Unit 10

Allied Film Review

Allied is a romantic war thriller about Max Vatan, an intelligence officer, who in 1942 meets the French  Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a mission behind enemy lines. When reunited in London their relationship is threatened by the suspicion of Marianne being a German spy. Starring Brad Pitt (Max Vatan), Marion Cotillard (Marianne Beausejour) and directed by Robert Zebecks.

In my opinion, the film was great and intense. I was initially put off by the fact that Brad Pitt stars in the film as I don’t like him as an actor, but my mind was soon changed when I watched him in Allied, and even though I don’t enjoy films about war and history, I was really excited to watch the film and wasn’t left disappointed.

Even though I don’t enjoy films about war and history, but  I was really excited to see it and wasn’t left disappointed. I really enjoyed that it wasn’t just a war film, it had more thriller elements, and that I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I also really loved the intensity of the film and how it always made me second guess whether Marianne was a spy or not. I think Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard portrayed their characters amazingly and were incredible throughout.

The film was released 25th November 2016. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone, especially if they enjoy war/historical films or thrillers.




The Girl On The Train Review


The Girl On The Train, released 7th October, follows three women – Rachel, Megan and Anna – whose lives intertwine. Starring Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Luke Evans.

Rachel (Emily Blunt), a divorcee and alcoholic becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation. Since her husband left her for another woman Rachel has turned to alcohol for comfort. She catches the train into the city everyday “for work” and passes her old house where she spies on a couple whom she names Jess and Jason. However when “Jess” goes missing, is Rachel to blame?

In my opinion, the film was really good and gripping, even though I knew what was going to happen because I had read the book. I really liked all the cast and thought they suited their role perfectly, especially Emily Blunt as Rachel and Allison Janney as Officer Riley. Also the music they added at certain parts helped build suspense. Once the end credits began I had to take a moment to process the whole film and were even thinking about it the day after, it made a lasting impression.

However, I found it a bit slow at the beginning because the plot hadn’t begun. Also, I didn’t like how they changed where the film was set, the book is set in London and in the film it is set in New York. Furthermore, the actor that played Dr Kamal Abdic, Edgar Ramirez changed his accent throughout the film, at the start he had an American accent and then towards the end he turned European.

If you love gripping psychological thrillers then The Girl On The Train is perfect for you. I would highly suggest for fans of thrillers and mysteries to watch the film and/or read the book because they are both great.





Mental Health

Over the past few years mental health has become more apparent. On both online and offline people are talking about it, their experiences and in general.

People are becoming aware of mental illnesses and are able to be diagnosed due to coverage in the media and word of mouth.

In 1990, 416 million people suffered from depression or anxiety worldwide – these numbers rose to 615 million in 2013.

In the UK 2.6 out of 100 people have depression, 4.7 out of 100 have anxiety and 3 out of 100 have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Also, nearly a quarter of a million children and young people are receiving help from the NHS for problems including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Sarah Brennan, the chief executive of the mental health charity Young Minds, said: “It’s staggering that so many children and young people are in need of specialist mental health care. These figures should act as a wake-up call.”

According to The Gaurdian “among the 235,189 young people who were in contact with mental health services in June, 11,849 boys and girls were 11,849  aged five and under, 53,65 9 aged between six and ten, and just over 100,000 patients were eleven to fifteen and 69,505 were 16+.”

Children are more receptive to mental illness because in this day and age there are many events that are traumatic for everyone, but have a lasting affect on children.  It is estimated that 25-43% of youths are exposed to sexual abuse which can cause a mental illness in the future




When Is The Right Time To Be In The Christmas Spirit?

With the 25th December looming people are becoming increasing more excited for Christmas. However, people are still left annoyed when Christmas decorations are put up in shops in November.

Kirsty McFarlane, 17, said: “I think it is acceptable to become excited for Christmas on December 1st because thats when the music is in the shops, you put your decorations up and start opening your advent calendar. December just seems more Christmassy to me.”

Some people enjoy the transition from holiday to holiday, e.g. Halloween to Christmas,  some enjoy christmas just in December and others are in the Christmas spirit all year round.

Ashleigh Wilson, 18, said: “I get into the spirit in November but very low key. I start buying presents and get excited about christmas adverts and decorations, but don’t actually put decorations up until December.”

A lot of people find certain aspects to be christmassy to them, for example the John Lewis advert. Once that is they deem is acceptable to celebrate christmas. Some become in the christmas spirit when they hear Christmas music and when they start buying presents for people.

Originally, christmas was the 12 days leading up to it so people don’t start celebrating until then. But now, everyone becomes excited at different times.

For children they are excited from November onwards because they start doing christmas activities and performances (nativities) at school, but for adults it is typically during December.

I remember when I was a child at Christmas time looking through the Argos catalogue and circling things I wanted. Now I get excited in November, says Ashleigh.

Where to buy cheap books…

By Jessica Bradley

Books are becoming increasingly popular with people spending over £500 a year on them alone.

Ashleigh Wilson, 18, a book blogger and booktuber said:  “I spend around £20 a month on books, but it depends on where I buy them from.”

The typical price for a book is between £6.99 and £9.99, however, there are now loads of ways to get books but for a fraction of the price.

A lot of charity shops sell second hand books for as cheap as 50p and there are a select few charity shops that are specifically dedicated to books.

Lots of libraries also have a section that sell second hand books to help raise money to keep the library running.

And if you don’t want a second hand book or can’t find a book that you want, then you can use Amazon.

Lauren Siddy, 17, a Sheffield student said: “I mainly buy my books from Amazon and The Works because you can get them cheaper but they are still brand new which is always a bonus.”

Amazon is incredibly popular among book lovers because you can buy practically any book or any edition of a book but for a discounted price.

“The more popular the book, the cheaper it is on Amazon. There is also a section that sells three paperback books for £10″ says Ashleigh.

A lot of book shops, mainly Waterstones, also do offers on certain books. Depending on the popularity of  the author or the  hype around the book, new releases tend to be discounted and other books tend to be on buy one get one half price.

Sasha Alsberg, an American book tuber (abookutopia) said:”half price bookstore is perfect because all the books at this are half price or less. is perfect especially for international readers because you can get books shipped to you for free.”




Book To Movie Adpatations

By Jessica Bradley

Nowadays a lot more books are being turned into films. However, does that deem the film better than the book?

Lauren Siddy, fan of The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins said: “if the film is done well and things from the book is actually included then I like the adaptations. However, they’re not great when they don’t stick to the story of the book.”

What forms a lot of peoples opinions is down to who plays the characters in the film and how attached the person is to the book. Some people become so attached to the book that they will not even go and watch the film because it could potentially ruin the book.

Abbie Akers, lover of the book Me Before You by Jojo Moyes said: “the book is obviously better. I think it was a good adaptation, but I preferred the book.”

It is not just book to film adaptations though, it is also comic books to films. A lot of people become incredibly attached to comics and become very critical when it comes to the film adaptations.

Liam Flahery, comic fanatic said: “there is a good motive behind it, bringing something to life such as a comic. However, although it can be satisfying seeing our favourite characters come to life, it can also be upsetting when the finished product is not as good as the book or comic.”

A lot of comic book/ graphic novel fans were left disappointed after Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice wasn’t up to scratch. It was too highly CGI’ed and was badly put together.

Photo Journalism


Autumn hits as leaves fall from British trees.

There was an array of coloured leaves scattering the ground of Hillsborough.

Even though it was cold outside, the park was busy with children playing in the leaves and enjoying the crisp autumn day.



Evening overview of Sheffield






Top 12 Budget Beauty Products



As a student you find it hard to buy good quality things for a decent price, one of these is beauty products.

A lot of students find it difficult to discover products that suit them and work with there skin but still within a student lifestyle budget.

Here are a list of affordable drugstore products that are perfect for being on a budget.

  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
  • Makeup Revolution Eye Shadow Palettes
  • Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams
  • Collection 7 Day Wear Nail Polish
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer
  • Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara
  • Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks Blusher
  • Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick
  • Kimmel Stay Matte Powder
  •  No 7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define Eye Crayon
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoos



10.3.1, 10.3.2 Reflective Report

For unit 10 I had to produce copy for my portfolio and The Star Project. This included a minimum of five news articles, two photojournalism pieces, a blog, a media package and a review. Although that was all we had to do, I chose to produce more copy so that I had more articles to work with for my final major project. In this report I am going to explore how professional my portfolio was written and sourced. This includes the copy, photos taken to accompany the copy, interviews. I will also critically evaluate my portfolio and explain its strengths and weaknesses.

Creating the portfolio allowed me to learn how different the types of journalistic writing is – news, features, photojournalism and online. Journalists tend to write differently depending on the type of copy they need to produce. If they were writing a news story then they would use formal language and mainly talk about the key facts of an event, where as if they were to write a feature, they would use informal or formal language – depending on the audience.  With photojournalism they wouldn’t need to write as much as they would for a feature or news story, they would only need to write a image caption and then a 50-100 word article to accompany the image. A journalist can use the same story and use it to write all different types of copy –  news, feature and photojournalism – but adapt it to fit the type of copy.

To source my stories I interviewed my peers and people who were had an opinion on about the topic, but I also made sure that it wasn’t just one sided. I also used YouTube videos to get peoples opinion on topics without an interview in case they didn’t want to be interviewed or didn’t respond to my questions. To get a further understanding into the subject I used websites and social media, depending on the topic of the article. When choosing what articles to write I decided to create something that I could use in my final major project, but also something I was passionate about/interested in.

To choose which articles to write I brainstormed all my ideas and then chose one at a time. I took into consideration my own personal interests, but then thought about how I could tailor it to my audience so that it would interest them. For certain articles, like the film reviews, I decided to choose films that I enjoyed but also films that were heard of and were popular.

Before writing my articles I planned out when I would want them to be completed by, so that I could have enough time to edit and add images or multimedia to them. I also planned when to do my interviews and who I would do them with beforehand.

After looking at my copy, I think they have a lot of strengths and weaknesses. One weakness would be that some of the articles were hard to have a relevant photo to accompany it. Also, the media package video was filmed the wrong way, portrait instead of landscape.

A strength would be the range of topics I covered from beauty to films and books. Another strength would be how the copy is written. In my opinion, the articles are written quite professionally. I also think that exceeding the amount of copy that was asked is a strength because it shows that I planned my time for each article well and didn’t miss the deadline. Although, this can also be seen as a weakness because some of the articles weren’t as good a quality and lacked images. If I had stuck to the amount asked for, then I could have had a photo or some form of media to accompany the article.

A problem I faced when creating my copy was with thinking of photos that could accompany my film reviews. To over come this I brainstormed ideas of how I could take a photo that was relevant to the film but was legal. An example of this is my The Girl On The Train review where I took a photo of a friend on a tram instead of using an image from the film.

In comparison to professional journalism work, I think that my portfolio isn’t to the same standard for many reasons. One reason is due to the lack of experience I have with writing journalistic. Also, because my stories weren’t news stories, they were mainly features, they didn’t have a lot in common with what a news journalist’s work would look like.

If I was to recreate my portfolio I would have done a few things differently, one being images. I would planned what articles I wouldn’t be able to take photos for, like film reviews, and would have done something else to accompany it. I would have also included a news story to make my portfolio a little different and so it didn’t have many features in it.




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