Cut loose from Arts Council funding, this year’s edition of the North East’s invaluable arts biennial forged on with its exploration of socialist pasts and futures against a distracted and hostile climate, writes Michael Pattison.
The prolific Ukrainian director’s latest crowd canvas studies a corner of Berlin that is forever Red – the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park – with his usual canny abstraction, says Michael Pattison.
The beatboxer and sound artist is accompanying John Grierson’s silent documentary on a tour of British fishing towns. He tells Michael Pattison how he channels the sound of the deep and the distant past for each performance.
Manchester-born and -blooded crime writer Tom Benn tells Michael Pattison about the cinema that influenced his screenplay for a kitchen-sink horror set during the satanic abuse panic of the early 1990s, which premieres at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.