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Are authentic accents important in film and TV?
At the ripe old age of 100, Dr Dolittle has been reincarnated in the form of Robert Downey Jr. In the latest screen version of the children's literature classic, Dolittle, released in the US today, he is also Welsh... or at least Wales-adjacent.

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Our new accent fixation

We seem more obsessed with analyzing accents than ever before. Voice coaches draw millions of views for videos critiquing accents.

While there is a key to mastering an accent successfully,...

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No more ‘funny voices’

Accents are part of the broader debate about representation in film and TV. Film and television are now available for screen-grabs and sound clips that allow us to reflect over performances for em...

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Ignoring authenticity

Recently, an option seems to be ignoring authenticity completely and have actors perform in their native intonation. The hope is that the focus on the accent will fade away and cause viewers to sto...

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Speech systems

Speech systems, rather than accents or dialects, should take into consideration the diversity of human speech and acknowledge how voices are informed by age, gender, time and cultural context.

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Judging accents is subjective

How we judge accents often comes down to how important we think authenticity is.

Authenticity is probably not an essential element in a story. What we believe about a story is more important ...

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“People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.”

A. C. Benson.

On Giving Constructive Criticism

Sharing and receiving feedback is necessary for improvement. If you have ideas on how someone can improve, don’t hold your ideas back, share your criticism constructively.

Of course, be sensitive to others’ feelings and offer feedback when you feel the other person is ready to take it. Else, you may come across as imposing your views on others, especially if you repeatedly tell them what to do without them requesting it.

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