Children Rewrite ‘Sexist’ Cinderella

By November 22, 2016 Video

As a part of the BBC’s 100 Women season,  author Jeanette Winterson has been to a Cotswold primary school to help the pupils there rewrite the sexist Cinderella Fairy Tale and give it a modern day twist. 

The 100 Women Season is a series of programmes that showcases the groundbreaking moments of defiance, debates on the inclusivity of feminism and conversations with world famous leaders in music, sport and politics, alongside other less well-known yet equally important voices ad is being shown over the next three weeks on BBC and BBC iPlayer.

In the original Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper as it was first called follows the classic folk- fairy tale premise of the maiden in distress, (kept in dismal conditions and in servitude to her stepmother’s foul family) being rescued by her knight in shining armour (or in this case the delectable prince Charming and after a single dance and a lost shoe) then consents to be his wife forever more. Now while that may have been every little girl’s dream back in the 17th century modern day girls are no longer happy playing the helpless woman whose life is lived at the whim of whatever or whoever happens to have possession of her and would much rather their literary heroines took things into their own hands.

In this clip the children discuss how they think a modern day Cinderella should read.

Teaser trailer for Joe Hill’s ‘NOS4A2’ is here!

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Joe Hill’s latest story to be adapted to screen is NOS4A2 (NOS4R2 in the UK)- a creepy, claustrophobic tale of Charles Manx and his Silver Wraith. The supernatural story follows a young woman, Vic McQueen (played by Ashleigh Cummings) who discovers she has the power to find lost things. This discovery puts her in the sights of Charlie Manx (played by Zachary Quinto), a supernatural ‘big bad’ who abducts children in his Rolls Royce Wraith.

Manx is an immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then abandons their remains at Christmasland – a frozen nightmare Christmas village that exists in Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is outlawed. Manx finds his beloved world is threatened when Vic McQueen discovers she has a dangerous gift that could track down Manx and stop him for good.

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Beautiful Cosmos by the eccentric Scottish poet Ivor Cutler

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Ivor Cutler was a Scottish poet and humorist born in Glasgow in 1923. He is best known for his appearances on the BBC Radio shows presented by John Peel, and for his work on The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. 

His humour and eccentric way with words made Ivor a truly unique individual- often his stories are fantastical and absolute nonsense, with a twist of unnerving dourness.

His surreal observations are often seen as childlike, with stories that are often tinged with a dark naivety and whimsy.

Check out Beautiful Cosmos below, a lyrical poem written for the only woman in his life to truly understand him- Phyllis King- who co-wrote, and was another driving force behind his success.

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Beautiful Animated Short Film Shows The Magic of Reading

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Today we want to share with you this beautiful animated short film that shows the way books are part of your life, and how far a lifetime of reading can take you.

The creator, Renaud Plante contacted me this week to share the video and I just had to share it with you as I think you will all love it.

In the short film, which is called Un monde à découvrir (A World to Discover), a young boy goes to a library and discovers, in books and their words, a universe that will follow him until the end of his life. I’m sure a lot of you will relate.

Enjoy!
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Pet Sematary Arrives in April! Watch The Trailer Here.

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Last year we announced that Stephen King’s Pet Sematary release was planned for April 2019, and now we finally have the trailer! The film has been in the works since 2010 so we are expecting big things for this project.

Originally the film was going to be released April 19th, 2019 but was brought forward to April 5th. The film is being written and directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, and Jason Clarke has been cast as Louis Creed.

If you haven’t read the book or seen previous adaptations, Pet Sematary centres on a doctor, Louis Creed, who has moved his family to the country to escape busy city life. There he discovers, thanks to a neighbour, that they have moved near a pet cemetery (misspelled ‘sematary’ by the local children) built on an ancient burial ground. And we all know how well that will work out…

There are some differences between the book and the new adaptation which may annoy some fans of the original but I am sure it will still scare the socks off you!

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Have you ever thought Voldemort was a bit sexy..?

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Voldemort isn’t sexy, right? I think we can agree that the alien-like smoothness, eerie pale pallor, and snakey slit nostrils are not hot… Until now.

Florida Man, drag queen and burlesque performer, offered us a side of Voldemort we have not seen for…ever. At an Ariana Grande tribute night the fantastic artist gave the audience the ultimate Potter-themed treat, complete with wand fight and special lighting effects. Florida Man’s perfect lip-syncing made the show all the more authentic, and ends with a spectacular kiss between the villain and his foe.

Check out Florida Man’s video below, go and send them some love on their Insta or Twitter.

We have also included a few other Harry Potter-themed burlesque routines (there are literally HUNDREDS of them on YouTube) for your shock/amazement/titillation.

You are welcome?

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Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker Reads a Bedtime Story

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We’ve seen many celebrity readers on CBeebies Book at Bedtime and among those have been several Time Lords including David Tennant in 2009 and Christopher Eccleston in 2010, and now the first female Doctor has made an appearance reading Ada Twist, Scientist to children earlier this month.

Whittaker called the experience “an honour” when she made her CBeebies debut on 7th December, just a few weeks ago. If you saw it you’ll known it was a magical experience, if not then we’ve included the reading here so you can watch it now.

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