Mattie Brignal

Reaction Contributor

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Katharine Birbalsingh interview: "If we see everything through the prism of race then nothing has changed."

The fact that fame and teaching don’t usually go hand in hand makes Katharine Birbalsingh’s rise to prominence all the …

By Mattie Brignal

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

How Vietnam pulled off a coronavirus miracle

Vietnam looked like a coronavirus disaster story waiting to happen. The country shares a long border and close economic links …

By Mattie Brignal

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