Focus on

The popularity of comic books has increased exponentially over the last 20 years. They are no longer the property of the high school geek or the quiet nerd. A lot of people read them, and a lot of comic books, or rather graphic novels, are solely for adult audiences and deal with issues and themes not usually synonymous with the comic book genre. Graphic novels are no longer just about super heroes, and super heroes are no longer just about saving the day. With that increase in popularity has come a whole lot of movie adaptations of a whole lot of comic books. But like any film adaptation of any literature source, many of these movies have completely butchered their source material, much to the disdain of fans. But, many have created extremely faithful adaptations that provide a wonderful visual accompaniment to many much loved comics and graphic novels. Here, we take a look at some of the most faithful movie adaptations of some truly awesome comic books and graphic novels. V For Vendetta V For Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore, a powerhouse in the graphic novel arena. The story is set in a dystopian future, and post nuclear war. England is a fascist police state, but there are rebellious factions operating in the city. One such rebel is V, a Guy Fawkes mask wearing anti-hero. The story follows V and his young protégée Evey Hammond as they try to take back power and bring down the government. This is one of the most faithful adaptations of a comic book on our list, with Alan Moore even going so far as to criticise the movie for being too faithful. His reasoning for this? He wrote the novel as a response to post-Thatcher Britain but felt a more modern retelling of his story should reflect the era in which it was being told. Whether you agree with Moore on this point or not, the movie was a huge success and V’s Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol for a all activists trying to make a change to corrupt systems of power and hierarchy. It is a truly inspiring read, and also a cautionary tale of where power and corruption can lead, and how easy it could be for fascism to truly take hold. Sin City Sin City is a series of graphic novels by Frank Miller, set in the fictional underworld of Basin City. The books are neo-noir crime stories with that typical Miller edge to them. They were adapted for screen in 2005 by Robert Rodriquez who decided to keep the stylised black and white comic book aesthetic, and transitioned it to film. The actors were made to look exactly like their comic book counterparts, with the use of CGI and prosthetics. The whole world is a CGI creation and many scenes are lifted directly from the comic books. Frank Miller was also brought on board as Co-Director, which both enhanced the visual direction the movie took, and also ensured that the source material was fully respected. The movie is an amalgamation of some of the stories from the first few books and despite its overt comic book stylistics, has a gritty realism that allows the movie to stand out from other comic book adaptations. Ghost World Ghost World is a collection of comic strips by Dan Clowes that were originally published in issues 11–18 of Clowes’ comic book series, Eightball. The strip centres around Enid and Rebecca, two teenage best friends who go about their daily lives, hanging out, being generally cynical angsty teenagers. It is often times bleak, often times funny, and is a prosaic examination of the fraught passage from teenager to adult. In the move adaptation, Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson are perfectly cast as our two protagonists. The movie completely encapsulates the books themes of alienation and intense teenage friendship, and succinctly portrays the existential crises present in every over-thinking teenagers life. Cowles co-wrote the screenplay with Director Terry Zwigoff. This meant that he had a level of control over the adaptation, and the movie captures the comics visual tone exactly. 300 Another Frank Miller offering, this adaptation is one of the most faithful to the source material in existence. There are even points throughout the movie that, if you were to pause it, are the exact same, down to the last detail, as the corresponding panel in the graphic novel. It is painstaking in its accuracy. Utilising a similar technique to Sin City , the movie brings to life Millers world exactly. Shot in sepia tones with vivid, high contrast red used to portray blood, the movie is like a literal comic book sprung to life on screen. Both book and film are a retelling of the myth of King Leonidas of Sparta, who, with his force of just 300 men, fought the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. The movie encapsulates everything that is great about comic books, and by using slow motion camera techniques during intense battle scenes, it gives the viewers time to take in the carnage, in a similar way that reading a graphic novel does. Captain America: The Winter Soldier Captain America is a much loved character in the Marvel universe, both in comics and on screen. Traditionally his stories have been laden with political undertones and meaningful messages. While the movie’s story-line differs slightly from the comic book version, The Winter Soldier manages to perfectly capture the heroism of the Captain America comic books. Thematically, this movie is spot on in its portrayal of the complex relationship between Cap and his former friend and sidekick, Bucky, aka The Winter Soldier. Chris Evans is the perfect choice to play Captain America too, and the movie manages to bring the early comic book ethos of the Captain America comics into a modern setting, while still remaining true to its source material. Blue Is The Warmest Colour Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a Julie Maroh’s graphic novel. The movie won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and is an extremely faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel. The story centres around two young girls who meet in college and fall in love, and follows their lives together throughout the years. It is a beautiful and touching story, however, there were some concerns about the movie adaptation raised by members of the LGBT+ community. They were worried that male director, Abdellatif Kechiche, would not be able to correctly capture the nuances of lesbian romance, that are so prevalent and important to the overall themes in the graphic novel. It was a concern that was mirrored by Maroh herself, who has said that she felt Kechiche’s male perspective adversely affected this aspect of the movie. Aside from this element, the overall effect of the movie is an almost blow by blow account of the original material. Persepolis The most literal translation of source material to screen on this list has to be Marjane Satrapi’s adaptation of her own graphic novel Persepolis. The film is an animation that uses the same simplistic yet effective visual style as the comic. It is a semi-autobiographical tale of the young Satrapi, and her yearning to become a part of the revolution against the Shah of Iran. It serves as a warning also, about how an idealistic uprising, and search for justice and equality, can be taken over by sinister, insidious forces. Due to the fact that the movie is an animation, it is literally the exact same as the comic. It is a beautifully woven story, and is truly an essential reading, and viewing, especially with the state of the world at the moment. 30 Days Of Night Both the comic book and the movie adaptation of 30 Days Of Night were written and developed by Steve Niles. Set against the backdrop of an Alaskan town during its 30 day polar night, both movie and graphic novel depict a town under siege, by the cold, by the darkness and most worryingly, by vampires. The movie is slightly underrated, and misses some of the marks hit by the high octane intensity that is laced throughout the comics. Despite this, it is an extremely faithful adaptation of the comic books, and makes for a thoroughly entertaining vampire flick, with some interesting tweaks on traditional vampire lore.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
LGBT representation in film is nothing new. Although most movies from the golden age of cinema could only allude to homosexuality, it dates back as far as the silent movie era, with movies like Charlie Chaplin’s A Woman in 1915. Other movies like Morocco (1930), that starred Marlene Dietrich, and featured her performing a song in a tuxedo and kissing a woman, have become iconic in the LGBT cinephile’s world. The history of LGBT cinema is a long and colourful one, here we take a look at just some of the best examples of queer cinema. Starting with the 1961 movie The Children’s Hour and ending with 2015’s Bare, these movies show that queer cinema does not have to be camp or kitsch or even adhere to any stereotypes to be entertaining. One last thing: this list contains spoilers, so don’t hesitate to watch the movies you haven’t seen yet and come back to check out our opinion! The Children’s Hour – 1961   The Children’s Hour is a tragic tale of unrequited love and how rumours destroy lives. Oh, and how kids are the absolute worst! Staring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, it follows the story of two school teachers who run a boarding school for young girls. When one of the children makes an accusation towards the teachers, the school is shut down and the rumour mill starts on full throttle. While the word lesbian is never used, and they never explicitly explain what exactly it is the teachers are accused of, it is alluded to, and we are led to believe that the child has accused her teachers of kissing and carrying on an elicit affair. This is not the case however, and this child is a particularly spiteful brat. But through all the accusations and here-say, one of the women discovers she truly does have feelings for her friend, and in the end the story is one of deep tragedy. A truly ground breaking film in its time, MacLaine’s monologue, where she essentially comes out, (without ever using the phrase gay, lesbian, or other), is what Academy Awards are made of. The movie is based on a 1934 play of the same name by Lillian Hellman, and had been previously adapted by William Wyler in 1936, but instead of a lesbian relationship, he changed it to a rumoured affair with the others fiancé. This was the first time we saw anyone actually coming out on screen, and despite the movie’s tragic ending, the themes of unrequited love are handled with delicacy and tenderness. The Killing Of Sister George – 1968 What The Children’s Hour only alluded to, The Killing Of Sister George full on brandishes. The film follows June, an aging actress in a popular British soap opera. June lives with her lover Alice, a much younger woman. June is a flawed character with a fondness for booze. When June begins to spiral, a new television executive decides that she is too much of a liability and writes her character, Sister George, out of the show. June begins to become increasingly verbally abusive towards Alice, and her behaviour and insecurities begin to push her lover away. The movie showed the general public a glimpse at the hidden lesbian sub-culture that existed in London at the time. It also had a rather graphic lesbian sex scene, something that would go on to see the picture banned in many parts of the UK and Ireland. The movie was absolutely groundbreaking in its unflinching depiction of lesbianism and female-female relationships. It also explored the strange dichotomy that often exists in same sex relationships, where one will take on a more dominant, almost parental role and the other a more submissive, childlike role, (Alice’s nickname throughout the film is Childie, and June constantly brings her gifts of china dolls). It even explored unhealthy attachments coupled with violent tendencies, and what that means when it is between two women. Cabaret – 1972 Cabaret is a 1972 musical drama starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York. It is widely considered to be one of the most important moments in queer cinema for its unabashed depictions of bisexuality. Something that was considered entirely revolutionary at the time of its release. Set in Berlin in 1931, it follows Sally Bowles, (Liza Minnelli), an audacious American cabaret singer. She meets Brian Roberts (Michael York), a British academic who has come to Berlin to finish out his University degree. Enraptured by Sally’s free spirited hedonistic lifestyle, the two soon become lovers. Brian is questioning his sexuality however, and the arrival of Maximilian Von Heune (Helmut Griem), throws a spanner in the works for everyone! A study in friendship and relationships, the movie is set against the backdrop of the rise of the Nazi Party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. Dog Day Afternoon – 1975 Al Pacino plays the inept thief Sonny Wortzik. He enlists the help of his buddy Sal Naturile (John Cazale) to rob a bank in Brooklyn. However things soon take a dramatic turn for the worst, and Sonny is forced to take hostages. During FBI negotiations, it is unveiled that Sonny is only robbing the bank to get the money together for his partner’s sex change operation. The tension builds and the fraught situation becomes untenable. It reaches its dramatic and inevitable climax. The movie dealt in themes that were not common place in the 70’s: sex change operations were not the thing of regular conversation. Interestingly, the movie is actually based on a real-life story that happened in the early seventies. The Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn, was held siege by John Wojtowicz, an ex Vietnam vet who was determined to steal enough money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. However the real life story didn’t end as tragically as the movie adaptation did, and Wojtowicz was incarcerated for his crime. He later died in 2006. My Beautiful Laundrette – 1985 Taking place in the 1980’s and set against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, the movie follows the lives and romance of Omar and Johnny. Omar is a Pakistani boy, who looks after his father, who is an alcoholic. He is given the job of running his uncle Nasser’s laundromat. Johnny, (Daniel-Day Lewis), is a working class punk from South London and a friend of Omar’s since their school days. Johnny has joined a racist punk gang and has been alienated by the white community and all other racial groups in his area. However, after reconnecting with Omar, Johnny helps him to turn the laundromat into a disco, and the two eventually become lovers. But the focus of the story is more about the economic, race and family problems that existed in 1980’s Britain. The movie was directed by Stephen Frears, who later did Dangerous Liaisons, and High Fidelity. The movie tackled themes of interracial homosexual relationships in a way that hadn’t really been seen before. Desert Hearts – 1986 Set in Reno in 1959, Desert Hearts tells the story of Vivian, a big city career woman who divorces her husband and takes solace in the comforts and quietude of country living. She stays in a guest house where she meets the vivacious Cay. The two begin an unlikely friendship, and Vivian’s world is turned upside down, when Cay ignites a fire in her she didn’t know was there. A beautiful love story set against an idyllic landscape, this movie is a gorgeous romantic film. No gimmicks just a good story with a happy ending, an absolute rarity amongst lesbian themed movies. The Watermelon Woman – 1996 The Watermelon Woman was written by, directed by, and starred Cheryl Dunye. It is the first ever feature film to be written and directed by a black lesbian woman. The movie follows Cheryl, an aspiring film maker who works in a video store to pay her bills. She is making a documentary about an old movie actress from the 30’s called Fae Richards, or The Watermelon Woman. It transpires that Richards was in fact a lesbian herself, and had a white lover. During the time Cheryl finds this out, she begins to fall for her own white woman. Something that begins to cause unexpected problems between her and her peer group. The movie is a touching exploration of interracial lesbian relationships, and also examines how difficult it is to navigate archival sources that either exclude or ignore black queer women working in Hollywood. Boys Don’t Cry – 1999 Boys Don’t Cry tells the heartbreaking true story of the murder of Brandon Teena. Brandon Teena (Hillary Swank) is a young transgender man. He flees his hometown under duress, when his ex-girlfriend’s brother discovers that he was born biologically female. He finds a new home in the small town of Falls City, Nebraska. There, he befriends a group of troubled youths and falls in love with Lana (Chloë Sevigny). Lana is an aspiring singer, and the pair begin to plan for a future together. Brandon is welcomed with open arms by all around him, but he is still keeping his past a secret from his new found friends. Lana’s ex-convict/ex-boyfriend,John, and his friend Tom, discover Brandon’s secret, and the whole world comes shattering down around them. John and Tom subject Brandon to a brutal and violent assault and rape. When Brandon tries to report it, he is met with disdain from the local police department and treated like a criminal rather than a victim. When he and Lana plan to run away to somewhere new together, things take a dramatic turn for the worse. Featuring and absolute powerhouse of a performance by Swank in the lead role, this movie is both moving and completely traumatic. The depiction of Teena’s treatment when he went to report the rape will leave you feeling completely infuriated, and the end is just heartbreaking. What makes this movie even more compelling is that it is a true story, and highlights the plight, discrimination and fear that the transgender community must face on a daily basis. Mysterious Skin – 2004 Mysterious Skin is directed by Gregg Araki and deals with themes of pedophilia and male prostitution and the impact those things have on everyone involved. The movie tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach. Each of them has a very different reaction to this, and it shapes both of their lives in very different ways. One becomes a sexually audacious male prostitute, and the other retreats into reclusive fantasies of alien abduction. The two boys lives eventually become intertwined again as young adults, and they eventually find solace in one another. A beautiful unyielding look at the harsh realities of what abuse does to its victims, Mysterious Skin is a bold and unflinching tale. Difficult to watch at times, but ultimately a truly brilliant movie that is both harsh and tender. L.I.E – 2001 Another movie that deals with themes of pedophilia, sexual manipulation and power, L.I.E follows the story of Howie and his friend Gary. Howie is still reeling from the death of his mother, he feels lost and abandoned by his distant father. He strikes up an intense friendship/relationship with local bad boy Gary. The two spend their days getting up to general mischief and burglarizing their neighbours homes. They eventually, unwittingly rob the house of Big John, an ultra-manly ex-Marine, who is also, an unapologetic pedophile. He propositions Howie, who declines, but the two eventually develop a strange and dangerous friendship. The film is an intense, but delicately handled portrayal of loss, and the effect that has on a young developing teen. Howie is sexually ambiguous and confused, and the extreme feelings of loss and guilt he feels over his mother’s death contribute to how lost he feels. This ultimately is how he ends up in the clutches of Big John in the first place. Pariah – 2011 Troubled teenager Alike lives with her parents and her younger sister in Brooklyn. From the outset of the movie we learn that Alike knows she is a lesbian and is quietly accepting her identity on her own terms. She has a handful of lesbian friends and frequents gay nights in local bars. It follows her journey through meeting her first love, those first sexual experiences and inevitably the first heartbreak that comes along with that. A tender coming of age drama set against a super cool urban back drop, this movie is a heartwarming story of self acceptance. It also boasts an absolutely incredible sound track of young female hip hop and urban artists. Bare – 2015 Bare follows the tale of a young woman, tapped in a dead end job, and a dead end relationship, who has her world turned upside down by a free-spirited female drifter. Sarah is bored with the monotonous humdrum of her day to day life. When Pepper shows up at her doorstep with nowhere to stay, Sarah allows the enigmatic stranger to stay on the couch. Pepper goes on to lead Sarah on a roller-coaster ride of drugs and danger and opens the melancholic young woman’s eyes to a world of unending possibilities. The movie’s rich and beautiful cinematography adds a wistful element to this sweeping tale of discovery and excess. An emotionally intelligent and sensitive portrayal of small town malaise and the yearn to escape it. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Estimes when an actor plays a role in a series, they essentially become this character and its hard to believe they could act in anything else! For example, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter or Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G or Borat. Games of Thrones is no exception to this, and when we are immersed in the world of the series it’s hard to remember that Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister played other roles before embodying these ones. Some of the actors didn’t have to do more than change their hair, while others have completely changed!   Thomas Brodie- Sangster Played Sam in 2003 in Love Actually and Jojen Reed in GOT The young actor also played Hitler in Hitler: The Rise of Evil and also acted alongside Liam Neeson in Love Actually, so he easily integrated into the cast of the GOT series. Charles Dance as David Carlton in Ali G Indahouse and Then Tywin Lannister Charles Dance is best known for playing roles as the baddie in a film, especially in James Bond For Your Eyes Only. A little interesting fact: the actor didn’t read GOT, and he only learnt about the death of his character from one of his fans, he thought the character was going to be in the entire series. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, From basketball to GOT It was after a knee injury provoked by playing basketball that this actor decided to take part in Strongman competitions. He won a competition and gained the title of strongest man in Iceland. In 2011 he was ranked as the 6th strongest man in the world and then the 3rd in 2012, 2103,2015. In 1969 Diana Rigg Played Tracy in On her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Is Now Playing Olena Tyrrel Known for being a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969 Diana Rigg has shown her acting talents throughout her career and is one of the only characters in GOT that could ride a horse in real life! In 1994 she was nominated with the honor of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire! Kristian Nairn, a DJ Before He Was an Actor A well known DJ from Northern Ireland, he performed with The Scissor Sisters and also in South Africa before his first big role in GOT. Liam Cunningham Played Agravin First Knight in 1995 and Now Davos Seaworth After a long career in small and big scale productions, this Irish actor has appeared in several successful series and films. Liam Cunningham tried to get into the first season of GOT but didn’t make it. However in the second season and he had more luck, getting cast as Davos Seaworth. Sean Bean Played Horace Clark in 1984 in The Bill and Later Took on the Role of Eddard Stark Briefly playing a gangster in the series The Bill , it was a while after we got to see his face again as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings. Iwan Rheon Was a Misfit Before GOT A Scottish actor and musician, Iwan Rheon is also known for his role in Misfits before taking on the role of Ramsay Bolton in the series. Lena Headey Played the Role Of Young Mary in Waterland and Now Plays Cersei Lannister In the 1990’s at the young age of 17 Lena Heady began her career in acting: she took part in films such as The Jungle Book and played Queen Gorgo in 300. Kit Harrington Played a Role in War Horse and Is Now Jon Snow A graduate of theater from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Harrington auditioned at the same time as his colleagues Iwan Rheon, Alfie Allen and Joe Dempsie. After a few performances, he was chosen as the person to play Jon Snow. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
  Just because you’re a Hollywood movie star with the world on a string doesn’t mean that everything goes perfectly well for all of your movies. Sometimes even the most famous actors have bad days or bad attitudes that lead them straight out of the show. These 15 actors got fired right on set ! Bruce Willis in The Expendables 3 When the figure of the salary he asked for was way too high, he got ousted from the distribution. Stallone will go as far as saying on Twitter “Greedy and lazy… a sure formula for career failure”. Ryan Gosling in Lovely Bones As he really wanted to put himself in the shoes of a mourning father, Gosling willingly gained over 66 pounds ! End Result : he was too fat before filming and Peter Jackson gave the role to Mark Wahlberg. Stuart Townsend in The Lord of the Rings Before Viggo Mortensen was chosen for his role in the trilogy, Townsend was supposed to be Aragon until the day before the production started. Before that day he trained for 2 months in sword wielding and the production even refused to pay for the training after they fired him. Isaiah Washington in Grey’s Anatomy After being in the shoes of Dr Burke for the first two seasons of the show, he got fired during the third season after making homophobic statements about one of the actors of the show. He was written out of the script when he ran away from his own wedding, ouch… Gary Dourdan in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation The man who played Warrick Brown in the show told the media he was leaving the series because of differences in “creative choices”. Truth was that Dourdan had some legal problems stemming from gambling and possession of cocaine and ecstasy. He ended up breaking somebody’s nose … his wife’s! James Purefoy in V for Vendetta Hugo Weavin replacing Purefoy was brought to light and explained by the fact that there was “artistic disputes” on set. The real matter was that he had to wear the mask for the entire shooting. After 6 weeks in, he left the set so the production used the materials they had with Purefoy, overlapped with Weaving’s voice to unify everything, nice and easy ! Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future After he was thought too serious for a role supposedly fun and off-beat, he got replaced by Michael J Fox to be Marty McFly in the movies, all of this happened a month and a half into production… Robert Downey Jr in Gravity This one won’t be about disputes or behaviourial problems, but simple technology was the culprit when the director had to change Robert Downey Jr for George Clooney. All the equipment used for the movie was a bit too much for the actor to cope with. Thomas Gibson in Criminal Minds One could wonder why the production would fire the main actor after more than 12 seasons. Well long story short Thomas Gibson, aka special agent Hotch, got fired because he hit one of the writers of the show, which is why he just appeared in the first two episodes of the next season. Megan Fox in Transformers 3 After a hefty argument between the actress and Michael Bay, mostly about the way he worked and portrayed her, Steven Spielberg decided to drive her away from the production and replace her for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Harvey Keitel in Apocalypse Now Another contestant in the premature layoff category, Francis Ford Coppola decided after just one week into filming to change captain Willard’s role and give it to Martin Sheen, whom Coppola found very convincing in the Godfather. After this decision Keitel really pondered if he should put an end to his acting journey in the United States. Lisa Kudrow in Frasier Even though her one of a kind character in Friends is known worldwide, Kudrow was originally supposed to be in a show called Frasier in the early 1990s. It was just before the show that she was estimated unfit by the production and was fired. Which is also part of the reason why she ended up with an even more massive role that most of us still recall today. This worked out well for Lisa Kudrow … we bet the production team at Frasier were kicking themselves! Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards The actor got fired after harassment complaints, and after some internal investigation, the production decided to go on without him for a 6th and last part of the show, with Robin Wright as the main actress. Tobey Maguire in Life of Pi Spiderman’s main actor wasn’t really fired on set… but while editing ! The director Ang lee thought he was too famous for his part and that it would disturb the other actors on set and the audience. It was then decided to cut him and replace him with Rafe Spall. Jean Claude Van Damme in Predator Wearing a confusing costume during the set of Predator, JCVD thought he would be fighting Arnorld Schwarzenegger using martial arts and kept on believing so even after the production told him it would just be the predator costume. His agitated behaviour after that forced the production to fire him. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Music festivals are generally synonymous with warm sun, feel good tunes, and happy summer vibes. With the majority of the most famous European and UK festivals happening during the summer months, it would be easy to assume that the festival season ends in August. Thankfully, this is not the case. Here we take a look at some of the best winter festivals Europe has to offer, after all, what’s cooler than cool? Ice-cold. BERGFESTival – Austria BERGFESTival is a three day music festival in the Alps…in a dedicated festival village/ski resort! It is a rock and indie music festival, and is now in its fifth year. The event is set amid 200km of dazzling Austrian pistes. Set against this breathtaking backdrop, festival goers can enjoy freshly powdered ski slopes by day, and by night the party really gets going. The Warehouse Project – England The Warehouse Project is an iconic series of electronic and urban club nights spread throughout Manchester. It has the reputation for being on of the biggest events on the UK music calendar. Each year it brings some of the biggest names in house, techno, grime, garage and hip hop along with it. 2018 is to be the last time the festival takes place at the Store Street warehouse, where it has taken place for the last four years. Snowboxx – France Snowboxx is an EDM and winter sports festival located in the Avoriaz Ski Resort in France. This festival incorporates house, drum and bass, techno, grime, dubstep and plenty of other dance tunes to keep you bopping through the snow. Festival reveler’s can enjoy lots of winter sports here too, like skiing and snowboarding, but the fun doesn’t stop there, you can also participate in other fun activities, such as paint-balling, extreme snow ball fights and zorb bowling. You can even indulge yourself in some karaoke if you’re feeling particularly tuneful. Sneeuwbal Winter Festival – Netherlands Sneeuwbal is another dance music festival, this time in Utrecht. Held each year in Park Transwijk, the festival offers much more than just a great music line up. Each year the area transforms into a winter carnival with a toboggan run and an ice rink. They also have atmospheric fireplaces and cosy spots to warm your cockles if the cold gets a bit too much for you. Awakenings Eindhoven – Netherlands Another dance music offering from the Netherlands, Awakenings takes place in Eindhoven each year. It is housed in Klokgebouw, a renovated industrial building that has the capacity to hold up to 9,000 party goers. Awakenings is a staple of techno culture and any dance music enthusiast should try to make to at least one of these in their lifetime. Snowbombing – Austria Snowbombing is the largest winter festival on the snow. It has a varied and eclectic line up each year, and takes place on the slopes of the world renowned Mayrhofen ski resort in Austria. Along side the regular stages there are also a whole host of other fun and interesting things to see and do. Including an igloo rave, street parties and even an enchanted forest. This world leader in winter music festivals is a wonder to behold and goes on for an epic six days. Horizon Festival – Andorra Horizon Festival is held in the ski resort of Arinsal, Andorra. Taking place over the course of a full seven days, this lineup of many international DJ’s bring the party to a number of different venues throughout the resort. Incorporating mountain top stages, and secret forest raves, there is also a welcome acoustic chill-out area. There are even workshops available for up and coming, or novice DJ’s and producers, to learn a few tricks of the trade, or, hone their existing skills. The Winter Social – England The Winter Social is the winter version to the popular dance music festival. It is an indoor weekender, and its location varies year on year. It is one of the most prestigious events on this list and plays host to a number of the top DJ’s in the world each year. It takes place in March and signals the beginning of the festival season in the UK. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
If you’ve ever done something that is not 100% conventional and boring – the list goes from beers on a Monday night to dirty stuff in public – you know that people are jealous. They won’t tell you that they envy you, because we are a super evolved species able to convey negative thoughts without actually saying “ I hate you because my own life is lame and I’m starting to act like my least favorite parent”. Whatever you do, people will find ways to make it sound awful, and some of these people have never travelled further than their work place. Whether you’ve already experienced it or need to be prepared for your first backpacking trip, here are some of the stupid things these people will probably tell you. « Are you sure? I know someone who knows someone whose cousin’s friend has been savagely murdered there. » I know someone who knows someone who has found a dead rat in their Pret sandwich, I still have lunch there twice a week. More and more awesome places are becoming « at risk » and many people will try to dissuade you from pursuing such a mortal quest. Don’t listen to them. It is way cooler to die killed by a foreign mafia than hit by your local bus. « You’re just trying to avoid facing your responsibilities. » Excuse-me, but who died and decided you were in charge of determining what my responsibilities are? If you are single with no kids, the only thing you are responsible for is yourself. And if yourself feels like not showering for weeks in India, so be it. Also, when do you have more responsibilities than when travelling on your own? « You should think about your career first. This is not real life. » Again, says who? Life behind a computer isn’t real life either. What is so real-lifey about selling your time on Earth to people you will never even meet? Real life is what you do. If you want to dress up as a dog and pretend your can’t walk on two legs, that will be your real life, no matter what Stacey from HR thinks. « Wow, that is so hipster of you. » Usually said by someone who follows backpackers on IG and eats avocado toasts every sunday for brunch. That one is easy to ignore, because these days, EVERYTHING is « so hipster ». Vintage clothes? Hipster. Coffee? Hipster. Living in a crappy place in a shitty city? Hipster. Hopefully, going backpacking might help you escape people who define things as « so hipster ». « You are so lucky. » Yes, because going backpacking was just offered to me, along with all the equipment and a great salary. Going on a backpacking trip for several months isn’t an easy choice to make, and has nothing to do with luck. Try « You are so brave! » or « You are so naïve and reckless! ». If you have ever heard one of these sentences and have resisted the will to kill someone, then « You are so brave! ». Now go backpacking, we need more space in the tube anyway. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Tired of your mates telling you how they saw your mom on Tinder last night? That’s understandable. However uncomfortable you might be thinking of the lady who gave birth to you as sexually active, be aware that you did not fall from the sky. Also, based on your own personal experience, you should know how getting your mother in a good mood could be beneficial for her, but also for you. No more endless phone calls, no more passive-aggressive comments on your non-existent love-life. Get your mother on a dating website, and all your problems will be solved. Our Time If your mother has trouble writing an e-mail, Our Time should do. Their online bot coach makes it easy to create an account, she’ll be ready to go in no time. Also, you won’t have to worry about your mother dating your whole football team or your own crush: the website won’t allow anyone who’s not minimum 45 y/o to register. Of course, people can lie about their age – just like you did when you signed up on Facebook at the age of 11 – but that would be weird. eHarmony The website was created by a visionary marriage counselor, Neil Clark, in the late 90s. The fact that it still attracts senior singles is a good sign, however doesn’t guarantee the quality of their algorithm. Need to be reassured? Take a look at the testimonials available on the website. If your mother likes a good love story, read some to her, that’ll convince her. Compatible partners If your mother isn’t that much into men, we suggest that you still give her a hand. It’s not easy to find love as a senior, let alone as a gay senior. Luckily, the online process covers pretty much everything a human could be looking for. Compatible Partners will try to determine the client’s personality before matching them with their same-sex soul-mate. Classic, but specific. Cougar Life Tired of your mother hitting on all your friends? Don’t blame it on her taste for youngsters, but on her lack of choice! If she had thousands of younger and hotter ones around, do you really think she’d go for Andrew? Exactly. Don’t be so narrow-minded, help your mother release the wild feline inside of her. Zoosk One of the most famous dating websites. Based on a personality test like most dating websites, that one is very online-chat based. The website is also an app on iPhone and Android. Soon, you’ll be telling your mom to put her phone down, at dinner time. Acknowledging that your parents are human beings and moreover sexual ones is hard. These great apps and websites will allow you to convince yourself that all your mother does is purely virtual. Just remember to never, never open her phone or computer uninvited anymore. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Up until the 1960’s, horror movies were synonymous with dime-store rubber Wolfman masks and dodgy Dracula fangs. But midway through the decade, the times turned on the industry, and a darker, more ghastly seed began to take root in the minds of the masses. The world at large became a much scarier place, and so did horror movies. Directors like George A. Romero, Roman Polanski and John Carpenter took what was a ridiculed and forgettable genre and morphed it into a serious psychological analysis of the world around them. The terrifying aspects of the world around them that is, and thus the modern horror movie was born. Here, we take a look at some of the most influential horror movies to have graced the big screen from the 1960’s onward. Reader beware, you’re in for a scare! “They’re coming to get you Barbara, they’re coming to get yoouuu!” Night Of The Living Dead is widely regarded as the first modern horror film. Directed by George A. Romero in 1968, it launched the now accepted canon of the Zombie mythos where the reanimated corpses of the dead roam the earth trying to quell their insatiable lust for human flesh. But it was more than just another monster film. It dealt with real world issues such as the race and class hierarchy and the mindless societal conformity that existed in 60’s America, but also how these things inevitably fall apart. It also dealt with themes of existential dread and the ultimate fear of the unknown. It was also one of the first times that audiences were subjected to any real gore in cinema, with chunks of screen time dedicated to watching the Zombies devouring various parts of various people. Its influence is seen in every single Zombie movie or TV show that has been made since. It changed the face of American horror movies, blazing a trail for the progressive horror renaissance that was about to take place in the 1970’s. “He chose you, honey! From all the women in the world to be the mother of his only living son! “ Roman Polanski’s 1968 satanic classic is everything horror movies had failed to be up until that point. Rather than focusing on gross out imagery or shocking jump scares, Polanski opted for the creeping paranoia of a housewife left alone with her own horrible thoughts. Based on the Ira Levin novel, the movie follows the story of a young wife who begins to suspect that the apartment complex she has just moved into is not what is seems. She harbours similar suspicions about her kindly old eccentric neighbours, and also, to her increasing dismay, toward the baby she is carrying inside her. As time goes on, Rosemary spends more and more time alone, increasing feelings of isolation become prevalent and an immense feeling of dread and foreboding pervades over the entire movie. Culminating in a horrific conclusion, Rosemary’s Baby is an exercise in fear, terror and the realities of isolation and dread. The viewer is subjected to a sinister projection of Rosemary’s fears, supplanting the safety of ones own home with the diabolical terror of the supernatural. Rosemary’s Baby lit the way for the modern era of horror cinema by combining the supernatural and satanic with the incredible terror that can be found in the banality of day to day life. ” I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes.” In 1978, John Carpenter directed a movie that would revolutionise the slasher movie genre, spawning countless imitations, and a decent amount of sequels. The movie begins with a first person camera angle. It was the first movie to utilise the ‘killer’s point of view’ technique. We are taken from the street to watch a teenage girl and her boyfriend through a window. The camera then goes inside the house and we see our protagonist taking up a kitchen knife, seeking out the previously seen teen and slaying her mercilessly. The killer goes back out onto the street where we hear voices, the camera pans away from the point of view of the killer and pulls in front of him to reveal that we have been looking through the eyes of a young boy, ‘Michael’, and it was he who was the killer. We jump in time to present day (or at least present day when it was made), where the same boy, now a man named Michael Meyers, escapes from a mental institution and stalks the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois. In his retelling of the classic boogeyman story, Carpenter demonstrates an acute cognizance of the fundamentals of archetypal suspense. He draws inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock but places a new spin on old suspense movie adages. Steeped in themes of sexual transgression and punishment, the movie struck fear into the heart of teenagers and parents alike across America. After all, most of us have either been a babysitter, are a babysitter, have had a babysitter or need a babysitter for our own children. “What an excellent day for an exorcism” In 1973, the William Friedkin directed movie The Exorcist was unleashed onto an unsuspecting public in December of that year. Never before had a horror movie made such an impact on pop culture and the horror counter culture. People were said to have left theatres screaming in terror, women went into labour in the isles of the cinemas and movie goers went home, contacted their local priests and had blessings performed on their homes. The movie recounts the story of the daughter of an aging movie star, only 12 years old, who becomes the victim of a demonic possession. A theme that has been done to death in recent years but was fresh subject matter at the time. Based on the terrifying novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist delved into the heart of darkness like no other movie had done before. Focusing the evil in the body of a child, dealing with issues of purity and a priest who is losing his faith, the movie creates an atmosphere of dread and terror. A creeping uneasiness with the demons that exist in ones own mind as well is in the spiritual realm. It busted open the doors of what was and was not sacrosanct in terms of protagonists for horror movies, and is widely accepted as one of the scariest movies ever made. “You could have dinner with us… my brother makes good head cheese! You like head cheese? “ In the summer of 1974 two young film makers decided they wanted to make a horror movie. But not just any horror movie, the scariest, most disturbing horror movie the world had ever known. They enlisted a cast of young college students, many of whom had never acted before, and had a tight budget and a tighter turnaround time in the blazing heat of a Texan summer. Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel were those two film makers, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was the thing born of their feverish nightmares. It was an unrelenting exercise in gore, madness and paranoia. The insufferable heat on set added realistic layers to the actors feelings of genuine fear, and many suffered from heat-induced hallucinations. After a tumultuous production run, they eventually filmed the movie they wanted to make: the tale of a group of young concert goers, on their way through the wastelands of Texas. They happen upon a hitchhiker and their lives are changed for ever. Part slasher flick, part exploitation movie and part fever dream, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was an assault on the senses, the likes of which the audience had never experienced before. Dubbed as a retelling of ‘true events’, the movie packed out theatres, much to the surprise of Hooper and Henkel. Everyone involved on the movie had wrapped up thinking it would forever remain the passion project of the two new movie makers, never to be thought about again. However, what happened was, that it became one of the most influential horror movies of all time, spawning an entire sub-genre; ‘exploitation cinema’ or ‘grindhouse cinema’. “I’m your boyfriend now…Nancy!” A Nightmare on Elm Street made horror movies cool again. After a period of over saturation towards the end of the 70’s into the early 80’s, the market was flooded with slasher flicks and demon stories. This was thanks to the success of such movies as Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby. Wes Craven was an innovative young director who had already broken horror movie ground with Last House On The Left in 1972. By 1984 he wanted to break new ground with a movie that went beyond the physical realm; what if we aren’t safe even when we are asleep, taking it one step further: what if our dreams could kill us. Utilising terrifying dreams that he experienced himself as a young man, Craven developed one of the best loved movie villains of all time: Freddy Krueger. A child killer who, when murdered by a gang of vigilante towns people, returned from the grave to murder his killers children, in their dreams! The name Freddy still strikes fear in the heart of Generation X’ers everywhere and his comedic style has been copied many times since. He bridged the gap between horror and comedy so succinctly. One minute the viewer is laughing and the next they are hiding behind their hands, waiting for the horror to end. Craven brought our actual nightmares to life on screen and created his very own boogeyman, one that would find his way laced throughout pop culture for the next three decades. “Join us…join us…join us…” The Evil Dead is securely nestled in the hearts of most horror buffs and aficionados. It has spawned two sequels, each as beloved as the original and even, more recently, a TV series. The movie turned cult movie actor Bruce Campbell into a genre star and kick started writer and director Sam Raimi’s career. The movie had a budget of only $350,000, but Raimi managed to come up with a full blown horror spectacle. The story centres around Ash and his friends as they embark on a weekend getaway to a lonely cabin in the woods. Things quickly unravel however when they unwittingly discover the book of the dead, and unleash the evil ‘deadites’ by reading aloud the book’s spells and incantations. The Evil Dead influenced the way horror was made. It was a masterclass in creating high impact, high velocity scares on a shoe string budget. It also turned its main actor into a hero, something that was very rare at the time in horror movies. Ash remains the franchise’s hero to this day, despite his obvious faults, flaws, and humanness. “What’s your favourite scary movie?” Wes Craven was the master of reinventing tired old movie tropes. He did it with Last House On The Left in the 70’s, he did it again with A Nightmare On Elm Street in the 80’s and he did it again in 1996 with Scream. With Scream he took the, by now exhausted, slasher genre and breathed new life into it, by making it slick, stylish and oozing with 90’s teenage angst. Craven challenged movie censors by asking the question, do scary movies create real life monsters? It centres around a group of teenagers who are stalked by a costumed killer. The contemporary take on an old idea has inspired a number of movies since such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend. Scream has also spawned three sequels of its own, and even a Netflix TV show. Once again Craven made horror movies cool again and brought the genre back to its roots by aiming it at teenagers. It also dusted off the horror movie madman, placing mankind front and centre as the worst evil this world has to offer. There is no need for nightmares and monsters when teenagers are killing other teenagers. “I’m afraid to close my eyes, I’m afraid to open them.” 1999’s The Blair Witch Project had a simple premise: three documentary film makers go into the woods to find out if the fabled ‘Blair Witch’ would make an appearance. Queue jump scares, an abundance of CGI and plenty of gore right? Wrong! what the audience got was one of the most innovative game changers to happen to the horror movie industry for years. The movie is shot entirely on hand held cameras, there is very little on screen violence. It creeps on you until the final scare at the end, which is terrifying. It is presented as found footage from the documentary makers own cameras, that were later recovered in the woods, after their disappearance. The Blair Witch Project launched the now hugely successful and lucrative sub-genre of horror, the ‘found footage’ genre, and changed how we see horror movies. Movies like Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, The Den, The Bay, and Rec all owe their genesis to The Blair Witch. It was billed as a true story, and it took a while after its release before people realised that it was, in fact, actors playing roles, and none of it was true. It terrified audiences in a way that hadn’t been seen since The Exorcist, and brought a new gritty realism to horror. It is also notable that gore, SFX make-up, CGI and jump scares were replaced by incredibly good acting and suspenseful pacing. A palpable feeling of sheer terror pervades throughout the whole movie. The Blair Witch Project revolutinised horror movies for the next two decades, and its influence is still heavily felt in movies today. “Most people are so ungrateful to be alive, but not you, not anymore… “ Saw arrived onto our screens in 2004 and blew the doors off theatres with its grimy, gory approach to morality plays. Taking influence from the grittiness of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Saw presented us with two men, locked in a room, chained to the wall with no way out. Throughout the movie our characters are subjected to a series of deadly games. This theme is one that would come to dominate horror for the next several years, and ushered in the rise of the ‘torture porn’ sub-genre. The movie was hugely influential and spawned a number of sequels, and also a myriad of movies inspired by the notion of captors torturing their victims. The movie was also unique in that there was no real villain. We understood the motives of the killer, and the movie did a very good job of making us actually empathise with him. ” It’s not the house that is haunted. It’s your son.” In 2011 James Wan directed a low budget ghost story that swept the nation and became the surprise hit of the year. A collaboration between the folks that brought us Paranormal Activity and Saw, Insidious was more evocative than voracious. There was no gore or scenes of torture here, Insidious focuses on good old fashioned story telling, and ’round the amp fire’ type ghost stories. It is driven by atmospheric creepiness and an underlying feeling of unease. It focuses on the Lambert family who have just moved into new home. Soon we see their eldest son, Dalton, fall victim to an inexplicable coma. His parents become desperate for answers and begin to fear the house is haunted, and that this has something to do with their son’s comatose state. They move house, however the experiences continue. They then enlist the help of the spooky ghost whisperer, Elise, who guides them through a paranormal adventure to get their son back. Insidious brings back the old world of ghost stories to a market that had become entirely over saturated by gore, favouring shock tactics over solid cohesive story telling. It has also launched one of the decades most popular horror franchises, and currently has 3 sequels. “When the music stops, you’ll see him in the mirror standing behind you. “ Yet another entry on this list by modern horror maestro James Wan, The Conjuring was released in 2013 and is based on the real lives of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens were real life Paranormal investigators and the movie follows them as they work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. The beginning to an on-going, hugely successful movie franchise, what makes this unique is that it is one of the very few paranormal movies out there that is based on real life events. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, the Warrens claim that everything that happened in these movies really did happen, and that is something that has never been done before. Part biopic, part haunted house movie, The Conjuring played on all of our deepest fears, that the Devil is real, and only God can save us. “Hail, Paimon! Hail, Paimon! Hail!” Hereditary is the 2018 directorial debut of Ari Aster and is one of the most genuinely terrifying, shocking and interesting horror movies to come out of the last decade. This movie is pure emotional terrorism. In part an homage to old Hammer horror witchcraft movies, Hereditary is much more than a ghost story or haunted house film. It is a study in the psychology of a broken family, the repercussions of an absent mother on an adult daughter, and the consequence of familial indifference. A heavy focus on grief and loss cause a serious sense of foreboding throughout the movie, and it progresses at a deliberate crawl. It lulls you into a false sense of security only to shock you back into realisation. With shocking scenes and incredible actors, this movie is a testament to how far the horror genre has come, and how bright the future is for modern horror. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
If you are worried about where to buy your next double hit mocha frappe latte, while twiddling your handle bar mustache, in your ‘made to look worn’, 200 euro denim jacket, you might also be worrying about what to call yourself. You rock a side fade in your hair, own a ‘Dr. Phil’ t-shirt that you wear ironically, and own a single speed bike that you had designed in custom colours. But you also have a job, and you like your job. You have a keen sense of business ambition and you really don’t mind working for a big corporation if it means you stay on your career trajectory. More to the point, you’ve never been in a yurt in your life! Well fear not, because we have just the right pigeon hole to squish you into. Gone is the tired old trope of calling every hip young thing a hipster, enter the ‘Yuccie’! First came the Yuppie, a product of 1980’s hedonism. Full of their own self importance, flashing platinum visa cards with slick hairstyles and penchant for wearing suits. Then came the Hipster, the almost indefinable bunch of youngsters who traversed the gaps between rich and poor, chic and shabby, cool and ironically uncool. Now there is a new batch of youths to categorize, the Yuccie. Yuccie’s, or Young Urban Creative’s, are typically in possession of all of the same attributes as the hipster, BUT, (and that’s a very big ‘but’ by the way), they are also tech savvy Business owners and young entrepreneurs. *insert eye-roll here* The Love Child Of Yuppies And Hipsters So, what’s the difference between the Hipster and the Yuccie? Well, you will be delighted to know that it’s not so much that they are different, more that the Yuccie is an extension of what it means to be a Hipster, a sub culture of a counter culture if you will. Yuccies are the cultural offspring of Yuppies and Hipsters. They have all of the drive and ambition that Yuppies had but also a strong focus and love of creativity and individuality, like Hipsters. In other words, they are Hipster business people. So not only will they be the cause of the gentrification of your local urban village by moving in and and wanting fancy coffees, they will be the ones who own the artisan coffee shops and bespoke barbers. But, moving away from their Hipster genesis, this new breed of young person is inherently, almost deliberately, enormously privileged. Being a Yuccie involves a level of self-involved cynicism that is exclusive to those who have never experienced financial or social hardship. They are absolutely reliant on the digital recognition of others, *queue instagram posts with flat-lays of unknown books they are reading*, and write, post and live essentially for validation from their peers. Yuccie Optimism But it’s not all bad, where Hipsters hid behind irony and an often disingenuous hatred of ‘The Man’, Yuccies dare to dream and don’t reject the idea of a corporate environment. They are often more interactive with the here and now, more business minded and less preoccupied with what is ‘cool’. Their hangups come from obsessing over professional validations rather than social ones. This could be down to having to pull themselves up in the world by their bootstraps after the global economic crash, or, thanks to a wisdom garnered from the vast expanse of today’s internet. With their main focus being optimism and a strong work ethic surely that’s better than the cynical doom and gloom of years gone by? Or maybe it’s all just a way for older generations to try and better understand the ever changing, ever evolving face of young people and how they function? All we know is that if being a Yuccie means that we can embrace quirky individuality while also focusing on careers and making money without fear of ridicule from our peers, then we are all in. Have our cake and eat it too you say? Absolutely! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
Ah Millennials, those lovable, self-absorbed, social media obsessed, selfie taking rascals. We hear over and over again that Millennials are self obsessed, lazy, entitled and unreliable. But is this really the case, or is it just that each generation thinks that the next one that comes along is not as good, or not doing things right? Can you really stereotype an entire generation of young people? Every generation thinks that the one that came before was worse than them, and that the one that came after is too. By comparison to the generation before them, Millennials have access to an awful lot more technology, resources and information. The rise of social media has meant that information and connections come much easier to the current generation. That being said, the ease of access to these things does not necessarily mean that Millennials are inherently lazy. We have an aging population of Baby Boomers and Generation Xer’s who missed out on what it means to work in such a technologically advanced age. Working from home is common place now, jobs like being a ‘social media influencer’ exist, and people can become YouTube stars from the comfort of their own bedrooms. This doesn’t mean that they are not working, just working differently. Most Millennials you meet will tell you that they have an array of different interests, hobbies and even jobs. A finger in every pie so to speak. Just because they are not holding down 9-5 jobs does not mean that they are not working hard. The way we make money and the way we interact and make new connections has changed exponentially over the last 15 years. For Baby Boomers, coming into retirement age this is an incomprehensible idea. The fact that someone could make money by sitting in their room playing video games is lost on them. Unfortunately, human nature is such that often times the automatic response to things that we do not understand is either fear or ridicule. A Cultural Shift Both Baby Boomers and Generation Xer’s had a strong work ethic drummed into them from an early age, but a very specific and rigid one: go to school, go to college, start your career. They then also had similar life expectations hoisted upon them: get married, buy a house, have children, hope you don’t die of heart disease by 40. Now however, we are seeing the parents of younger children, (and have seen the parents of Millennials), encourage their children to stray from that set path. Parents are encouraging their children to do things like take a year out from college to travel or explore other avenues other than school, college and marriage. Parents are finally accepting that we are not all cut from the same cloth. What the parent wants for the child is not always going to be what the child ends up wanting, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Individuality is being celebrated more and more these days. When Millennials were just children, parents had begun to reprioritise what mattered, allowing a certain amount of importance to be allocated to social interaction and events. This has taught this generation that it is OK to be different and it is also OK to live in the moment and worry less. This does not mean that previous generations were doing things wrong, it just means that this generation is doing things differently. It will be news to some, but despite what you may have heard, different does not necessarily mean wrong. The only thing wrong with Millennials is that they caused a huge cultural and societal shift that not everyone was ready for. Dedicated, Creative, Non-Conformists The freedom that was afforded to them during their upbringing has resulted in a serious dedication to what ever they end up committing themselves to. This potentially creates a hugely innovative young workforce. It has been proven that forced societal constructs eventually crumble under their own weight. The Millennial work ethos has caused conformity in the workplace to be significantly minimized. We are seeing less and less offices who force staff to wear full suits, tattoos and piercings are widely accepted in the workplace etc. This has also allowed for many individuals to feel enabled or empowered enough to follow their dreams. They feel this way regardless of background, education or social status. They are creating a more tolerant, inclusive and accessible world, and everyone looks set to benefit from it. They may appear lazy and self absorbed to the untrained eye, but their stubbornness to accomplish their goals can be quite powerful. A Generation Of Innovators However easy it may be to tarnish an entire generation with the one brush simply because we do not understand the way they do things, it is more honest to accept them for who they are. Millennials are a generation who started off with very little when it came to prospective employment. Most of them came of age in the middle of a global economic crisis that was caused, incidentally, by the Baby Boomer generation. They had to change things. Things simply couldn’t stay the same, they weren’t working anymore. Millennials have turned the tide for themselves and found new and creative ways to turn a buck. Really, the shape of our future has changed and the relevance and importance of civil convention has all but gone away. Maybe it is time to take a leaf out of their book and stop trying to categorize and label everything, but also accept this brave new world that is burgeoning upon us. We need to work in tandem with the younger generation, not against them, if we are to see true societal and cultural growth. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }