2016 is here, and after an eventful 2015 we were left wondering what will happen in 2016? What will be the major talking points? Of course many things are impossible to predict, but our writers have their say on what they think may happen in the coming year – will they be proved correct, or end up with egg on their faces? Only time will tell.
Leonardo DiCaprio still won’t win that evasive Oscar.
I really would have loved to have been able to say “This year will be Leo’s year!”, and after watching the trailer for his latest film The Revenant I have no doubt that he will once again be nominated for Best Actor. He’s playing an intensely awesome part in a film that straddles between historical fact and epic American folklore – and there’s a scene where he gets mauled by a bear. Classic Oscar material.
But then I saw the trailer for The Danish Girl. Sorry Leo – no chance.
The more cynical side of me immediately saw that a film capitalising on the fact that 2015 was the year that transgender issues became ‘in’ is the most ‘Oscar-baity’ of the bunch. But even with the cynicism aside – Redmayne practically became a national treasure after playing Stephen Hawking. And now he’s playing Lili Elbe – one of the first recorded recipients of gender reassignment surgery. As far as I’m concerned – the Oscar is already his for the taking.
All that being said, I haven’t actually seen either of the films yet – so maybe I shouldn’t be so sure. We’ll see. If I’m right, Leo will be as gracious as ever and I will fall all the more in love with him for it. If I’m wrong, and Leo does finally win that Oscar, he definitely won’t be the only one celebrating.
Arts funding to be increased and interactive theatre to be a hit.
Artists are now creating more collaborative theatre as a way to save money. Whilst the government continues to cut arts funding this is becoming more and more common amongst theatre-makers, with some companies facing up to 40% cuts last year.
The arts form such a huge part of modern day society and are a vital platform in education. Exposure to the arts from a young age is an excellent way to gain a balanced and thorough education. The arts council have outlined several goals in their 2015-18 plan to expose more young people to the arts including easier access to museums, galleries and theatres – and I predict that the government will see the ‘error of their ways’ and restore arts funding to a higher level.
The idea of collaborative theatre is a beneficial one because it opens up more opportunities for a greater number of people exposing them to the theatre-making process, giving them access into the industry in different ways. Mischief Theatre, founded by LAMDA graduates have already had a successful run of Lights, Camera, Improvise in the West End following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe – the show involves the audience contributing ideas to a film improvised live on stage. The audience; whilst being entertained, are also a part of the production. Theatre company Frantic Assembly run a Learn & Train programme which exposes universities, colleges, schools and theatres to the companies theatre-making process, so expect to see more of this type of work and for it to thrive in the coming year.
Moana to beat Frozen box office figures
Disney have always been renowned for producing blockbuster hits such as The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, but not many predicted their 2013 feature film, Frozen, an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, to become one of the studio’s biggest successes. The feature animation made $1.276 billion at the box office, gained the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and has since had both a sequel and musical adaptation announced for the coming years. So now one of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind is will Disney ever be able to match this success?
Walt Disney Animation Studios have only released one motion picture since the release of Frozen. Big Hero 6 was their first animated feature using material from their Marvel Studios acquisition – and although the film gained critical and commercial success and was awarded the Academy Award, its box office intake was only $657.8 million (though still the highest-grossing animated film of 2014). They have two chances this year to attempt to match the success of Frozen with their anthropomorphic adventure, Zootopia (Zootropolis in the UK) and their tale of a Polynesian princess, Moana.
Ever since the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1937, Disney’s princess films have been the studios’ most reliable franchise with characters such as Ariel and Belle becoming iconic. To make this formula even more certain Disney have brought in Disney Legends, Ron Clements and John Musker to direct the animated feature. The pair are iconic for creating some of Disney’s classic films such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been cast as the Demi-God Maui and two-time Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda who this year was a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award for his Broadway masterpiece, Hamilton, is one of the composers of the soundtrack.
I believe Disney have pretty much sealed themselves a number one contender for the “Frozen” crown. The main question now however is: Will Zootopia (Zootropolis) be a surprise underdog?
Refugee crisis will worsen, Islamaphobia will increase, and Britain will sleepwalk into leaving the EU.
All the signs seem to be pointing to an EU exit for Britain. Just like Donald Trump’s campaign has gained momentum in the US due to fears about migrants and terrorism, so could the leave campaign in Britain – as David Cameron tries to rush through the In/Out referendum by the summer.
Bombing campaigns in Syria will have little impact on ISIS, and as long as they are allowed to sell oil and generate revenue they will spread their message of hate much further than the borders of Syria and Iraq. Terrorist attacks like the one in Paris are inevitable. Europe’s Schengen Agreement will be dissolve, as the flow of refugees continues, and Islamaphobic incidents will increase in both severity and volume – likely leading to further radicalisation of young Muslim’s and a continuing cycle of violence.
A section of the media will paint David Cameron’s negotiation attempts for a reformed Europe as a disastrous failure. The leave campaign, which will be backed by top Tory ministers trying to grab the top job, will spread a campaign of fear, much the same tactics that won the 2015 general election, over worries about immigration, terrorism and the NHS as its crisis escalates. The buzzword “security” will possibly be the most used word of the year. Britain, out of fear and lack of solid information, will vote to leave the European Union – a result that could even lead to David Cameron resigning as Prime Minister.
Of course, Britain may cautiously vote to remain in the EU, much like what happened in the Scottish referendum – but things can spiral out of control quickly in politics, and Britain is walking on thin ice at present.
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