reviewed by Stephen McMurray I, Daniel Blake is the latest film from veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach. 59-year old joiner Daniel Blake (Dave Jones) suffers a major heart attack and is told by his medical team that he cannot work. Unfortunately he fails to get the required number of points to receive Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and so is forced to claim Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and thus is stuck in Purgatory – between too ill to work, yet not ill enough to receive disability benefits. What follows is a ‘monumental farce’ where Daniel is forced to fill in online more »
AN EXHIBITION OF ART BY PRISONERS AT HMP EDINBURGH by David McGill There is no accompanying information to tell us what offence caused each of these eight artists to be locked up in Saughton, or how long is their particular sentence. We know nothing of their background or age. We only know they are male, and that they have varying degrees of artistic talent and, from the accompanying notes, no little sense of humour. Three of the eight works have links to the sea. One depicts the three favourite fish of the artist painted in such analytical detail as more »
Peoples Festival presents exhibition of paintings by city’s prisoners An exhibition of paintings by prisoners at HMP Edinburgh opens to the public next week. ‘Straight Outta Saughton’ presented by the Edinburgh People’s Festival, begins a two week run at the WHALE Arts Centre in Wester Hailes starting Monday [29th August]. The paintings have recently been on display inside the prison but Peoples Festival Director Colin Fox believes they deserve to be seen by a wider audience.
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