Category "Culture"

Review: Pride

Review: Pride

Review of the film “Pride” (Pathe Films, UK, Cert 15) by Dave Lewis (former member of London Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners 1984/85). Image copyright Colin Clews, www.gayinthe80s.com __________________________________________________________________________________ Pride tells one of the many thousands of overlooked stories from the [...]

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Killed for being a Goth

Killed for being a Goth

“Freak” “Mosher” “Weirdo” “Slag” “Goth” “Poof” If court transcripts, internet rumours or witness statements are to be believed, the above were the last words Sophie Lancaster heard as she was stamped, kicked and beaten to death in 2007. She and her partner Robert Maltby, both twenty-one, were [...]

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Review: The Last Days of Troy

Review: The Last Days of Troy

The Last Days of Troy is a reinterpretation of the siege of Troy, showing us the horrors of war during the centenary of WWI. While Homer’s  Iliad is a poetic recitation of the story of the siege, encapsulating the drama [...]

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Review: Jimmy’s Hall

Review: Jimmy’s Hall

There are so many unsung heroes, in our history and our present, in the day to day struggle against tyranny and injustice yet Ken Loach has uncovered another one for us in his latest film, Jimmy’s Hall. The film is set [...]

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Totentanz – the dance of death

Totentanz – the dance of death

The First World War unleashed a torrent of artistic responses, not only agitational in nature or designed to combat official propaganda, but moreover a symptom of young minds desperately trying to confront the brutalities of their new century. The influence [...]

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Illuminating the Cave

Illuminating the Cave

Illuminating the Cave

Jonah Miller takes a look at some fictional writings by Marxist authors Stieg Larsson, the Swedish journalist whose posthumously published Millennium trilogy has sold millions of copies, wanted to leave his assets to the Communist Workers League (now called the Socialist [...]

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Film review: The Patience Stone

Film review: The Patience Stone

Atiq Rahimi’s adaptation of his novel of the same name burns with a slow fuse. If you are looking for CGI and car chases then look elsewhere, but this film had me gripped throughout. The central performance of Golshifteh Farahani is [...]

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