Category: Reviews

Not a big fan of the consumerist Christmas? Treat your friends and family to some feminist gifts from these amazing independent sellers – and be confident that you’re supporting artists and companies who care!   This gorgeous handmade tea towel is perfect for washing the dishes with – but if you’re feeling crafty...

Every few years, I see an image of the Gulabi Gang circulating the internet. Dressed in pink saris and armed with sticks, the caption tells us that they are a gang of women in India who beat up domestic abusers and rapists. This public image of the gang is central to the debate on the existence of the Gulabi Gang in...

‘The Warrior in a Pink Sari’, a ‘Woman of the Revolution’… just two of the terms used to describe the Indian social activist Sampat Pal, whose life is depicted in the groundbreaking play ‘Pink Sari Revolution’ – running this November at Northern Stage. Our reviewer Humera Mahzar caught up with director Suba Das ahead of the...

Although it came out nearly 5 months ago, I’m still hearing conversations about The Red Pill, the controversial documentary which dives into the deep and dangerous world of the Men’s Rights Movement. Last weekend I decided it was high time I went down the rabbit hole myself. The film documents liberal feminist filmmaker...

It’s been just over a year since Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox was murdered as she arrived for a routine meeting with her constituents. Still reeling from total and utter grief, her husband Brendan has penned her biography – not simply to map out her life but to celebrate the vibrance but also gentleness with...

If a semi-prominent feminist has written a book, you can bet a month’s wages that I’ve read it. Caitlin Moran, Sara Pascoe, Bridget Christie and many others have become brilliant bedfellows, and so when I spotted Jess Phillips’ Everywoman in my local bookshop this weekend I was simultaneously excited and afraid. It was...

Sentimentality, a yearning for simpler times, Eddie Redmayne… Whatever draws you back to the Harry Potter franchise, you’ll be in for a treat. Written by J.K Rowling herself and directed by David Yates (who directed all the previous films), Fantastic Beasts is the perfect nod to the goings-on at Hogwarts with enough new...

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,...

  If there were ever the utterly perfect location to hear Birdy, it would be the Sage in Gateshead. The breathtaking structure – housing within it a 1700-seater performance space that looks like the hull of a great ship – has both the acoustics and the aesthetics befitting of one of the most incredible voices in...

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...