Teen

Us Kids: The bright light of youth activism in a broken political system

On Valentines Day 2018 a 19-year-old ex-student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Armed with a semi-automatic rifle he proceeded to murder 17 people; 14 students and three staff. The tragedy marking yet another grim milestone in mass shootings across America. Shootings that have surpassed 230 incidents in schools since the horror of Columbine in 1999. …

Artemis Fowl – A young criminal mastermind lost in action

It has taken nearly 20 years for Eoin Colfer’s young criminal mastermind ‘Artemis Fowl’ to make it to our screens. His arrival suffering numerous production problems, ranging from fall of the Weinstein empire to Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Therefore the announcement that Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation was heading to straight to Disney + was not a surprise. Especially after the critical …

Dating Amber – Friendship, love and acceptance in 90s Ireland

The 1990s offered a period of large scale change in both the U.K and Ireland, as the social structures of the 80s were challenged by a newly emerging social confidence. In Britain, this led to the birth of Brit Pop and political change, while across the Irish Sea young people began to question the beliefs of their parents, government, and …

The Invisible Boy – A delightful comic book inspired teen adventure

‘Il ragazzo invisibile’ Back in December 2014, Oscar-winning Italian director Gabriele Salvatores released The Invisible Boy (Il ragazzo invisibile). However, a bit like the boy at the centre of its story, the movie all but disappeared outside of Italy. Languishing in its own void of invisibility here in the UK until its quiet release on streaming services in 2016. Consequently, …

WarGames (1983) – Film of the Week

Reflecting the social fears of a cold war still burning with nuclear tension. John Badham’s 80’s teen thriller also foresaw the dangers of artificial intelligence in a newly emerging computer age. Combining a human-led cold war standoff with the risk of computer-driven intelligence. Ultimately delivering a thriller that has remarkably stood the test of time. While in many ways still …

Top TV: Our guide to the best box sets

Last Update: May 2020 Television has the power to whisk us away into new worlds, while remaining firmly rooted to our favourite armchair. While equally opening up new worlds through longer, episodic stories that leave us gagging for more. In recent years this has led to a new golden age of TV, as our viewing habits have changed in an …

Love Simon (2018) – Film of the Week

Much like Call Me By Your Name, Love Simon has earned its place as a defining LGBTQ movie of a whole new generation. Not only taking the best-selling novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda into a film. But also, translating it with care, love and a delightfully light touch. To create a truly groundbreaking young adult LGBTQ rom-com. Where director Gregg Berlanti reflects …

I Am Not Okay with This (Review) – An explosion of teenage angst in a sea of comic book joy

What do you get when you cross the energy of The Breakfast Club with the horror of Carrie? The answer may be found in the new Netflix comic book drama ‘I Am Not Okay with This’. A deliciously dark comic book adaptation from the same universe as The End of the F***ing World. One that wraps you in the story …

My Left Nut (Review) – Lifting the curtain on teenage sexual health for boys

We all know that teenage boys are generally not good at talking about their own health. Creating a trait that often continues through to adult life. As men search for their own answers to possible health problems, long before consulting a doctor. Often only increasing undue worry and concern, that remains pent up and lacking in any emotional support. Therefore …

Waiting for Anya (Review) – A compelling story that sings with sincerity, while often lacking bite

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, first published in 1990. Director Ben Cookson navigates the tightrope of bringing holocaust drama to children’s orientated filmmaking. While embracing the challenge of filming entirely on location. With the French mountain village at the centre of Morpurgo’s book, providing an important backdrop to the narrative. Creating a film that excels in both visual style and …