Somewhere Between Tragedy and and Broken Dreams

Somewhere Between Tragedy and and Broken Dreams

Mohammed Rouda discusses five recent films about the Syrian War It was only natural that war in Syria, which has been raging for seven years, will provide filmmakers a lot of political material to form their takes, beliefs and views on the situation. It’s the same...
10 films to see at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

10 films to see at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

From edgy British indies to family favourites, Anna Smith picks 10 promising films to watch out for in this year’s selection. Puzzle EIFF regular Kelly Macdonald plays a jigsaw genius in character-driven drama that’s opening the festival on Wednesday. Lucid Can lucid...
Lohengrin, Royal Opera House

Lohengrin, Royal Opera House

One-sword wonder By Lucien Jenkins One of the first decisions in any opera production is the setting. For Wagner, the old-school approach was to tog up in faux Dark Age armour. The epoch-making Chéreau-Boulez centenary Bayreuth Ring was famously costumed for Wagner’s...
Rhondda Rips It Up! Welsh National Opera on tour

Rhondda Rips It Up! Welsh National Opera on tour

Suffragette set | By Lucien Jenkins | As its contribution to the centenary of a historic widening of the franchise, WNO has commissioned a work on the subject of a south Wales suffragette. The score, from Elena Langer (whose Figaro Gets a Divorce WNO toured in 2016)...
My Cat Yugoslavia: Review

My Cat Yugoslavia: Review

Review by Lucy Popescu, Secretary of the Books Section   My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston Pushkin Press   Pajtim Statovci’s remarkable debut novel is a poignant examination of the migrant-refugee experience spanning...