The imagined words of CLR James to his compatriot Ulric Cross, “You were born in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution... you were born into freedom,” set the scene for Hero.
Artist Keith Haring’s work came out of the New York graffiti and gay scenes. A new exhibition in Liverpool charts his too-brief career, writes Noel Halifax
The new series of this high octane BBC thriller builds on the complex relationship between spook Eve and assassin Villanelle
Budapest high society basked in a heatwave in the summer of 1913. In Hungarian language drama Sunset, its depravity, decadence—and destruction—lie in the shadows.
A new book about the fight by women to get the vote in the US focuses on voices which are too often left out of mainstream histories, writes?Jan Nielsen
Illegalised will disturb you deeply, and that is a good thing.
Beats recounts the Scottish free party scene in this well judged slice of 1990s nostalgia which makes political points too, writes Brian Claffey
Working class parents square off against a middle class teacher in Class, a new play by Iseult Golden and David Horan.
A brutal school shooting in Statten Island, New York, is the start of a glittering pop career in Vox Lux.
Film exhibitions often amount to no more than memorabilia. This exhibition about film director Stanley Kubrick has higher ambitions.
Styx centres around a woman on a solo sailing journey from Gibraltar to Ascension Island who comes across African refugees in a sinking fishing vessel.
A movie about former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi can be hard to watch—but it exposes a horrible and vulgar system, writes Simon Basketter
Isabella Hammad’s book is an ambituous examination of ideas of identity and colonialism without sacrificing its narrative, writes Gareth Jenkins
The Half-God of Rainfall is a contemporary tale of violence, trauma and taking back power
For historian Greg Grandin, the story of the frontier is more like Cormac McCarthy’s macabre anti-Western novel Blood Meridian
There’s bags of atmosphere and mercifully few cliches in this poignant, brutal and sometimes funny film, says?Alistair Farrow
While this film about Van Gogh’s last years could have approached the writer’s life in more fruitful ways, it remains poignant, writes Ben Windsor
The Old Drift is an astounding novel about Zambia that is rich in history, politics and extraordinarily fine storytelling.
Channel 4’s new six-part sitcom written by and starring Rufus Jones is very promising.
The story is a compelling tale of Tara’s battles at a top ballet school alongside her fight to live an authentic life. It’s a masterful study, argues?Laura Miles