Mattie Brignal

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Saturday, 14 March 2020

Lost Classic - Derek Jarman's Jubilee, irreverent take on the 70s punk scene

Jubilee, considered by many to be the ultimate punk film, pissed off a lot of punks. Siouxsie and the Banshees labelled the …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Coronavirus could spell disaster for South Korea's ruling party

 On 13 February, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in predicted that the coronavirus would “disappear before long”. The country had just …

By Mattie Brignal

Monday, 2 March 2020

Coronavirus: key questions answered

What is the situation in the UK? The number of recorded cases of coronavirus in the UK stands at 40. …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Boris ban on coal and wet wood is bad politics but good policy

Soggy logs are at the centre of an unlikely media firestorm after the government announced that sales of the most …

By Mattie Brignal

Saturday, 22 February 2020

How paranoid genius Philip K. Dick changed science fiction for good

The thoughts of Philip K. Dick have squirmed their way into popular consciousness in the four decades since his death. …

By Mattie Brignal

Saturday, 15 February 2020

More human - Tarkovsky's Solaris deserves all the accolades of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Two philosophical epics loom over 20th century sci-fi. The first is Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking, mind-bending 2001: A Space Odyssey. The …

By Mattie Brignal

Thursday, 6 February 2020

A personal feud looks likely to disrupt Ethiopia’s election

Over recent months, the mutual enmity of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning reformer and his former ally, …

By Mattie Brignal

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Visit Bologna - Italy's best kept secret

Bologna is Italy’s best kept secret. The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region used to be thought of as no more …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

HS2: How on earth have costs got so out of control?

“I have three children,” Andrew Adonis told rail industry leaders in 2018. “A son, a daughter and HS2.” You’d be …

By Mattie Brignal