Still, ‘Girls Can’t Surf’ by Christopher Nelius, 2022
This isn’t just any old Weekend Combo, this is a bank holiday Weekend Combo. Listen up, this is your weekly bulletin dedicated to what’s good in London this weekend. Spoiler alert: plenty.
Rippin’ it up
Directed by Christopher Nelius, Girls Can’t Surf drops us mid-wave, to the world of professional surfing in the 1980s and 90s. Dissecting the female experience in a culture pervaded by sexism and male ego, the film follows the journey of a group of female surfers who took it upon themselves to not only master their sport, but achieve equality for those who were to follow in their footsteps. Present-day interviews with surfing greats Pam Burridge, Frieda Zamba, Jodie Cooper, Wendy Botha and Lisa Anderson are combined with an impressive wealth of archival footage, offering a comprehensive reposte to the documentary’s tongue-in-cheek title.
Girls Can’t Surf runs at Ciné Lumière this weekend, more info here.
Pure rock ‘n’ roll
Bob Gruen and Leee Black Childers were there in the thick of 70s/80s rock ‘n’ roll. They partied with Iggy, toured with Bowie, hung out with Strummer, documented Blondie and got wild with the Pistols. Luckily, between them, they captured it all on film. Now on an extended run due to popular demand, Legendary Moments at D’Stassi Art draws together the photographic brilliance of Gruen and Childers. Before heading down, check out our conversation with Gruen to hear some of the photographer’s incredible anecdotes: including one about making mate with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Legendary Moments runs at D’Stassi Art until August 31st, more info here.
Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols ‘I’m A Mess’ in San Antonio, TX. January 1978. © Bob Gruen
Dragons and that
Been getting hot sweats ever since Game of Thrones called it a day? You blamed the heat, but we know – and we don’t judge. Well, consider this your overdue medication: Sky Atlantic’s GoT spin-off series House of Dragon. Charting the story of the Targaryen civil war that took place 200 years before events portrayed in the original series, it’s a history lesson for GoT nerds, and having dropped earlier this week, it’s already arrived to rave reviews and is reportedly the most watched HBO European premiere in history – big stuff. Created by Ryan J. Condal and George R.R. Martin, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine and Olivia Cooke take on the lead roles in this cinematic bank holiday binge.
House of Dragon is streaming now on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.
Boombox on blast
It’s finally that time of year again and summer just wouldn’t be the same without Notting Hill Carnival double-circled on the calendar. Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend since 1966, more than 2.5 million people annually return to the streets of W10 to revel in Europe’s biggest street festival but after being cancelled for the past two years it’s set to be bigger than ever. Starting on Great Western Road weaving down to Notting Hill Gate then finally along to Ladbroke Grove, an abundance of parades, floats, steel bands and soundsystems will be loud and proud every step of the way. It also wouldn’t be carnival without some stunning grub, which is why plenty of authentic Caribbean food stalls are on hand to keep you going as you dance in the streets.
Notting Hill Carnival takes place every day across the weekend, more info here.
Stick anything between bread and make it elite
Who doesn’t love a good sandwich, eh? Cult classic Bodega Rita’s has been flying under the radar before reopening in September, but in honour of Notting Hill Carnival, they’ve invited food writer Riaz Phillips to take over their kitchen this Friday. Creating a menu inspired by the vibrant flavours of Jamaican cuisine, you can expect to see jerk chicken, scotch bonnet ketchup, jackfruit stew and fried plantain all neatly pocketed between Rita’s signature doughy buns. To top things off, homemade ginger beer will be on offer to cleanse the palette and wash it all down. Consider this the ideal Carnival pre-meal.
Bodega Rita’s is located at 91 Cowcross St, EC1M 6BH, more info here.