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How we made The Lives of Others

The film about the Stasi spying on East German lovers was seen as too dark, with one funder even wanting it remade as a comedy. But it went on to win an OscarIn winter 1997, during my first year at film school in Munich, I was lying on the floor listen...

The saga of Tekashi 6ix9ine: inside the story of a ‘supervillain’ rapper

A new documentary examines the life of a SoundCloud star turned convicted criminal, and a culture that makes us ‘all complicit’ in the rise of dangerous attention-seekersWith his rainbow-colored tresses and prominent ****** tattoos, it’s hard not to st...

Unbreakable at 20: the film that finally took superheroes seriously

M Night Shyamalan’s 2000 fantasy drama showed that superhero narratives can be told with patience and a straight face which changed the genre foreverIf they gave awards for the dumbest expository title cards to open or conclude motion pictures – a live...

He Who Must Not Be Named: why is Trump unnamed in so many books?

‘The dictator’, ‘this man’, ‘the president’ – over the last four years, authors have gone out of their way to avoid Trump’s name. But why?During the Trump era – which, all being well, will draw to a close in January – the novel has flourished, with wri...

Workplace Culture

For you personally, what makes a "great company culture?" Some examples are flexible work hours, employee recognition, a transparent environment etc. Has anyone thought about knowledge perhaps? Knowledge sharing at the company I work at has r...

Taylor Swift named artist of the year at American Music Awards

Singer wins three awards, extending her record overall tally, while Justin Bieber and the Weeknd also score three wins eachTaylor Swift has extended her lead as the most awarded star in American Music Awards history, with three wins on a night that als...

Dearly by Margaret Atwood review – the experience of a lifetime

Dedicated to her partner, Atwood’s first poetry collection in more than 10 years is wry and entertainingMargaret Atwood does not do nostalgia. This collection of poems, her first in over 10 years, is a reckoning with the past that comes from a place of...