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Trumbo film delivers a powerful blow to McCarthyite terror


A new film about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo brilliantly avoids the pitfalls of a Hollywood film about Hollywood, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

A play that opens up debate as the witch hunters shut it


Hassan Mahamdallie spoke to Saba Shiraz about his play, The Crows Plucked Your Sinews, on Somali history and the war on terror

Exhibition—In the future they ate from the finest Porcelain


In the future they ate from the finest Porcelain Larissa Sansour’s exhibition features three short films set in the context of the urgency of Palestine’s political problems.

‘Bob Marley inspired a generation—to stand up for our rights’


Brian Richardson, author of the new book Bob Marley—Roots, Reggae and Revolution, spoke to Socialist Worker about Marley’s music, politics and legacy

A Guantanamo guard’s view from inside Camp X-Ray


Director Peter Sattler’s film Camp X-Ray stars Kristen Stewart as US army private Amy Cole and Peyman Moaadi as Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali.

Will new TV show Jericho do the navvies' story justice?


ITV’s new series tries a bit too hard to make sure you know it’s set in t’ North—but the true story behind it means there’s still hope, says?Simon Basketter

Celtic Connections festival celebrates Easter Rising


There’s a fascinating line-up to look forward to at this year’s Celtic Connections, an annual music festival held in Glasgow.

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As millions died in the trenches of the Western Front, thousands of women were pushed into the workforce in Britain.

London Recruits—‘An opportunity to assist the struggle against apartheid’


Forthcoming film London Recruits tells the story of young activists who fought apartheid. Sabby Sagall spoke to some of them about that struggle

Film round-up - Snowden, Joplin and Zombies


Socialist Worker’s guide to a few films coming out in 2016. Look out for reviews in our coming issues

Dickensian brings together old characters in a fresh plot


The BBC’s Christmas special series Dickensian unites some of Charles Dickens’ best-known characters for a murder mystery, writes Mary Brodbin

Tripped—a comedy that doesn’t quite reach its potential


Channel 4’s Tripped is a drugs comedy gone science fiction drama.

The ghosts of Christmas TV past, present and future


So you have Dr Who (Christmas Day, BBC1) and Sherlock (New Year’s Day, 9pm, BBC1).

Two classics of Italian opera are revived in the modern world


Italian composers Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavello, together with Giacomo Puccini, were the last representatives of the Italian realist tradition known as “verismo” (realism).

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London Recruits tells story of the young workers and students whoundertook clandestine missions for the African National Congress (ANC) during the apartheid regime.

Starting Again—a hardhitting exhibition that brings refugee families to life


There are few flaws in this new photography exhibition that highlights the pain and joy of reunited refugees living in Scotland, says?Stephen McBroom

Jon Savage’s 1966—when popular music captured the mood of rebellion


 

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In this programme Ahmed, a 16 year old Syrian, takes us on an unprecedented guided tour—through one of the biggest refugee camps in the world.

Hardboiled cop show Luther is still fresh after five years


The BBC’s crime show Luther is back for a fourth series. But it remains fresh—because it refuses to be a regular cop show, writes?Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Modern Living by Matthew Darbyshire


This collection of artist Matthew Darbyshire’s work looks at how humans relate to the spaces that they live in. He looks at the way people amass objects for the home, shop or office and what these objects say about us and our society.

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