HAR: Animal Agency

Homeward Bound . Dir. Duwayne Dunham. Disney. 1993.

Homeward Bound . Dir. Duwayne Dunham. Disney. 1993. 150 150 Natalie Harris

In our society and culture, there are many things that affect the relationships and views we have between ourselves and non-human animals; one major aspect being films that focus on…

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Jurassic Park. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal. 1993.

Jurassic Park. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal. 1993. 150 150 Jon Hochschartner

Revisiting ‘Jurassic Park’ in light of ‘Blackfish’. With next summer’s release of ‘Jurassic World,’ recently teased with a trailer starring Chris Pratt, I think it’s worthwhile to revisit the original…

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Blackfish. Dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Magnolia Pictures. 2013.

Blackfish. Dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Magnolia Pictures. 2013. 150 150 Da Som Hong

Blackfish is a documentary which focuses on the danger of keeping killer whales in captivity. The documentary film argues that this danger affects, not just the human trainers of these…

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Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. Dir. Lasse Hallström. Stage 6. 2009.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. Dir. Lasse Hallström. Stage 6. 2009. 150 150 Kim Appleton

As the tale goes Akitas are one of the most loyal and loving breeds of dog in the world. You do not choose an Akita an Akita must choose you.…

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Dir. Rupert Wyatt. 20th Century Fox. 2011.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Dir. Rupert Wyatt. 20th Century Fox. 2011. 150 150 Katy Raynor

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An exploration of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ is a thrilling…

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The Beach. Dir. Danny Boyle. 20th Century Fox. 2000.

The Beach. Dir. Danny Boyle. 20th Century Fox. 2000. 150 150 Cassice Last

In Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Alex Garland’s adventure novel ‘The Beach’ Richard (a young Leonardo DiCaprio) who, dissatisfied with western attitudes, visits Bangkok to seek an exotic new perspective. He learns of…

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Spirited Away. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli. 2001.

Spirited Away. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli. 2001. 150 150 Natalie Smyth

Human and Animal Transformation in Spirited Away When ten year old Chihiro finds herself alone and her parents turned into pigs in the dazzlingly beautiful but dangerous world of the gods…

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Madagascar. Dir. Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. DreamWorks. 2005.

Madagascar. Dir. Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. DreamWorks. 2005. 150 150 Madeleine Bruce

Synopsis Opening in Central Park Zoo, Madagascar follows the lives of Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippopotamus. The film explores the ideas which…

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The Horse Whisperer. Dir. Robert Redford. Touchstone Pictures. 1998.

The Horse Whisperer. Dir. Robert Redford. Touchstone Pictures. 1998. 150 150 Jade Hearsum

Representation of Animals in the Horse Whisperer Robert Redford directs and stars in the novel adaptation, The Horse Whisperer (1998). Set between the conflicting environments of urban New York and the rural countryside…

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Godzilla. Dir. Ishirō Honda. Toho. 1954.

Godzilla. Dir. Ishirō Honda. Toho. 1954. 150 150 Catherine Stanford

Synopsis “If we continue to test nuclear weapons, another Godzilla may arise.” The closing line of Honda’s Godzilla, emphasised by a prolonged close-up of the speaker’s face, is proudly overt in its…

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