Culture & Wellbeing

 Lucie Simon

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé MBE, the multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter, is to become the University of Sunderland’s new Chancellor, following in the footsteps of Steve Cram CBE who steps down after 11 years in the role.   Emeli will be installed as Chancellor in a ceremony to be held during the University’s summer Academic Awards on […]

 Amy Robinson

Coronation Street paving the way towards a stigma-free society with mental health storyline

Coronation Street paving the way towards a stigma-free society with mental health storyline

Admittedly, I have never been an avid consumer of British Soap Operas. Until recently, I dismissed programmes like Coronation Street; my opinion was that they were dull, unentertaining and, to be frank, not worthy of my time. My only reason for ever tuning into watch Coronation Street was down to a character I liked on the show, that […]

 Ryan Easby

Tarantino Time with Ryan Easby: Reservoir Dogs

Tarantino Time with Ryan Easby: Reservoir Dogs

I’ll admit readily, I’ve never really seen the appeal of Tarantino. I watched Django Unchained in 2016 and can’t remember much from it at all, and everything else I’ve heard about his films have made him out to be this godlike director. So, when I saw a boxset of five Tarantino blu-rays on a popular […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 20: Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man And The Wasp (referred to as AMATW from now on) has a peculiar placement in the MCU. Coming out a couple of months after the spectacle that was Avengers: Infinity War, it had the unenviable task of following in that film’s shadow. I quite enjoyed the original Ant-Man, but the obvious question here is […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 19: Avengers: Infinity War

The Road To Endgame – Part 19: Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is a landmark film. It’s the start of the end of the Infinity Saga and a film that had insane levels of build-up and hype around it. People spent years looking forward to this film, to the meeting of all the Marvel characters introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (Sans […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 18: Black Panther

The Road To Endgame – Part 18: Black Panther

Upon release, Black Panther had a pretty sizeable amount of hype around it, for a very specific reason. It had a majoritively black cast, something unheard of in major Hollywood releases. Of course, this does not equal quality. So the question I ask today, on The Road To Endgame, is Black Panther as good a […]

 Richard Bellis

Rain Man review (National Autism week)

Rain Man review (National Autism week)

1988’s Rain Man is a comedy but has a serious subject matter at its heart. The film stars a very young Tom Cruise playing Charlie Babbitt and Dustin Hoffman as his brother, Raymond Babbitt. Charlie Babbitt is a young entrepreneur buying and selling cars when he gets a letter informing him that his dad has […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 17: Thor: Ragnarok

The Road To Endgame – Part 17: Thor: Ragnarok

Thor and Thor: The Dark World were two awful films. I’m talking next level boring and just out of place in the general scheme of things. So to hear they were making a sequel was originally exasperating. Nobody asked for a third Thor film, so why on earth were they making one? Then I found […]

 Lucie Simon

Game of Thrones – no more heroes (or villains?)

Game of Thrones – no more heroes (or villains?)

Game of Thrones returns to our screens for its eighth and final series tonight (Monday 15 April). Perhaps the most anticipated show of the decade, the popularity of the show in which virtually every character lies, cheats and commits murder, is a fascinating phenomenon. A global research group of university academics, which includes the University […]

 Lucie Simon

Kiefer Sutherland joins kd lang at SummerTyne Americana

Kiefer Sutherland joins kd lang at SummerTyne Americana

Kiefer Sutherland is to headline this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead in July. The Hollywood superstar turned singer-songwriter released his debut album in 2016. His second album, Reckless & Me, comes out at the end of the month and has country music at its heart, taking influence from Americana, folk, rock, blues and more. Sutherland is famous for […]

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