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Some moderate buzz started back in 2009 for this comedy horror, which used an attempt to break the record for “most amount of zombies captured on camera” at the Big Chill festival as the impetus for a film. It starred Noel Fielding as King of the Zombies, who sets up a music festival to keep the undead entertained. A 2010 release was cancelled, and in 2012 it was announced that E4 would redevelop the film as a six-part TV series. Three years later and there’s been no news. {x}

We have tendency to define ourselves in opposition to stuff. But try to also express your passion for things you love. Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank-you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro-stuff, not just anti-stuff.
—  Tim Minchin (x)

I’ve been revisiting whether – five years after it was written – Matilda holds up as a text to be proud of. Especially in terms of what it says about women and girls.

Most of the kids in my daughter’s school year (she’s seven) are understandably obsessed with Frozen! I vaguely know Bobby and Kristen who wrote the songs and they are awesome and I really enjoyed the movie. However, despite its best efforts it doesn’t quite manage to undo the princess stereotype which Disney has made so pervasive for 50 years plus. Not all texts have to right the wrongs of the past, of course. And Disney has a right to provide Disney-style stuff.

But it’s an odd message, isn’t it? It feels like a sort of male ideal feminism: where women are sassy and gutsy and not easily won over. And yet, and yet … when Let It Go happens the dress gets shorter and the boobs get bigger. And the bum comes out. And suddenly we’re back in sexualised Tinkerbell-land.

Oddly, Dahl who supposed to be a little old school created in Matilda an amazing role model for girls. And we, I think, translated that faithfully onto stage. So I’m proud. Still.

—  Tim Minchin
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Autism-friendly performance of Matilda on Broadway!

On Sunday, 1st February 2015, the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical will be putting on an autism-friendly performance!

The show is part of the Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative, which aims to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, as well as their families.

There’ll be a few slight adjustments to the production, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. In the theatre lobby there will be quiet areas and an activity area, staffed with autism specialists, for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.

The last few tickets can be booked exclusively, at a reduced rate, through the Theatre Development Fund’s website, which also includes several guides to help personalise the experience.

Dahl opens Matilda the book with this big rant about parents who think their kids are special. Which is hilarious, he managed to write a story about how special kids are which opened with a rant about how these little maggots are just snotty, little, rich people. And it just appealed so much to me … I love the moment when the show starts and this kid sings, ‘My mummy says I’m a miracle. My daddy says I’m a special little guy. I am a princess, and I am a prince. Mum says I’m an angel sent down from the sky.’ And all these parents who’ve brought their four year olds⎯even though we said it’s six and up⎯because they think they’re miracles, are immediately mocked by our show. It’s fantastic. It’s really fun to watch all the parents, I don’t think they even get it though.
—  Tim Minchin, Fucking theatre badass.