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Katie Driscoll

Posts by Katie Driscoll

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Welcome To My World: reflections on identity and place

As a part of Sick! Festival’s Mindscapes programme (premiered on YouTube), four filmmakers two from Manchester and two from Rotterdam, revisit the neighbourhoods they grew up in, and through this, explore the dichotomy between the physical reality of places and the temporal space that can linger forever in the mind. ...

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Cherry – a cinematic attempt to portray the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Apocalypse Now showed the stifling oppression of war, how its devastating effects could wreak havoc on the psyche whilst in combat. Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket showed how the harsh regime of training could lead to a mental breakdown. One film, Jacob’s Ladder, provided an insight into PTSD and the aftereffects ...

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Acceptable Damage: relatable neurodivergent protagonist on screen

Acceptable Damage is an independent film which tells the story of a teenage girl with Asperger's who must wrestle with first love, her musical ambitions, a controlling mother and a gang of bullies. Review by Katie Driscoll. Disability Arts Online · Acceptable Damage Film Review Neurodiversity is rarely shown onscreen – literature ...

Depression as a creative cinematic device

Katie Driscoll looks below the surface of two television series – 'The Haunting of Hill House' and 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' and one cult cinema classic, 'Melancholia '– in an examination of the 'depression genre'. The artist figure doomed to a life of depression and suffering as the root of ...

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Freaks: You’re One of Us

Freaks: You’re One of Us is a German Netflix film directed by Felix Binder, which offers a modern retelling of Tod Browning’s controversial 1932 Freaks. Review by Katie Driscoll Freaks: You’re One of Us is like Browning’s original in some ways but then also, not at all. The film centres on ...

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things – an original love-horror-treatise on mental illness

I'm Thinking of Ending Things is an American romance-horror-thriller, described as a ‘hot dose of mental illness horror', both written and directed by Charlie Kaufman and released on Netflix on 4 September. Review by Katie Driscoll Charlie Kaufman’s latest psychological drama delves into the mind of Iain Banks from his enigmatic ...

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Hijinx stream Into the Light – a message of hope in a time of darkness

Hijinx alongside the italian company Teatro La Ribalta and in association with Frantic Assembly, streamed Into the Light as part of their first online festival, Ar-lein. Review by Katie Driscoll In the novel age of coronavirus, streamed art has become the new norm. Here Hijinx presented a filmed dress rehearsal of ...