Dyslexics in Film: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

For Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios returns with some familiar faces, as well as some brand-new cast members.

One new addition is dyslexic star Sylvester Stallone, who plays Starhawk, an enhanced humanoid robot and influential member of the Ravagers gang.

Stallone is joined on screen by fellow newcomer Kurt Russell, this sees the pair share screen time for the first time since their days as infamous cop duo Tango and Cash.

With an all-star cast, a loyal fan base and an extremely rare score of 100 with test screen audiences, anticipation for the release is now higher than ever.

The Plot

Set two-to-three months after the prequel, the Guardians are back and on a mission to help Peter Quill, the half-human and half-alien leader discover more about his heritage. There are a lot of mysteries to Quill’s past after he was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by alien thieves, the Ravagers.

As the team travel throughout the cosmos, they’re faced by numerous problems, which creep out of the woodwork. Ultimately, they find that they must stick together to make it through this mission.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is on general release across the UK from April 28.

Have you seen this film? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


This content was written for The Codpast which is an online publication for people with dyslexia. Get more updates on this great cause by following them on Facebook or Twitter. 

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Dyslexics in Film: Dyslexia film made by dyslexic people

Dyslexic filmmaker Trevor Thomson is reaching out on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to aid the creation of a new documentary, exploring the emotional journey of ‘coming out’ as dyslexic. But this documentary has a unique quality to it, backed by a whole cast and crew who are also dyslexic and can accurately portray the feelings and experiences that someone with this goes through.

The aim behind Trevor’s film is to create awareness and a better understanding amongst those who may be lacking information about dyslexia. Additionally, the team are also keen to inspire those who are struggling to deal with their own identity. “We want to give the viewer an experience of what it’s really like to be dyslexic,” Trevor explains, “it affects people in all different ways and all different walks of life.”

By addressing these issues, the film will lead you through the personal stories of several contributors, exploring the positives and negatives they have faced. Trevor reinforces the idea that dyslexia isn’t picky with who it affects and it really can happen to anyone. The short trailer for the film features the legendary racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart exploring how dyslexia has affected him. He discusses how he has adapted his lifestyle and finds ways to “think outside the box” now, in order to complete daily tasks.

The team have a goal to raise £15,000 which will fund the whole production, including the crew, equipment and editing costs. In return, Trevor is passionate about staying connected to the audience and updating them as the project progresses. He will create a website, enabling viewers to interact with the team and share their thoughts on ideas raised.

This documentary is produced by Bluestar Streaming and Dyslexia Scotland. If you would like to get involved and help Trevor and his team spread their message, you can donate to the Indiegogo profile HERE.


This content was written for The Codpast which is an online publication for people with dyslexia. Get more updates on this great cause by following them on Facebook or Twitter

Dyslexics in Film: The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen see’s dyslexic actor Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games, Now You See Me, Natural Born Killers) star as Mr. Bruner, an inspiring teacher and occasional agony-uncle.

In a genre that has seen better days, director Kelly Fremon Craig brings this coming-of-age drama to our screens. The film sets the scene with a distressed Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) telling her history teacher (Harrelson) of her intentions to commit suicide. adding: “I just thought an adult should know.” From here, we begin to see a friendship form as she regularly turns to Mr. Bruner for advice.

Nadine isn’t the biggest fan of high school and her teenage years have made it difficult for her to feel accepted. When her best friend and brother become an item, her life is tipped into turmoil and Nadine is thrown on a journey of self-discovery.

Although this sounds like your typical angsty teen drama, The Edge of Seventeen was widely acclaimed at it’s screening during the Toronto Film Festival. Variety Magazine also called it, “The savviest teen comedy in years”

The Edge of Seventeen is out on general release in cinemas across the UK from November 30.

Have you seen this film? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


This content was written for The Codpast which is an online publication for people with dyslexia. Get more updates on this great cause by following them on Facebook or Twitter

Dyslexics in Film: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Last month actress Lauren McCrostie popped into The Codpast studio to tell us the serendipitous story, of how she ended up starring in the latest Tim Burton film. The film is currently on general release so we thought we’d give you the lowdown on what it’s all about.

Originating from the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs and adapted for screen by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust), visionary (and dyslexic) director Tim Burton adds this latest peculiar and spellbinding story to his collection.

Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) held a close bond with his grandfather who often reminisced about tales of his past, leaving Jake enthralled by the mysterious nature of them when he suddenly passes. His grandfather’s stories always led back to an orphanage where he stayed with “peculiar children” before joining the British army.

Clues lead Jake to visit the orphanage based in Wales, where he meets Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and the peculiar children his grandfather had spoken so fondly of. In true Tim Burton fashion, these children are anything but ordinary and Jake becomes mesmerised when he learns about the special powers they exhibit.

Amongst the peculiar children, there is a real sense of strong females that remains at the forefront throughout. One of which not only represents strong females but is also leading the way for neurodiversity, as she plays the part of Olive (Lauren McCrostie) who holds the power to make fire with her bare hands.

Twists and turns through different worlds and time lapses send Jake tumbling into the world of the peculiars and into a battle against their dark enemies, led by Barron (Samuel L. Jackson).

So far the reviews of Miss Peregrine’s Home… have been mixed, with the script writing been criticised for being “conventional big action territory” by The Hollywood Reporter. While The Guardian claim it to be “Tim Burton’s best in 20 years.”

To find out for yourself you can view Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children at cinemas across the UK.


This content was written for The Codpast which is an online publication for people with dyslexia. Get more updates on this great cause by following them on Facebook or Twitter

Me Before You – An Emotional Investment

*WARNING* You’ll have to compromise your dignity and mascara upon stepping into the cinema.

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I honestly went into Me Before You, blind to the consequences. I mean, I knew it was going to be a sad one, but I had no real concept of where the story was going and how deeply it may affect me. Depending on how emotionally invested you get with stories – films or books alike, then this might be something to consider. Personally, I get very emotionally involved, the story will capture my heart, take me on a journey and I will live the rollercoaster with every character that I have been taught to love. However, this is one of the many things I love about film, books and music, I let myself go and can become vulnerable. Sometimes this can lead to shattering consequences but every now and again, just sometimes, it might mean that you are able to stumble upon something truly great.

Furthermore, I can see why some people may find the idea of knowingly going to see a sad film, a slightly alien one but I go because I hold out for those moments that are going to take you by surprise and be beautiful and tragic all wrapped into one. So if I’ve managed to still hold onto you this far, then the important part to take from this, is that Me Before You has one of those rather special moments.

I don’t want to be one of those reviews that completely gives the game away, riddled with spoilers so instead, I’ll give you a brief synopsis and leave it on a slight cliffhanger (because I’m nice like that).


Me Before You
, originally a book and then adapted for the big screen by writer, Jojo Moyes starts by introducing us to the male lead, Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) and his life with the rather flawless girlfriend, Alicia (Vanessa Kirby). However, soon and quite abruptly into the start of the film, Will’s life is turned upside down when he is hit by a motorbike and left paralysed. It is important to remember the kind of life he led before the accident, not only did he have the perfect girlfriend but he also wasn’t one to live on the safe side. He was an extremely social character, adored by women but also admired by men and an avid fan of sports, bringing a new meaning to ‘thrill-seeker’.

Therefore, just about everything that made Will’s life so enjoyable and worthwhile is now just a mere memory of what once was. Understandably, frustrated and angry at the world, Will falls into a state of depression, resenting having to live as a grown man under his parents roof and be taken care of in his every move. Concerned parents, Stephen and Camilla (Charles Dance and Janet McTeer) decide a friend to talk to and someone to keep him company would hopefully change Will’s outlook on life…

Queue Lou Clarke, (Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones beauty) who bursts onto the scene full of life and colour.

While she may not be quite the flawless character we saw play Will’s girlfriend at the beginning of the film, she has other qualities that override this. She is full of wit, has a questionable dress sense with a slight ditsy nature about her but all of this contributes to making her such an endearing, relatable character.

However, Will doesn’t give Lou an easy time, to say the least. Not welcoming the company at first, Will pushes Lou away with his agitation and snappy tendencies. Lou is desperate for the job though, in a bid to help her family with financial issues and so views it as her mission to persist, intent on helping and making progress somehow. Slowly an understanding begins to form between the two and from there a seed has been planted and rest assured, we all know something special is about to grow.

Now, that’s where the storytelling ends… I did say it would be a cliffhanger!

I can tell you though, that Me Before You is a superb cinematic experience and a definite worthwhile way to spend just under two hours. If I could advise just one thing in all of this, it would be, to not be afraid of crying. Don’t run away from whatever sadness or pain you are trying to shield yourself from, that may result in avoidance to watch this. By doing so, you may be missing out on some beautiful storytelling. The kind of storytelling that captures what love is and what it is that makes us humans reach out, create bonds and feel emotion, in this world which is too often full of hate and turmoil.

Watch the trailer for Me Before You here: