Film & theatre

Barry Healy reviews High Ground, a new film about Aboriginal resistance that weaves together Aboriginal and white narrative traditions.

Chris Slee reviews a new documentary showing how British mercenary company Keenie Meenie Services trained a notorious Sri Lankan government paramilitary force, responsible for the torture and murder of Tamil civilians.

John Pilger describes how class remains the most virulent disease in Britain, resulting in record levels of child poverty.

A new documentary describing the background and aftermath of last year's West Papua protests has been launched, reports Human Rights and Peace for Papua.

Barry Healy reviews The Furnace — a road trip (by camel) mixed with a western-style shoot-‘em-up centred on stolen gold.

The Trial of the Chicago Seven retells the story of the 1969 show trial of seven high-profile activists, while stripping away much of the period's radicalism in the process, writes Alex Salmon.

Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair is an animated short film that dares to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, writes Susan Price.

First written in 1938 by Tennessee Williams, Not About Nightingales tells the story of how four hunger-striking prisoners died while being locked in a steam-heated cell. Alex Salmon looks at a new adaptation of this play premiering in Australia.

The charming and humorous Sri Prem Baba

Chasing the Present focuses on the psychological and spiritual journey of a successful young New York businessperson who finds himself at a mental crossroads, beset by panic attacks while advancing a successful career, writes Barry Healy.

Fabrice Luchini and Camille Cottin in The Mystery of Henri Pick

There's a moment in The Mystery of Henri Pick where a charmingly grizzled literary critic, recently made unemployed and dumped by his wife, catches a show on his hotel room television. It's a second where something of the new world penetrates the protective membrane surrounding the 20th century sensibility of this film, writes Tracy Sorenson.

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