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  • A child lies in a hospital bed, alert and smiling up at a man, Aneurin Bevan, and two women dressed in nurses uniforms typical of the 1940s, on the first day of the National Health Service

    Anchors for hope: The uses of nostalgia

    Nostalgia can inspire action towards a more just society, says Siobhan McGuirk, if we remember without romanticising socialist victories past

  • A stylised still from the television series Adipurush featuring muscular actor Prabhas with lightening strikes behind him, flowing hair and holding a bow and arrow

    Ram Rajya 2.0: Nostalgia, cinema and Indian nationalism

    Priya Chacko and Maggie Paul explore how historic and religious popular culture uses nostalgia to further Hindu nationalist agendas – a process known as ‘saffronisation’

  • The exterior of the BBC Television Centre in London

    When the people made television: the BBC’s Community Programme Unit

    An exhibition revisiting a radically different, democratic approach to programming in the 1970s prompts Andrew Dolan to consider whether another BBC is still imaginable today

  • A black and white photograph. Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo sits next to his wife Cleo at the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in 1947. Bertoldt Brecht sits in the background

    Monopolywood: Why the Paramount accords should not be repealed

    Repealing the Paramount accords could set independent cinema back, writes Vaughn Joy

  • Scene showing men in dole queue from 1997 film The Full Monty

    The Full Monty at 25

    A quarter of a century after its release, The Full Monty still resonates today. Alex Green revisits a working-class story told with compassion and humour

  • Six people pose in brightly coloured clothes and balaclavas

    Riot daze

    In the current political climate, despair come easy. From Pussy Riot to queer cabaret, we must find hope in one another, argues Siobhan McGuirk

  • A group of people sitting on the floor, heads down, waiting

    Cinema on the move

    Inventive films are helping shift migration narratives from suffering to empowerment while expanding the politics of possibility, argue Lily Parrott and Laura Stahnke