New Year, new us?
We’re hopeful, but remember that time is a construct, so feel free to change it up at any point of any year. What are some of your resolutions? Do you do them every year, or are you more someone who likes to set mini goals each month? More importantly, did you read our 2018 Yearly Round-Up? (You probably did.)
On with the first Round-Up of 2019 – we’re so excited!
A different kind of bravery | Rosianna Halse Rojas
In the time between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a lot of lucky people get the opportunity to have time off to try and recharge their batteries for the year ahead. With that, many spend quite a bit of time thinking, whether that’s mentally working through a certain scene of a play that’s been particularly hard to crack (guilty as charged) or, in Rosianna Halse Rojas‘ case, it’s when one evaluates their relationship with their work.
As it always has been, listening to Rosianna talk about this topic (or any topic, to be quite frank) is wonderfully enjoyable. The way she flows through the language she chooses to articulate a point is precise and pointed, while also seeming completely natural. It’s a dance few creators ever get right.
WHY I’M NOT SHOPPING IN 2019 – my no-buy challenge | Leena Norms
We’re firmly in the existential crisis portion of Leena Normington‘s oeuvre with this video. Consumerism is the name of the game; people’s relationship with it can be a minefield of contradictions throughout one’s life. This is no different for Leena herself, who talks about her history with the wants and desires of sweatshop made fast fashion that is ultimately not a good thing for the world at large… “If Found, Return To The Pub” slogan tees, we’re looking at you.
The dissection of many things almost simultaneously happens in this video in a way that regular viewers will come to recognise from Leena. Many of these come from a self-deprecating place in which she gives us the lowdown of just how sick she is of hearing herself say how things are going to change and then they don’t, on a repeat cycle.
TYPES OF HEATHERS LONDON FANS! | Amy Lovatt
Heathers is one of the biggest hits of 2018 in London’s West End, in large part because of the titanic force that is Carrie Hope Fletcher, and such popularity brings a whole heap of fans of all types.
Amy Lovatt is here with her breakdown of each type of Heathers fan. It’s a throwback type of video that Amy has injected herself into in droves. We’re not sure we’d like to be in a room with every single one of these fans at once, but we will if it means we get to see the show one more time!
My FAMILY RATES my EXTRA af OUTFITS… | Anastasia Kingsnorth
We’ve all seen in films and TV where the daughter is dressed in something short or revealing. The son is never seen in anything similar. Sexism, who knew that was a thing in Hollywood? Well, Anastasia Kingsnorth is circumventing that possibility by inviting her mum up to her room and getting her opinion on a number of outfits before going out in them.
The range of outfits means there’s a lot of different reasons for the opinions given. Some of the outfits are out there in a way that may shock someone not used to them, i.e. Anastasia’s mum. The faces being pulled at the reveal stage of each outfit are priceless. It’s worth watching for that alone.
Best Charity Shops In London | Come Thrifting With Me | Lucy Moon
London is the best at a lot of things – being the capital city makes that easy to accomplish. After watching this latest video from Lucy Moon on the best charity shops in London, we think it may be the best at that too. In each place, there was something we wanted to buy just from a few seconds of footage. The sheepskin coat in the first place that she goes to is a particular standout.
Lucy always brings us fashion from her own standpoint and we’re looking forward to seeing some of her picks from this day out in future videos.
Want more? Since you asked so nicely…
How many of you watched Netflix’s biggest ever film, Bird Box? Well, 45 million accounts streamed the film in the first seven days, so “a lot of you” is probably the answer to that question. Roksana Janiszewksa is one of those people. With the film being perhaps the most memed thing in the world ever, it was only a matter of time before a “challenge” reared its head. This video is a great example of what to expect, with different challenges happening while being blindfolded.
Jamie Spicer-Lewis gives us the complete bizarre reality where someone would actually complete an Angry Birds game. It really is true that animation has the ability to show us things that live action filmmaking just isn’t able to. This is another great video that showcases the very wonderful and singular type of humour Jamie has exercised for years now. We’re looking forward to seeing what else he can do in 2019!
Evan Edinger shows us the real cost of applying for British citizenship. In the time of Brexit, what it means to be a British citizen is something that ignites passion in a lot of people and divides communities far too easily. As Evan has been here for a long time, the fact that someone like him would want to become one of us can only be a good sign, right?
Simon Minter is back with another video with his girlfriend, Talia Mar. This time around, it’s something a lot of people have been asking for: football challenges! We know what you’re thinking, that doesn’t sound fair! Well, Simon has all sorts of handicaps for his attempts, giving Talia the best chance possible. This is a video that makes us want to play football while simultaneously being jealous of the person who owns the garden they’re playing in. Is that a sign of being a grown up?