© 2018 by Patrick Sullivan

August 8, 2018

Since the release of its first season on 31st March 2017, 13 Reasons Why has become the controversial TV series of our times. From the first moment, we are acutely aware the teenage narrator, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), has killed herself and her voice is the cassette tapes  she left for fellow youngsters to hear her story.

Then in the second season, released last month on Netflix, her suicide, as well as the attempted s...

April 6, 2018

Published on Epigram 15th April 2018

Netflix is turning the world of film and television upside down and redefining the rules of both industries. But what does that mean for the the traditions of the cinema?

During an ITV interview on 20th March 2018, Steven Spielberg kickstarted the whole Netflix debate. Not the debate we all have with ourselves at the end of an episode whether to watch another, but the one surrounding awards r...

January 24, 2018

Published in Epigram on the 25th January 2018

For the past few years in particular, the Academy Awards has been embroiled in political controversy because of a lack of diversity. Every year, the glitz and glamour emphasised the systematic bias towards white men in the film industry. Finally, with the Oscar nominations announced on the 23rd January, the industry has provided the opportunities to talented women and people of colo...

January 8, 2018

Published by Epigram on the 10th January 2018

There are two types of success in Hollywood: commercial and critical. To kick off Epigram’s guide to Award Season 2018, the reason films like Wonder Woman or Star Wars do not feature in these heralded ceremonies is because Disney just don’t give a shit. (Though, it must be said Logan has tried and has been unlucky.) To succeed at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, and the Oscars, a film...

October 11, 2017

Yesterday was a day to talk about mental health worldwide, and I hope everyone who needed to hear positive dialogue on the subject heard it. It is remarkable how important it can be to hear reassuring words, even if they aren't specific.

Firstly, it's important to praise all those who have opened up and spoke about their personal struggles with mental health. On social media, at seminars or talks, or in person to a friend, rela...

September 16, 2017

Mental health, especially for men, has become a huge news story in 2017 and rightly so. Much of the discussion has been sparked by the male suicidal rates released, of which I have many thoughts, but are not the subject of this particular article. Instead, I want to start with a simple, general observation about communication: women love to recommend things to their friends, and men don't really do as much. In fact, women don'...

February 21, 2015

Patrick Sullivan responds to Ben Machell’s Love & Sex: The End of Monogamy?

All my life, I’ve believed in marriage. The idea of being with one person for the rest of my life and being happily in love appealed to both the idealist and the romantic in me. While I could see that forty-two percent of marriages ended in divorce, I’d focus on the fifty-eight percent which stayed together. I’ve convinced myself the latter were happily...

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