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Top TV of the Decade: Twin Peaks: The Return

Welcome to The Indiependent’s Top TV of the Decade! In this feature, Jack Roberts discusses the intoxicating reunion series of David Lynch’s seminal Twin Peaks… Is it future or is it past? After 25 years of fan theories, cult followings and cherry pies washed down with damn fine coffee, 2017 saw the return of Mark […]Read More

Theatre Review: Wright Off // Open Theatre

“’Farce is dead’, I hear you say… When has it ever been more relevant?!” Being in the presence of Wright Off, written and directed by Luke Haywood, on Saturday evening was nothing but an absolute pleasure. Two hours of belly ache from laughing too much, and gasping for breath whilst whispering “WHAT is going on?!” […]Read More

Theatre Review: Before It Rains // Open Theatre

Katherine Chandler’s Before It Rains, performed by Open Theatre in stage@leeds, was a divine concoction of brave and beautiful storytelling, and contemporary life’s raw happenings. Punctuated with humour and the tense extremities of humankind, this production is, quite simply, the best show that I have seen a society put on stage during my time at […]Read More

Theatre Review: Listen, You Can Hear The Sound Of No

Ponder Theatre’s fifty-minute production of Listen, You Can Hear The Sound Of No Hands Clapping is written and directed by Melanie Noa Jehan, who devised her script by adapting John Milton’s Paradise Lost into an “avant-garde history play”. The piece follows six era-defining historical figures, such as Homer and Katherine Parr, who explore well-known works […]Read More

Film Review: The Lion King

The opening to Disney’s Lion King (1994) is utterly, and undeniably iconic. In this contemporary re-imagining of the classic animated feature, director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) matches the sequence almost shot for shot with a photorealistic remake and it is pure magic. From the opening notes of ‘The Circle of Life,’ you feel a […]Read More

Track Review: The Archer // Taylor Swift

When I first saw the muted pastel promotions for Taylor Swift’s upcoming album Lover, I was hopeful for a mature synth-based album, one that would be a landmark of Swift’s growth as an artist and as a person. Now, with the release of her song ‘The Archer’ and three songs into her promotional cycle, I […]Read More

TV Review: Killing Eve

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve is one of the most bingeable and satisfying shows seen in recent years. While the cat-and-mouse premise may not sound original, the blend of action and dark comedy as well as the complex relationship between the two female leads makes for a refreshing change.Read More

TV Review: The End of the F***ing World

The newest (and potentially the first?), gritty, dark humoured, teenage coming of age show to grace Netflix, The End of the F***ing World explores the lives of James, a 17-year-old who believes he’s a psychopath, and Alyssa, a rule-breaking, dominating classmate who sees James as a way to escape a rocky home life. Set in […]Read More

The Best of Black Mirror

With the acclaimed satire anthology’s much anticipated fourth season out now on Netflix, we thought we’d look at some of the Indiependent writers’ favourite episodes so far, including some of those from this latest series. Here are five of the best according to the Indiependent:   Hang the DJ Black Mirror, a show about the […]Read More

Review: Granta Magazine

Around this time last year, I was writing a Christmas list and looking for something a bit more imaginative to put on it (something that gets harder with each year). I decided I would ask for a subscription to a renowned literary journal. As you do. Granta is a long standing and widely read literary […]Read More

TV Review: ‘Big Mouth’ Strikes Again

Adolescence is a topic that is rich for comedy, but the balance needs to be right. Playing the crude card is a way to get an easy laugh, but it’s more difficult to twist conventions and make crude clever. The likes of the American Pie franchise, and latterly TV programmes such as The Inbetweeners and […]Read More

TV Review: Atypical Series 1

It’s highly possible that there are people who think Atypical romanticises autism, however in reality what Netflix have done is epitomise the life changing path of a typical teenager. For sure, being 18 years old and seeking a full time ‘practise girlfriend’ alongside his avid interest in the Antarctic, is not the perfect scenario for a […]Read More

Album Review: Double Dutchess // Fergie

Pop royalty Fergie Ferg is (finally) back with her new album Double Dutchess, and for Fergie fans, it is a sight to behold. It’s been a long time coming, as her fandom has waited a whole 11 years for her second album to drop, which is as long as most of us ’90s kids waited […]Read More

TV Review: Game of Thrones S7E7 – ‘The Dragon and

At almost 80 minutes long, The Dragon and The Wolf still only just manages to cram in everything needed to tie up all the season’s loose ends. It was managed thanks to a dialogue-driven episode that saw reunions, revelations and resolutions galore, but still left enough questions to leave us in a state of perpetual […]Read More

TV Review: Game of Thrones S7E6 – ‘Beyond the Wall’

The stakes get higher and the fighting fiercer in the penultimate instalment of what we must surely all now acknowledge as the most enjoyable TV show of all time, ever; Game of Thrones. However, whilst the quality of the show’s production or the scale of its action sequences cannot be questioned, have the writers decided to forego logic and plausibility in favour of pure entertainment?Read More

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