arts

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? …

Theatre: Return to the Age of Aquarius

Published: October 21, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Hair The Vaults, London To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hair‘s off-Broadway opening, the show has been given one hell of a party. And that’s even before you get into …

Theatre: Scandalous memories

Published: October 21, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

A Day by the Sea Southwark Playhouse, London Some plays would by now be completely forgotten if not for a scandal that makes them memorable. NC Hunter’s A Day by …

Film: London calling

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

London Film Festival 2017 The 61st London Film Festival (October 4-15) began with a rousing plea for ­disability not to be seen as a limiter (Breathe) and closed with a …

Film: Yasmine’s sweet success

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Rita Di Santo spoke to acclaimed actress Yasmine Al Massri (pictured) at the recent El Goun Film Festival. Released in 2008, Caramel, writer/director Nadine Labaki’s debut feature, was a sensation …

TV: Back behind bars

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Porridge BBC 1 Electric Dreams Channel 4 If there’s one key ingredient that is going to make the new version of Porridge a success, it is the fact that Dick …

Film: Larky and unexceptional

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Director: Matthew Vaughn The Exception Director: David Leveaux Kingsman: The Secret Service, freely adapted from the 2002 comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons by …

Books: Chomsky’s optimism

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Brian Heatley

Optimism over Despair: On Capitalism, Empire and Social Change by Noam Chomsky Penguin £6 Noam Chomsky, now 88, is America’s leading public intellectual. Often called the founder of modern linguistics, …

Books: Chomsky’s message of defiance

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Who Rules The World? by Noam Chomsky Penguin £9.99 This book is a therapeutic read for anyone suspicious of leaders, sceptical of politicians, contemptuous of ‘social democratic’ parties and astonished …