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Captivating film exposes the complexity of ‘mundane’ life

A story based around a writing group in a small French town reflects on a radical history of struggle and the threat of racism, says Sadie Robinson

Exhibition shines a light on the art of the ‘dark ages’

The artefacts of six hundred years of Anglo-Saxon rule on display at the British Library provide a unique insight into history, writes Camilla Royle

Birds of Passage is a refreshing tale of gangs, family and the system

Birds of passage is a visually stunning account of the lives of the Wayuu clan who live in northern Colombia.

Reviews round-up—All We Wanted Was Everything


I’m Not Running

Plays about the plight of the Labour Party must be in vogue.

Explosive war caper lords it over zombies and Nazis

As a cult subgenre, Nazi zombie films have their own conventions and cliches to follow. Producer JJ Abram’s Overlord works because it does them so well.

Widows is a heist film that pushes at the genre’s limits

Steve McQueen’s new film couldn’t be more different to his past work. It’s strength is in nuanced, powerful points about US society, says?Julia Ryder

The workers who sabotaged Pinochet’s murder machine

A new film tells how engineers in East Kilbride refused to work on the Chilean regime’s jet engines. Dave Sherry spoke to one of those workers, John Keenan

Death of a Salesman - chasing dreams in a society that produces nightmares

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller has always been a very popular play.

Peterloo film brings a class revolt to life

Watching Mike Leigh's film makes you feel like you were actually there on the day the massacre took place in Manchester in 1819.

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

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

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

Black 47's 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

Burning Tower makes a case for investment in social housing.

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

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