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New Podcast! Scannain Podcast (2018) #19!

We’re continuing to work through a bit of a backlog on the Scannain podcast, this time jumping back in to cover the last week in May.

This week, I’m joining Luke Dunne from Film in Dublin, Ronan Doyle, Jay Coyle and Grace Duffy. It’s a free-form and rambling conversation, with topics including the secret screening of Citizen Jane at the IFI to mark the upcoming Irish abortion referendum, the receipt of career Oscars in competitive categories, the Netflix release of Cargo, the absurdity of building horror shared universes, and the act of fridging in Deadpool 2.

The podcast also contains what might be the best segue in the history of podcasting, and new releases include The Breadwinner, Solo: A Star Wars Story and the surprisingly controversial Show Dogs.

Give it a listen at the link, or check it out below.

Non-Review Review: The Breadwinner

This film was seen as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018.

Stories enrich us, stories empower us, stories sustain us.

The Breadwinner is many things. It is a beautifully animated film from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon, a worthy successor to The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, and also the first time that the company have looked beyond Irish shores for one of their feature-length releases. It is a stunning adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ novel, offering a compelling glimpse into Afghanistan as controlled by the Taliban at the turn of the millennium. It is a genuinely affecting tale of a young girl surviving in a climate that seems actively hostile to her very existence.

However, The Breadwinner is also a meditation upon the power of stories. This is not a surprise, it is very much in keeping with the aesthetics and interests of Cartoon Saloon. It is a recurring theme in their work. (As a point of comparison, Pixar Studios are invested in parental anxieties, down to the inclusion of the “Pixar Babies” in the credits of every major release.) Indeed, The Breadwinner might be seen as a spiritual successor to (or the third part of a thematic trilogy with) The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, stories about children reconnecting with the mythic history of their countries.

Indeed, this is one of the most striking and appealing aspects of The Breadwinner is the way in which it finds something universal in its very specific setting. The Breadwinner is a story very firmly anchored in one time and place, but one that should resonate with everyone.

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