Hackney residents and workers march for alternative

Hackney residents and workers march for alternative

Last Saturday (26 March) a number of Hackney based groups joined the ‘March for the Alternative’ from Trafalgar Square to Whitehall. Organisations such as the Hackney Refugee Forum, Hackney Alliance, Hackney Green Party and Hackney Public Transport User’s Group marched alongside several hundred groups from various parts of the UK in a show of solidarity […]

A warm welcome inside – Hackney Winter Night Shelter

A warm welcome inside – Hackney Winter Night Shelter

If David Cameron and his coalition government, proponents of the ‘Big Society’, ever need a fine example of people taking the initiative within a local community setting, they need look no further than the volunteers of Hackney Winter Night Shelter. Formed 18 years ago by local churches in response to the number of rough sleepers […]

Film Review: Mr Nice

Film Review: Mr Nice

Mr Nice is an entertaining, and, at times, highly amusing biopic charting the rise, fall and subsequent rise of infamous drug smuggler Howard Marks. Welsh actor Rhys Ifans (who met the central character at a music gig 15 years ago) gives perhaps his finest performance to date as Marks in director Bernard Rose’s (Candyman, Anna […]

Film Review: Made In Dagenham

Film Review: Made In Dagenham

Made in Dagenham is a heartfelt, inspiring account of a group of female factory workers’ efforts to achieve equal pay rights. Director Nigel Coles’ dramatisation of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant, provides both laugh-out-loud and punch the air moments in equal measure. The film introduces an amiable array […]