Adam White

Freelance journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Freelance arts and culture journalist, writing about films and things at various places. Commission me please.

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The Independent
06/27/2019
The earthy magic and lawless energy of being a child at Glastonbury

I wasn't conceived at Glastonbury, but for the first decade of my life I may as well have been. I was, in many respects, a Glastonbury baby. Born and raised in nearby Bristol, I first visited in 1994, aged two with potty in hand, and attended for the five years that followed.

Playboy
03/05/2019
Cruel Intentions and the sex-positive revolution that wasn't

If the moral panics of early 1990s America were driven by the perceived threat of teenage murderers, from the grimy Cinemax-primed salaciousness of Amy Fisher to the public outcry over Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers-a movie so culturally galvanizing that Bob Dole called it "a nightmare of depravity"-the second half of the decade was all about the threat of teenage sex.

Huck Magazine
03/01/2019
The return of Royal Trux, music's most destructive duo

"I don't know how many times I had guns pulled on me," says Jennifer Herrema, reminiscing about her early days as one half of Royal Trux, the seminal noise-rock outfit she founded with former partner Neil Hagerty. The band return this week with White Stuff , a surprise 11th studio album.

i-D
01/23/2019
Splendor is Gregg Araki's forgotten ode to polyamory

Still from Splendor "Love is a mysterious and baffling thing," says a disembodied voice at the beginning of Splendor , the 1999 polyamory rom-com from Gregg Araki that's noteworthy for never, ever being talked about. The words are are heard over lush close-ups of lips, teeth, and groping hands, all bathed in bisexual lighting and soundtracked, like so much of Araki's filmography, by Slowdive.

i-D
10/30/2018
Fear Street made a generation of teens afraid of their babysitters

R.L. Stine didn't invent the teenager. But for a generation of young people coming of age in the 1990s, whose earliest scares arrived via pulpy teen horror novels you couldn't believe your parents were actually letting you borrow from the library, he basically did.

i-D
06/27/2018
The progressive feminism of 90s slasher films lives on today

In David Gordon Green's upcoming sequel to Halloween, marking Jamie Lee Curtis's return to the franchise that made her name, Laurie Strode is reintroduced as having meticulously prepared for and almost willed the escape of Michael Myers, the incarcerated killer who stalked and murdered her friends 40 years earlier.

INTO
06/11/2018
Rethinking the groundbreaking queer activism of Anne Heche

If you consumed pop culture between the years of 1997 and 2001, you inevitably had an opinion on Anne Heche. As one half of America’s first openly gay celebrity power couple, Heche dominated cultural discussion...

Us of America
02/25/2018
The digital museum preserving and celebrating black American funk

There’s no waiting in line, you won’t be charged for admission, and people won’t stand in front of you while you’re gazing at things. But funkiness, while not an obligation, is at least recommended. This is UnCut Funk, a digital museum founded in 2007 that has emerged as one of the most vital spaces for black pop culture history on the internet, preserving the pioneering images and icons of the 1970s and beyond.

Dazed
11/15/2017
Remembering Brittany Murphy with the people she touched

For anyone who grew up during the era of her fame, or those who have discovered her in the favourite films of your older, 90s-inclined siblings, Brittany Murphy was one of the greats. Standing at barely five foot two inches, she was tiny but magnetic, with the rare ability to seem both completely approachable and disarmingly terrifying, personas she could switch on and off with remarkable ease.

The Telegraph
09/01/2017
The true story of Toni Collette's 'tasteless', long-lost Princess Diana movie

In the winter of 1998, director David Parker was anxiously awaiting a decision on the US fate of his royal rom-com, Diana & Me. He had brought his film to LA from Australia, where it had been released several months earlier beneath a cloud of unexpected ghoulishness, and was hoping to convince a US distributor to buy it.

The Telegraph
08/21/2017
The cult of Cruel Intentions: how a debauched teen movie seduced a generation

In an era of squeaky clean teen movies, Cruel Intentions was a sexy cinematic firebomb, one dressed up in a blood-red bustier and dripping in quasi-incestuous dirty talk. A hotbed of elegant townhouses, preppy fashions and lurid camp, Roger Kumble's Nineties classic feels both entirely of its time and yet oddly ageless.

Dazed
06/28/2017
Revisiting the erotic coming-of-age thriller Poison Ivy

In SZA's "Drew Barrymore", the confessional alt-R&B chanteuse pines for an estranged lover while repeatedly second-guessing her own behaviour. "I get so lonely, I forget what I'm worth. / I just need to see you. I'm sorry I'm so clingy, I don't mean to be a lot".

The Telegraph
02/27/2017
Moonlight's Barry Jenkins on privilege, awards, and turning his childhood into art

I meet Barry Jenkins right at the beginning of the second act of his star-is-born moment; three months after a select few people got their first glimpse at his sophomore masterpiece Moonlight; but before the global accolades and Oscar wins that have since confirmed him as a major new voice in filmmaking.

Little White Lies
12/20/2016
How Scream became the prom queen of slasher horror

In the winter of ’96, 20 years ago this week, Scream’s blend of murder mystery, self-referential comedy and era-defining celebrities resulted in box office magic. Exceeding all expectations, director Wes Craven’s story of a masked killer stalking pop culture-savvy teens in a quiet California town became the sleeper hit of the festive period. A sequel was already in the works by March, and by May the film had grossed $100m. It remains the most successful slasher movie in history.

Huck Magazine
02/06/2016
Revisiting Nineties kids in their bedrooms 20 years on

For anyone on Tumblr afflicted with severe '90s nostalgia and a Daria Morgendorffer fetish, you will have undoubtedly seen at least a couple of very specific photographs in your feeds lately. They show teenagers in their bedrooms - some vacant, some proud, some seemingly willing the ground beneath them to swallow them whole.

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