Why So Good?

On 26 September, much to the sadness of many viewers, NBC and Netflix’s The Good Place began its fourth and final season. Calling itself a ‘fantasy comedy’, The Good Place was released three years ago in September 2016 to an enthusiastic audience and received, overall, relatively positive reviews. Along the way, it has picked up nominations from Primetime Emmy...

Fighting Climate Change Through Fine Art

What do you get when you combine the age-old question of ‘the purpose of art’, and the contemporary issue of the planet falling to pieces? I’ll give you a hint: it’s a pretty dreamy coupling. It’s often been said that the most successful art makes us think: in theatre, we’ve been taught by countless practitioners to avoid performance purely...