Live: BELLEVUE DAYS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Back when I was growing up, pretty every band I listened to were influenced by either Faith No More, The Descendents or Nirvana. Now times have changed, and bands are finding newer bands to crib from. Case in point: Tonight’s bands (Bellevue Days, Patrons and Wood and Nails) have rich vein of Long Island emo-types Brand New running through them.…
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Wonder Woman Remembers the “Hero” in “Superhero”

After a series of underwhelming and almost aggressively dark entries into the DC movie universe, Wonder Woman had a lot to prove. Fortunately, Wonder Woman‘s greatest strength is the titular hero herself, as played by Gal Gadot and allows the franchise to reconnect with the superhero genre. Though Gadot was considered one of the best parts of Batman v Superman, her own movie plays to her strengths much more than before.…
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Upcoming Documentary Announcement: Bitter Bananas

Bitter Bananas is an upcoming documentary project exploring the history of banana farming in Cameroon and how it ties into the wider theme of corruption in post-colonial politics. It will be written and directed by Stephen Tonteh and will be produced by Purple Camera Media. Plot Summary We open with Cameroonian native Stephen Tonteh telling us about the culture shock of visiting Germany in the 1990s.…
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The Bureaucratic Madness Of Film Watch Lists.

A few months ago, fellow Purple Camera writer Jacob wrote about his extremely strange rules for writing his top 20 films list. I thought it was bonkers. I, of course, am also obsessed with my top 100 film list but I don’t really have any rules. Instead I only ask myself ‘Does this make me look cool?’ …I mean I ask ‘Do I actually like it, or have I convinced myself I like it?’ Which generally works.…
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Slam Dunk Festival 2017 – Preview

Just two weeks away is the always fun-packed Slam Dunk Festival; one of the shining jewels in the UK festival season. Taking place over three separate dates and locations (Midlands [Birmingham NEC] – Saturday 27th May, North [Leeds City Centre] – Sunday 28th May & South [Hatfield Forum] – Monday 29th May) the festival has an impressively diverse line-up with its 8 stages having something to offer for anyone whose ever worn Converse or sported an emo fringe.…
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Is Different But Still Awesome

Any film that follows up the surprise smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy is put in an inherently difficult position, with the shadow of the original looming ominously. Should audiences be given more of the same and risk it becoming stale, or try something different and potentially lose the magic that made the first movie so beloved?…
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What Music We’re Listenin’ To – April 2017

Music is pretty great. A soundtrack for living. Without it, life would be a lot quieter. But with an excess of new, old, popular and obscure aural delights available to the average internet-connected listener, it sometimes becomes exhausting and downright overwhelming to track down some new quality playlist fodder. So while some might be more than happy listening to ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake (or whatever 2015 staple you might prefer) on endless repeat for the rest of forever, we at Purple Camera have some alternative suggestions based on what we’ve been plugged into over the past month.…
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What Music We’re Listenin’ To – March 2017

Music is pretty great. A soundtrack for living. Without it, life would be a lot quieter. But with an excess of new, old, popular and obscure aural delights available to the average internet-connected listener, it sometimes becomes exhausting and downright overwhelming to track down some new quality playlist fodder. So while some might be more than happy listening to ‘Lenny Henry Sux’ by Dave The Rapper on endless repeat for the rest of forever, we at Purple Camera have some alternative suggestions based on what we’ve been plugged into over the past month.…
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Comparing the Use of Stereotypes in Moonlight and Life on the Road

Warning: This article contains mild spoilers for both Moonlight and Life on the Road. On the face of it, recent Best Picture winner Moonlight and Ricky Gervais’s The Office spinoff Life on the Road appear to have very little in common. One is a metaphor-filled, symbolic journey of a man’s struggles in black America whilst the other is a mockumentary about the fading dreams of a middle-class white British man.…
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