On Netflix now
A biopic about the early life of Roxanne Shanté, rap’s first female star. This film portrays the rapper’s life in the housing projects of Queens, New York, in the early 1980s. She must deal with a depressed, alcoholic mum and help raise her siblings. All the while she is developing an interest in the new art form growing around her, and then battling with the boyfriends, DJs and managers who are trying to control her.
The House of Fame
Convened by Linder, Nottingham Contemporary
until 24 June
The post-punk artist Linder — she of the photomontages replacing models’ heads with household objects — has brought together 200 works by British artists stretching back to the 1600s, to go alongside a 40-year retrospective of her own work. Linder, who emerged from the punk scene in Manchester, has worked in photomontage, graphics, costume and performance, focusing on questions of gender, commodity and display.
The Assassination of Katie Hopkins
Theatre Clwyd, Mold
20 April to 12 May, then touring
The title alone was enough to catch our eye. This new musical comedy claims to look at truth, celebrity, social media and public outrage. It questions the notion of free speech and what restrictions should apply, seeking to take up contemporary questions in a satirical way, in the mould of Black Mirror or Jerry Springer the Opera.
Soho Theatre, London
until 14 April, then touring
Theatre company Cardboard Citizens revives its acclaimed production of Cathy following its Edinburgh Festival Fringe run last year. Inspired by Ken Loach and Jeremy Sandford’s groundbreaking film Cathy Come Home, the production explores the state of housing and homelessness. Cathy explores the impact of spiralling social housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of forced relocation through the story of one family.
The Present is Woman, The Woman is Present
Mubi.com throughout April
The film world is currently alight with debates about the role of women in the industry. In response, movie streaming site Mubi.com has been running a series of films directed by women since March. Each film is available for 30 days. Highlights include work by French director Agnes Varda, Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar and Nadine Labaki’s Caramel, which interweaves the stories of five Lebanese women in Beirut. Sign up for a free trial to catch some!