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12 April 2017

Newham socialists attend 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

Newham Community Cinema held a showing of Ken Loach's film 'I, Daniel Blake' on 8 April. On behalf of East London Socialist Party branch I was asked to introduce the film.

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1 March 2017

How black women fought racism and sexism at Nasa

Film review: Hidden Figures: Space rockets and the struggle against racism and sexism might seem an odd combination but Hidden Figures definitely pulls it off

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8 February 2017

Canterbury Socialist Party attends 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

Socialist Party members recently organised a film night instead of our usual branch meeting - the film was 'I, Daniel Blake'. Beforehand we sold 17 copies of the Socialist outside the venue.

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8 February 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Roger Bannister's retirement, Sri Lankan strikes and ambulance staff shortages.

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19 December 2016

Support mounts for Picturehouse strikers

The young workers at the Picturehouse cinema in Hackney struck over the launch of the new Star Wars film, 'Rogue One'.

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19 December 2016

Film review: Rogue One

It's clear from the off that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a spin-off from the main saga, is a little bit different. The whole scenario is an allegory for American imperialism and intervention in the Middle East, and the insurgency it has created.

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16 November 2016

A Street Cat Named Bob: tale of neglect by capitalism

Film review: 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is the heart-warming story of a man trying to beat addiction and homelessness with the support of his pet cat.

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9 November 2016

Hackney Picturehouse strike

Strikers at Hackney Picturehouse picketed the launch of a new film on 4 November, A Bectu rep spoke to Clare Doyle.

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2 November 2016

We are all Daniel Blake: no more deaths from benefit cuts

Thousands of people have died since the implementation of 'work capability assessments'. This is what the new Ken Loach film 'I, Daniel Blake' is all about. Enough is enough with this inhumane system!

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26 October 2016

"We are all Daniel Blake!"

The new Ken Loach film "I, Daniel Blake" premiered at a cinema at Leicester Square, London, on 18 October. The film is about the hard life the main character, Daniel Blake, faces when he needs to access the benefit system after his health deteriorates.

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18 October 2016

Film review: Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon is a disaster pic for real. The film dramatises the BP-leased oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing eleven crew members. Only by nationalising these corporate giants safe and sustainable energy be possible.

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12 October 2016

Ritzy strikers walk-out and rally

Ritzy strikers followed their picket line on 7 October with a rally outside the British Film (BFI) Institute festival and march to Leicester Square

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21 September 2016

Film review - 'Blacklisted'

"No justice! No Peace!" rings out from a megaphone. New documentary 'Blacklisted' is a film about power, the organisations that wield it and the people who fought back.

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7 September 2016

Socialism, black liberation and cricket - the life of CLR James

Film review - Every Cook Can Govern: This new documentary takes us on the journey of a fighter who became a black liberation icon. But ultimately it is an incomplete look at the life and impact of socialist revolutionary CLR James.

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16 August 2016

A reply to Guardian writer John Harris

Under the headline 'If Trotskyists are on the march there's chaos ahead', John Harris wrote an article in the Guardian on 12.8.16 attacking Militant and the Socialist Party

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1 June 2016

Film: Money Monster

Engaging attack on finance capitalism and the capitalist media: Boxing similes abound in Jodie Foster's 'Money Monster', and ultimately it pulls its punches.

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25 May 2016

What we saw: 'I, Daniel Blake' and Hunt/'Thick of It' remix

Anti-cuts drama 'I, Daniel Blake' has won top gong at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, another filmmaker has mashed up a Jeremy Hunt interview with political satire 'The Tick of It'.

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11 May 2016

Film review: Eddie the Eagle

Tribute to working class Olympic spirit: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part... the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."

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Dalton Trumbo, photo Huntington Theatre Company/Creative Commons

Dalton Trumbo, photo Huntington Theatre Company/Creative Commons

9 March 2016

Film review: 'Trumbo' - from the red carpet to the blacklist and back again

The movie Trumbo tells the story of the 151 US film industry stars who were blacklisted for alleged communist sympathies. Specifically the 'Hollywood Ten' whose fame and wealth didn't stop them being jailed by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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3 February 2016

Witty take on credit crunch misses problems at heart of capitalism

Film review: 'The Big Short' is a story about the 2008 world economic crash. You won't find the unemployed or the homeless in it. But what you will see is the fraud, corruption and greed of finance capital.

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