Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius

Not many people have heard of Hirokazu Kore-eda, the Japanese filmmaker. Although most of his films regularly attend international film festivals, he has not achieved the wider recognition he rightfully deserves. Despite having been nominated five times in the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Jury Prize for his film Like Father, Like Son in 2013. His films are intimate domestic dramas, languid in pace … Continue reading Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius

She’ll be Ready in a Minute or Two …

Those were the words she had been dreading to hear for the past hour. Abi was trying her absolute best given the circumstances, which—given the people she knew, the too few hours in any day, and that she had never prepared for being a maid of honour—was putting it lightly. Outside, one of the most beautiful settings Abi had ever seen awaited, with flowers arranged … Continue reading She’ll be Ready in a Minute or Two …

The Lone Astronaut

A constellation of words orbiting the page, an ethereal nightmare scribbled through the searching celestials. The page — a distant point of light the lone astronaut ponders upon. The endless night wanders around his presence, falling beyond the known and dizzily in orbit, peripherals contained to the circular visor while the lone astronaut writes. He says, Starlight does not know of this universal world she … Continue reading The Lone Astronaut

Apricots and Coconuts

Along the shore where you live, not far from the sealer’s cove, is a place where you retreat whenever the world—the small one you inhabit—snares you like a nasty jag. The many people, aimless in their own pursuits of happiness and enterprise, admirable in how they remain steadfastly thankless for the tasks you perform at their behest, cause you to consider thus: none would matter … Continue reading Apricots and Coconuts

Operation Mayflower

October 2286 General Anthony Fraser, commander of the military dictatorship, New Australia, sat at his desk skimming the latest of numerous holo-reports detailing the public uprisings against his ‘tyrannical’ rule. Three warehouses had been burned to the ground, and his soldiers treated as punching bags. He slammed his fist down, cursing as the glass of water beside him fell, shattering. He dropped the report and … Continue reading Operation Mayflower

What I Learned about Shame through Asynchronous Learning

It is week one of Trimester 1 and I feel … uneasy. I stare at the welcome message from one of my instructors, drawn to a phrase, innocently penned. It instructed students that should they be unable to access live tutorials, to ‘please access them asynchronously.’ Context alone allows one to deduce the meaning of this word, and a quick google search confirms what I … Continue reading What I Learned about Shame through Asynchronous Learning