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Slowthai sticks two fingers up to ‘Great Britain’

28 May 2019
Slowthai wastes no time making clear his disdain for the establishment in Nothing Great About Britain, his debut album.

Untold voices from struggle for women’s suffrage in US

28 May 2019
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—brutal play about immigration detention

21 May 2019
Illegalised will disturb you deeply, and that is a good thing.

A barnstorming, drug-filled trip to Scotland in the 1990s

21 May 2019
Beats recounts the Scottish free party scene in this well judged slice of 1990s nostalgia which makes political points too, writes Brian Claffey

Class act feels a bit familiar

14 May 2019
Working class parents square off against a middle class teacher in Class, a new play by Iseult Golden and David Horan.

Painting the Democrats as progressive

14 May 2019
Knock Down The House tells the story of four women standing in the 2018 US mid-term elections.

A tale of love and last meals bridges the divide in the US

14 May 2019
Campaigners on either side of the death row protest movement find love despite big political differences and in difficult circumstances, writes?Toni Bruce

Vox Lux is a bold vision, but loses its politics along way

30 April 2019
A brutal school shooting in Statten Island, New York, is the start of a glittering pop career in Vox Lux.

Stanley Kubrick exhibition is one for the die-hard fans

30 April 2019
Film exhibitions often amount to no more than memorabilia. This exhibition about film director Stanley Kubrick has higher ambitions.

The Parisian is a challenging debut novel about identity

16 April 2019
Isabella Hammad’s book is an ambituous examination of ideas of identity and colonialism without sacrificing its narrative, writes Gareth Jenkins

At Eternity’s Gate tells a story of fragility and artistic genius

01 April 2019
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

A new African epic, with Afronauts

25 March 2019
The Old Drift is an astounding novel about Zambia that is rich in history, politics and extraordinarily fine storytelling.

Us - a paranoid horror that is about more than scares

24 March 2019
According to director Jordan Peele, Us is about “the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies”. It follows his wildly popular and critically acclaimed Get Out.

Home is an empathetic sitcom exploring the refugee crisis

19 March 2019
Channel 4’s new six-part sitcom written by and starring Rufus Jones is very promising.

Girl is a powerful film about trans teenager’s struggles

19 March 2019
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

A documentary that exposes horrors of domestic abuse in Tory Britain

05 March 2019
This Dispatches documentary is a gruelling look at a refuge for women fleeing domestic abuse.

Foxtrot film doesn’t dance to the Israeli state’s rhythm

05 March 2019
It was funded and then boycotted by the Israeli government, but Nick Clark argues that it reduces the occupation of Palestine to a story-telling device

And the Rest of Me Floats

26 February 2019
This is a bold and vibrant piece of theatre that feels like a celebration of gender fluidity.

Story of race in the US leaves audience floundering

26 February 2019
Race and class in Trump’s America form the spine of this well-directed play.

Resist the attempts to turn the screws on drill musicians

26 February 2019
The ruling class say violence happens because of music, but they are deflecting blame from themselves, argues?Love Music Hate Racism’s Zak Cochrane

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