Culture



Alfie Templeman: ‘It’s going to be magical seeing so many people turn up to gigs and finally experiencing these songs in real-time.’

20th May 2021

18-year-old Alfie Templeman reflects on a surreal year spent in lockdown and discusses his newest mini-album, Forever Isn’t Long Enough. Alfie Templeman spent lockdown in his bedroom and celebrated his 18th birthday at home like any other teenager his age. Yet, there’s one remarkable difference. Alfie plays everything – from drums to guitar to the piano ...


Keeping up with the trends

8th May 2021

Delving into pop culture tropes. Tropes and cliches are usually some of the first things brought up when people are discussing media. Is X trope subverted well, does Y drag the story down, does Z make it predictable? There are entire websites dedicated to tropes in entertainment (and I will admit, I’m very partial to ...


Neo-obsession: imagining the future

14th April 2021

Culture is always looking forward. The year is 2015. Flying cars dart like shooting stars across motorways in the clouds. Nike trainers have replaced normal laces with electronic “power laces”. Jackets automatically adjust to the measurements of their wearer. The criminal justice system can sentence people within a matter of hours, owing to the abolition ...


Edgy reboots: right or ridiculous?

14th April 2021

Not even Scooby-Doo gets to be happy anymore. Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia. As a result, in recent years we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of early-00s childhood-show reboots. For example, Fate: The Winx Saga is one such reboot which reimagines the much-loved early-00s animated series Winx Club in live-action. The original ...


Is piracy ever justified?

16th March 2021

Though it might’ve been a different story pre-pandemic, now it’s not. Think back to the time when you first got the internet and made use of the torrent sites to convert the YouTube video of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi into an MP3 to download on your iPod Nano. Or maybe it was Rihanna’s Shut Up and ...


Memories of a Gig: Weyes Blood

11th March 2021

Next up is Anastasija Svarevska, whose Memory of a Gig is a little more exotic than the rainy, freezing queue outside of the Hydro, but the rather notorious, celeb-studded Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, in which Weyes Blood played a monumental set. It’s March 2020: my repatriation flights from Australia back home to the good ...


Review: Gunda (GFF)

7th March 2021

Gunda brings filmmaking back to its very core: the moving image. Gunda opens with a single shot of postpartum tranquillity. Our heroine lies in a bed of straw as her heavenly babies emerge into the frame. A litter of piglets snort and screech as they fight for their mother’s milk. Gunda, the sow and star ...


Review: Limbo (GFF)

7th March 2021

Limbo follows the emotional journey of a Syrian refugee in Scotland, as he both passes the time with his friends and overcomes a crisis of identity. Limbo is a film that will touch your heart on multiple occasions. The second film from Scottish director Ben Sharrock tells the story of asylum seekers and refugees living ...


From commerce to curriculums: Robert Burns in global culture

25th February 2021

Our local, humble poet has an astounding worldwide outreach. From stamps to statues, banknotes to books, film to festivities and Coca-Cola bottles to curriculums, there is nobody who has infiltrated and influenced global culture at every level to the extent that the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, has. As one of the most prominent figures in ...


From runway to screen

23rd February 2021

Ahead of Milan fashion week, Olivia Marrins details what it will look like on-screen. As nearly every social event is rescheduled, cancelled, or taken to Zoom, it is no surprise that Milan fashion week has traded up bustling live venues for digital runways. This fashion exhibition showcases autumn/winter 2021/2022 collections across January and February through ...