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By VIEW editor Brian Pelan Emerging into the sunlight, I’m thankful to escape a grim world of zero-hours contracts, with no holidays or sick pay. I’d had just watched Ken Loach’s latest work, Sorry We Missed You, which tells the story of a parcel delivery man trying his best to survive in the gig economy but who is desperately drowning in a sea of economic worries. Ricky Turner, played by Kris Hitchen, is told by Maloney (Ross Brewster), the hard-nosed delivery-depot boss in Sorry We Missed You. “You come on board. We call it on-boarding. You don’t work for us –…

BAIT – Film review – By Joseph Pelan Watch the trailer here Cornishman, comedian and actor Edward Rowe plays Martin Ward – a fisherman without a boat in director Martin Jenkin’s film Bait about a rising wave of gentrification threatening to break up a small Cornish fishing village’s conventional way of life. Martin is a cove fisherman who is committed to continuing his late father’s vocation. Conflict exists between him and his brother Steven, played by Giles King – who has opted to repurpose their father’s vessel into a more lucrative cruise tour enterprise which seems to cater exclusively for…

Karma Khaial, 15, plays the cello in front of the ruins of the former Al Waha resort in northern Gaza GAZA documentary – REVIEW – Una Murphy One of the characters is the sea, said film-maker Andrew McConnell at the preview screening of the documentary film Gaza which goes on general release from today. There are boys surfing on the waves, fishermen with their nets and on the horizon an Israeli war ship. Ahmed Abu Alqoraan, 15, iwith his brothers on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip. Ahmed’s life revolves…

Actors Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley in The Lehman Trilogy Review: The Lehman Trilogy By Jo Egan – Artistic director and a founding member of Macha Productions Adapted from Stefano Massini’s play, the National Theatre’s Lehman Trilogy is a titan undertaking that sumptuously delivers. You might remember; investment banker’s Lehman Brothers bankruptcy (the largest in US history) that triggered the 2008 financial disaster. Who Lehman Brothers were and how their cash cow went to the dogs is the thrust of the play. The Lehman Brothers: Henry, Emanuel and Meyer emigrated from Bavaria to Alabama in the mid-1840s.…

A Northern Ireland theatre company will tackle the issue of suicide in its latest production ’31 Hours’ Artistic Director Nuala Donnelly, from PintSized Productions, said: “It is a play filled with humour and humanity, it takes us on a journey through masculinity, mental health and male suicide. “31 Hours is the story of four men who clean up after rail suicides. It is a story of four men at work. Four men at home. Four men dealing with their own lives. Their own problems. Dealing with them in their own way. On their own. Silently. It is a story of…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan “I don’t know who the owner is – it could be Frosty the Snowman.” This remark comes from one of the people interviewed in the new documentary called Push which examines the global housing crisis. He was talking about the unknown private company who now owns his home in Toronto, Canada. Push, directed by Fredrik Gertten, was screened last night at The Mac in Belfast as part of the Docs Ireland festival in front of a packed audience. It reveals the way in which property has become a valuable asset that is traded without regard…

Sarah Reid on stage at the Sunflower bar in Belfast in her drama ‘Feel the Ripple’ By VIEW editor Brian Pelan The hardest subject that VIEW has covered so far was our issue of the magazine which examined suicide and the devastating consequences of it on families, relatives, friends and the wider community. Actor Sarah Reid, who recently performed at a VIEWdigital event on the rise of food banks in Northern Ireland, along with actor Mary McGurk, has written and performed in a piece of theatre called ‘Feel the Ripple’, which looks at grief and loss in the wake of…

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