One of the secret pleasures of the (un)self-employed is going to a daytime movie, and last week we headed off to see the New Zealand movie, The Dark Horse. Based on a true story, it focused on the issues of gang culture in the Maori community, mental illness, and the power of a few good people who can make a difference. Intense, funny, terrifying, and very moving, this was one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages. Cliff Curtis was stunning in the lead role as a mentally ill chess genius. We left sobered though. The movie reminded us of a reality that is all too easy to forget (or more accurately, to ignore), and that is the sheer number of children who live in squalid, violent poverty, with no hope of escape. And they’re not that far from any of us.