Arts & Culture

Hotly Anticipated Releases

The shorter evenings call for a quality production to obsess over. From spectacular biopics to exquisite Irish animation, here are my top picks to look forward to…   Rebecca-(Available on Netflix from October 21st) Period Drama fans will have a field day on the new adaptation of Daphne Demauier’s iconic Rebecca, starring Downton Abbey’s Lily James and Armie Hammer of …


The Enduring Appeal of Frida Kahlo

With an image reproduced on prints, t-shirts, even drink coasters, there’s something curiously unmistakable about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. A face which symbolises defiance, glaring through naïve styled brushstrokes with her trademark bushy brows and traditional headdress. All generations have seen unusual statement trends, but Frida’s popularity spawns from more than just an absence of a tweezer. Instead, she has …

UL Hosts Higher Education Debate

A panel of party representatives discussed funding for Higher Education in a debate hosted by economist Stephen Kinsella today. Despite a notable absence from Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and The Social Democrats, the panel saw Fine Gael’s Maria Byrne, Green Party’s Brian Leddin, Aontu’s Michael Ryan and Jan O Sullivan from the Labour Party discuss their party’s manifestos. The debate …

An Focal’s First Take Club #5 – The Godfather

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” Having never seen The Godfather, I felt my film-fanatic status looked rather illegitimate, so I sought to finally watch the acclaimed 1972 Francis Ford Coppola opus with extremely high expectations. Having earned three Oscars, including Best Picture, and it’s status as one of the most …

What does the next decade hold for art?

“What will art look like in the future?” is an impossible question to answer with accuracy; however when examining the two most significant challenges facing artists today, it can be determined what changes could influence the upcoming decade. One of the main challenges facing artists lies in the curator, who’s particular vision of art leads to their determining of trends …

The most essential winter dramas

Even the most sceptical festive trolls can’t deny the elusive appeal of watching a vibrant period drama as the temperatures plummet and the black nights seem endless. I feel most of the classic Christmas films are overworked, often sickly sweet and serving as more of American technicolour propaganda against gaudy excessive suburbs with a sickening overdose of cheesy family ordinated …

Examining the legacy of Leonardo Da Vinci

This year marked five hundred years since the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, arguably one of the most unanimously commended artists of all time. He provides our first brush with art history, with the Mona Lisa ingrained in our collective conscious as an undisputed masterpiece. Among art lovers, there is a little more disparity around Da Vinci as many feel …

The genius of Fleabag

Sweeping three Emmys, a sell-out Broadway show, and widespread critical acclaim, Fleabag has proved to be the most explosive television shows of 2019. Debuting on BBC Three (now an online service) in 2016, the show has become a phenomenon in only the way a British show can; being bloody brilliant and having only two seasons. With writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge securing …