Still, ‘The Driver’ by Walter Hill, 1978
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Let’s start with a classic: Walter Hill’s 1978 high-speed neo-noir, The Driver. Ryan O’Neal plays a getaway driver with the best reputation around, revving away from robberies with a cool win in the trunk. Bruce Dern is the arrogant detective hot on his heels, but so often finds himself left in the dust. And then there’s the card player (Isabelle Adjani), who sees the Driver’s role in a heist but is quickly paid off before the Detective gets to her. Backdropped by LA’s neon-lit nightscape, The Driver is a muscle-car thrill ride, and has gone on to inspire many of the most renowned filmmakers around, including James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and Nicolas Winding Refn.
The Driver will show at Prince Charles Cinemas on 12th November.
Opening this weekend at the Royal Academy, Making Modernism is uncovering the women whose influence on 20th-century Modernism has been pushed to the periphery. Celebrating the work of Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kӓthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin who were integral to the birth of modernism in Germany, the exhibition will bring together 65 works, many of which have never been seen before in the UK.
Subjects such as self-portraiture, still-life, the female body and landscapes are reframed through these female artists, offering up an investigation into each of their personal identities while charting their influence on a groundbreaking movement.
Making Modernism runs at the Royal Academy until 12th February 2023, more info here.
Marianne Werefkin, ‘Circus – Before the Show’, 1908-10
Gigs on gigs on gigs
Pitchfork Festival returns to London this weekend with a belting line-up of sonic talent to get your ears ringing and hips shaking. Taking place across venues such as Hackney Church, The Roundhouse and EartH you’ll be able to catch the likes of Courtney Barnett, Girlpool, Black Country, New Road, Faye Webster, Lala Lala and bar italia. Having kicked off on Thursday, the festival runs all the way up to Sunday night – so hardcore fans can do some mega back-to-backs. Think of it as the ultimate gig crawl.
See the full line-up here.
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Founded in 2015, Choose Love has been working to improve the lives of refugees globally. The first of its kind, now the UK-based charity is opening its flagship store on Carnaby Street, offering shoppers the opportunity to buy essential supplies and life-saving interventions for refugees and displaced people. Just in time for the festive season, visitors can also purchase items in the names of their loved ones for a charitable alternative to the usual Xmas prezzie.
Choose Love Store is located at 15 – 17 Foubert’s Place, W1F 7QB.
It’s the last weekend to catch British photographer Jack Davison’s first UK solo exhibition at Cob Gallery. Titled Photographic Etchings, Davison’s practice uncovers the surreal and the sensual in everyday life through a myriad of experimental techniques. Grouped by process as opposed to subject matter, a carefully curated set of 33 works from the photographer’s archive have been chosen to articulate a vision of abstract normalcy.
Photographic Etchings runs at Cob Gallery until 12th November, more info here.
Never one to go out of style, Shakespeare’s Henry V is returning to The Globe this week for a new production in collaboration with Headlong and nascent artistic director Holly Race Roughan. Performed for the first time at the indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this modern-day refashioning of the war drama arrives at a time when the themes remain unnervingly relevant. One of Shakespeare’s most revered history plays, Henry V’s 21st-century narrative offers a different perspective on England’s hero and raises questions surrounding the principles of war.
Henry V runs at The Globe until 4th February 2023, more info here.
Cult pita hot spot Miznon has mastered the perfect pocket and a new joint in Notting Hill is opening this weekend. Having held a residency in Soho since earlier this summer after launching in Paris, Tel Aviv and New York, the eatery is getting some new digs in West London. Created by chef Eyal Shani, a menu of Mediterranean-inspired street food merges with British classics – we’re talking Full English and Cottage Pie pitas. Veggies are also spoilt for choice, we’d recommend the falafel but don’t be afraid to order the Magic Mushroom pita and let the waiter fill you in on exactly what that entails.
Miznon is located at 14 Elgin Crescent, W11, more info here.