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Commercial success
Strong women have seized the big screen in 2018. Finally, right? That optimistic sentiment makes headlines year after year after year. Whenever a few female-centred films galvanise awards-season buzz or box-office numbers, it’s pitched as a newfound phenomenon. It awakens new hope that Hollywood might accept, once and for all, that storytelling led by and about women can secure both critical and commercial success. We’ve heard all that before, but 2018 stood out as the year that introduced a slew of stories led by female characters who embody a different definition of “strong.”

“We’re not holding up a banner for all of womanhood, and I certainly ... 
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Star power
 
Four years ago, after nearly a decade of film acting and not a single breakout role, Tessa Thompson was on the verge of calling it quits. Sick of the same tired roles being assigned to black women time and time again, she vowed she would stick to theatre. “You can play all sorts of things
 
Rapping around the Tree
 
For a lot of people, Christmas isn’t the Coca-Cola cavalcade of joy promised. The holidays can exacerbate financial woes, stir feelings for loves lost and act as a pressure cooker for family frictions. They are brutish in their demand for self-reflection; the chance to relax often just gives
 
Sleep deep
 
Can’t remember the last time you slept through the night? The solution could lie in what you consume. Nothing beats waking up from a good night’s sleep yet, for many of us, the idea of that happening seems like a dream. Sleep deprivation can affect your memory, productivity and overall
 
Wonders and treasures
 
I’m from Glasgow and have travelled all over Scotland, writing guidebooks and reporting on stories from Ayrshire to Yell in Shetland. I currently live in Edinburgh, but as long as I’m where soft drinks come in a psychedelic orange colour (Irn Bru) and spirits are steeped in peat, smoke and
 
 
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