By Alexandria Slater

Deep in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand lies glacial, crisp snow mirroring the heavy white mist of the winter’s sky. The serene panorama enticed aspiring filmmaker, Abhimanhyu Amoli, to explore the local legend of the mountain fairies.

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Being from Uttarakhand “I wanted to stray away from heavily featured poverty porn and create a film closer to my roots,” Abhimanyu says.

He was inspired by the folklore tales of the Mahabharata — stories that originated from Hindu mythology — and so created his indie fantasy horror film, “Fairy Meadows.”

By nature, surrealism cinema excludes itself from the veracity…


By Alexandria Slater

This September Transylvanian filmmaker and student philosopher, Manuel Cojocaru, released his first short feature film, Wild Boars. The seven minute length film embarks on a surreal and psychological journey through the confession of Mr Jones’ murderer, played by Cojocaru himself.

Fans of David Lynch will admire Wild Boars for the convergence between reality and a dream-like realm. The film is an exploration into the psyche, ascribing to Sigmund Freud’s theory of the ‘id’ — the deepest and most primitive part of one’s subconscious.

The film projects the unsettling concept that buried deep in one’s psyche is…


By Alexandria Slater

The global pandemic has exposed the corruption and greed of the capitalist system that dictates our lives like puppets. But the constant repetition of the term ‘essential’ used by the UK government and media emasculates the materialistic world we live in.

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Sam Mendes’ American Beauty and David Fincher’s Fight Club, both released twenty one years ago, critique consumerism and the way it feeds on empty and desperate individuals seeking fulfilment in life.

Like wickedly dangling food in front of a dog who you have no intention to feed, governments entice the public with the zealous ‘American Dream’…


By Alexandria Slater

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Horror is widely perceived as a genre overwhelmed with excessive gore and predictable supernatural tropes. So here’s a compiled list of hidden gems that offer more than torture porn and cheap jump scares.

11. Sleepaway Camp

Robert Hilzik produced one of the greatest plot twists of all time in this classic slasher film released in 1983. The film may not be up to everybody’s standards due to the simplistic storyline but it’s a nostalgic throwback that provides fun and easy entertainment.

10. Creep

Mark Duplass’ outstanding and authentic performance in this found footage horror is…


Cosmopolitan Magazine boasts the title of biggest young women’s media brand in the world. From putting plus size supermodel, Tess Holliday and non-binary activist, Jonathan Van Ness on the cover to winning multiple awards and launching a programme to help graduates into work during the pandemic, Cosmo has always been a force to be reckoned with.

Last week Manchester Metropolitan journalism students were honoured to have the chance to interview Cosmo’s Editor-in-Chief, Claire Hodgson for a magcast — one of a series of audio recordings made by the magazine journalism unit with people working in the magazine industry.

Claire opened…


By Alexandria Slater

A Manchester Metropolitan student was the target of Coronavirus hate crime on the 143 bus, on Wilmslow road, Fallowfield. A male witness was physically attacked for defending her.

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On March 17th a group of five, young, teenage boys hurled racist insults at student, Lauren Chan. Lauren was on the way back from the university library with two of her friends when she received the malicious abuse.

“They were mocking me and saying ‘ni hao’ and ‘you started corona, you have the corona.’ I was more angry than upset.” said Lauren.

The group of boys continued to verbally…


A third year astrophysics, PhD student has created surgical mask adaptors using a 3D printer and donated them to health care workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Emma Alexander is one of the many volunteers who have been offering their support on the Fallowfield student’s page on Facebook. The post gained a mass of attention from users praising Emma for her generosity. Healthcare workers placed a combined order of one thousand mask adaptors.

“I don’t think the government have done enough for the NHS during this pandemic. …


The Thrift Society for the University of Manchester invited budding thrifters and students that are keen to shop on a budget, to their clothes swap event that took place on Tuesday 10th March at the Beer studio in Fallowfield.

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Appearing from left to right: Melissa Butterfield, Millie Nettleton, Nicola Miles, Hannah Wellcock

Organisers of the event, Millie Nettleton, Melissa Butterfield, Hannah Wellcock and Nicola Miles discussed why thrifting should be implemented into your shopping routine. They delved into what detrimental effects fast fashion, their nemesis within the fashion industry, has on the environment and women in third world countries.

Not only is thrift shopping “an opportunity to get new clothes at a lower…


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Manchester has 5564 people living homeless on the streets. The same streets that have department stores like Debenhams making 95.2 million pounds in profit annually. The UK, one of the richest countries on the planet, should not have a homeless issue this large whilst 3.6 million households in the UK hold a wealth of over 1 million pounds.

I always feel guilt and sadness anytime I walk past a homeless person that’s been neglected by the government because I don’t have the power to help them. After feeling upset for a couple of minutes I’ll carry on going about my…


You don’t have to spend copious amounts of money to entertain yourself in the city. Taking a stroll around the back streets of Northern Quarter and exploring it’s street art is an enjoyable form of escapism and costs nothing.

1. Manchester Bee

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Tib Street

Painted by Instagram artist Ketones6000, this mural pays respect to the lives lost during the Manchester Bombing in 2017. The detail that the artist has achieved is phenomenal and almost makes it look like a digitally edited photograph rather than graffiti. Art work of bees are located on almost every street corner symbolising the city’s strong sense of community.

2. “Iconic Manchester”

Alexandria Slater

Journalist studying at Manchester Metropolitan University. Arts, culture and current affairs.

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