Shunning Apathy: Drawing good from evil in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs.

Jonathan Demme was the award-winning American filmmaker best known for his critically acclaimed and commercially successful directorial work on The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. For me, however, he was a magician. One who managed through skill alone to craft ugly stories into weirdly comforting experiences. The past tense here feels wrong, in a sense, as even though Demme passed away in April of this year, his memory lives on in his work. As with all art, what remains of Demme’s work is not persistent and unchangeable – while his films remain fixed in form, each generation gives them a new meaning and is moved in new ways by them. This is exhibited clearly in his most impacting work: The Silence of the Lambs. The film is inarguably his best-known, and one of three films in history to have won all top-five Oscar categories. For me however, the film’s most important characteristic is in Demme’s ability to find goodness in evil.

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March For Independence

Thousands of people took the streets of Glasgow, marching for Scottish independence. The Independence March, which took place on June 3rd, 2017, started by gathering at the Kelvingrove Park from where the group made their way to the Glasgow Green. The estimated number of participants ranges between 15,000 and 17,000.

[Žad Novak] 

Images courtesy of Aike Jansen

Decriminalising Abortion

MPs have voted for a bill that would fully decriminalise abortion, which is at the moment still regulated by the 1861 Abortion Act and the 1967 revision. The 1861 Abortion Act criminalises abortion and prescribes up to life-long penal servitude for women who undergo procedures to terminate their pregnancy and up to three years for the people helping them. In 1967, a provision to the 1861 Abortion Act was passed, which allows for abortion up to 28 weeks into the pregnancy (changed to 24 weeks in 1990) with the consent of two doctors.  

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“I’m The Worst At Languages”

I’ve heard so many variations of this sentence that it surprises me when someone says they like learning languages. Nevertheless, no matter how often people tell me they are the worst, I don’t buy it. Maybe you won’t become a translator of medieval literature, but you can learn a language well enough to enjoy a wee summer holiday, or even a year abroad.

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Theatre Review: Le Villi

 Le Villi on May 21st at Theatre Royal was the final performance in this season’s ‘Opera in Concert’ series.  Consisting of two parts, the first included three instrumental pieces by Giacomo Puccini accompanied by some information about the music and the author. After the interval, the two-act opera Le Villi was performed as an operatic concert. ‘Opera in Concert’ is perfect for those who already like listening to classical music and opera, but don’t have a background knowledge of composers and eras.

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A qmunicate Cavalcade of Comfort-viewing

Illustration by Isabelle Ribe 

We at qmunicate know all too well that exam-time is a season wrought in caffeine and tears. Thus, in a gesture to all those labouring in the cold grasp of deadlines, and those lucky few who’ve drifted carefree into summer, we’ve compiled our favourite comfort viewing in an effort to spark a little cinematic warmth within you.

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