"Romantic representations of Ireland can be described as fictional accounts which are typically based in the West, and strive to be propagandist in their evocations of a land, fostering the beliefs of the Cultural and Literary Revival, emphasising the pastoral and portraying an idyllic landscape; both physical and of the mind," critic Lynne Noland asserts.

The emergence of cinema was linked to a public interest in visual spectacle as a form of mass entertainment: "People want to be the secret nosy neighbour, who, instead of peeping messily through their Venetian blinds, can sit in their living rooms and be privy to the ‘emotional pornography’ of people’s behaviour behind closed doors, " Lynne Nolan discusses.

Dupe, a one-man show by legendary American director, actor and tutor Roy Faudree, is the epitome of post-modern theatre. "In this dialogue, the caller, eclipsed by his wife's successes in Celluloid City, calls women names, coughing up neurotic theories to circumnavigate the woman mystique." This review was first published in the first issue of Circa21, July 19, 1995

Ishmael Fiifi Annobil surveys the ironic and mind-boggling publishing desert of Wales. He dives under the cape of enterprise, offering anecdotal incidents in the country's journey to Self Rule; centering on its unprecedented lack of publishing nous or protocol, thanks to its inept and myopic Arts Council.

Ishmael Annobil's review of the Dark Lady: Cycle of Mysteries (work in progress), an ultra cutting-edge theatre exposition by director Kathlin Gray and the Theatre of All Possibilities: "There is that sense of incredulity associated with watching Theatre Of All Possibilities make one of their phenomenal quakes across the artistic strata. Then there’s the dawning – that steady unfolding of raw nature norm. The Dark lady was the epitome of that process."

Lana Mullen visits Antony Gormley's Blind Light at the Hayward, to unravel the Gormley phenomenon: "Rather than struggling to find the hand of someone nearby, or to see something other than shades of haze, why not stop for a moment and absorb the ‘clarity’? Ask yourself ‘where am I?’ If you respond inside, you’re wrong. If you reply outside, you’re wrong yet again. As impossible as it sounds, you have stepped inside a box in order to be transported ‘outside' ".

Ishmael Annobil is prompted by a Channel4 re-screening of Spike Lee's Jungle Fever to look again and dissect the polemical and sociological issues and processes it explores. "This unique tapestry outshines all others of the idiom, overcoming the contrived use of Steve Wonder track (should have been Jazz). The cinematography hits the virtuoso mark. This is balanced filmmaking. Apotheosis, almost."


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