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“Identity politics has corroded liberal democracy.” Matthew Goodwin meets the Beaver

In 2003, when the UK Independence Party (UKIP) were on the distant fringes of British politics, a University of Salford undergraduate saw that right-wing populists had the potential for a national – even global – takeover. Fifteen years later, Professor…

“Moonlight is a Beautiful Ode to Beauty and Suffering”

This article originally appeared in the Beaver issue of Tuesday January 10, 2017.   Barry Jenkins’ Oscars contender, adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drama school play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, will be remembered as one of 2016’s cinematic…

“Ninety-five percent of economics is common sense.” Ha-Joon Chang on Brexit, trade and Kpop

The Beaver editor sat down with the Cambridge economist, whose ideas about trade and development have influenced policymakers and academics the world for over two decades. Professor Chang’s books have sold in the millions, and their author celebrated for his…

Skate Odyssey: “Mid90s” is a Journey through the Glories and Traumas of Boyhood

Much like Judd Apatow’s “Superbad” (2009) left an indelible imprint on the socially inept, sexually frustrated teenagers that served as its subject, the directorial debut of its essential star, Jonah Hill, could well be as important to the people it…

“Militias tried to stop us filming, but with Libyans there’s always a way” – Freedom Fields

Naziha Arebi isn’t any ordinary filmmaker, though it takes one of a certain kind to spend five years documenting the progress – and sometimes lack thereof – of the Libyan women’s football team, in the midst of the revolution to…

“I practiced smoking for four months to play this part” – TIFF day two

Chris Pine’s Scottish adventure, a subdued political documentary, a surprise Western and a Slovenian study of suppressed youth on day two. 10am – “Outlaw King” (dir. David Mackenzie), Braveheart 2 For how much longer will Netflix be a binge-watching service, rather than…

Why is “Peterloo” so bad? Day one at TIFF

A masterpiece, two festival favourites and a turkey on opening day at Tiff 2018. My day one schedule: 9am – “Wildlife” (dir. Paul Dano), Festival Favourite This is a hugely impressive directorial debut from Paul Dano, best known for his…

“Cold War” returns Poland to the forefront of cinema

The runtime of Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War”, a slick ninety minutes, mirrors the austerity of the communist-era Poland in which it resides, predominantly. The derelict church, the crumbling stately home, the greyscale outfits in a greyscale world all bring to…

“Moonlight”, “La La Land” directors headline stellar Toronto lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) may be the New Hampshire primary of the autumn festival season, but the months leading up to the Academy Awards make a presidential campaign look like a hustings for class president. Sandwiched between Cannes…