Warning: this post contains reference and descriptions of suicide 13 Reasons Why – A Netflix original series that has brought bullying, rape and suicide into the limelight and got people talking. It hasn’t all been good talk; mental health professionals have uttered their concerns over the messages that the show may...

Representation is a vital aspect of media. Unfortunately we are currently in an age where white washing is rampant and representations of sexualities are still restricted. We’ve come a long way in terms of openly gay characters, but there’s still a long way to go in terms of representations of other sexualities...

As we move further into the 21st century, an ever-increasing percent of society is releasing itself from the strict binary interpretation of gender. We are now moving towards the realisation that it is more a spectrum, with more non-binary and trans-related topics being discussed. Alongside this, how we believe a man...

A feature film that opens with the sound of a graphic rape is not one that Verbal Remedy would normally consider holding a discussion around, but director Paul Verhoeven has given us one too many unanswered questions. Elle is a film where women truly take centre stage. Not content with simply having a strong female...

The Harry Potter series, like any great children’s saga, teaches its readers a number of important morals. Most of these are pretty standard staples of children’s fiction; love trumps hate, the value of friendship, etc. But one aspect of the stories was entirely new to most of the young readers: Don’t trust the...

Children’s and Young Adult’s literature has often been seen as the lowbrow element of its world. Engaging children and young people is routinely dismissed as not for “serious writers”. Rowling has managed to go some way to turning these assumptions on their heads. In a literary world that is quick to hand out...

I’ll start this off with a disclaimer: I’ve not seen this film. I’ve watched the trailers and read the reviews, but this film hasn’t yet been released and I’ve not seen it, nor do I plan to, for reasons I’m about to discuss. Split is marketed as a ‘psychological thriller’, starring James McAvoy as Kevin, a man who has...

At twelve, I begged my father to queue outside of Waterstones for the release of ‘The Order of the Phoenix’. I was obsessed with the Harry Potter series, and the wait for the new book had been torturous. He rolled his eyes but granted my slightly bizarre request and upon completion of his successful mission, I binged...

Ken Loach is known for making angry films, and his latest movie is his angriest yet. I, Daniel Blake is a blistering commentary on our current welfare system and the humiliations faced by those who find themselves dependent on it, and it pulls no punches. The movie, filmed entirely in Newcastle, follows Daniel Blake,...

Bridget Jones is probably the closest thing to a religion my mother has ever had. She can quote all of the first two movies word for word. I can too. The series is flawed but it is charming. I will always remember The Edge of Reason being the first time I saw a woman kissing another woman being played as something...