We are Bryony and Jordan, the new deputy editors of DIEGESIS. As a dynamic duo we have worked together as editors since our first year and written for Derby Film Festival and Southampton Film Week. Now in our third year of Film and Television at Solent University, we hope to bring new, insightful and forward-thinking journalism to the magazine over the next academic year. We plan to publish a monthly online mini issue which will cover a wide range of themes and topics, relevant to current issues in film and television. These will be accompanied by Spotify playlists that will audibly inform our online themes and showcase our impeccable music tastes.
Here’s a little bit about us.
Bryony: Some areas of film criticism I enjoy talking about include literature adaptations, global film and low-budget independent films. As someone who is a huge John Hughes fan, I would recommend to anyone that hasn’t seen his films to have a binge day on PRETTY IN PINK, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, THE BREAKFAST CLUB and SIXTEEN CANDLES; as well as WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and ANNIE HALL if you have the time. A television series I’ve been sucked into lately is the Netflix original ORPHAN BLACK which is an innovative and thought-provoking show as well as hugely entertaining. Over this next year I am looking forward to reading some perceptive and innovative pieces on all areas of contemporary film and television that questions the way we study the screen and teach our audience something new about the film and TV world.
Jordan: My favourite topics to write about are short films, film festivals and global cinema, especially Japanese animation and Asian cult films. If I had to pick a film to recommend to watch it would probably be HEATHERS: an 80s cult classic full of iconic catchphrases that is surprisingly lighthearted in its portrayal of high school murder and suicide. Something I’ve been loving recently is RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE. It is an addictive experience and the pinnacle of over-the-top reality television but equally endearing in its presentation of a diverse cast of drag queens. Expect drag slang to become part of your daily lexicon after binge-watching every series available on Netflix. I would love to see articles that bring attention to unique or under-appreciated film and television. As DIEGESIS aims to take an unconventional approach to film and television criticism, the wider we cast our journalistic net the better!