Author: Zainabb Hull

Backlight: Whedon Exits Batgirl, Improving Everyone’s 2018

This week, we have some exciting news about the Batgirl movie currently in development at Warner Bros, plus interesting and varied projects from creators of colour to keep your eye on (desi monsters, anyone?) Joss Whedon Exits Batgirl, Everyone Is Actually Excited For It Now Joss Whedon has stepped down from his involvement with the Batgirl movie, which he was set to write and possibly direct. Whedon cited difficulties with penning a story for the film as the reason for his exit. With Whedon’s track record of misogyny and outdated, paternalistic idea of feminism, many Batgirl fans are relieved...

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Backlight: Black Panther Is Here And It’s Glorious

Well, it wouldn’t be a week in film and television without some news of sexual harassment and abuse, but it’s not all bleak this week. We’re getting hyped for the Black Panther release as well as some stunning international projects and exciting on-screen representation for queer and brown marginalised communities. Black Panther Premieres And The Internet Bows Down This month, Black Panther arrives in cinemas and we are ready. The Monday night premiere in Los Angeles served some majestic looks from attendees who dressed to a request for “royal attire.” Outfits of the night included Angela Bassett’s fringed jumpsuit,...

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Backlight: Maybe Hollywood Is Learning From Its Culture Of Sexual Abuse

This week, Hollywood continued to vomit up stories of sexual harassment and abuse, but there remains hope for change. Whilst Hollywood still makes me feel nauseous, new projects from marginalised creators around the world are celebrating women of colour and activism. Let’s keep working for better. Dylan Farrow Speaks On Television About Assault By Woody Allen For the first time on television, Dylan Farrow has spoken out about being sexually assaulted by her father Woody Allen. Speaking to CBS This Morning, Farrow details what happened and speaks about her ongoing relationship with trauma and the fact that Allen has...

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Backlight: Hollywood Needs To Step Up In 2018

Well, we made it. 2017 has been a year but it’s time to see it off and look to 2018, be ready to do better and make the industry a more inclusive, representative, and safe place. The end of the year brings us updates on some cool projects and reminds Hollywood that success lies in being better. Happy New Year, everyone. The Oscars Might Pick More Foreign Nominations This Year Deadline predicts that this year’s Oscar nominations will showcase a foreign influence, following a push for foreign members after the #OscarsSoWhite debacle in 2016. Whilst more foreign nominations could mean...

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Backlight: Hollywood Attempts To Support Women In The Wake Of Sexual Harassment

Content warning: sexual harassment This week we’ve got more grim news about sexual harassment in the film industry but we’re also celebrating the hard work and originality of marginalised creators, including a bunch of Golden Globe nominations. Stay vigilant but hold onto hope, friends – beyond Hollywood, there’s a lot of good work going on, pointing to a brighter future for the industry. The 2018 Golden Globe Nominations Are Nominally Diverse The 2018 Golden Globe nominations have been announced and this year, diversity is clearly visible. Nominations include Get Out, Call Me By Your Name, and Lady Bird, highlighting...

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