The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.


Chichester International Film Festival (19 August - 5 September)

A celebration of UK and World cinema, including a UK premiere of Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham, a special preview of Stephen Frears's Tamara Drew and a screening of Alberto Cavalcanti's Went the Day Well?


Green Man Festival, Glanusk Park (Friday 20 - Sunday 22)

Live music, comedy, literature and cinema in the bucolic Brecon Beacons setting. Acts include Joanna Newsom, Beirut, Billy Bragg and Josie Long.


Iconoclasts, Radio 4 (Weds 25, 20:00)

In the first of a new series, Edward Stourton chairs a live debate in which Professor David Marsland defends his view that the mentally and morally unfit should be sterilised.


Glyndebourne at Somerset House(Friday 20 - Sunday 22)

Evening screenings of Billy Budd (directed by Michael Grandage), The Rake's Progress (designs by David Hockney) and a matinée screening of Hansel and Gretel in the Courtyard at Somerset House.


Romantics at Tate Britain (Until December 2012)

The Clore Gallery is showcasing major works by JMW Turner, John Constable, Henry Fuseli, Samuel Palmer, as well as newly-acquired works by William Blake.

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SRSLY #94: Liam Payne / Kimmy Schmidt / Mulholland Drive

On the pop culture podcast this week: the debut solo single from Liam Payne, the Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.

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The Links

Liam Payne

The lyrics. Oh God, the lyrics.

The interview that Caroline mentioned, feat. Ed Sheeran anecdote.

Liam on the trending chart.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The show on Netflix.

Why the show needs to end.

The GOAT, Emily Nussbaum, on the show.

Mulholland Drive

Lynch's ten clues to unlocking the film.

Everything you were afraid to ask about Mulholland Drive.

Vanity Fair goes inside the making of the film.

For next time:

We are watching Loaded.

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