Oscars row a diversion, says film-maker

20/10/2013 Pics of Colchester film festival Gaz reporter, Neil Darcy-Jones interviewing Ronnie Thompson, British film writer and director (green top)

RONNIE THOMPSON: reproduced by kind permission of the Colchester Gazette

By Molly Garlick

The uproar surrounding the absence of ethnic minorities from the nominations for this year’s Oscars misses the point, according to an award-winning Colchester film-maker and writer. 

Ronnie Thompson, who has directed two feature films including the hit I Am Soldier, said: “I can see why black and ethnic minorities feel that they are being misrepresented but I don’t think it’s just that. I think it stretches beyond that, digging deeper into the class structure in the industry.” Continue reading

Junior doctors’ leader condemns Tory ‘bullies’

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DOCTORS’ PROTEST: Dr Sheneen Meghji (front) outside the Chelmsford hospital where she works

By William Mailes

The leader of Chelmsford’s junior doctors last week condemned Jeremy Hunt for prolonging the dispute over doctors’ employment contracts.

Sheneen Meghji, 31, a junior plastic surgeon at Broomfield General hospital, Chelmsford, warned that “more strikes will occur” now the health secretary has imposed new contracts. Continue reading

Caravan Theatre hits campus

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SMALL VENUE: director Cassie Catchpole outside her eight-seat performance space

By Joeann Murphy

A 10-minute play put on in a caravan stunned Essex students last month with its frank approach to sexual harassment and consent. 

The Caravan Theatre was parked outside the university student centre – with room for an audience of eight for each performance of the short play, Can’t Touch This. Continue reading