Bill Brand: glimpses of the past that have relevance still

Through the long, hot summer of 1976, for eleven weeks, I was gripped by Bill Brand, a TV series written by left-wing playwright Trevor Griffiths and broadcast on ITV in prime-time. Regarded at the time as a brilliant example of how radical ideas could be presented in popular television drama, as the years went by I often … Continue reading Bill Brand: glimpses of the past that have relevance still

Eduardo Galeano: enemy of lies, indifference and forgetfulness

Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance. ― Eduardo Galeano In a single day the deaths are … Continue reading Eduardo Galeano: enemy of lies, indifference and forgetfulness

Citizenfour documents the monitoring and curbing of dissent

I’ve come to this late, but I must salute one of the finest documentaries I’ve seen in recent years.  Filmed in real time, Citizenfour documents the tense negotiations leading up to whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the massive state surveillance of British and American citizens.  The film appeared last autumn, and I have just caught up with a recording of … Continue reading Citizenfour documents the monitoring and curbing of dissent