Film

A slice of Palestinian life

Submitted by Matthew on 4 October, 2017 - 11:56

Cathy Nugent reviews “In Between”


Maysaloun Hamoud’s film portrayal of three Palestinian women who share a flat in Tel Aviv shows the difficulties of finding personal freedom and breaking from a patriarchal background.

Hamoud does not foreground Israeli society yet it is always present. While the modernity of Tel Aviv nurtures the women and helps them find their way, the anti-Arab racism of the wider society impinges on the choices they can ultimately make.

Challenging the “lost cause” myth Matthew Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:36

The American Civil War casts a long shadow over America history. Anyone doubting its pernicious legacy need only note that all of the states of the former Confederacy except Virginia voted for Trump. However it would be a mistake to believe that the white population of this region have alway acted en bloc as rabid racists.

An argument against post-factual politics Matthew Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:09

Denial is a dramatisation of the libel case brought by Holocaust denier and Hitler apologist David Irving against the American academic Deborah Lipstadt (author of Denying the Holocaust, in which Irving featured prominently) and Penguin Books (which published her book).

Changing through struggle

Submitted by AWL on 30 November, 2016 - 12:40 Author: Bruce Robinson

Sun-Hee works as a cashier in a large supermarket in a South Korean town. She is just about managing, working unpaid overtime she hopes will earn her the permanent position she has been promised which would enable her to satisfy some of her children’s wants. Shy and passive, she watches as a colleague, Hye-mi, is humiliated by being forced to apologise on her knees to a customer.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 2 November, 2016 - 1:41 Author: Ollie Moore, Charlotte Zalens, Peggy Carter and Gemma Short

Station staff on London Underground are balloting for strikes, and industrial action short of strikes, against job cuts.

The ballot begins on 1 November and closes a fortnight later. Both the RMT and TSSA unions are balloting their members. London Underground’s “Fit for the Future” restructure programme on stations has seen nearly 1,000 jobs axed and thousands of workers forcibly regraded and displaced.

Not miserable but inspiring Matthew Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:25

After the UK premiere of Ken Loach’s latest film, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, in Liverpool at the time of Labour Party conference, I was filmed for a trailer. What did I think of it?

The life and films of Ken Loach

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 12:58 Author: Luke Hardy

People think they know what to expect from a Ken Loach type of film. It’s about working class struggle, collectively or as individuals. It’s political. It uses non-professional actors, alongside professional ones. It will be naturalistic and eschew studio filming or flashy effects. The welcome BBC documentary ‘Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach’ reminds us there is more to Loach.

The man who made Spartacus: The life and work of Stanley Kubrick dalcassian Wed, 06/01/2016 - 21:18

Blatantly recognisable, but with a style which never overwhelms the content, his films are individual, personal - yet awesome in scale and power. So protective was he of his artistic vision that he lived for most of his career in self-imposed exile from the Hollywood system in Britain, even reconstructing Vietnam here because he didn't like flying. He was idiosyncratic, maverick, reportedly very difficult and perfectionist; but that is frequently the mark of an artistic genius.

The rage of the refugee Matthew Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:25

In the opening scene of Dheepan, beaten soldiers of the Tamil Tigers are burning their war dead. They have been brutally defeated by state forces in the Sri Lankan civil war. As the funeral pyre burns in the jungle clearing, one man quietly changes out of his uniform and into tattered civilian clothes. He has had enough of the killing; it’s time to get out.

Making a Mess of the Blacklist AWL Wed, 03/30/2016 - 21:09

This review was written prior to Eric Lee's review, published in Solidarity 397 (9 March 2016) , and deals with similar themes.


Daniel Randall reviews Trumbo (Dir. Jay Roach, 2015).

A compelling central performance from Bryan Cranston, ably supported by an excellent ensemble cast, featuring sterling work from Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Louis CK, and Elle Fanning in particular, is not enough to save Trumbo from being rather a mess.