Author: Emily McVey

Film Review: Funny Cow (UK, 2018) sees Maxine Peake delivers heart and humour

July 25, 2018

I’m going to throw out a hot take – It’s tough to be a woman in comedy these days. Late night talk shows and weekly round ups are still dominated by male comics, you try to put out a new-take on an old concept with an all-female cast and unearth the wrath of legions of loyalist fans behind keyboards. You try to unearth why the numbers are so skewed and are met with that classic comeback- “women aren’t funny”. And that is in 2018. So, imagine, then, how tough it was for women in the 1970s.... Continue Reading

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DVD Review: The Intern (USA, 2016)

February 28, 2016

The Intern is an expression of contemporary norms and a challenge towards gender behaviours and expectations through societies’ transition to a more equal way of life. ... Continue Reading

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DVD Review: Brand: A Second Coming (USA, 2015)

January 7, 2016

Shocking, humorous, provocative and purely interesting, Ondi Timoner’s latest documentary Brand: A Second Coming looks at the life and rise of one of Britain’s most unique comedians, Russell Brand. The film takes us, in particular, through his journey to produce a changed spiritual mind-self and his motivation for a socialist way of life.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Suffragette (UK, 2015)

December 21, 2015

Powerful and utterly inspirational Sarah Gavron’s latest film Suffragette follows the brave women of the suffrage movement in Britain during the 19th and 20th century. This historical drama draws upon the daily abuse faced by women during a time period when they had no rights at all, and a group of women who would no longer tolerate such injustice. It expresses the true struggle and sacrifice many women underwent to gain the right to vote.... Continue Reading

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Australian animator/director and producer Robertino Zambrano talks about his Oscar shortlisted short film Love in the Time of March Madness

December 14, 2015

I recently had a chat with Robertino Zambrano about his style, influences, how he got to where he is today and much more. Robertino is a Filipino-Australian Oscar shortlisted animator and filmmaker based in Sydney and his most recent short film, co-directed with Melissa Johnson, Love in the Time of March Madness, has won numerous awards and accolades. It is one of ten short films to be shortlisted for the Best Animated Short Film Oscar. This filmmaker is certainly one to watch! Read through our chat exclusively on The Iris:... Continue Reading

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DVD Review: Suite Française (UK, 2015)

November 9, 2015

Based on Irène Némirovsky’s bestselling novel, Suite Française challenges the true nature of people through forbidden love, generosity and understanding during a time of vast demise and depression resulting from the horrors of war.... Continue Reading

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