Buraka Som Sistema – Black Diamond – Fabric Integral

George Binning European clubbers are breaking out their obsidian disco balls in preparation for Black Diamond, the first LP from Portuguese break-beat trio, Buraka Som Sistema. The band claim to be championing a painstakingly underground sound known as ‘Kuduro’.…

Where to next?

Gerry McKeever The almighty mess the music industry is in is nothing if not well publicised.  Enormous growth in new alternative methods of acquiring music over the internet have punched a big hole right in the middle of the…

Taking care of affairs

Lucy Humphries is astounded by a new rendition of a Pinter classic The Citizen Theatre’s new production of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker greets the audience with a single room, a solitary man and a resounding lack of dialogue. Pinter…

There is a house in New Orleans

The Tron offers a startling vision of N’Yahlins in Suddenly Last Summer and Like The Rain, writes Tom Bonnick The near-magical list of ingredients that have come together to form the Tron Theatre’s new production of Suddenly Last Summer…

Struck off

Tom Bonnick Here in the always-glamorous world of film reviewing, the effects of the American writer’s strike are still being felt.  Productions were put on hold, cancelled, or consigned to Hollywood-purgatory, and the upshot of all these shenanigans is…

Hunger (Dir: Steve McQueen)

Frank Lazarski This year’s Cannes Film Festival saw an unprecedented display of new British cinema. Along with Terrence Davies’ ‘Of Time and The City’ and Duane Hopkins’ ‘Better Things’, ‘Hunger’ — Steve McQueen’s portrayal of the end days of…

Easy Virtue (Dir: Stephan Elliot)

Emily McQueen Govan Easy Virtue is an adaptation of an early Noel Coward play; a comedy of manners providing a droll and witty look into the life of a staid, snobbish and typically English upper class family. We are…

W (Dir: Oliver Stone)

Hating George W. Bush is so cool. In fact, it’s so cool, that the only thing cooler is to unashamedly support him. I mean, he’s no Reagan but he’s still pretty cool. Or maybe he isn’t,…

Quantum of Solace (Dir: Marc Forster)

Louise Ogden Following the success of 2006’s Casino Royale, expectations for Quantum of Solace, the 22nd instalment in the James Bond saga, could not have been higher. Topping the previous effort was always destined to be a daunting task…

Winter investment

Isabella Poppius argues the case for splashing out on classics this season. Harsh economic conditions of late have forced most people to think twice before opening their wallets and for an ever increasing number of savvy fashionistas this ´think…