Top image: Still, ‘La Piscine’ (1969) © Avco Embassy
We bring you our guide to living well in the world’s capitals, from exhibitions to cinema, food, drink, fashion, music and beyond. Just call it culture and take it, it’s yours.
LONDON, FRIDAY 22nd APRIL – SUNDAY 24th APRIL 2016
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If you got a chance to see this year’s A Bigger Splash you’ll have already had your dose of Sicilian vitamin D. Craving more? Here’s your answer, Luca Guadagnino’s 2016 flick was actually a remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 La Piscine, and this original is being shown at Hackney Picturehouse this weekend.
The epitome of 60s cinematic cool, La Piscine plots a love triangle between Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Maurice Ronet, with a young Jane Birkin thrown into the sweaty mix. Like the 2016 remake, La Piscine’s brilliance comes from the intense sexual tension that suffixes each suggestive word and that sun-kissed aesthetic that’ll have you grabbing for your trunks in an attempt to join in.
Think Closer but with brighter weather and darker motives, La Piscine is one big game of emotional chess with a killer checkmate.
La Piscine is being shown at Hackney Picturehouse on Sunday 24th at 12:30
“Some day I’m gonna call me up on the phone, so when I answer, I can tell myself to shut up.”
Film recommendation, take 2. There’s no such thing as going to the cinema too many times in one weekend.
There’s a select group of musicians who can be credited with defining a sound, an era and a whole new way of approaching music. Undoubtably, Miles Davis is one of these visionaries.
As well as his musical credentials Davis also had a string of anecdotes to draw from like no other: like that time he got a nightstick over the head from a racist cop; or chasing his first wife Frances Taylor out of their apartment with a knife during a paranoid episode (we never said they were light-hearted tales). Making it a real surprise that a Miles Davis biopic has not previously been made: cue this weekend’s release of Miles Ahead.
A decade-in-the-making, Don Cheadle takes the title role, updating his wardrobe Davis style, 70s silk shirts and gold chains galore . Hitting all the right notes, Miles Ahead is certain to have you hitting up your local jazz bar in search of that jazz pulse.
PS. If you’re into this, be sure to check out Ethan Hawke’s upcoming role as Chet Baker, the James Dean of blues.
Miles Ahead, 100 mins. Out now.
Didn’t make it to Coachella this year? Meh, who cares. Instead, hit up Camden for your fix of
cultural appropriation skimpy clothing, plastered revellers, sun (13°C – sun lotion not needed) and stellar music.
Kitty Daisy & Lewis are part of the current scene awakening Camden, London’s sleeping musical epicentre. And they’re the equivalent of a twin bell Newgate alarm clock: analogue, sleek and always in time – they start with a jolt and will leave your ears ringing and your toes tapping.
But there’s no backwards thinking here, cut and pasting a diverse mix of genres into their sonic vision, the realised result is a wholly unique contemporary beat. Need more proof? Their latest record, Third, was produced by The Clash’s Mick Jones – that’s North London’s equivalent of da Vinci wetting your paintbrushes for you, only with more safety pins and less facial hair.
Whimsical and dance-floor ready (think wooden dance hall rather than Billie Jean-esque disco floor) these three have really nailed that beatnik aesthetic. And that tightness is hardly surprising, given that they all perch on the same family tree branch. Having grown up together in a musical household, creativity is hard-wired to their DNA and comes executed with bold panache. Kick back, crack a tinny and soak it up.
Sing it loud, sing it proud
Iconic album artwork can become just as timeless as the music it covers; think Warhol’s peeling banana for Velvet Underground & Nico, or Peter Blake’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band collage, instantly recognisable classics.
Secret 7” is the annual project that celebrates album artwork in all its splendour. What’s the concept? Well, first they gather together a curated list of culturally important artists, designers and creatives around – this year’s line-up boasts Anish Kapoor, Jenny Holzer, Sir Paul Smith, Gavin Turk, Juno Calypso and Tatty Devine (a handy speed dial collection) –, then each one creates a bespoke one-of-a-kind sleeve design for seven iconic tracks.
This year’s tracks are; Etta James’ At Last, Jack Garratt’s Worry, CHVRCHES’s Clearest Blue, The Jam’s Art School, John Lennon’s Imagine, Max Richter’s Dream 3 and Tame Impala’s The Less I Know The Better.
Each record is then be pressed 100 times to vinyl and wrapped in it’s unique cover and on 4th May you have a chance to buy these covetable records: each one at the uniform price of £50. The catch is that the buyer won’t know which record they are buying until they’ve handed over their cash. It’s a lucky dip we can really get behind.
On top of all this, there will also be a pop-up recording studio; warm up the vocal cords, nip in, belt it out, and leave with a copy of the recording cut to a 7″ single. So get practising those vocal scales and Diana Ross-esque shreaks. Here’s your chance to realise those rockstar aspirations.
Secret 7″ runs from 10th April through 3rd May at Somerset House
Check out the full programme here
Marble columns and chandeliers Vs fish finger sandwich
Now that you’re a fully fledged recording artist with your debut single set to wax, a celebratory drink is in order. And drinks at Criterion’s new Savini restaurant and bar is a definite ‘Prince’ on the rockstar scale – luxe, decorated with diamonds and always up for a good time.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson first met here. Verdi, Puccini, Callas and Sinatra came here to eat. This is creme de la creme material. Offering Italian fine dining and a drinks menu that can plug any size hole (ooh, matron), this eatery will have you feeling plush.
However, what is pleasant on the eye is not so friendly to the faithful ol’ wallet. So maybe just go in for a peek, try chat your way to a free drink and then nip round the corner to The Slaughtered Lamb for a fish finger sandwich and ice-cold pint. That’s our idea of luxury, we’ll be propping up the bar.
Savini at The Criterion is located at 22-24 Ely Place, EC1N 6TE