The Breaker Upperers

  In many  respects The Breaker Upperers exhibits a Netflix house style, especially in the skits sequence used at the start: rapid fire cameos that look like taster- or teaser-trailer footage. This rapid succession of zany clips is a poor appetiser for the main course, especially as none are expanded later. By the time the […]

Crystal Swan (Хрусталь)

This is a well-drawn human tale of post-Soviet human grit and determination, the first feature directed by Darya Zhuk. Set over 20 years ago, when public assets were stolen in brazen fashion by those in high office in the late Soviet state, transforming them into oligarchs almost overnight. Instead of the thriving western-type capitalism that […]


The BFI London Film Festival 2018 starts on 10 October, and one of its most arresting films is Wildlife. Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Jeanette Brinson (Carey Mulligan) are having marital difficulties thanks employment problems. It is 1960 and they have recently moved to a small Montana town with their 14 year old son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould). Jerry’s sacking […]

Starred up

Questions around criminal justice are highlighted by the feature film Starred up, which was released in 2014 and is broadcast intermittently on UK television. Its director, David Mackenzie, explores an adult jail from a new perspective, centring on late teenage offender Eric (Jack O’Connell), who has just been transferred – ‘starred up’ – for unspecified […]

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Red Republican will carry articles relevant to democratizing our world. Fighting for extreme democracy in the here and now. Exposing how the capitalist system’s one driving force, the pursuit of profit, destroys humanity and the planet. Discovering what we can do to save ourselves and our environment. Giving hope that through our struggle to understand and […]