People Power: Fighting for Peace
Imperial War Museum, London, 23 March to 28 August
This exhibition displays over 300 objects, including posters, placards, badges, artworks and banners, from anti-war movements over the past century. From First World War conscientious objectors to the Stop the War Coalition via the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Greenham Common women’s camp, the IWM examines the passions and motivation of the millions who have taken up the struggle against war.
Queer British Art 1861-1967
Tate Britain, London, 5 April to 1 October
This major show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. It explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. Includes works by John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington and David Hockney.
Sky Atlantic, from 13 April
Set in a turbulent London in 1971, this six-part drama, produced by Idris Elba (The Wire), imagines what might have happened had black activists taken up arms against the racist police force. Guerrilla is written by John Ridley, who also wrote 12 Years A Slave, and stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Babou Ceesay (’71) alongside Elba.
A Quiet Passion
In cinemas 7 April
The stilted life of American poet Emily Dickinson is masterfully brought to the big screen by director Terence Davies (Sunset Song). This clever, fiercely talented woman faces the restrictions of a sexist, buttoned up 19th century society, and her isolation and frustrations emerge in her powerful poetry, here used in voiceover. Cynthia Nixon, best known as Miranda in Sex and the City, gives a fine performance as Dickinson.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu, from 26 April
Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, this ten-part series made by streaming service Hulu feels timely in Donald Trump’s America. Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the Republic of Gilead, an authoritarian theocracy which comes to power in the US. Women’s reproductive rights are torn up, and some women are forced to act as incubators for wealthy but infertile couples.