Still, ‘TRAMPS!’ by Kevin Hegge, 2022
FRIDAY 18th March 2022 – SUNDAY 20th March 2022
Boy eats girl
Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan star in Mimi Cave’s debut rom-com thriller Fresh, having premiered at Sundance in January to rave reviews (and a fair few screams) it’s finally airing on Disney+ this weekend. Tackling the ever-relevant topic of the perils of online dating, this cannibalistic storyline turns everyone’s worst catfishing nightmare into reality. Protagonist Noa is lured in by the modest charm of plastic surgeon Steve until his true intentions are laid bare. Going in blind is essential to feel the full force of this brilliant flipping of the script, to avoid any spoilers head back here after you’ve watched it and read our chat with Cave to find out how those props were made to be so fresh.
Fresh is out on Disney+ now.
The V&A’s biggest exploration of menswear is opening its doors to the public this weekend, charting the evolution of the masculine silhouette from 1565 to the present day. Arriving at a time when gender fluidity and dressing beyond the binary is at the fore, this exhibition offers up a hundred looks and a hundred artworks spread thematically across three gallery spaces titled Undressed, Overdressed and Redressed.
From Beau Brummell’s pioneering Regency dandyism to Charles Jeffery and J.W. Anderson’s contemporary creations that continue to unpick menswear sensibilities. Looks worn by sartorial icons such as David Bowie and Harry Styles sit among a curated collection of treasures from the museum’s extensive archive of painting, photography and film.
Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear runs at the V&A until November 6th, more info here.
Great venue, great music
Former Macabees frontman Orlando Weeks is bringing his new record Hop Up to the Barbican this weekend. A light, feel-good work filled with amorphous beats and nostalgic synth, this is the album we all need right now. Expect a multi-sensery experience with Velvet Underground style lighting and the sort of immersive soundscape Weeks plots with ease.
Orlando Weeks plays at Barbican on Sunday 20th March.
Judy Blame on the big screen
BFI’s LGBTQIA+ film festival is back for a twelve day run in the city, with a programme full of talks, workshops, and screenings celebrating queer cinema. Cinematic highlights include Kevin Hegge’s documentary TRAMPS! charting the emergence of the New Romantics on the streets of London featuring icons such as Judy Blame and Duggie Fields, alongside Mohamed Camara’s 1997 film Dakan – the first work of its kind to explore homosexuality in West Africa. After being confined to an online format for the past two years, this in-person series is certainly set to make up for lost time.
Flare Festival runs at the BFI Southbank until March 27th, view the full programme here.
Still, ‘Dakan’ by Mohamed Camara, 1997
Ultimate food cupboard
Founded by food writer and photographer Safia Shakarchi, Another Pantry is a recipe platform pioneering seasonal, slow and conscious cooking while promoting the brilliance of British produce. To celebrate its launch, a pop-up grocery store is arriving at Coal Drops Yard featuring independent restaurants, bakeries and brewers including the likes of St John Bread & Wine, Cornwall’s Coombeshead Farm and Hackney’s Café Cecilia. On Saturday and Sunday pastries from Flor and Pophams will be fresh from the oven so make sure to head down early to start your weekend right: bloated.
Another Pantry pop-up is located at 108 Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ until March 22nd, more info here.