So, to recap. Spoilers ahead for the previous films in the series. RISE Of The Planet Of The Apes was the one with James Franco, that blonde one from Harry Potter and Caesar as a little baby ape. Franco’s character Will is conducting experiments in order to find a cure for dementia, Caesar gains superior intelligence as a result and is raised by Will, only to end up locked up, breaking free and starting an…

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2017 was a bit of a weird one, wasn’t it? It absolutely flew by for me, most likely because I spend most of it bouncing around in my own head instead of being more present. I wrote at the end of last year about having two resolutions only for 2017. The first was to pay off my debts, including my overdraft and loans to my parents. Whilst I haven’t completely achieved this yet (and as…

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A Film Writer’s Education is a feature where I get my act together, and watch all of those classic films that I should have seen by now, but haven’t. I’ve neglected the icons for too long, and am going back through some of the biggest and best moments in cinema to get my knowledge up to scratch. To start with, I’m going through Empire’s most recent list of the 100 greatest movies, released in 2017, around 60…

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When Stranger Things hit Netflix just over a year ago, even the Duffer brothers that created it could not have predicted the cultural phenomenon it would become. Internet memes, the faces of the child stars on the covers of magazines, clothing ranges, Halloween costumes and a huge resurgence in love for Winona Ryder – just some of the ripple effects from this charming piece of 80s sci-fi horror nostalgia. Not surprising, then, that it was…

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A Film Writer’s Education is a feature where I get my act together, and watch all of those classic films that I should have seen by now, but haven’t. I’ve neglected the icons for too long, and am going back through some of the biggest and best moments in cinema to get my knowledge up to scratch. To start with, I’m going through Empire’s most recent list of the 100 greatest movies, released in 2017, around 60…

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As I look at the food wrappers and Dr Pepper cans littered around me, running my tongue over my slightly furry teeth and trying to remember the last time I got myself a drink, I come to a stark realisation – I am terrible at taking care of myself. These days, I’m trying really fucking hard to do better, to be better, to find happiness. It’s taking me a long time, but at least I’m…

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Have you ever thought about what it would feel like to be okay with your body? Up until less than a year ago, this was a completely alien concept to me. I thought that my body was made for nothing but hatred, and punishment, and loathing and restriction and resentment. I thought that I didn’t deserve to feel okay with my body, because it was so far away from what it ‘should’ be. Because it…

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Green Room, directed by Jeremy Saulnier, is the story of a punk band on the road. Broke and looking for a gig to keep them going after someone lets them down, they’re recommended to play a show in a dodgy part of town that becomes more sinister than they could ever have expected. Getting caught up in violence and terror, they have to fight their way out of a neo-Nazi nightmare. Starring Patrick Stewart as…

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You know in the Matrix, where Morpheus and Neo are sat on big chairs in that dingy green room with the peeling wallpaper? Morpheus puts out his hand, spreads his fingers and says “You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Well, lately I feel…

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I pull on my green bib. I’m GS today – Goal Shooter, that is – and do a mini fist pump inside. A year ago, when I started netball again, I wanted to shoot but my skills didn’t match my ambition. I was too out of practise, and often delegated to a different position. But now? I know where I’m best. Shouts of ‘Come on Greens!’ echo as we take the first centre pass. The…

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A piece I wrote as part of my homework for Laura Jane Williams‘ online course, ‘Don’t Be A Writer, Be A Storyteller’ – this week was all about developing characters. Enjoy! ‘See you later mate!’ Chris shouted from across the street. Mud stained and red faced, Joe raised a hand as a goodbye, and then turned to face his front door, fumbling in his backpack for his keys. He pushed into the hallway, scraping his…

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