Weekend Combo

Stephen Graham cooks, Francesca Allen portraiture and wine in the sun
25 March 2022
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FRIDAY 25th March – SUNDAY 27th March

Kitchen nightmares
If you can’t stand the heat, get the fuck out. That’s the general gist of Philip Barantini’s 2021 restaurant-based one-shot film, Boiling Point, which lands on Netflix this week. Starring Stephen Graham as head chef Andy Jones, we’re invited for an intense and immersive trail shift inside his London kitchen. What’s on the menu? A sweaty thrill ride behind the scenes through the not-so-glam gourmet culinary world. Overworked and overwrought, as Jones Graham is at his pulsating best, as is the supporting cast of hectic staff, smarmy food critics and blah, blah influencer customers. Think of it like Down and Out in London and Paris via the Guardian food supplement.

Boiling Point is on Netflix now.

Exhibition

This is life
This year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize exhibition spotlights the nominated projects from the four shortlisted artists across the top two floors of The Photographer’s Gallery.

Each taking a distinct approach to both medium and subject matter, this year’s line-up focus their lens on specific regions or communities. Anastasia Samoylova charts her personal experience of climate change in Florida while Jo Ractliffe documents life in post-Apartheid South Africa. US artist Deana Lawson, the photographer of Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound album cover, captures a portrait of the Black experience and the history of representation while Gilles Peress reflects the turbulent state of Northern Ireland’s streets. Curated by Katrina Schwarz, the showcase is an amalgamation of insights into life within different pockets of the globe.

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize runs at The Photographer’s Gallery until June 12th, more info here

Deana Lawson, Chief, 2019

Film

What is love? 
Oslo set romantic-drama The Worst Person in the World tackles the universal struggle of a woman on the brink of 30 navigating her own identity. Having already received high praise in the form of two confirmed Oscar nominations, it is finally set for release in UK cinemas this weekend. Directed by Joachim Trier and starring a native Norwegian cast of Renate Riensve, Anders Danielsen Lie and Herbert Nordrum the work is an intimate portrait of Oslo and the turbulent lives and love of those living there. This is ideal viewing for anyone struggling to find their place in the world… so in other words, everyone.

The Worst Person in the World is in cinemas now.

Theatre

The king is dead, long live the king
As one of Shakespeare’s most well-known histories, Henry V has been refashioned time and time again but Donmar Warehouse’s latest interpretation shifts the classic to daring dimensions, unpicking notions of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington takes the lead as a raucous cocaine-binging prince who steps into his father’s shoes as a war commander leading his troops to victory during the Hundred Years’ War. It’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it.

Henry V runs at Donmar Warehouse until April 9th, more info here

Henry V at Donmar Warehouse

Exhibition

Family bond
Photographer Francesa Allen’s latest project I’d like to get to know you documents the intimate relationship with her sister Alida. Known for her poetic fashion photography, this personal project shot over one summer at her mum’s house in Devon is an intimate portrait of familial bonds. Exhibiting at Dalston’s 1014 Gallery, the showcase explores the push and pull of sisterhood through a series of ethereal portraits as Allen paints a vivid picture of the complex yet flourishing relationship within changing dynamics.

I’d like to get to know you runs at 10 14 Gallery until April 24th, more info here.

Film season

Marlon Brando-athon
Tucked away behind Covent Garden, The Garden Cinema is a haven for film lovers. Newly opened, the venue boasts two intimate screens and a programme centred around independent arthouse screenings. Oh, and a beautiful art deco bar ideal for intellectual post-film discussion.

It all kicks off with a two-week programme celebrating Marlon Brando’s unrivalled career: as Godfather mafia boss Don Vito Corleone, as the intimidating Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Names Desire, and the motorcycle hellraiser in The Wild One.

The Garden Cinema is located at 39-41 Parker Street, WC2B 5PQ, more info here

Still, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, directed by Elia Kazan, 1951

Food + Drink

We want wine and we want it now
Not to jinx it but the weather appears to be perking up, so why not make the most of the sun before it performs another disappearing act? Head south of the river to Forza Wine in Peckham to enjoy a glass of the good stuff in the sun, a spin-off from the beloved eatery Forza Win (re-opening soon in Camberwell) it offers up a menu of Italian small plates such as burrata, cauliflower fritti and deep-fried sardines to snack on as you take in the fifth-floor views of the city skyline.

Forza Wine is located at The Rooftop, 133A Rye Lane, SE15 4BQ, more info here.

And while you’re in SE15, check out Larry’s, the all-day diner inspired by New York’s Italian-American and Jewish delis. Whether you fancy a quick (but delicious) sarnie or a selection of small dishes including ricotta with blood orange and chicken liver seasoned with nduja, this is your ticket to food heaven.
PS. if you’re reading this, Larry’s, we’d like a set of your branded plates – please and thank you.

Larry’s is situated at 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL.

Forza Wine

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