rs21 Readers and Writers recommend 2016, part 1

We asked our readers and writers to pick a cultural highlight of the year. Read on for suggestions of books, films, TV, music and even a cook book... Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh Colin Barker When...

The Death of Stalin: first as tragedy, then as farce

Estelle Cooch reviews Armando Iannucci's latest film, The Death of Stalin

Review: ‘Salt of the Earth’ 60th Anniversary release

Joe Sabatini re-examines the 1951 film 'Salt of the Earth' and argues for its contemporary relevance and importance. "Anything worth learning hurts, these changes come with pain." 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the release of...

Review: Sorry We Missed You

Colin Revolting reviews director Ken Loach's latest film, which centres on the family of two workers in the gig economy

There is no revolution without love

The film Reds tells the story of John Reed and Louise Bryant's experiences of the Russian Revolution.

The democratic wager: why the Left must support the Syrian Revolution

Nick Evans Reviews Jules Alford and Andy Wilson (eds.) Khiyana. Daesh, the Left and the Unmaking of the Syrian Revolution. Essays by Muhhamad Idrees Ahmad, Javaad Alipoor, Leila Al-Shami, Mark Boothroyd, Joseph Daher and Shiar Neyo, Sam Charles...

Review: Ali Smith’s Autumn, the first Brexit novel

Kate Bradley argues that Ali Smith's Autumn is precisely the kind of book about Brexit we don't need in our changing political climate.   Autumn is a novel about Brexit. It's also a book about Pop...

Jeremy Deller on the impact of industrialisation

'All That Is Solid Melts Into Air' is a multimedia exhibition by artist Jeremy Deller that attempts to demonstrate the impact of industrialisation on the British workers' culture and psyche.

Who killed Blair Peach? Call for new inquest into antifascist protester’s death

Defend the Right to Protest and the NUT teachers’ union have teamed up to launch a pamphlet about Blair Peach, the antifascist protester killed by police in 1979. Anindya Bhattacharyya reviews it in the latest...

The revolting establishment

Pat Stack reviews two recent books trying to get to grips with changing the world: Russell Brand's Revolution, and Owen Jones' The Establishment. Owen Jones will be speaking at rs21's event They Don't Represent...