The Bridge on the River Kwai: Alec Guinness, William Holden, and Jack Hawkins in the 1957 film

The adventure war film The Bridge on the River Kwai may have swept the board of awards and attracted acclaim as one best films of the 20th century, bu(...)

John Betjeman: his transfer back to London after three years as press attaché at the British consular mission in Dublin was front-page news. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Getty Images

‘The Irish Press reviews are good”, the future British poet laureate John Betjeman told the London book publisher Hamish Hamilton in September 1942. H(...)

George Orwell: his novel 1984, published 70 years ago today, contains what has been dubbed “one of the strangest coincidences in literature”. Photograph: Getty Images

Published 70 years ago today, George Orwell’s 1984 contains what has been dubbed “one of the strangest coincidences in literature”. This is because t(...)

 Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy  in Their Finest

Looking back to the unlovely 2013 flop Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, it hardly seems fair that Hansel (the perfectly capable Jeremy Renner) has (...)

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the Women’s Forum in the Burmese capital Naypyidaw. Photograph: Jennifer Duggan

Snarling, beeping traffic jams are something new in Yangon. They are a headache for the city’s commuters but are also a sign of Burma’s progress. S(...)

Kuwait has banned the television show of a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric, accused of instigating hatred with speeches and comments on social media calling for arming rebels fighting the army of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (pictured). Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Kuwait has banned the television show of a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric, accused of instigating hatred with speeches and comments on social media ca(...)

A woman buys a newspaper in Rangoon, Burma, yesterday. Photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

Newspapers may be suffering elsewhere, but in Burma private dailies have hit newsstands for the first time in nearly half a century after 16 da(...)