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Freelance Journalist and Presenter, BBC Front Row and NewsWatch — BBC
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Presenter BBC Front Row&Newswatch.Freelance Journo,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.

The girlification of character's hair

the-pool.com — Long girly hair is a feminist issue and we need to talk about it. Putting your long hair up or styling it short has long been a shorthand for sophistication. It's not about being old, so much as it's about embracing maturity; a girl turning into a woman.

Samira Ahmed: When is it acceptable to exploit murder for entertainment?

bigissue.com — It was late, I was tired and I needed cheering up, and I found this great comedy on TV that I'd never seen before which did just the job. Burke and Hare (pictured), directed by John Landis in 2010 and starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, is a rollicking love song to Edinburgh's architecture, its gothic medical pioneering past, its lowlife and its ghosts.

Branagh: From Shakespeare to Cinderella

bbc.co.uk — If you know the films of Sir Kenneth Branagh there is something familiar about Cinderella's ballroom dance scene, when the Prince swirls her round in a glow of colour and light, all captured in bold, sweeping camera movements. Branagh used a similar visual style in his big-budget 1994 film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, in which he also starred as the overambitious scientist.

‎‘Chappie’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd

letterboxd.com — Sigourney Weaver says she'd seen District 9 three times before being asked to be in Chappie. And she nails it when she says the power of Blomkamp's sf dystopias are that they take place "10 minutes from now". Be aware she's barely in it. Much of our interview is about their Alien plans, not surprisingly.

Samira Ahmed: A useless female lead is nothing to celebrate

bigissue.com — I have been a brooding outcast in my castle. Reduced to throwing icy blasts from my fingertips at the telly and the computer where slebs and men - especially men - say that I'm the freak, that I'm weird. That film I loathe is actually a feminist masterpiece.

Issue 1142 | Big Issue

bigissue.com — In this week's Big Issue... Sean Penn - the double Oscar-winner who likes to jet around the world fixing things in trouble spots. Adrian Lobb talks to him about conscience politics, the Liam Neeson-driven vogue for older action heroes, some de rigueur rhapsodising about Mark Rylance and where the "enemies" are coming from.

Are the rich winning a cultural class war?

bbc.co.uk — That Britain's cultural class war is complicated is perhaps most apparent in the fact that Labour's new culture spokesman, Chris Bryant, was educated at private Cheltenham College while the Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is a bus driver's son from a comprehensive school.

Samira Ahmed: Finance and fashion are Hong Kong's heartbeat. But will they be enough?

bigissue.com — I'm standing on the high peak of the Dragon's Back trail, under a warm blue sky, looking back at a strange outcrop of tiny towers in the distance. They are the skyscrapers of Hong Kong island just a bus ride away. Hong Kong in winter is a bit magic that way.

Samira Ahmed: A disturbing trend in how we consume truth

bigissue.com — I have a little BBC News app on my mobile phone. It sends an alert when something big has happened. It doesn't ping me all day. But if I've been asleep or in a meeting or watching a film with my family, when I choose to look I am reliably told if something big has happened or resolved: a massacre, a hostage crisis, a political resignation or a major criminal conviction or charge.

‎‘White Heat’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd

letterboxd.com — Prison film, cop procedural thriller, full of fascinating LA locations from farms and early urban streets to Valley drive-ins - this film completely surprised me. Way ahead of its time, including in its action packed length. Michael Mann's Heat owes everything to this film.
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Apr 19, 2015

If you missed... Deserts & the Imagination from Ishmael to JG Ballard (also repeated on R4 1130pm tonight) bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05…

Apr 18, 2015

For early risers or late nighters listen in on R4: JG Ballard, Dune, Ishmael the wanderer & the mystery of the Desert wp.me/p32gem-2TO

Apr 18, 2015

@thegarethmclean that's fabulous! Am I some kind of Dutch furniture polish? Where did you spot it & wd you mind if I used it as a backdrop?

Apr 18, 2015

Left wing audience?The Spin Rm? Talking BBC leaders' debate with Head of political progs on @newswatchbbc BBC1 now or bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05…

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