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  • Why is diversity in film so important?
  • Why is diversity in film so important?
    Crazy Rich Asians (2018) ©

Crazy Rich Asians: paving the way for diverse tales in film

As the first Hollywood movie to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years – and the most successful rom-com in nearly a decade – Crazy Rich Asians has been heralded as a potential game-changer for the industry. How is a film about one-percenters in Singapore promoting more diverse pop culture?

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As the first Hollywood movie to feature an all-Asian cast since 1993’s Joy Luck Club, Crazy Rich Asians has been heralded as a potential game-changer in an industry that has a poor track record on diversity – just 3.9% of characters in the top 800 films released between 2005 and 2015 were Asian or Asian-American. [1] It has become the highest-earning rom-com since 2009’s The Proposal, and while part of the film’s success is down to its cast and crowd-pleasing story, the unadulterated wealth porn on display also factors into its appeal, giving viewers a satisfying ...



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    Riley Rose: a teen lifestyle brand reviving US malls

    Conceived as an ‘homage to Millennials’, lifestyle store Riley Rose offers Instagram-worthy skin care alongside rainbow candy and chic homeware. But beyond its social media-friendly products and interior design, the brand represents a concerted effort to draw teens back to the shopping mall.

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    Hamilton: a musical that diversifies American history

    Two years after debuting on Broadway, Hamilton – a contemporary musical about immigrant-turned-Founding Father Alexander Hamilton – is grossing nearly $2 million a week. How did this hip-hop musical with an ultra-diverse cast become a cultural phenomenon both on-stage and off?

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    Empire: the seedy soap opera taking over the small screen

    Somewhere between a gaudy soap opera and hip-hop rendition of Glee, Empire has enjoyed a growing viewership for ten consecutive weeks, now drawing more than 17 million viewers. But what is it that’s made Empire the biggest thing to hit America’s small screen in over a decade?

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    Fast and Furious: driving diversity in the cinema

    Eleven years after its debut, the Fast and Furious franchise is more lucrative than ever. The latest is the third film ever to break $1 billion in the box office. But is its success down to cars, girls and explosions? Or does it offer something no other franchise does – a cast as diverse as its audience?