Film & theatre

Navalny film

Barry Healy reviews a new "fly-on-the-wall" documentary about the life of Alexei Navalny, following his sensational poisoning by Russian government agents in 2020.

Caged Birds film

Barry Healy reviews two Swiss films showing the country's extraordinary history of radical personal and political struggle.

Dark Winds

Barry Healy reviews a new crime series revolving around the struggles of the Navajo Tribal Police in Monument Valley, Arizona.

Ben Wishaw in This is Going to Hurt

Barry Healy reviews a new series is set in the British National Health Service, which is reeling from neoliberal funding cuts.

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

Ben Radford reviews Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Caryl Churchill’s 1976 play co-directed by Hannah Goodwin and Helpmann Award-winning Eamon Flack.

Bill Onus

Barry Healy previews a new documentary celebrating the life of Bill Onus, Australia’s first Indigenous filmmaker and a little-known but significant cultural and political figure.

The Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy screened Ithaka, a film about Julian Assange, with his father John Shipton a keynote speaker. Niko Leka reports.

Australian landscape

Progressive filmmaker, Damon Gameau spoke with Green Left about his new film, a response to the devastating 2019–20 bushfires.

Protester holds a picture of Jimmy Savile and Margaret Thatcher

Netflix documentary Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story attempts to explain how TV celebrity Jimmy Savile's ties to the British ruling class enabled him to get away with sexual abuse for decades, writes Alex Salmon.

'Addressing Unfinished Business' film by Amanda King

A successful Dare to Struggle Film Festival (DTSFF) was held in Sydney on April 22‒23, featuring more than 50 films on a variety of campaigns, reports Jim McIlroy.

Maixabel film

The Basque liberation movement, ETA, waged war on the Spanish state for about 60 years. Maixabel is obligatory viewing to understanding the emotional and spiritual impact of armed struggle, writes Barry Healy.

Happening still shot

Happening shows the importance of legal abortion through the experience of a young woman forced into backyard abortion in early 1960s France. Barry Healy reviews.

A son haunted by his relationship with his dead father in Meyne Wyatt's City of Gold Image credit Da

Talented actor Meyne Wyatt hammers at the racism of his home town, Kalgoorlie, and opens up on other areas of racism in his hard-hitting play, City of Gold, writes Barry Healy.

Paul W R's Last Journey

If you like sci-fi movies with a gentle, slightly mystical feel, this film is worth your time, as long as you don't expect any politics, writes Barry Healy.

Oscar Wilde’s poetry, life and battle against homophobia featured as part of Sydney Living Museum's Mardi Gras, ‘After Dark’ event, writes Rachel Evans.

Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Magimel give committed performances in Peaceful (De son vivant)

How does a person who feels they have failed in life face up to impending death? Peaceful delves into that question, with authenticity and outstanding performances, writes Barry Healy.

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