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Navigating girlhood - review of 'The Fits' for the F word by Sarah Wishart

The Fits (directed and written by Anna Rose Holmer) focuses on the journey of Toni (Royalty Hightower), an 11-year-old navigating her way from childhood to pre-pubescence. The story bears some similarity to the plot of Carol Morley’s 2014 film The Falling, as both focus on a group of girls experiencing mysterious fainting spells or fits. Whereas The Falling tells the story of white middle class British girls in a boarding school in the 1960s, The Fits focuses on black teenage girls from an after-school dance club in Cincinnati’s West End.

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Don’t wake me up before you go-go by Sarah Wishart

Arguably one of the problems with Passengers, the recent film by Morten Tyldum, is the way it’s been advertised as a romantic thriller in space. The official trailer suggests the two protagonists have suffered the same fate, waking up early on a spaceship through some unexplained malfunction, rather than the astonishingly unapologetic sexist nightmare that ensues.

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