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2008 preview: cinema, paintings and plays for socialists to see

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The new year will see a host of films, exhibitions and theatre work of interest to socialists.
Issue 2083
Rodchenko’s photography
Rodchenko’s photography

The new year will see a host of films, exhibitions and theatre work of interest to socialists.

Hunger, which comes out later this year, is the first feature film from Steve McQueen, the Turner Prize winning video artist. It looks at the last few weeks in the life of Bobby Sands, the IRA hunger striker who died in 1981.

Isaac Julien is another black British director, best known for his film Young Soul Rebels. He is releasing a film portrait of the pioneering gay director Derek Jarman next month. The film release coincides with an exhibition of Jarman’s work curated by Julien at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Other major exhibitions set for this year include From Russia at the Royal Academy. It features a host of great paintings not usually seen outside Russia’s museums, including works by Renoir, Vincent van Gogh and Kazimir Malevich.

The Royal Academy show should open later this month – provided it is not blocked by the deteriorating diplomatic relations between Russia and Britain.

A very different Russian artist is on show at the Hayward Gallery in London from 7 February. Alexander Rodchenko: Revolution in Photography looks at the work of the photographic pioneer who worked for the Bolshevik government in the 1920s.

Theatre productions to look out for include George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara at the National Theatre in London, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot at the Library Theatre in Manchester, and The Grouch, a version of Molière’s The Misanthrope, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

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