CHILD-SACRIFICE for a SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY The action-horror film Battle Royale was a huge box-office hit in Japan in December 2000, grossing 212 million yen during its first weekend, and gaining theatrical release in twenty-two countries worldwide, though it was banned in several. Kinji Fukasaki’s film, based on the novel by Koushun Takami, tells the story […]


I’m sitting outside the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, one of the few places in London I enjoy. I lived here in the eighties, when the immigrant population was still predominantly Caribbean and Portuguese. Forty years on, I’m waiting for my daughter, all grown up and successful now. She slept at her boyfriend’s last night, and […]