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Our Picks + "Colonial Chic" & Gone With The Wind

Tuesday 29 September 2020, by Abla Kandalaft, Coco Green

This week’s focus is "colonial chic" in light of the touted and actual removal of Gone With The Wind from a number of programmes and archives due to its racist outlook. We discuss themes of colonialism and postcolonialism through film, namely the above and Jane Austen’s work and their filmic representations. As the saying goes, it’s not what you’re looking at it’s what you see.

Our picks this week are the Encounters Film Festival - GET YOUR PASS - and its expert, sharp-eyed curating - only £10 gives you access to hundreds of excellent and very entertaining short films, as well as discussions, Q and As and so on; the Nordisk Panorama, which showcases Nordic feature documentaries and short films. The festival will be over by the time this comes out but do check the website to browse the winning docs and archives. And lastly, a treat for genre fans, horror and fantastic festival Grimmfest, which is completely online this year and boasts new films, old films, and for the first time a cool-looking comic! Abla mentions a couple of series: The Vow, available on HBO, a mind-boggling expose of MLM-cum -self-improvement course-cum mad sex cult NXIVM and its incredibly underwhelming leader Keith Raniere - and the BBC mini-series Des, David Tennant’s uncanny portrayal of serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

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