Eleanor Vance, The Haunting of Hill House

The Gothic has assembled a collection of tropes to assert its position in literature, ranging from domestic spaces plagued by the supernatural to romanticised presentations of the morbid. One figure who the genre cannot seem to exist without is the woman, with the term “Gothic heroine” directing scholars to diagnose her as “a young, attractive woman (virginity required) running in terror… from either a psychotic man or a supernatural demon” [Farrugia, 2019]. This is prominently identified in Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Woman in White’ and Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, exemplifying neglect due to mental illnesses, unequal power in…


If one is searching for narratives that brim with atmospheres of terror and generate mental states of hysteria, then the Gothic is the immediate area to be examined. It is described throughout scholarship as a European Romantic display of fiction that holds “ingredients” of “supernatural incidents and superstitious beliefs”, all operating under the objective of constructing “a sense of sublime awe and wonder” as supported by values of “fear and elevated imaginations” [Botting, 1995].

The Gothic motifs of supernatural entities, romanticised terror and also tailored characterised women have been consistent in the genre for decades. This can be noted in…


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Film is solidified in our culture as an artistic medium that offers narratives displayed through stylised visuals for spectators to engage with on levels that range from aestheticism to cognitive associations. These refer to the mental engagements spectators experience when viewing a film, such as emotional responses or character alignment. This is due to how cognitive film theory concerns itself with the mind responding to the acts presented on the screen, as a vessel for discussions on how what is displayed is argued to impersonate the norms cultures endorse, for example, the forming of judgements on individuals we encounter…


One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Film as a medium stands as having a position of considerable influence over the perception of topics it chooses to have as subject matter. A frequent concept which generates a variety of attitudes in discussions is mental health, which we can think of as the state of one’s psychological and emotional well being. When discussing how mental health is represented in films, one must observe how it is portrayed to spectators and this portrayal is conducted through the distinct cinematic techniques of characterisation, visuals and narratives. …


Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ presents itself as an example of American Modernist literature with a distinct display of style, diction, voice and other literary elements, all of which are structured to creatively convey meaning. Its narrative focuses on an unnamed African American narrator who experiences a series of obstacles and specific events, stemmed from his place of an ethnic minority in a white supremacist America. This grants the novel the classification of an archetypal piece of Black Existentialism literature, meaning it’s literary aspects are driven by the motive of serving as social commentary on the black experience in terms of empowerment…


Machine Gun Kelly’s journey into the realm of nostalgic pop-punk took an interesting turn this week with the release of his short musical film ‘Downfalls High’, a film experience based on his latest smash album “Tickets to my Downfall” that infiltrated the charts with a soft alternative style throughout 2020.

The film offers Kelly’s fans the chance to see the hit songs from the album such as ‘my bloody valentine’ and ‘forget me too’ be performed in new settings and performances, with a short story of young love, loss and identity intertwining between the music breaks. The film follows…


My screenplay: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SM-EqRAisszWltuZg--KBPkexH8An4MYlyQoXKdOick

Guy Pearce in Nolan’s Memento

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento’ provides unique aspects to the screenplay, presenting a narrative which is essentially told in reverse and holds classic tropes to its genre. While studying its screenplay, I gathered a range of knowledge on how scripts can be formed and executed, in addition to how to elevate their creativity. These assisted in developing my own screenplay called ‘Amygdala’; focusing on a young man volunteering for a scientific experiment to help conquer his fears which proves to be challenging.

Firstly, ‘Memento’ is perceived as an innovative screenplay when observing its story and theme; meaning an accounting…


Shot of Friedrich’s “Sink or Swim” (1990)

Avant-Garde offers distinct artistic strategies that can be steered to hold aesthetic representations of the filmmaker’s mindset and objectives set when creating the film. To elaborate, some experimental filmmakers choose their aesthetic strategies about how well they highlight experiences they aim to convey through their work, one particular example being their personal stories and memories, which they use as stimuli for Avant-Garde films. Two prominent examples of this idea in Avant-Garde are Jay Rosenblatt’s Phantom Limb, a communication of the filmmaker’s experience and growth surrounding his younger brother’s death and Su Friedrich’s Sink or Swim which articulates how the filmmaker’s…

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