Film: When Uncle Joe had to go

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Death of Stalin Director: Armando Iannucci As a long-time correspondent in the House of Commons, I couldn’t stand Yes, Minister, because I could spot the flaws, exacerbated by the …

Film: Talking about love

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Call Me By Your Name Director: Luca Guadagnino Acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino is back to talk about love in Call Me By Your Name. Love cannot be bought or …

TV: Bizarre life of Brian

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Zapped Dave When it comes to stories set in strange and exotic places, I tend to be more of a science fiction fan. I prefer such worlds to be actual …

Books: Going underground

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Clive Jennings

The British Underground Press Of The Sixties by James Birch and Barry Miles £35   Picture the scene: it’s June 1965 and Barry Miles and his pal John ‘Hoppy’ …

Books: Rock ‘n’ roll reminiscences

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

A Fast Ride Out Of Here by Pete Way Constable £20   Lucky Man by Greg Lake Constable £20   There are rock musicians who live to play, and those …

Books: Lessons from a Jurassic survivor

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Maria Fyfe

Socialism And Hope by Neil Findlay Luath Press £12.99   Jurassic Labour is how Neil Findlay describes himself: not Old Labour and certainly not New Labour. And his book shows …

Film: Rumble in the jungle

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Jungle Director: Greg McLean Dark, exotic, and harrowing, Jungle is an enthralling adventure based on the experiences of young Israeli, Yossi Ghinsberg, who in 1981 spent weeks lost in the …

Theatre: Battle, loss and chills

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by William Russell

Venus in Fur Haymarket Theatre, London Anything that Flies Jermyn Street Theatre, London Tryst Tabard Theatre, London In David Ives’ Venus in Fur, writer and director Thomas (David Oakes) is …

Film: Life on the margins

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Florida Project Director: Sean Baker Breathe Director: Andy Serkis The Florida Project is an audience-dividing movie of Brexit-level proportions – or Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Proportions, if you would prefer …

Theatre: States of the nation

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Saint George and the Dragon National Theatre, London Labour of Love Noël Coward Theatre, London In Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo (1943), there’s a typically didactic exchange. Andrea, the great …

TV: Georgie girl

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Our Girl BBC 1 Red Dwarf XII Dave Our Girl started with Lacy Turner playing the title role of a female British Army medic who finds herself in harm’s way …

Music: New purveyors of old school rock

Published: November 8, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Sticky St Moritz Club, Soho, London Remember leaving your school uniform in a carrier bag, in the coatcheck of a dank basement club, before heading downstairs to enjoy a classic-rock …

Champion of the dispossessed

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Murray Rowlands

It was very unexpected to find Ken Loach, the country’s leading film director, speaking at Camberley Theatre. Through­out his long career 82-year-old Loach has provided the voice for the dispossessed …

Books: No weak and feeble woman

Published: October 24, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy Penguin £10.99   At its best, history is a great treat to read. First and foremost it is a story, as in the …

Books: A layman’s guide to hope

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Carole Dawson Young

No Is Not Enough:?Defeating The New Shock Politics by Naomi Klein Allen Lane £12.99   Donald Trump’s cabinet of billionaires and multimillionaires represents a simple fact, says Naomi Klein: “The …

Books: Our England, on the buses

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Riding Route 94 by David McKie Pimpernel Presss £9.99   Margaret Thatcher once said that any man over thirty still catching buses was a failure in life. Or did she? …