Based on the life of Solomon Northup, published as a book in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is a serious attempt to deal with the substance of slavery.
Heather Kirkpatrick's documentary, Mary Meets Mohammad, captures two worlds colliding in “Australia’s least multicultural town” of Pontville, where Tasmania’s first refugee detention centre was opened in mid-2011.
The Act of Killing, Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Legally Brown, SBS One
Antony Loewenstein’s latest book explores the corrupt and destructive alliances between governments and multi-national corporations. Loewenstein labels this vulture capitalism, where unaccountable corporations are more powerful than states and politicians are lobbied and bought, resulting in rampant privatisation ...
Undesirable: Captain Zuzenko and the workers of Australia and the world Kevin Windle, Australian Scholarly Press $39.95 RRP
Night Games Anna Krien Penguin, $29.95
Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions By Roger Burbach, Michael Fox and Federico Fuentes Zed Books $34.95
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Directed by Mira Nair Coming to DVD
The Company You Keep Directed by Robert Redford In cinemas now
Alienation: an introduction to Marx’s theory by Dan Swain Bookmarks
“Not dead yet: Labor’s post-left future” Quarterly Essay 49 By Mark Latham, Black Inc $19.99
The Failure of Capitalist Production By Andrew Kliman, Pluto Press $39.95
A People’s History of the Second World War By Donny Gluckstein Pluto Press $35 from Solidarity
The Future of Our Schools Lois Weiner Haymarket Books $24
After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine Edited by Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor Saqi Books
Lincoln Directed by Steven Spielberg In cinemas now
The Invention of the Jewish People By Shlomo Sand Verso, $25
Argo, Ben Affleck’s gripping, highly entertaining and commercially successful thriller, depicts a little-known episode within the infamous 444-day hostage crisis that followed the Iranian Revolution. Without necessarily intending to be, the film is also one of the most effective pieces of US propaganda to have ...
Occupy By Noam Chomsky $9.95, Penguin Occupy by Noam Chomsky is the first of the Zuccotti Park Press/Occupied Media Pamphlet Series produced by the US Occupy movement. The short book is a collection of Chomsky’s speeches made at various Occupy events and pays homage to the political significance of the movement.
Money Shot: A Journey into Porn and Censorship By Jeff Sparrow $29.95, Scribe The left is tangled up in knots over the politics of pornography. Left-wing academics like Clive Hamilton are trying to fight sexist objectification by forming anti-porn alliances with pro-lifers like Melinda Tankard-Reist. In search of ...
The Casual Vacancy J.K Rowling Little Brown and Company $39.95 (Hardback) It may not be as “socialist” as Britain’s Daily Mail thinks, but JK Rowling’s new novel lays bare the class divide in society.
Go Back To Where You Came From season two was filmed in early 2012, but the timing of its showing, two weeks after federal parliament endorsed the Pacific Solution, was perfect.
The Sapphires Directed by Wayne Blair In cinemas now
1835: The founding of Melbourne and the conquest of Australia By James Boyce $44.95, Black Inc
All That I Am By Anna Funder Penguin, $29.95
Dumb, Drunk and Racist A Cordell Jigsaw Production ABC 2, Wednesdays at 9.30pm
A Dangerous Method Directed by David Cronenberg Available on DVD soon
Crisis in the Eurozone Edited by Costas Lapvitsas Verso Books $29.95
Why it’s kicking off everywhere: the new global revolutions By Paul Mason Verso Books RRP $27.95
Revolution 2.0: The power of the people is greater than the people in power By Wael Ghonim Fourth Estate RRP $29.95
Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left Edited by Antony Loewenstein and Jeff Sparrow Melbourne University Publishing $27.99
Come the Revolution: A memoir By Alex Mitchell, NewSouth Publishing $39.95
The Hunger Games Directed by Gary Ross In cinemas now
Mad Square Modernity in German Art 1910-1937, formerly at Melbourne NGV
The Civil wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? By Steve Early, Haymarket Books, $24.95
Weekend Directed by Andrew Haigh Out now, selected release
The Iron Lady Directed by Phyllida Lloyd In cinemas now
Review: We Built This Country By Humphrey McQueen, Ginninderra Press, $30
Anarchist and autonomist ideas have influenced many recent movements, including Occupy. Lachlan Marshall takes a look at a new booklet that weighs up their merits.
Review: Quarterly Essay 43 “Bad News”, by Robert Manne, Black Inc, $19.95
Tony Cliff A Marxist For His Time Bookmarks, $30, available from Solidarity
Mozart’s Sister Directed by Rene Feret In cinemas now
Tamil Tigress By Niromi de Soyza Allen & Unwin, $32.99
Australia’s Pacific War: Challenging a National Myth By Tom O’Lincoln, Interventions $20.00
Nagasaki: the massacre of the innocent and unknowing, by Craig Collie, Allen and Unwin, $32.99
Review: Delusions of Gender By Cordelia Fine, Allen and Unwin, $29.99
Review: All Along the Watchtower, by Michael Hyde, The Vulgar Press, $32.95.
The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould By Richard York and Brett Clark, Monthly Review Press $16.95
From Little Things Big Things Grow Exhibtion developed by National Museum of Australia, touring nationally see website for details
Mark Goudkamp takes a look at the SBS series Immigration Nation and its history of the White Australia policy
The Best Hated Man in Australia: The Life and Death of Percy Brookfield 1875-1921 By Paul Robert Adams, Puncher and Wattmann, $34
Review article: Power Crisis, by Rodney Cavalier, Cambridge University Press, $34.99 and All That’s Left: What Labor Should Stand For, Edited by Nick Dyrenfurth and Tim Soutphommasane UNSW Press, $29.95
Review: The Social Network Directed by David Fincher, in cinemas now
Review: The Pacific Solution By Susan Metcalfe, Australian Scholarly Publishing, $24.95
Rainbow Pie: a redneck memoir By Joe Bageant Scribe, $35
Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism By Natasha Walter Virago, $35
Amy Thomas reviews Hannah Dee’s The Red in the Rainbow, an essential look at why fighting homophobia means fighting the system
Review: Peoplequake by Fred Pearce Random House, $32.95
Review: Made in Dagenham, directed by Nigel Cole In cinemas October 28
Review: Killer Company By Matt Peacock, ABC Books, $35.00
Review: Goodbye to all that: The failure of neoliberalism and the urgency of change Edited by David McKnight and Robert Manne, Black Inc, $32.95
Review: What’s Wrong with Anzac? The Militarisation of Australian History Edited byMarilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds, University of New South Wales Press, $29.95
Review: Border Crimes By Michael Grewcock, The Federation Press, $49.95
Review: The Hurt Locker Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, In cinemas now
Review: The Idea of Communism By Tariq Ali, University of Chicago Press, $22.95
Precious Directed by Lee Daniels, In cinemas now
Review: Storms of my grandchildren By James Hansen, Bloomsbury, $35
Conservative Indigenous leader Noel Pearson uses his new essay Radical Hope to argue for a neo-liberal agenda in Aboriginal education, argues Shannon Price
Review: Avatar Directed by James Cameron, in cinemas now
Review: The bases of Empire Edited by Catherine Lutz, Pluto Press $58
Unravelling Capitalism By Joseph Choonara, Bookmarks, $20
Review: Zeitoun By Dave Eggers, Penguin $32.95
Review: The Politics of Suffering By Peter Sutton, Melbourne University Press, $34.95
Review: Capitalism: A love story Directed by Michael Moore, In cinemas now
Review: The People’s Train By Tom Keneally, Vintage Books, $32.95
Balibo Directed by Robert Connolly, In cinemas now
Review: Framework of Flesh By Humphrey McQueen, Ginninderra Press, $30
Review: The frock-coated communist By Tristram Hunt Allen Lane $59.95
Review:Climate action By Mark Diesendorf UNSW Press, $34.95
Review: Possession By Bain Atwood, Melbourne University Press, $54.99
Review: Bruno Directed by Larry Charles, in cinemas now
Review: Katyn, Directed by Andrzej Wadja
Review: The Baader-Meinhof Complex Directed by Uli Edel In selected cinemas now
Review: Samson and Delilah, Directed by Warwick Thornton In selected cinemas now
Review: Wasteland Illzilla, Out now through Shock
Review: The Reader Directed by Stephen Daldry, In cinemas now
Review: The Combination Directed by David Field, In cinemas now
Review: Quarterly Essay “Quarry Vision: coal, climate change and the end of the resource boom” By Guy Pearse, Black Inc, $16.95
I was born in 1970 in small town New Zealand. I grew up in the 80s in country NSW. I was in a closet inside a closet. I came out in 1995 in Sydney. My family coped. Nearly all my friends stayed friends. I can be open at work. I owe a lot to the previous...
We survived the Howard years, and now you want us to watch it on Monday night prime time!
Infamous Victory: Ben Chifley’s Battle For Coal ABC1, November 6 Watch online at www.abc.net.au/tv/iview
Review: “Now or never”, Quarterly Essay 31 By Tim Flannery Black Inc, $15.95
Review: The Land of Plenty By Mark Davis Melbourne University Publishing, $36.95
Review: The Henson Case By David Marr Text Publishing, $24.95
Review Bookmarks, 2008, $30.00 from Solidarity
Review: The Racket
Review: Waltz With Bashir Directed by Ari Folman, Limited cinema release
Review: The Wire WHEN US presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked his favourite TV show and character, his answers were The Wire and Omar Little (more on him later).
Review: Australians At War: A Pictorial History By A. K. MacDougall, The Five Mile Press, RRP $39.95, 2008 edition
Review: On Rage By Germaine Greer, Melbourne University Press, $19.95
Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Now showing
By Christine Jackman, Melbourne University Press, $34.95
Directed by Chris Nolan
Review: A People’s History of the World By Chris Harman, Palgrave Macmillan $39.95
AUSTRALIA’S ENERGY [R]evolution is a useful tool for the climate movement. Greenpeace researchers have drawn together the best science and technology to build a concrete and achievable vision of a viable transition to a low-emission society.
By Chloe Hooper, Hamish Hamilton, $32.95 CHLOE HOOPER, a novelist whose first book won international praise, recently released The Tall Man, a book on the Palm Island inquest into the death in police custody of Cameron Doomadgee.
Review: Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq By Patrick Cockburn, Allen and Unwin $29.95
Review: A Military History of Australia Jeffrey Grey, Cambridge University Press, RRP $39.95
Who is Australia’s fastest sprinter ever? At which Olympic Games did he win the silver medal? Why is he a hero for many US track athletes? Don’t know, don’t care? Well watch Salute and you will.
THE WIDESPREAD acclaim for The Australian journalist Paul Toohey’s Last Drinks: The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention (Quarterly Essay 30, June 2008), demonstrates just how deeply racist attitudes to Aboriginal people are embedded in Australian politics and culture.
Review of Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders Jason L. Riley, Penguin USA
Review of A Well Founded Fear Directed by Bentley Dean and Anne Delaney
Review of Sex and the City, directed by Michael Patrick King Coming to DVD
Dear Mr Rudd
In the Valley of ElahWritten and directed by Paul Haggis
IN LATE February Alex Gibney’s Taxi to the Dark Side won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Of all the articles, features, memoirs and books devoted to 1968, “The Fire Last Time: 1968 and After”, by Chris Harman, the editor of International Socialism journal, is still, by some distance, the best.
The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
Fear of a Brown Planet
ONE HUNDRED years ago the United States was the biggest oil producer in the world. California alone accounted for 22 per cent of global output.