Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house


mia madre
Mia Madre(Home) made by Italian filmmaker, Nanni Moretti, who also plays the son, Giovanni , in the film. Two siblings face the death of their mother and react in different ways. The daughter, Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a Ken Loach character, shooting a film about workers occupying a factory after its taken over by an American, Barry Huggins, played by real life American actor John Turterro. At the same time Margherita breaks up with her partner and her daughter is struggling with her studies and being a teenager. In contrast, Giovanni, takes time out from his job and is more able to cope with his mother’s decline.The conflict between family members over the decline of a parent is spot on. I think Margherita steals the show as she deals with a series of emotional crisis in her life and attempts to work through them. Nanni, I feel is a better filmmaker than actor. Mia Madre is a brilliant film in exploring how families deal with the death of a parent and the reality being that until it happens to you you don’t know how you will react.

Fastfood Rights Autumn Party (Free Entry for food workers) – Friday 9th October 2015. The BFAWU and the fast food rights campaign are throwing a party at the Moston Miners. There will be bands, comedy and the live link up with #fightfor15 fast food workers in the USA who are striking to double the minimum wage all across America.

The fast food rights campaign is one of the most dynamic union campaigns at the moment join them at this event. They say; We are calling for; £10 minimum wage, end to zero hour contracts,end the unfair youth rate of pay and dignity and respect for all workers.


unbridled spirits
Unbridled Spirits Women of the English Revolution 1640-1660 by Steve Davies. It is not the most well written history book I have come across, although Stevie is a brilliant fiction writer, but it is still one of the few books that explores the lives of women radicals in the English Revolution. Her research is excellent she has searched through documents to find eyewitness accounts and personal stories to bring to life some of the bravest women. She says she wants to “haunt” readers with these womens stories, and she did me, it is frightening to read the way these women were treated just because they wanted to speak out about the political conflict. I particularly loved the stories of the starving Peace Women who petitioned Parliament for relief. It was reported by the press; “Two or three hundred oyster wives, and other dirty and tattered sluts, took upon them the impudency to come to the honourable House of Commons.” They charged into the House, blocked staircases and entrances until the soldiers beat them back with swords. My kind of women! Try your local library for a copy of buy on Abe Books for about £3. See


g oldham
From the experts how to paint, use litho and textiles to produce your own artwork. They are all local artists and you can spend the day with them at Gallery Oldham this autumn. The cost is very reasonable at £30 which includes all materials. Apart from art courses at the Moston Miners there are few opportunities for people who want to learn creative skills without going on a very expensive college course. More details see

About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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1 Response to Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

  1. CineMuse says:

    Mia Madre is a difficult film to review because of its ability to cut through emotionally. Audiences who have not lost a parent may find it slow and may even decide not to see it. But if you have been there, it can shake you up a bit. Great film overall. Drop in for a read at mine.

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