Five things to get or see this month

Issue section: 

Pet Shop Boys - global poverty - anti-war folk songs - Michael Moore latest - Russian art

Battleship Potemkin
Barbican, 11 January

Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 epic film of Russia's failed 1905 revolution is set to a new score by the Pet Shop Boys, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra. It was first performed in 2004, when the film was shown in Trafalgar Square to an audience of thousands.

Many scenes from the film will already be familiar, even to those who have never seen it before, as it was a true watershed in cinema. The new score has divided critics, but the power of the imagery has lost little over the past 83 years.

A Dollar a Day
From 8 January
9.30 BBC Radio Four

With half of the world's population living on under a dollar a day, this series sets out to ask whether the global target of halving world poverty by 2015 is in any way viable. It looks into the lives of those living with nothing around the world, seeing what life is like for those earning so little.

Hopefully this will provide a useful analysis, rather than a patronising view of world hunger. This first programme focuses on those living in Western Kenya.

Not in our Name
Songs for Change CD

This lively compilation brings together a host of anti-war folk artists. Singers such as Roy Bailey have contributed tracks to the CD, proceeds from which go to the Stop the War Coalition.


Michael Moore's scathing attack on the US "healthcare" system was on limited cinema release, but now you can take it home on DVD. It looks at how the sick are kept sick to make the healthcare corporations rich, and any attempt to humanise the system is met by ferocious opposition from the ruling class.

From Russia
Royal Academy, London
From 26 January to 18 April

This exhibition will bring together a unique collection of paintings, many never before seen in Britain. There will be 120 pieces by Russian and French artists working between 1870 and 1925, including Kandinsky, Tatlin and Malevich as well as Renoir, C├ęzanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Matisse.

Look out for the full review of this very special exhibition in February's Socialist Review.