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Clive Owen in Children of Men

Clive Owen in Children of Men


Children of Men
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron
In cinemas now

Don’t let the fact that this film is based on a book by the Tory novelist PD James put you off going to see it. I found it incredibly moving.

The dystopian vision of the film rests on the premise that when faced with a crisis the British government will turn to racist repression.

The heroes of the film are ordinary people who first cut their activist teeth on anti-war demonstrations.

It makes you leave the cinema wanting to go out and punch a politician - which makes it a good film in my book!

Matt Grabham


Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair
Out Of The Blue Drill Hall, 30–38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6
Wed 11 Oct–Sun 15 Oct
www.word-power.co.uk

This popular alternative book fair enters its tenth year with a packed speaker programme, film screenings and a photographic exhibition.

Activist authors including Vandana Shiva, Achin Vanaik, Craig Murray, Ilan Pappe, Aijaz Ahmad and Michael Albert will be speaking and debating on a variety of anti-capitalist and anti-war themes.

When The World Said No To War is an exhibition covering the anti-war movement opened by Rose Gentle of Military Families Against the War.

The entire event is dedicated to the memory of anti-racist activist John LaRose, who died recently. A documentary celebrating his life will be shown at the fair. All events in the programme are free.


Homestead
Written and directed by Steven Dykes
The Courtyard at Covent Garden, London
Until 15 October
www.thecourtyard.org.uk

Steven Dykes’s powerful new play is inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba.

Homestead is set in the Baptist US Deep South in the 1950s, rather than the Catholic Spain of Lorca’s final masterpiece.

After the death of her husband, Lillian Beckman is intent on controlling her five daughters’ future and her land.

But the daughters yearn for personal and sexual freedom, especially the youngest, Adele.

The arrival of an Elvis Presley song on the radio, which momentarily releases their energy, and a handsome suitor for the eldest daughter Agnes, heralds tragedy.

A brilliant all-female cast put in wonderful performances - and the dramatic, atmospheric set fits the story perfectly.

Matthew Cookson


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Sat 7 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2021
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