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.

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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: Sneaky Starbucks

Have you ever wondered how Starbucks always manage to spell your name wrong? Is it just a publicity stunt to get people to tell their online friends?

Comedian, Paul Gale, has created a video which has to make you think whether Starbucks staff’s misspelling of the most simple names is actually done on purpose.

Are Starbucks purposely spelling people’s names wrong to get their customers to upload pictures to social media sites and tell their friends? It makes sense as they get a huge amount of publicity from customers sharing online and surely it’s not upsetting enough for their consumers to boycott the coffee shop.

This is something we will never find out if it’s true or false as Starbucks’ PR team would look guilty either way if they were to comment!

Check out this blog (http://starbucksspelling.tumblr.com/) with tonnes of photos of Starbucks misspellings which is sure to give you some laughs!

Oh dear, Starbucks! Photo courtesy of http://www.reshareworthy.com

 

Weekly Watch: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

As the next sequel in The Hunger Games films dawns closer, it’s trailer time as the Mockingjay Part 1 trailer is released. The trailer, named ‘The Mockingjay Lives’, features a large amount of drama with the districts going to war with the Capitol.

After breaking out of the games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fellow tributes, family and friends battle against the Capitol for a better life. However, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is left behind under the capture of the Capitol and Katniss is determined to set him free.

Mockingjay Part 1 is the third film in the sequel which is based on the series of books by Suzanne Collins.

If the trailer is anything to go by, Mockingjay Part 1 is sure to be a hit with The Hunger Games fans.Although, splitting the book into two films is most likely going to result in part 1 ending with a huge cliffhanger! (If you’ve read the books, this won’t annoy you as much as those who haven’t!)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is to be released in cinemas on November 21st. 

Weekly Watch: Friends Reunited

The leading ladies of the popular US TV show, Friends, were reunited on Jimmy Kimmel Live! During Jennifer Aniston’s appearance on the talk show Kimmel asked her to act out a scene from Friends with him which resulted in Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox joining the reenactment.

Jimmy Kimmel Live created their very own replica Friends kitchen where they acted out the scene. Jimmy Kimmel starred as Ross and the ladies starred as their characters from the show.

The beginning of Friends is about to reach it’s 20th anniversary and has been over 10 years since the sitcom ended but remains extremely popular.

The Friends cast very rarely make joint TV performances so check out this treat!

Who to watch at Reading Festival 2014?

At a festival there’s always a huge line-up and trying to decide who to watch can be difficult. I’ve come up with some suggestions of who’s not to be missed. The festival is sold out and there’s only a week to go so it’s time to get planning your lineup.

Main Stage

The main stage has some amazing acts this year and the 2014 headliners are pretty impressive. There’s even an extra headliner on Friday night when Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age co-headline, Arctic Monkeys will rock the stage on Saturday and Blink-182 will take you back to your youth on Sunday.

Arctic Monkeys are sure to play a number of hits from their most recent and number 1 album ”AM’ but hopefully they’ll play some of their classics too.

Blink-182 is sure to be pop-punk fun, a chance for sing-a-long and will take you back to your childhood.

On Friday, Blood Red Shoes are definitely worth watching after they played a great set at the festival in 2012. Vampire Weekend are bound to put on a fantastic show as they return to the festival for the first time since 2009.

Foster the People and  The Hives both play the main stage on Saturday after putting on a hell of a show on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage in 2012. The atmosphere in the tent was electric and the crowd was wild. You can check out Foster the People’s closing their set with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ below.

Jake Bugg is set to play before Arctic Monkeys on Saturday night. Even though he may not be bursting with personality, Bugg does make great music which he performs amazingly live.

On Sunday Papa Roach will blast their rock hits and ‘Last Resort’ is certain to make the crowd go wild. You Me At Six also take to the stage for some lighter rock and they always put on a tremendous show.

The main stage features many huge acts throughout the weekend and you could easily stay at the stage all weekend but make sure you explore some of the smaller stages at the festival.

NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage

On Friday, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will make his global debut as a solo act so that may be one to check out if you’re a MCR fan. There’s not many clues of what to expect from his performance but he’s always been one to give 100% on stage. You can check out his new solo single below.

Saturday night will see Bombay Bicycle Club take to the tent and they will light up the tent with their feel-good vibe.

The 1975 and The Horrors play the stage on Sunday night and they should bring an awesome indie-vibe to the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage.

Other Stages

The Festival Republic stage has some great acts on Friday with Palma Violets headlining the stage. If you’re a fan of indie-rock then they are not to be missed.

Jimmy Eat World are playing an additional set on the Lock Up Stage on Friday night (as well as playing the main stage) so you have two opportunities to catch them and sing along to ‘The Middle’.

Folk-pop band, Hudson Taylor, also play the Festival Republic stage on Friday. The Irish duo resemble the likes of Mumford and Sons and have supported Jake Bugg. Have a listen to ‘Care’ below because they’re certain to put on a great show.

If you’re looking for something heavier, then The Pit on Saturday is the stage for you. Catch Of Mice & Men headline and cause some mosh pits.

On Sunday, American rock band, Mayday Parade play the Festival Republic stage where they’ll play their number of hits.

The Alternative Stage has some great comedians over the weekend, such as Milton Jones on Friday, Katherine Ryan on Saturday and Seann Walsh on Sunday. If you need a break from the music, go get some laughs at the Alternative Stage.

Surprise Act?

There is reportedly going to be a surprise performance at this year’s Reading festival from an “arena sized band”, according to NME.

In 2012, Green Day performed a surprise set on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage and it was amazing. If there is a secret set by an act this year then it’s sure to not be missed.

Listen out for any rumours when you’re at the festival because there’s bound to be some clues. You’re not going to want to miss out on the surprise!

If you don’t have a ticket, don’t worry because you can catch all the best action on BBC Three and Radio 1. If you are going, I hope you have the best time ever! Keep your eyes peeled for our review the week following the festival.

Weekly Watch: Ed Sheeran Releases Music Video for ‘Don’t’

This week’s watch is of the new music video released from Ed Sheeran. The talented singer-songwriter has uploaded the video for ‘Don’t’, his next single from the number 1 album ‘X’.

The song is catchy, it will have you dancing and singing away and is the perfect choice to release as a single.

The video focuses on a talented dancer that break-dances through a variety of houses and outfits, from poor to rich. It could be a sign of Ed’s rise to fame throughout his music career so far.

The music video uses sound effects to fit in with the action on-screen. The dancer jumps in a pool and the water becomes muffled which really adds something special to the video.

Although, the video does not focus on Ed Sheeran, he does make a few appearances throughout! See how many times you can spot him and enjoy the new video.