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Readings will make it hard for Canadian to fulfil his pledge to keep rates on hold until 2016

Film: The Big Picture: An image of war without its guilt

Resurrection Man is about violence - its irrationality and its glamour. The picture is set in 1975 Belfast, and though the fashions and the music are grimly familiar, the city is not. In keeping with the stylised tone of the novel by Eoin McNamee, who also wrote the screenplay, this is Belfast re-imagined in the style of a penny dreadful. An eerie mist rolls through the streets in daylight, enveloping street corner preachers and gossipy mums with creaky prams; at night, the city comes alive with sordid eruptions of colour. A banana yellow Ford Escort caught under glaring street lights and the jet of blood from a punctured artery carry the same garish shock.

Interview: John Bird: From the street to City Hall: the first mayor of London?

Until now, the only hat definitely in the ring for Mayor of London has been Jeffrey Archer's shiny topper. His campaign team is already chasing about glad-handing anyone in sight. The rest of the possible party candidates are more circumspect - won't say yes and won't say no. But putative Tory rivals include Chris Patten, Steven Norris, Alan Clarke, David Mellor. On the Labour side candidates may be Ken Livingstone, Glenda Jackson, Margaret Hodge, Tony Banks, and The Independent's own Trevor Phillips. Then there are a few non-party names - Fred Housego, Richard Branson and Peter Stringfellow.

Film: Reality shot to pieces

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Interview: Ray Winstone: `Everyone thinks they're a goodie - even Hitler did'

From vicious thug in `Scum' to vicious wife-beater in `Ladybird, Ladybird' to vicious crook in `Face' - Ray Winstone is the hard man of British cinema. His latest film, `Nil by Mouth', casts him true to form but, he tells Ryan Gilbey, he's dying to play a nice guy

Obituary: Oscar Lewenstein

A theatre manager needs to make money. An artistic director is apt to lose it for him. One is a realist, the other an idealist. The theatrical producer Oscar Lewenstein was both.

Books: Why this is Hell, and I'm out of it

PLEASE KILL ME: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain, Little, Brown pounds 18.99

Long live England! Vive l'entente cordiale!

One annual French film festival entirely devoted to British cinema would be a curiosity; to stage two is a welcome aberration. Dinard and Cherbourg, just 150 kilometres apart along the north coast of France, both hold Britfests each autumn. Cherbourg has been around for longer, but Dinard (at least the locals claim) is the bigger deal. Whatever the case, during the long slump from which our cinema is gingerly emerging, the organisers must have often wondered if there were enough new films to go around.

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A guide to the best new releases

THE BUSINESS

Twenty bands and artists may have worked their hides off to get the Bosnian aid album Help! completed in 24 hours, and the album may have sold 71,000 copies in a day, dwarfing the entire week's sales of every other album in the charts, but you won't see it at number one. Chart regulator CIN maintains that Help! counts as a compilation and is therefore ineligible for entry in the main album charts. Some voices have even suggested that Parlophone was responsible for bringing the matter to CIN's attention (the label released Blur's new album two days after Help!). The real winners, though, are the Levellers. Thanks to Help's exclusion, they've got a number one album. A bit odd, seeing as how everyone hates them. Still, nice to see the under-talented, as well as the under-privileged, profiting from such a noble project.

Obituary: Alan Barton

Alan Lesley Barton, singer, songwriter: born Barnsley 16 September 1953; married twice (three sons); died Cologne 23 March 1995.

Football: Sharpest tactical brain: Brian Moore on the day that Bobby Moore led England to victory in the 1966 World Cup

ON that sunlit day in July 1966, the one we all remember so well, I was sitting with Alan Clarke, my fellow radio commentator, with one of those large, old-fashioned lip microphones wrapped around our faces.

ARTS / Show People: Mr Orange's true colours: 57. Tim Roth

'A BIT of a lad' is what I'd been told to expect, and at first sight Tim Roth doesn't seem likely to disappoint. The playground swagger, the jeans and biker boots, the bottled lager he pours - it looks like a calculated affront to the commodious splendour of his Savoy Hotel suite. They won't let you in the bar in jeans, but who cares when room service can bring the bar to you? As it turns out, Roth is relaxed, articulate and friendly, his only concession to laddishness this afternoon is a loud belch, and that at least keeps the photographer amused.
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Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn