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Any Day Now

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Although Any Day Now takes place in Brooklyn in the 1970s, the issues of LGBT and disabled people's oppression that it raises are as relevant today as they were then. On the back of the LGBT movement of the late 1960s, the film grapples with the contradictions of a society torn between the bigotry of the past and new movements for liberation.

The Stuart Hall Project

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For many people on the left and in black communities, the Stuart Hall that we care about is not the disgraced "It's a Knockout" presenter. Instead, the man who enthralled us is one of the foremost post-war thinkers on the left in Britain. In the words of director John Akromfrah he is a "public intellectual" who in the 1970s "was one of the few people of colour we saw on television who wasn't crooning, dancing or running".

Much Ado About Nothing

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Joss Whedon, best known for the naturalistic banter and strong female characters of his TV shows, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel" and "Firefly", would perhaps not seem the perfect partner to William Shakespeare, who is often seen inaccessible. Shakespeare's archaic, poetic language is a sharp contrast to the teenage slang influenced "whedonspeak".

Much Ado is filled with banter, particularly that resulting from the collision of the witty and strong-headed Beatrice and Benedick, who fight a "merry war". Perhaps it is not surprising that, under Whedon's direction, this lighter, funnier plotline shines. The physical comedy of it is orchestrated brilliantly with the house the movie is shot in - Whedon's own - giving up its spaces to become a sort of playground as well as a stage.

I am Nasrine

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Tina Gharavi has created a beautiful character with Nasrine. She's fun, quietly defiant and full of optimism. Like many women in their late teens, she is determined to push boundaries. And that is what drives her into conflict with the repressive moral code of the Iranian state and, eventually, the police.

Tina Gharavi has created a beautiful character with Nasrine. She's fun, quietly defiant and full of optimism. Like many women in their late teens, she is determined to push boundaries. And that is what drives her into conflict with the repressive moral code of the Iranian state and, eventually, the Police.

I am Nasrine follows Nasrine and her brother, Ali, from Tehran to the north of England where they are sent after Nasrine spends an horrific night at the hands of the police.

The Condition of the Working Class

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So often working class people are told what their lives are like and, in most cases, what's wrong with their lives. Here is a film that shows working class people telling their stories as you rarely see them.

This documentary, The Condition of the Working Class, covers the making of the play of the same name that was shown at Salford Arts Theatre almost a year ago. But this film is more than just a behind the scenes look at how to produce a play. The film shows how a group of people of all ages, many with no acting experience whatsoever, came together to tell the story of their lives in their own words.

The aim of the play was to draw parallels between the lives of working class people in 1844, when Engels wrote The Condition of the Working Class, and working class people today.

Secret City

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Directors Michael Chanan, Lee Salter,

Release date: out now

Following its premier in the UK parliament, Secret City, a new feature length documentary about the City of London and the corporation that runs it, was screened to a sell-out crowd of 150 people in The Watershed, Bristol. As a postgraduate student and member of the production team I have, over the past year, gained insight into the relationship between the theory surrounding the film and the practice involved in making it.

Promised Land

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Director Gus Van Sant,

Release date: 19 April

Steve Butler is an up and coming leasing agent for Global Crosspower Solutions. In the opening scene in an opulent restaurant Crosspower's chief financial officer boasts that the company is worth $9 billion. Steve has been selected for a special assignment: he is to purchase all the leases for gas drilling in a strategically important part of rural Pennsylvania - and get the town's assembly to approve it.

The Spirit of '45

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There are more than a few awkward moments in the official accounts of Britain's glorious history. For example, we have always loved our royal family - but we were also the first country in Europe to embrace the act of regicide, in 1649. And our empire was a force for peace and civilisation in the world, for which our subjects were eternally thankful - until they ungratefully rose up and turfed us out.

Another of these awkward moments was when beloved wartime leader Winston Churchill was defeated resoundingly in the 1945 general election, which took place just months after the end of the barbarism of the Second World War.

So why did voters flock to the polls in such huge numbers to evict History's Greatest Briton from Downing Street? Hadn't he just won a war for them?

Lore

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Lore begins at the moment the German war effort collapsed in spring 1945 and US, Russian and British forces swept across the land.

Lore, a girl of about 13, must take charge of her four younger siblings after their Nazi parents are imprisoned. They are the privileged children of a top SS officer, born and raised under Hitler's regime and benefiting from it as other children suffered. Now they must travel alone some 500 miles from Bavaria to their grandmother's house near Hamburg.

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