Girlhood, Adolescence and Body Horror in ‘Ginger Snaps’

as featured in Antithesis Journal, October 25, 2018 John Fawcett’s sophomore film, 2000’s Ginger Snaps, explores the misadventures of Ginger Fitzgerald after she’s bitten by a vicious werewolf. The infected Ginger subsequently unleashes her teenage rage upon her suburban neighbourhood as her doting sister, Brigitte Fitzgerald, desperately searches for a cure. Previously, werewolf horror films… Continue reading Girlhood, Adolescence and Body Horror in ‘Ginger Snaps’

Performing ‘the other’ in music video

How do music videos reinforce or subvert bodily performance of 'the other' gender? NOTE: ESSAY AND VIDEO CONTAIN EXPLICIT CONTENT ‘Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots, because it’s ok to be a boy - but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, because you think… Continue reading Performing ‘the other’ in music video

Narrative economy in music video

An analysis of narrative codes (in particular, symbols and motifs) in the music video ‘Special Cases’. ‘Art is a system which is pure, no unit ever goes wasted, however long, however loose, however tenuous may be the thread connecting it to one of the levels of the story.’ Barthes, 1977, pp. 89-90 Sequence: Special Cases,… Continue reading Narrative economy in music video

Review: Ginger Snaps

Ginger snaps. Delicious treats constructed from ginger-flavoured biscuity-stuff rolled into a cigar, and pumped full of brandy cream. The cigars can be prepared ahead of time and frozen for several months, so they're basically available whenever you want to devour them. Ginger Snaps (the film) tells the story of the Fitzgerald girls, who are far… Continue reading Review: Ginger Snaps