Features

My best writing has always been driven by a desire to recontextualise art through my own original viewpoint, and it's my long-form features that see that desire most fully realised. These features cover a variety of different publications including The Quietus, Under the Radar, and Skiddle. 

Feature: Uncut Gems and the climax that never comes

What does winning sound like? Is it the rolling thunder of hands beating together; the final beep test *beep* after everyone has collapsed; the ding of a microwave containing molten leftovers? Victory, of course, doesn’t have one tone, but sounds do hold an uncanny power to trigger deep seated feelings of validation. There’s a reason mobile developers spend years perfecting the sound a treasure chest makes, hoping to trigger precious endorphins and lock you into another cycle of delayed gratification. Humans crave catharsis.

Feature: Counteract's 30 greatest films of the 2010s

It’s beginning to look a lot like List-mas, and we’re back with another whopper. This time? An almost impossible dilution of the greatest films from the past 10 years. Is this list subject to recency bias? Oh, absolutely (but 2017 was still a stonking year). Is this list definitive? God no. But it does stand as a testament to thirty great films that are sure to remind you that the art of cinema is alive and kicking.

Feature: The top 20 television shows of the decade

Ah, yes. Another ten years ticked off, and another obsessive need to quantify and qualify what content most tickled our collective fancies. Ignoring the fact that Counteract’s fledgling Film & TV section hasn’t even been around for a full year, let alone ten of them, our vast team of TV writers (read: four men) set out armed with a loose understanding of excel spreadsheets and some questionable-at-best opinions. What follows is our completely objective findings.

Feature: Mothers: when the world's most important rock 'n' roll club was in Brum

Even though its doors were only open for two and a half years between 9 August 1968 and 3 January 1971, Mothers has a reputation that looms large over the West Midlands. Returning to the site of its commemorative Blue Plaque it’s hard to picture a group of long haired revellers gathered outside getting ready to see Keith Moon hit some skins. And yet the plaque rings out loud and clear: ‘Voted World’s Best Rock Venue 1969 & 1970’.

Feature: Cannes Premieres

Our Cannes correspondent was shut out despite waiting 90 minutes in the rain, but those with even more dedication found their efforts duly rewarded, like Blaise Radley: “I queued for four hours to see this, and knew it had been worthwhile within the opening four minutes. Stark, dizzying, stomach-churning—this is a surprisingly different beast to The Witch, but it’s in exactly the same tier… Needless to say, Dafoe and Pattinson are phenomenal.”
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