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Sophie’s Choice: Film Preview (‘Suffragette’, ‘The Danish Girl’ and ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’)

Published by Student Rag.

Originally published with Student Rag, this is my extended/alternative pick of films to go see in the next few months – the start of the New Year, starting with:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Certificate: 12A – In Cinemas Now

Greg and Earl try their best to stay composed, delicate and sensitive when visiting their seriously ill friend, Rachel, even though they are “accidentally on drugs” after getting stuck in the lift with a charming Rastafarian gentleman and his rather earthy “aura”, shall we say. These kind of things happen to everyone, right?

The film follows the story of 17-year-old Greg – a social butterfly with no actual interest in making true friends or building genuine relationships – and his long-time filmmaking ‘co-worker’ Earl as they are obligated to get to know Greg’s mum’s friend’s daughter Rachel who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Initially, the pair are reluctant to visit Rachel but as they all start spending time together and their bond over amateur filmmaking grows, it seems that Greg finally begins to learn the true meaning of friendship, and maybe even love too.

Adapted from the cult classic novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is definitely one to watch for fans of John Green and young-adult-novels-turned-film-adaptations. Receiving a standing ovation at its premiere at Sundance, it’s definitely worth popping into the cinema to buy a ticket for this film to see what all the fuss is about.

Suffragette – Certificate: 12A – Release Date: October 12, 2015

Starring a plethora of incredible acting talent including Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham Carter, the story of the Suffragette movement – the women who are described as the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement – are set to finally get the film they deserve. Captioned “mothers, daughters, rebels”, Suffragette tells the true story starting in England in the year 1912 of the women who paved the way for their gender to be given the vote and took women from being housewives and underpaid, mistreated workers; to career and business women, economists, fighters, free thinkers, feminists and believers of true equality.

Now, in a time where the Suffragette movement is still belittled and oppressed – it is still barely taught in schools, colleges and even some universities – this film is set to be not only a huge box office success but a film with true meaning and purpose; that purpose being to educate people about the struggles and the fight that led to women in Britain achieving the right to vote and to empower women, and men alike, in this day and age to promote equality of the sexes. Although it may be set over 100 years ago, this film and the issues it addresses still seem to be spookily relevant, even today and it’s definitely one I’ll be going to see.

The Danish Girl – Certificate: To be confirmed – Release Date: January 1, 2016

Inspired by the true story of Lile Elbie – a Danish artist, successful under her birth name Einar Wegener – becoming a transgender woman and becoming one of the very first successful and identifiable recipients of gender reassignment surgery in the early 1930s. Along with her wife Gerda by her side, the film tells the story of Lile’s realisation that she was a woman, her ground-breaking transition and the struggles that came with being a transgender woman of that time.

Following the global story of Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner coming out as transgender and fully transitioning into a woman, the release of The Danish Girl seems to be perfect timing and will hopefully raise further awareness and promote acceptance of the LGBT community. Starring Academy Award Winning actor Eddie Redmayne, the film is set to be a huge success upon release in early 2016.


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