FRIDAY 13th May – SUNDAY 15th May
Bring it on
Having premiered at the Berlin Film Festival to critical acclaim, Andrew Dominik’s feature film documentary on the intricate relationship between Nick Cave and his Bad Seed compatriot Warren Ellis is finally in UK cinemas this week.
This Much I Know To Be True captures the legendary musicians as they breathe life into the songs from their incredible last two studio albums, Ghosteen and Carnage alongside footage shot across the spring of 2021 ahead of their UK tour. We’re also given an insight into Cave’s penning of The Red Hand Files – an AMA-type website where Cave answers questions and messages from his fans – which sheds a light on his outlook on life and creative process – plus a special appearance from long-term collaborator Marianne Faithfull.
This Much I Know To Be True is in cinema now.
Don’t be camera shy
Now in its seventh year, Photo London takes up residency at Somerset House this weekend to house the UK’s biggest photography fair. Boasting an extensive list of returning veterans and first-timers, it’s set to be a good one. Retrospectives from iconic fashion photographers Nick Knight and Frank Horvat sit alongside a host of fascinating talks, while a new segment titled Shanghai Presents will display an array of works from leading galleries across China. With a line-up this vast, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll find at least one snapshot that’ll take your fancy.
Photo London runs at Somerset House until May 15th, more info here.
Here’s another one in the category of ‘lots of good things in one place’. Head to the Tate Modern, where the vast Turbine Hall has been transformed into Offprint London, a celebration of independent, experimental and socially-engaged publishers. With free entry, make your way through the stalls perusing some of the most innovative and exciting work put to paper. This year includes stalls by Baron, IDEA Books, artist Kingsley Ifill, Palm* Studios, Whitechapel Gallery and Old Habits Publishing – an off-shoot from the Dalston tattoo parlour. And that’s not all, folks, there’s also a full programme of signings, conversations and workshops to dig into.
Off-Print runs from 13th – 15th May at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall. More info here.
Across the river
Pioneering South London talent, this month Brixton Village is launching an independent film festival combining cinematic classics with hidden gems from the next generation of storytellers. Created in collaboration with Tape Collective, the line-up includes a mixture of short films, presentations and retrospectives alongside a series of talks and workshops focusing on emerging talent. Highlights include screenings of I Am A Cliché narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, an insight into the life of Poly Styrene entering the music industry as the first mixed-race woman to front a punk band, and a spoken-word piece titled Mind Over Matter aiming to break down the stigmatised vision surrounding mental health.
Village Screen Fest runs at Brixton Village until May 15th, more info here.
An arty treasure hunt
It’s a busy weekend for art lovers as the second edition of London Gallery Weekend arrives to bring together over 150 of the city’s leading contemporary galleries showcasing art from across the globe. Covering all of the capital, Sadie Coles has invited artists from Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi to take over her Davies Street space in an exploration of South Asian art, the David Zwirner gallery will house abstract oil paintings from Suzan Frecon and Jane and Louise Wilson will display The Toxic Camera, revisiting their 2012 work inspired by the tragedy of Cherynoble at Maureen Paley. We’re only just scratching the surface of what’s on offer here but no matter what part of the city you find yourself in this weekend there will be something just around the corner for you to see.
London Gallery Weekend runs until May 15th, see the full programme here.
Food with feeling
With a changing menu updated weekly on their chalkboard, fermenting kitchen Little Duck Picklery keeps visitors on their toes. An experimental restaurant with an open kitchen cooking philosophy that makes you feel right at home, the food focuses on bringing a multitude of flavours inspired by the teams’ global travels to their local East London community, while drinks choices offer up an array of natural wines fermented on site. It’s impossible for us to tell you what to order because it’s always a surprise, but if the gariguette strawberry and custard choux bun is on the dessert menu, just don’t even think twice.
Little Duck Picklery is located at 68 Dalston Lane, E8 3AH, more info here.