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18 April 2018

Vital depiction of fight for Aids prevention and treatment

Film - 120 BPM: Activists in 'Act Up' in the 1980s and 90s organised militant political action against the ongoing Aids crisis

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7 February 2018

Darkest Hour: Not the usual flattery of brutal Tory Churchill

Watching Gary Oldman as Churchill in 'Darkest Hour' at the Tyneside Cinema, I felt quite emotional. I was angry - if it was left to the Tories in 1940 they would have surrendered to Hitler.

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31 January 2018

Trump as Nixon: urgent questions about press freedom and the state

Film: The Post: In 1971 US casualties in Vietnam were running at 500 a week, and opposition to the war was reaching boiling point.

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15 November 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including cancer treatment privatisation, The Death of Stalin, mental health cuts and Arriva profits.

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25 October 2017

Film - Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

He maintained his radical statements even when considered 'unpopular'. But even some good class fighters can lose their socialist compass

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25 October 2017

Well-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

Film - The Death of Stalin: Fans of The Thick of It's lampooning of New Labour will notice parallels. The Stalinists, like the Blairites, are egotistical buffoons, completely isolated from the working class

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18 October 2017

October 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

The October revolution showed countless millions that workers have the power to stop exploitation and oppression. It's no surprise these events inspired marvellous documentary and artistic works. The Socialist revisits some of the classic accounts of 1917 - and comments on some more recent efforts to smear it...

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11 October 2017

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including BAE job cuts, PCS action and cinema strikes.

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6 September 2017

Warts-and-all account of class war and the struggle for LGBT+ rights

Non-fiction review: Pride: 'Pride' tells the story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM). The group struggled alongside miners and their families in south Wales during the 1984-85 strike

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26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

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24 May 2017

Gentrification, class and race in Brixton film

Film review: A Moving Image: A stirring look at gentrification in Brixton, south London

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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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