6 Unmissable Films This April
Written by: Violet Myers
Who doesn’t love a trip to the movies? It’s cheaper than a musical, more ethical than a public execution and where else can you see Michael Fassbender’s bare naked member splashed across a 25 foot screen? Seriously, is there anywhere? I need to know… It’s for a… friend.
Nudity of a modern day Adonis aside, here are six films coming out this April that we just can’t wait for.
Directed by Toby Tobias, starring Iggy Pop.
A campy noir thriller, which is a directional debut for Toby Tobias. Starring Iggy pop as a half blind, ageing rock star in an incredible Daniel Day Lewis style turn, that’s so out of character he’s sure to be beating away Oscar nominations with a stick.
Elvis & Nixon
Directed by Liza Johnson, starring Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon.
Can you guess which one Spacey’s playing? Sadly, it seems we may have to wait a few more years to see Spacey putting on his blue suede shoes. Based on a somewhat true story, this ludicrous comedy about a meeting between the President of the United States and the King of rock and roll promises to be as funny as it is bonkers
Directed by Sebastien Silva, starring Kristin Wiig.
After success and critical acclaim for his 2013 thriller ‘Magic Magic’ Sebastien Silva returns with an offbeat comedy, sure to be the funniest film about infertility since ‘Children of Men’. When Polly (Wiig) decides she’s ready to become a mother, her gay best friend Freddy (Silva) steps up to the turkey baster.
Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, starring Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie.
Based on the bestselling memoir ‘The Taliban Shuffle’ Fey plays Kim Baker, an American reporter sent to Afghanistan to cover the war… are you laughing yet? From the directing team that brought you ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ and ‘Bad Santa’ the dark comedy promises plenty of wit, explosions and observations about being a white woman in a Muslim war torn country.
Florence Foster Jenkins
Directed by Stephen Frears, starring Meryl Streep
Following the success of ‘Philomena’ and ‘The Queen’, Stephen Frear’s shows his talents once more for directing wonderful female characters of a certain age. Streep plays possibly her most sympathetic and loveable character to date as the tone deaf heiress who’s only wish is to sing.
The Jungle Book
Directed by Jon Favreau, starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Billy Murray
With an all-star cast and featuring music from Richard M. Sherman, the composer who wrote the original 1967 soundtrack, Jon Favreau brings Rudyard Kipling’s classic to life.
Whilst progressive thinking about gender has become more and more mainstream recently, there is still far to go. Traditional gender constructs are yet to be broken down fully and there will likely always be resistance to the movement. Which is why it is so important to celebrate and promote events like Camden People’s Theatre, Come As You Are Festival: a celebration of non binary existence like no other.
Andrew Rummer is someone you want on your side when you’re choosing your new poison. You also want him on your side when finding where to source that beverage. He is the brains behind Sipping Liquor: a craft spirits club that delivers carefully chosen spirits to your door on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
Got a supper club, guinea pig cafe, unicorn tears cocktail pop up? Stoke Newington wants it. Luckily a cafe close to Columbia Road has the space you’ve been looking for all along. Probably. Think exposed bricks, boutique lighting and tiled counters, like you’ve just stumbled off a long haul flight and ended up in a trendy Brooklyn coffee house.
“I’m on the veg… of reeeeason” Sang Lady Gaga, whilst cavorting around a staircase in shorts. The very same can be said of Kerb Street Food’s latest event organisers. The amount of quality vegetarian food stalls they’ve gathered together for us is teetering on the unreasonable. It’s not fair on our stomachs, nor on our eyes that are bigger than said stomachs.
What’s it really like to live in North London gem Stroud Green? This short film gives you a glimpse into local life. See if you can spot yourself on Stroud Green's streets; walking your dog, buying bananas from the fruit and veg shop, cheering to a bad joke over a pint outside The Worlds End...
Ever walked past Stokey Town Hall and thought, oh the things I’d do with that space. What would you do exactly, if you had the chance to take over? It’s a question we’ve often asked ourselves. Well now Hackney Council are finally asking us. Residents and business owners in the surrounding areas are being consulted on their draft proposals.
Sadiq Khan’s decision to change London underground announcements from ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ to gender neutral greetings might have seemed like an obvious, positive step in the right direction. Unfortunately the news was met with some resistance and negativity. Some saw it as an attack against gender, deeming it ‘pathetic’, unnecessary and even ‘demeaning’. Presumably that affectionate term, Snowflake was also bandied around for good measure.
I'd had a bad day, so I thought reading the Slimming World magazine while eating a family-sized bag of crisps would help. This was the day I realised London was ridiculous. And it had rubbed off on me. I started out the day wet. Wet in my cute summer dress with a raincoat on top. It was July, pissing it down. But hot, very hot.
Beyond The Binary is our mini series breaking down gender norms and exploring queer theory through events and interviews. We're kicking things off with an explosion of fashion, identity and expression. This September it’s London Queer Fashion Show. LQFS showcases the greatest new talent from people who know that ‘gender exists beyond the binary’, that clothing doesn't take male or female forms.
Did you know, the recipe is a relatively new invention? Back in the 80s, a soon-to-be infamous supermodel (sorry but it was blats Naomi Campbell) walked into a bar feeling sleepy and sober and in need of a pick me up. Asking notorious and rakish bartender, Dick Bradsell for something that would “wake me up and fuck me up”, she watched him crack his fingers and deftly shake up the tasty Espressotini we all know and regret ordering today when we look at our bank statements the next morning.
This family run restaurant has been sourcing the best of date night seafood the for the last twenty years, sourcing the finest and freshest fish from their very own fishmongers in Stoke Newington. But not only are they super sustainable, these guys are also super on trend with a signature lobster sub. So you can feel posh and down to earth all at once, stroke your beard then passionately get off with an avocado once you’ve finished cycling home on your fixie.
Have you ever sat in the pub with ol Vick and Charlie and whatsherchops and thought, I’d love to draw a nude right now? No? Well what about a neon nude? Yeeah, now you’re keen! Well luckily that tasty Duke of Wellington pub happens to have just the right set up for a life drawing class. Not to mention a fluorescent one. So that is exactly what they do now. Every other Monday Jylle leaves her superb gin and tonic pouring duties to host Neon Naked.
The last time I checked it was March 18th and I was watching someone drink green beer in a big hat and wondering whatever happened to Boxing Day. But someone has informed me that it is August and we need some kind of plan for the month because all logic has flown out the window and nobody knows what anything means anymore and I can’t remember if I had breakfast yesterday no but thanks for asking. Time for some live music to zone out to and tap along blankly while we gather our thoughts.
Haunting melodies, rich ambience and devilish lyrics: indie folk singer Hazel Iris comes to Stokey all the way from California. Joining her is musician Mally Harpaz on accordion, cello, guitar and even percussion to create a pretty special double bill of musical awesomeness together.
I’m Emmie, I'm 24 and from Newcastle. J'adore le foot. Ou est les piscine? I moved to London 6 months ago because 'it's where all the jobs are'. The above new-life-motto was a graffiti tag I saw in my first few days of London life. Capital R and all. I certainly followed through when, that night, I went to a gig and nipped to the loo... Sitting on the uncomfortably warm seat I looked up to see a club night poster advertising: '4 Jägerbombs for £20!'
Who’s Richard Hunt and what are exciting little gimlets when they’re at home? Take a walk down Stoke Newington High Street this month and you’ll find out. An intriguing new cocktail bar and teahouse has opened, calling itself The Mint Gun Club and offering up a three fold menu of teas, cocktails and pantry style food.