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History of making things skips over some inconvenient truths

History of making things skips over some inconvenient truths A new six-part series on the BBC looks at the history of manufacturing in Britain. It glosses over the crucial dynamic—class, argues?Blythe Taylor

First Man puts humanity at centre of the space race

First Man puts humanity at centre of the space race The new biopic of Neil Armstrong is about much more than a tense marriage and celestial exploration

Courageous production of Brecht’s anti-war classic Mother Courage and her children

Courageous production of Brecht’s anti-war classic Mother Courage and her children Red Ladder Theatre Company, with the support of Leeds Playhouse, are putting on a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children

Black 47's Western genre does justice to the horror of Ireland’s famine

Black 47s Western genre does justice to the horror of Ireland’s famine Black 47 is a familiar tale of righteous violent revenge. But its subject matter sees it stand alone from other classics of the genre

Reviews round-up: The Burning Tower

Reviews round-up: The Burning Tower Burning Tower makes a case for investment in social housing.

The Captain film points a finger at trappings of authority

The Captain film points a finger at trappings of authority It’s two weeks before the end of the Second World War and the German army is disintegrating.

Shakespearean roles turned on head in Queen Margaret


Gender roles and how they shape society are explored in an innovative new play set in the world of William Shakespeare’s plays, says Pat Clinton

Playwright David Edgar—can the left turn the tide against the right?


Was a rightward shift was inevitable for the generation that rose up against the Vietnam War?

Michael Inside—an honest account of life in prison


Director Frank Berry challenges the concept of prison reform in his new drama Michael Inside

Faces and Places is a nice telling of ordinary lives—but does it marginalise black people?


Director Agnes Varda and photographer JR travel around France and put up huge photographs of the people they meet

Towering architectural feats? Piano fails to hit the right note


Architect Renzo Piano has made a successful career out of designing buildings that ordinary people are largely excluded from using

Inspiring anti-racist message from 1978


The Northern Carnival against the Nazis—a rally and concert held on 15 July 1978 in Moss Side, Manchester—was a defining moment in establishing anti-racism in the city and beyond.

Dissent reinterpreted in new exhibition curated by Hislop


Powerful pieces are on display at British Museum’s latest big show but its eclecticism means their context is lacking, argues Hassan Mahamdallie

Music plays on in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, in documentary One Note At A Time


This is the story of struggling artists in New Orleans and their resilience

A hot romance for Cold War musicians in new Polish epic


Captivating performances and musical talent in a context of peasants and modernisation makes for interesting viewing

Idles’ new album is a lightning bolt against reaction


If someone forced you at gun point to describe Idles’ latest album in two words, you could do a lot worse than “angry” and “loud”.

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman film is a strong call to arms for anti-racists


There are some problems with Spike Lee’s new film, not least how it portrays the cops, but it redeems itself with its key message, says Antony Hamilton

Too much farming in The Guardians, a story of changing women’s lives


The Guardians is an interesting exploration— in the last 20 minutes— of how the First World War changed the role of women in the workplace and the family

Powerful pictures in south London exhibition of black achievement and resistance


An exhibition of photographs about black British life shows the gear change from first arrival to first resistance against racism

Reason in Revolt


“Revolutions would be a lot more successful if we could make them with the people of the future, not the flawed, self-centred specimens we have now,” says Bolshevik soldier Pavel in Alan Gibbons’s fictional account of the Russian Revolution.

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