Weekly Watch: India’s Daughter – A Harrowing Documentary on Rape in India

This weekly watch has come from an article I read on The Guardian, “India’s Daughter: ‘I made a film on rape in India. Men’s brutal attitudes truly shocked me’”. It tells you of the harrowing personal experience that film-maker, Leslee Udwin, went through as she created a documentary on rape in India. There’s no need for me to repeat the article but I beg you to go read it.

However, I do want to share with you what crossed my mind when reading it and encourage you to watch the documentary. The article is truly shocking, it made me think how do we live in a world where something like this can happen?

I’m coming to the end of a degree in Journalism and PR so I feel like I look upon articles with slight skepticism but this online article really stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking.

Gender inequality is still clearly present in our world today. We have many campaigns fighting for gender equality to be achieved, such as HeForShe, UK Feminista and many more, but it is nowhere near enough. According to the HeForShe website, 9,440 men in India have joined the HeForShe movement but the country has a population of 1.252 billion so why are more men not fighting for gender equality?

I can’t imagine living in a world where women are expected to stay home at night to avoid rape and people believe “You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at night. A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy”. This is appalling.

The documentary airs on BBC 4 but maybe it should be on a more popular channel to raise awareness of what is going on outside of the places we live?

I haven’t seen the documentary but if this Guardian article is anything to go by then it should be a eye-opening and emotional watch. I hope the documentary is as remarkably shocking as Yvonne Roberts’ article suggests.

The documentary airs this Sunday (8th March) on BBC 4 at 10pm. Update: BBC brings forward airing of India’s Daughter to Wednesday (4th March) on BBC 4 at 10pm.

Review: Hudson Taylor in Bristol

Folk-pop duo, Hudson Taylor, took to the stage at Bristol’s Trinity Centre last night and wowed the audience with an impressive set.

The Irish duo is made up of brothers Alfie and Harry who are set to release their debut album, Singing for Strangers, on the 30th of March. Since 2012, Hudson Taylor have released a number of EPs including Battles, Cinematic Lifestyle, Osea and Weapons.

The sold-out show was full of surprises with guest appearances from singer-songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin, and support act, Jack Morris.

Hudson Taylor kicked off the show with ‘Just A Thought’ which features on their debut album, Singing For Strangers. The band went on to play their popular tracks ‘Weapons’ and ‘Second Best’,  before introducing the audience to the new track ‘Don’t Tell Me’. The song had the audience dancing and Harry confessed that the “song is in danger of being too fun to play”.

The duo, accompanied by their band, played additional tracks that feature on the debut album including their next single, ‘World Without You’, ‘Wildfires’, ‘Trouble Town’ and ‘For The Last Time’.

Hudson Taylor also treated their fans to many of the popular songs from their EPs including ‘Called On’, ‘Chasing Rubies’, ‘Care’ and ‘Cinematic Lifestyle’.

Local to Bristol, singer-songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin, joined Hudson Taylor on stage to sing a beautiful rendition of ‘Beautiful Mistake’. Aplin, later returned to the stage with support act, Jack Morris, to sing ‘Don’t Know Why’, a bonus track from Singing For Strangers. The duet got the audience involved which created an electrifying atmosphere.

The band treated the audience to a completely acoustic version of ‘Holly’ by turning off the microphones to play to a memorised and silent audience. ‘Holly’ received a remarkable reception from the audience with huge cheers for the duo’s performance.

Hudson Taylor shook things up when playing ‘Stranger’ turned in to a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ that instantly got the audience singing along to the rock hit.

The Irish duo finished their set on ‘Drop of Smoke’ from the 2012 EP, Battles. The crowd sang their hearts out to the final song and Hudson Taylor received an incredible roar of cheers as they left the stage.

Hudson Taylor put on an exceptional and intimate show and are certainly one to watch after supporting some big names such as the Rolling Stones, Jake Bugg, Kodaline and The Script. The debut album, Singing for Strangers, is available to pre-order now.

Review: The Theory of Everything

Photo courtesy of Strange Notions - Fr. Robert Barron.

Photo courtesy of Strange Notions – Fr. Robert Barron

The Theory of Everything is a true-story film based on the unbelievable life of Stephen Hawking. The film shows the success, struggle, love and heartbreak that Hawking has experienced throughout his life.

Eddie Redmayne has a challenging role in playing Hawking and portrays the protagonist in an incredible way. Hawking’s love of his life, Jane Wilde, is played by Felicity Jones who’s acting is wonderful.

The acting is remarkable which certainly will put the two lead actors, Redmayne and Jones, on a great career path. Eddie Redmayne has already received a Golden Globe for his performance as Hawking.

There are so many things about this film that will make you fall in love with it, from the remarkable acting to the incredible cinematography. Director, James Marsh, has created a masterpiece in this film.

There is a moment between Hawking and Jane on their first official date which has stuck in my head. They have attended a university ball, where Hawking tells Jane he doesn’t dance but later in the night he asks her to dance on a bridge surrounded by fairy lights. The film highlights the traditional romance of the past and shows the true romantic nature of Hawking.

This film will take you on an emotional roller-coaster of a ride. The Theory of Everything will have you crying one moment and smiling with joy the next.

If you’ve not had a chance to see this film yet, I highly recommend catching this one in the cinema before it’s too late!

Weekly Watch: Band Aid is Back

Bob Geldof is back with a new Band Aid line-up and the D0 They Know It’s Christmas? single to help fight Ebola in West Africa.

The Band Aid 30 line-up is remarkable with One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Bono, Paloma Faith, Guy Garvey of Elbow, Olly Murs, Seal, Sinead O’Connor, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Jessie Ware and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

The video even features some famous You-Tubers including Zoella Sugg and Joe and Alfie Deyes. The vloggers are helping to spread the word about the video to their millions of subscribers.

100% of the purchase goes to the cause and you can buy the single on iTunes here: http://po.st/DoTheyKnow

This is a worthy cause and a great way of donating as you get the classic Christmas song too!

Buy the Song. Stop the Virus.

Weekly Watch: John Lewis Release Their Christmas Advert (and it’s super cute!)

John Lewis are known for their Christmas adverts and we have been waiting for the grand unveiling of the 2014 ad.

The wait has been worth it as the retailer’s advertisement tells an adorable story of a young boy and his best friend Monty the penguin. John Lewis describe the advert as “a tale of friendship, love and giving someone the gift they’ve been dreaming of this Christmas.”

This ad is going to be hard to top this Christmas as this is an adorable story which will have you saying “Awww”!

Tom Odell is the lucky artist who got to record the song for the advert and sings John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’. It has become a tradition for the song featured on the annual John Lewis advert to reach the UK Singles Chart. Lily Allen in 2013 topped the charts with her rendition of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, Gabrielle Aplin also reached number 1 with her cover of ‘The Power of Love’ in 2012 and Ellie Goulding in 2010 landed number 2 with ‘Your Song’. Will Tom Odell be the next artist to top the charts for John Lewis?

A Monty the Penguin cuddly toy and book can be bought in John Lewis stores and online. There is also an app available for smart phones.

Weekly Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Can Rap!

Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, impressed viewers with his rap skills on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Who would of thought Harry Potter could rap?

Daniel Radcliffe, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about his new film, Horns, but the interview took a turn and he ended up performing a rap on the show. He shares his love for learning lyrically hard raps, Eminem and Plan B.

The British actor rapped Blackalicious’ Alphabet Aerobics and the further down the alphabet you get, the even more impressed you’ll be!

As the rap goes on you’ll be eagerly cheering him along as it gets faster and faster.

This is a must watch, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan!