The ‘ill’ in ‘thriller’: 3 dystopian films that remain scary in the COVID-19 era

Image description: Actor Gong Yoo playing Seok-Woo on an eerie train carriage in the thriller ‘Train to Busan’.  It is no secret that, for many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has been like a ‘living horror film’. As such, the general populous may now feel detached or even desensitised to cinema’s vast repertoire of ‘outbreak movies’; […]

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Gregory Leadbetter’s Maskwork: throwing a wrench into reality’s gears

Image Description: A gold, decorated mask and a black fabric background.  The mysterious and impenetrable dressings of both internal and external experience provide the theme for Maskwork, a haunting new collection of poetry by Gregory Leadbetter (Professor of Poetry at Birmingham City University). Bewitching descriptions of masks – in the likeness of seraphs, witches, even […]

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