Birmingham Revolutions: Power to the People
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, to 4 September
This exhibition explores the varied history of protest in Birmingham, and looks at the city’s part in the most crucial campaigns and movements in British history. It covers stories from the Priestley Riots of the 18th century to current campaigns for LGBT+ liberation. The exhibition uses art, music and objects to present a long and proud history of resistance.
Directed by Greta Gerwig, out now in cinemas
Director Greta Gerwig returns with her adaptation of the Louisa-May Alcott’s novel. An all-star cast (including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Florence Pugh) and subtle storytelling bring this classic tale of being a young woman to new audiences.
London Short Film Festival
Various venues, 10–19 January
The LSFF returns for its 17th year. Highlights this year include From Early: The Foundations of the Grime Aesthetic, which features a showing of Hidden Olympic Village, an 11-minute film that explores the 2012 Olympic Games through the eyes of Chronik, a veteran grime MC from east London. There’s plenty more to enjoy, and the packed programme includes “relaxed” screenings with a more inclusive environment.
Sex Education series 2
On Netflix from 17 January
Sex Education proved a smash-hit when it was released as a Netflix Original in early 2019. Now it returns for a second series. Expect great performances from Asa Butterfield as teenager Otis as well as the wonderful Gillian Anderson as his sex therapist mother Jean. It manages to deal sensitively with serious issues, while remaining hilarious and relatable. Funny, warm and beautifully shot, the second series looks set to be just as good as the first.
Free Nationals: Free Nationals
Album, out now
Anderson Paak’s hugely talented live backing band have released their debut album. Funky drum beats, synth, beautiful basslines and some standout guest vocalists (including soul singer Kadhja Bonet and reggae star Chronixx) makes for an album that fights back against the winter blues.