Helena Bassil-Morozow – Killing Eve: twisting the spy genre with comedy, tragedy and strong women

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By Helena Bassil-Morozow, Glasgow Caledonian University The new BBC comic spy thriller Killing Eve, written by Fleabag author Phoebe Waller-Bridge and based on Luke Jenning’s novel Codename Villanelle, is a whirlwind spy tale of murder, obsession, betrayal and resilience. Its young female antagonist Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is a Russian assassin […]

Mary Harrod – The Favourite: at last we’re seeing lesbianism take centre stage in popular culture

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By Mary Harrod, University of Warwick Three of the most visible popular cultural texts of the past few months, the multiple-Oscar-tipped period film The Favourite, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC crime drama Killing Eve and Sally Rooney’s bestselling debut novel Conversations with Friends, are evidence of a shift whereby queer female identities […]

Fiona Shaw – My book Tell it to the Bees was made into a film – but they changed the ending for a straight audience

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By Fiona Shaw, Northumbria University, Newcastle You’ll find the corpses of many novels left to rot in the hinterland of film adaptation – and plenty of novelists weeping over them. Films are sometimes very much altered from the novels they are based on. And mostly, in the novelists’ eyes, for […]