A weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house, by Bernadette Hyland, aka the Lipstick Socialist.
This Changes Everything based on Naomi Klein’s best selling book this film asks us not to fear the impact of climate change on our environment but to seize the opportunity to build a better world. Made in 2011 the film was shot in nine countries and five continents over four years. We learn about communities on the frontline of climate change and what they are doing about it. Seven communities are filmed from Montana’s Powder River Basin in the USA to Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands. The filmmakers ask the question; What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Most importantly it’s aim is not to frighten people into retreating into our homes but to encourage us into getting together with groups including the Green Party to build a better world. Its being shown at two venues in the northwest over the next few weeks. On 24 November Unison NW and Global Justice now are showing it in Manchester at the Unison regional centre. Further details see And on 2 December the Tameside Green Party have organised a screening in Mossley. Further details see
Hidden Heroes of Easter Week by Robin Stocks. He is not an academic, he’s not Irish but he was interested in the stories of his father-in-law who had a cousin from Stockport Grtr. Mcr who took part in the Easter Rising in 1916. 1916 was a key event in the history of Ireland’s struggle for independence and next year there will be many celebrations in Ireland and other places where Irish people have come to call their home. This is the untold story of the Irish who were living on this side of the Irish sea but who secretly travelled to Ireland to stand alongside republicans and nationalists to try and free Ireland from British rule. It is a fascinating story and made so because of the long and torturous history between Britain and Ireland; one that is still going on as Ireland is still a divided country with 6 Counties still under British rule. Robin Stocks has diligently researched the stories of four people from the Manchester area who took part in the Rising. He has used new documents released by the Irish government in 2014 that revealed the names of people who had applied for government pensions because of the role they had played in the Rising and the War of Independance. It is an important book because it records the role of the not so famous republicans but who played a key part in Irish politics. As Robin says; “This is an attempt to return a few of the extraordinary “ordinary” people to their rightful place in the chronicle of the Twentieth Century.”
Buy it from Robin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Hill. Watch this brilliant play; The Joe Hill Dream by John Fay. Its a fascinating insight into the world of the Industrial Workers of the World and one of their most famous members; trade union activist and singer/songwriter Joe Hill. 100 years ago, on 19th November, 1915, he was executed by firing squad in Utah, US, after what many considered a biased trial. In the play we also learn about Elizbeth Gurley Flynn, an outstanding activist in the IWW for whom Joe wrote this wonderful song, one of my favourites, Rebel Girl listen to it at
Go see the play at the Salford Arts Theatre on 27 November. Further details see
First published in the Lipstick Socialist on the 22nd of November 2015