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Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics..new films on Joan Littlewood, Mass Observation, Nightmail and Zinky Boys

Watch                 O What a Lovely War; a Tribute to Joan Littlewood   (free, click on the link). It’s hard to imagine a character such as Joan running a theatre these days. An … Continue reading

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

Watch Dheepan (Home)…how much do we really know about the refugees who escape war in their country and arrive in the west? Few people know about the war in Sri Lanka and the role of militants, the Tamil Tigers, who … Continue reading

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

      Watch  Public Eye (DVD.) As drama on our television screens seems to be dominated by murder and violence, it’s good to remind ourselves that there was a time when stories about the seediness and smallness of  people’s … Continue reading

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

      Watch Ladies who Do (free on this link ) a fascinating comedy set in London in 1963 about women cleaners from the east end of London who use their inside knowledge to play the stock market, well, … Continue reading

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

 Watch High Rise  (Home and elsewhere) based on the J G Ballard novel of the same name which was written in the 70s. Tom Hiddleston plays Richard Laing, a new occupant in a soaring modernist tower block. Not sure if … Continue reading

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

    Watch Underground, (only one showing on April 6 at Home) – a classic British film about the lives of working class Londoners. Nell is a shop girl ( a prestigious job at that time), Bert is an Underground … Continue reading

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

    Watch Hail Caesar(Home)…at last a funny film! Set in ‘50s Hollywood there are several plots going on but George Clooney as Baird Whitlock, the star of a Quo Vadis type movie, does steal the show at least for … Continue reading

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