Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr is an arts and features writer for The Independent.

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Photographer Matt Lankes' portraits of the cast of Boyhood influenced the film's storyline

The young actor playing the titular "boy" in Richard Linklater's Oscar-nominated movie became fascinated with photography, and his character develops a similar interest

Protests outside 'The Sun' from No
More Page 3 campaigners

Why boobs are still news: Farewell Page 3

The Sun appears to have stopped publishing topless models on Page 3. Now boobs are being shown on women's terms, says Gillian Orr

Photographer Norma I Quintana celebrates the eccentricities of circus performers in America

Quintana's project "Circus: A Traveling Life" chronicles a 10-year collaboration between the photographer and an American travelling one-ring circus

George Ezra enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2014

George Ezra: My fantasy band

‘It blows my mind that Keith Richards is still alive...’

PJ Harvey will be working on her follow-up to 2011's Let England Shake

P J Harvey set to begin month-long residency inside glass recording studio at Somerset House

Gillian Orr explores what it means to make an exhibition of yourself
Jubilant: This Girl Can campaign

Sport England's new campaign to encourage girls and women to exercise is a triumph

How did they get it right - and will it work, asks Gillian Orr?

Photographer Peter Untermaierhofer finds beauty among the rubble of deserted buildings

The Bavaria-based photographer started shooting deserted venues after discovering a community dedicated to seeking them out across Germany

Prosecco on tap could soon be banned

Prosecco is now outselling champagne in the UK - but could the EU call time on the party?

Italians are not pleased with the idea that British pubs are presenting fizz from kegs like frothy beer, says Gillian Orr

Joan Didion in the office of her late husband, John Gregory Dunne

Author Joan Didion is unveiled as model for ultra-chic fashion label Céline

And that's not the only sign that the literary lioness has a curious cult following...
The shape of things to come: bodyweight training

Fitness trends 2015: Cardio tennis, foam rollers and shaking it like Beyoncé

Forget Zumba and spinning, Gillian Orr discovers how we'll be working out in 2015

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They fled war in Syria...

...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
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Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

Kelis interview

The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea