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REVIEW WRITING COMPETITION 2014 Our latest Diegesis Southampton Film Week review writing competition saw an increase in the number of colleges and sixth forms taking part. Students were asked to write reviews inspired by the word “conflict” and the response was a veritable range of reviews, showcasing a diversity of writing. It was certainly a hard task narrowing down the eventual winner and runners up. Along with an opening that grabbed our attention and interpretation of conflict, we were particularly impressed by those students who demonstrated a playful or creative use of words in their review in describing their films so effectively that they evoked the tone and mood of the film they were discussing. The reviews that stood out in particular to us were those which not only started with a bang but were clear, entertaining and focused right through to the end. In third place is Elliot Robinson from Peter Symonds College. Elliot’s review features some wonderfully evocative lines to describe his film’s take on the war but also offers an interesting consideration of some of the film’s factual inaccuracies. In second place is Katherine Dale from Queen Mary’s College. Katherine’s review had an attention-grabbing opening, some strong descriptions with good word play and really good attempts to delve beneath her film’s surface. Our overall winner is a review that ticked all the above boxes – a strong opening, evocative descriptions, good use of word play, a strong structure. Right through to the closing line, the review kept our attention and remained focused throughout. Congratulations to our overall winner: Kane LePetit from Farnborough College of Technology. The SFW competition will be back again later this year! To read more about the competition and shortlist, visit our website:
60 Diegesis: CUT TO [conflict]
Diegesis CUT TO [conflict] issue 9 2015. New voices in screen criticism.