In cinemas 8 November, on Netflix from 27 November
Widely being hailed as Martin Scorsese’s best film in 30 years, or possibly ever, The Irishman is adapted from a true-crime bestseller. It tells the story of Philadelphia mob killer Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and his part in the mysterious disappearance of Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. With Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, it’s one to watch on the big screen if possible.
Season 3 on Netflix now
Six years after the second season ended on Channel 4, Netflix has brought back Top Boy, this time with added violence, intensity and politics. The east London-set drama follows Ashley Walters’ Dushane (lying low in Jamaica), and Sully (played by grime artist Kano), who is in prison awaiting his release. Dealing with drugs, racism, refugees and police violence, it is grim but powerful viewing.
Tate Liverpool, 14 June to 10 November
Keith Haring emerged from the New York art scene of the 1980s, taking grafitti, pop art and club culture as inspiration. He used public spaces and new media in a determination to break out of the restrictive spaces of art galleries. And he was an activist, responding to issues from racism to homophobia; AIDS awareness to climate change. This is the first major UK exhibition of his work. Definitely one to catch.
The Migrant Festival
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 30 May to 2 June
The Migrant Festival celebrates Birmingham’s diverse roots, welcoming new arrivals to the city. This year’s programme includes designer Osman Yousefzada’s fashion parade, a performance by Syrian Ood Player, Rihab Azar from Celebrating Sanctuary and a tour of the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) exhibition Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On (23 March to 2 June).