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West Side Story Returns

If there is a film to get people back into the cinemas, a musical that is both fantasy and reality, timely and timeless, dramatic and exhilarating by one of the major Hollywood filmmakers of our time, it might just be West Side Story, says Dr Julie Lobalzo-Wright from Film and Television Studies.

Wed 08 Dec 2021, 17:50 | Tags: Arts & Culture Politics & Society Film & TV

How should Steve Arnott tackle his painkiller addiction? A health psychologist’s perspective

Dr Harbinder Sandhu, a health psychologist and expert on pain management from Warwick Medical School, looks at how DI Arnott from the hit series Line of Duty could tackle his problem and begin the regain control of his symptoms.

When three worlds collide: choreography, academia and the world of Bridgerton

The Netflix series Bridgerton is one of the most-watched television programmes of all time. it tells the story of an imaginary family, in an imaginary world which looks like Georgian England. Dr Heidi Ashton, assistant choreographer for the series, talks about her experience and explains some of the creative processes involved in mashing the modern with the fashions of the period.

Fri 02 Apr 2021, 00:00 | Tags: Arts & Culture Film & TV Theatre & Performance Psychology

Doctor Who and the Moon

Science fiction is a gateway for children and adults to explore and understand scientific premises and for a long time Doctor Who has captivated and inspired audiences. Dr Elizabeth Stanway from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group discusses ‘real’ science content about the Moon which has appeared in Doctor Who annuals during a period when public interest in our nearest neighbour was waning.

Thu 04 Mar 2021, 12:35 | Tags: Science & Technology Film & TV Physics & Astrophysics

How to make Christmas 2020 really different

From watching a little-known festive film, to trying a Victorian parlour game or even spotting a once in a lifetime astronomic occurrence, academics at the University of Warwick have compiled a few ideas to help you enjoy something different – deliberately – this Christmas.

Alternative Christmas films to suit an alternative Christmas 2020

Are the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Love Actually (2003) really going to cut it this year? Emma Morton a researcher from Film and Television Studies, choses some more obscure Christmas flicks that can just as easily satisfy your Yuletide desires this alternative Christmas.

Mon 14 Dec 2020, 13:21 | Tags: Arts & Culture Film & TV

Let's be as kind as we can to each other: a profile of filmmaker Lucy Brydon

Lucy Brydon is a director, a screenwriter, a teacher, a published author, and releases her debut feature film, Body of Water, this month.

Fri 16 Oct 2020, 11:49 | Tags: Arts & Culture Film & TV Theatre & Performance Literature

The real Tatooine: Could there be life on other circumbinary planets?

From Gallifrey to Tatooine, planets with multiple suns feature widely in science fiction, but there are currently only ten real ‘circumbinary’ planets identified by space scientists. Dr David Armstrong from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group considers what we know about planets with two stars – and asks if life could exist there.

Surviving: The future (and past) of cinemas

Cinema has been through the Spanish Flu pandemic so Covid-19 is comparable to other earlier pressures on cinemas. But, this moment is historically distinctive for many other reasons explains Dr Julie Lobalzo Wright.

Wed 01 Jul 2020, 15:31 | Tags: Arts & Culture Business Film & TV

“You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry”: Boris Johnson’s Brexit Diplomacy

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has likened himself and Britain to the Marvel character The Incredible Hulk. Julian Schmid, a doctoral researcher in Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies, analyses Boris Johnson’s choice of Marvel superhero from a cultural and political perspective.

Thu 19 Sep 2019, 14:37 | Tags: Politics & Society Politics Film & TV

The Johanna Konta interview and the problems with viewing sports stars as public figures

Athletes are public figures but are they accountable to the public? Should journalists grill them? Dr Kieran File from Applied Linguistics exams the tension at the Wimbledon press conference.

Thu 11 Jul 2019, 16:48 | Tags: Politics & Society Film & TV Linguistics