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Kieran is a Philosophy graduate and film aficionado currently working in Manchester. He has contributed to the film section of The Mancunion (the UK's largest student newspaper) and blogs for PurpleMonkeyBird and The Huffington Post UK. His cinematic heroes are Hitchcock, Kubrick, Nolan and Tarantino.

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Why is Hollywood returning to The Bible?, Arts

Why is Hollywood returning to The Bible?

The flood of adapted screenplays finding their way onto our screens shows no sign of slowing down any time soon; as the audience’s familiarity with the source material, coupled with the increased ease of scripting, casting and promotion, help big movie studios to make a fast buck at a low risk.

By | Arts, Film | Monday, 3 June 2013 at 5:14 pm

Interview with ‘Bernie’ writer Skip Hollandsworth, Arts

Interview with ‘Bernie’ writer Skip Hollandsworth

Skip Hollandsworth is a screenwriter, editor and journalist whose 1998 article Midnight in the Garden of East Texas became the inspiration for Richard Linklater’s latest movie – the morbidly comic docu-drama, Bernie.

By | Arts, Film | Monday, 6 May 2013 at 6:00 am

Keanu Reeves’ documentary ‘Side by Side’: It’s time to accept that digital is the future, Arts

Keanu Reeves’ documentary ‘Side by Side’: It’s time to accept that digital is the future

This week sees the release of the Keanu Reeves-fronted documentary Side By Side. The film features interviews with several respected filmmakers, each of whom discuss their personal attitude towards the decline in traditional 35mm photochemical cinematography, and the revolution in digital acquisition, distribution and exhibition.

By | Arts, Film | Monday, 15 April 2013 at 2:19 pm

Don’t let the rising cost of popcorn spoil Britain’s love of cinema, Arts

Don’t let the rising cost of popcorn spoil Britain’s love of cinema

In the decade between the first and last Harry Potter films (2001-2011) the UK saw a 61 per cent increase in revenue at the box office, with British independent films more than tripling their market share.
Yet despite the continuing success of cinema in the UK, there seems to be a growing concern regarding the rising price of a night out at our nation’s multiplexes.

By | Arts, Film | Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 1:00 pm

Interview with Adam Deacon: ‘The days of paying £13 and just getting one film are gone’, Arts

Interview with Adam Deacon: ‘The days of paying £13 and just getting one film are gone’

Adam Deacon is a British actor, writer and director and the winner of last year’s BAFTA Rising Star award. He recently wrote a piece for Independent Blogs about the importance of the “Moments Worth Paying For” campaign; whilst I’ve written before about how I think that responsible filesharing may benefit the film industry. I recently spoke to Adam about how the industry is dealing with filesharing, and how independent British films have managed to thrive despite diminishing DVD sales.

By | Arts | Monday, 11 March 2013 at 4:00 am

Understanding ‘The Room’: An interview with the stars of ‘the worst movie ever made’, Film

Understanding ‘The Room’: An interview with the stars of ‘the worst movie ever made’

The Room is a very special kind of movie. Atrocious and hilarious in equal measure, the film is widely regarded as one of the worst movies ever made.

By | Film | Friday, 15 February 2013 at 1:23 pm

Is social media beginning to undermine film criticism?, Arts

Is social media beginning to undermine film criticism?

For those who appreciate good cinema, the opinion of discerning film critics is of the utmost importance.

By | Arts, Film | Friday, 25 January 2013 at 6:55 pm

The Oscars: Films possibly in line for cinema’s most prestigious award, Film

The Oscars: Films possibly in line for cinema’s most prestigious award

With the 85th Academy Award nominations set to be announced on January 10th, Kieran Turner-Dave previews the films most likely to be in contention for cinema’s most prestigious prize

By | Film | Friday, 4 January 2013 at 3:58 pm

From ‘The Hunger Games’ to ‘Kick-Ass’: How Hollywood is falling in love with female leads, Arts

From ‘The Hunger Games’ to ‘Kick-Ass’: How Hollywood is falling in love with female leads

In the 1985 comic strip The Rule, Alison Bechdel introduced a simple test that troublingly highlighted the gender bias present in mainstream movies.

By | Arts, Film | Thursday, 20 December 2012 at 1:34 pm

Forget ‘Gangnam Style’, North Korean ‘Propaganda’ is the real viral hit of 2012, Arts

Forget ‘Gangnam Style’, North Korean ‘Propaganda’ is the real viral hit of 2012

The last week has seen Korea dominate the global spotlight on the internet. Zany South Korean pop video Gangnam Style became the most liked and watched video on YouTube, and days later North Korea held a mass rally to celebrate the launch of their first satellite. Yet despite the online attention that has surrounded the two divided nations, the most intriguing Korean export of the year has gone largely unnoticed.

By | Arts, Film | Monday, 17 December 2012 at 1:29 pm

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