Bristol Radical Film Festival
Various venues,13-15 October
The festival was founded in 2011 to showcase “a different kind of cinema” — contemporary and historical works of formally innovative, risk-taking, and/or overtly political left-wing documentary and fiction filmmaking. Its purpose is “to create a space in which an audience is moved, galvanised and informed”. After every screening there is space for discussion to encourage action, reflection and collaboration.
Two exhibitions have opened exploring the work of the East London Group of artists, the core of which were East End workers — “a warehouseman, a house decorator, three deck hands waiting for a ship, and a haddock smoker”. The group, which included Albert Turpin and Harold and Walter Steggles, met in classes at the Bethnal Green Men’s Institute and exhibited their paintings from the late 1920s to the late 1930s.
Labour of Love
Noël Coward Theatre, London, until 2 December
The world premiere of James Graham’s new play, a razor-sharp political comedy from the people behind the acclaimed hit This House. Labour MP David Lyons cares about modernisation and “electability”. His constituency agent, Jean Whittaker cares about principles and her community. Set against the backdrop of the Labour Party over 25 years as it moves from Kinnock through Blair into the Corbyn era, it stars Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig.
Royal Court theatre, London, until 21 October
“We used to kill kings. We used to kill millionaires. And now all we do is make threats on the Internet. That’s why I’m offering you the chance to start a war.” Acclaimed Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón makes his Royal Court debut with the world premiere of his play B, exploring what revolutionary violence means to two different generations.
London Film Festival
In 15 venues across London the festival will be screening 242 feature films from 67 countries. Along side the usual galas, special presentations and competitions, there looks to be some potential gems including Portugese movie The Nothing Factory, an impassioned film centring on a workers occupation; This is our Land, a drama about the French far right; and Dolores, a documentary about Dolores Huerta a US farmworkers union and civil rights leader.