Fela Kuti, Jewish food and The Great Gatsby are just some of the reasons why the rainy weather ahead ain’t keeping us in this weekend – so throw on the wellies and head out to tuck into this cultural smorgasbord of music, ballet, exhibitions, film – plus a curious late night at the Wellcome Collection that’s nothing to be “sniffed” at.
Just as the temperature drops, a brand new film festival dedicated to flicks from the colder climes of Europe sweeps into town, while Somerset House are giving ice skaters another reason to visit thanks to the dazzling couture of Valentino. Elsewhere, this weekend is a great chance to check out Alan Yau’s new Thai [...]
Fresh off the back of last month’s London film fest comes a foreign film takeover this weekend, with exciting festival programmes from Korea, Russia and Africa expected to entertain and inspire the capital’s self-respecting cinephiles. Elsewhere, there’s a quirky fest dedicated to tea and coffee, a weekender exploring new technology and a new “rock n roll” ramen bar making its much anticipated debut, just in time for winter.
The last weekend of October came round pretty fast, but we’re not mad – it gives you the chance to try out the new Hawksmoor on Air Street, enjoy amazing animation at a festival at Barbican, celebrate the new Bond flick in style or simply goggle at the kind of street art that’ll take your breath away…
Anyone who regularly shells out the money to buy or rent DVDs will be aware of the advert that appears before the film warning you that piracy is a crime akin to stealing a car or a handbag. These adverts are not only hilariously over-embellished to the point of parody, but are also clearly hitting the wrong target because they’re directed at the ‘honest’ audience members who have paid money to watch a film at home.
Jenny Downham, the author of “Before I Die”, about a young girl living with a terminal diagnosis, has just seen her book turned into the new film, “Now is Good” (out this week), starring Dakota Fanning.
When the last three parts I auditioned for were all characters called Malcolm I put it down to a bizarre co-incidence. When it became four straight Malcolms, I had to accept, with growing horror, that I had become Typecast. This is not a problem if you’re Daniel Craig and the general public see you as an attractive secret agent/sex object.
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Unsurprisingly, critics of various political persuasions are already rushing to pin down Dark Knight Rises as propaganda.
As England plays host to the largest Shakespeare festival in history, are the Bard’s works wholly relevant in this modern age?
Sex, lies and betrayal hardly seem unfamiliar to the morning headlines, yet can we really say that in constructing his plays around them, these themes were a pre-emptive suggestion from Shakespeare that our society (and lives) will forever be dominated by such things?
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