Film


Higher! Further! Faster! More!

19 March 2019 Captain Marvel is Marvel's first blockbuster with a female lead. Miriam Kent asks what we should make of it all these female superheroes taking over the big screen.

Love, power and the politics of survival in Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’

12 October 2018 Ewa Jasiewicz explores the complex interplay of class and gender in Pawlikowski's stunning new film.

Real stories with real people: the films of Sanjay Kak

7 September 2017 Dipesh Pandya speaks to documentary film-maker Sanjay Kak, who for 30 years has been working outside the mainstream to tell a story rooted in the struggles of those excluded by India’s militarism and its narrative of neoliberal growth

Book Review: The Day the Music Died – a Memoir

5 December 2016 Sheila Rowbotham reviews the memoirs of BBC director and producer, Tony Garnett.

Mustang film review: Three fingers to Erdogan

22 November 2016 Laura Nicholson reviews Mustang, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s unashamedly feminist film critique of Turkey’s creeping conservatism

The Confession – a survivor’s story

16 November 2016 Robert Rae reviews a new film about former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg

Edinburgh film festival reviewed

16 November 2016 Robert Rae reports from the Edinburgh film festival

It’s time to celebrate multiculturalism again

16 August 2016 Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg tells his story in The Confession - a feature length documentary showing in cinemas now. Luke Wilson spoke to director Ashish Ghadiali about the British Asian experience of the War on Terror

The Divide: ‘must-watch’ documentary

28 July 2016 Rosanna Hutchings from campaign group Renters' Rights London explains why they hosted a public screenings of this documentary

We Are Many: One day’s lasting legacy

4 June 2015 Jerry Whyte reviews We Are Many, a new documentary about the huge anti-war marches of 2003 – and their enduring effects more than a decade on

Udita: the women garment workers standing up for themselves

15 May 2015 Tansy Hoskins takes a look at Udita, the new film from acclaimed documentary makers Rainbow Collective about female garment workers in Bangladesh

Pride in the fight

1 December 2014 Siobhan McGuirk celebrates the solidarity – and humour – of a film about when lesbians and gay people backed the miners

From the archives: A victim of America—Muhammad Ali and the war against terrorism

28 November 2014 When Hollywood bosses were asked by the Bush administration to do their bit in the 'war on terrorism', they signed up eagerly – and they came up with the notion of getting much-loved former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali to promote US policy. Mike Marqusee tells the story (first published March 2002)

Culture and Revolution: The Pan-African Festival of Algiers

31 October 2014 Hamza Hamouchene introduces the revolutionary documentary, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers 1969

Not forgetting who you are

3 January 2014 The Happy Lands revisits 1926 in Fife, Scotland, spotlighting one mining community’s stand against austerity. Director Robert Rae talks with two of the actors about mining history, Fife today and Scotland’s future

Into the Fire: a different picture of Greece

15 September 2013 Guy Taylor watches an important and urgent film about refugees in Greece caught between the repression of Fortress Europe and the street violence of Golden Dawn

Fighting a plague

27 August 2013 Mark Pendleton reviews two film histories of the inspiring story of AIDS activism in the US

The Condition of the Working Class: what’s changed?

21 May 2013 Filmmakers Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill discuss their new Engels-inspired documentary, The Condition of the Working Class, with Clive James Nwonka

Days of hope: The Spirit of ’45 review

25 April 2013 Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 is not just an exercise in nostalgia but a compelling intervention into the politics of the present, writes Alex Nunns

Film review: The Gatekeepers

17 April 2013 Brian Precious reviews a documentary that shows the calculated brutality of Israel’s security services – using their own words

Review: Riots Reframed

9 April 2013 Michael Pooler reviews a film that gives an alternative view of the 2011 riots

Riot from Wrong: An example of what journalism could look like

24 November 2012 Koos Couvée reviews a film about the riots that gives a different point of view

Film: Who Polices the Police?

24 October 2012 Ken Fero, director of 'Who Policies The Police?' writes about the making of the film which examines the complicity of the IPCC in deaths in custody and the struggle of one family for justice

Ill Manors, reductionist politics?

21 June 2012 Plan B's debut film portrays extreme anti-social behaviour in working-class and ethnic minority communities. The film could prove to be Conservative propaganda for Broken Britain, argues Clive Nwonka

Review: The Missing Billions

18 June 2012 As UK Uncut win their case at the high court to challenge the Goldman Sachs tax deal, Kitty Webster reviews the new documentary 'The Missing Billions'

Review: La Grande Illusion

28 April 2012 As a digitally restored version is released, Michael Pooler revisits Jean Renoir's anti-war masterpiece

Venezuela’s hip-hop revolutionaries

30 March 2012 Jody McIntyre and Pablo Navarrete report on Venezuela’s Hip Hop Revolución movement

Epitaph to a generation: John Akomfrah interview

9 March 2012 Siobhan McGuirk speaks to John Akomfrah about his new film – and the 2011 riots

Blockbusters only please, we’re British!

26 January 2012 Filmmaker Clive Nwonka responds to the recently published UK Film Policy Review paper, and David Cameron’s questionable stance on film funding.

A night at the multiplex: an interview with Mark Kermode

21 December 2011 Sean Gittins talks to Mark Kermode about modern cinema and the role of the film critic

Review: Black Power Mixtape

14 December 2011 Selina Nwulu reviews new civil rights movement documentary Black Power Mixtape

Review: The Fear Factory

26 November 2011 Polemic documentary challenges sensationalist media portrayal of youth crime, but suffers from staid approach and lack of young voices, says Georgia Rooney

Unwatchable

20 October 2011 Amy Hall reviews the film 'Unwatchable' but finds real life even more disturbing

Crowd allowed

4 August 2011 Siobhan McGuirk on the way inspiring new documentary Just Do It was made

Film review: Unwrapping the drugs debate

4 July 2011 Siobhan McGuirk reviews ‘Cocaine Unwrapped’, a documentary that asks good questions but avoids too many answers

From kitchen sink to fish tank

19 June 2011 Siobhan McGuirk traces the history of social realism in British cinema as the genre starts to make a comeback

Empty tank

18 June 2011 Social realism was a strong tradition in British cinema. Clive James Nwonka argues that we need it as much as ever

Machete: The action hero gets political

4 February 2011 Severed limbs and a splatter of anti-capitalism. Raph Schlembach watches Machete

Review: The war you don’t see

21 December 2010 J. Sadie Clifford on John Pilger's latest documentary.

The media war you don’t see

12 December 2010 Red Pepper's Latin America editor Pablo Navarrete interviews John Pilger ahead of the release of his new film, 'The War You Don't See.'

An idealist and a sceptic

27 September 2010 In his best work, director John Ford depicted a complex world through the lens of an understated but powerful critique says Mike Marqusee

South of the Border

28 July 2010 Oliver Stone's new documentary chronicles the emergence of progressive governments in Latin America. Roberto Navarrete talks to him and Tariq Ali, one of the film's scriptwriters.

Fierce urgency

25 July 2010 Beyond the Tipping Point? Director: Stefan Skrimshire ‘That it goes on like this is the catastrophe,’ the German critic Walter Benjamin once wrote, a comment all the more prescient given that our present lifestyles threaten to change the climate beyond the point of reversability. This film is not about the climate science behind the suggestion […]

Left tide

25 July 2010 Samuel Grove reviews South of the Border, directed by Oliver Stone

Journal de combat

16 June 2010 Emilie Bickerton celebrates Cahiers du cinéma, the French film journal that insisted on seeing film as an art form

Just say yes

7 October 2009 As the anti-corporate pranksters the Yes Men launched their new film, {Red Pepper} dispatched Brendan Montague to meet them and get the lowdown on their unusual form of activism

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela

26 August 2009 Derek Wall reviews Pablo Navarrete's new documentary

Waltz with Bashir is nothing but charade

23 February 2009 The Israeli film considered favorite to win an Oscar for best foreign language film lost out, but Gideon Levy, for one, was not disappointed by this decision

The power to prevail

3 June 2008 The annual Human Rights Watch film festival promises to highlight the power of the human spirit - and it doesn't disappoint, writes Angela Saini

When the enemy is at the door

6 March 2008 Will Atkinson talked to Ken Loach



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