The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Film

Metropolis (Opens Nationwide, Friday 10 September)

Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi masterpiece has been restored and is now available in UK cinemas. Metropolis is set in 2026, when poor workers toil beneath the ground while the rich enjoy a futuristic city of luxury. The restored version includes 25 minutes of extra footage, and maintains the film's reputation as one of the most visionary and influential in history.

TV

Question Time, BBC 2 (Thursday 16 September, 10:35 pm)

David Dimbleby returns for a Labour leadership special, with the five hopefuls - Ed Miliband, David Miliband, Ed Balls, Diane Abbott and Andy Burnham - facing questions from the London audience. As voting draws to a close throughout September, this will be one of the last public debates between the candidates, with the process having been kicked off by the New Statesman's own debate back in June.

Music

End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset (Friday 10 - Sunday 12 September)

The UK festival season draws to a relaxed close with the fifth instalment of the independently run festival. Living up to its reputation for showcasing the best in alternative, folk and americana music, this year's End of the Road sees peformances from Yo La Tengo, Wilco, Caribou and Iron & Wine alongside its staple comedic, cinematic and gastronomic offerings.

Exhibition

Eadweard Muybridge, Tate Britain (Until 16 January 2011)

The famed inventor of the motion camera is the subject of a compelling retrospective recently opened at the Tate Britain. Muybridge's zoopraxiscope, a method of projecting animated versions photographs as short moving sequences, anticipated future developments in photography and cinema. This exhibition, reviewed by Tim Adams in this week's New Statesman, draws together Muybridge's vast back catalogue and explores the fascinating story of the man behind the pictures.

Theatre

Birdsong, Comedy Theatre, London (Opens Saturday 18 September)

Sebastian Faulks's international best selling novel has been adapted to the stage by Rachel Wagstaff and opens next weekend in London. Directed by Trevor Nunn, the play attempts to dramatise Stephen Wraysford's journey from a love affair in pre-war France to the horror of the Battle of the Somme as a British soldier, and explores the novel's themes of generation, love and courage.

 

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Brexit… Leg-sit

A new poem by Jo-Ella Sarich. 

Forgot Brexit. An ostrich just walked into the room. Actually,
forget ostriches too. Armadillos also have legs, and shoulder plates
like a Kardashian.  Then I walked in, the other version of me, the one
with legs like wilding pines, when all of them

are the lumberjacks. Forget forests. Carbon sinks are down
this month; Switzerland is the neutral territory
that carved out an island for itself. My body
is the battleground you sketch. My body is
the greenfield development, and you
are the heavy earthmoving equipment. Forget
the artillery in the hills
and the rooftops opening up like nesting boxes. Forget about

the arms race. Cheekbones are the new upper arms
since Michelle lost out to Melania. My cheekbones
are the Horsehead Nebula and you are the Russians
at warp speed. Race you to the finish. North Korea

will go away if you stop thinking
about it. South Korea will, too. Stop thinking
about my sternum. Stop thinking about
the intricacy of my mitochondria. Thigh gaps
are the new wage gaps, and mine is like
the space between the redwood stand
and the plane headed for the mountains. Look,

I’ve pulled up a presentation
with seven different eschatologies
you might like to try. Forget that my arms
are the yellow tape around the heritage tree. Forget
about my exoskeleton. Forget
that the hermit crab
has no shell of its own. Forget that the crab ever
walked sideways into the room.
Pay attention, people.

Jo-Ella Sarich is a New Zealand-based lawyer and poet. Her poems have appeared in the Galway Review and the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017.

This article first appeared in the 17 August 2017 issue of the New Statesman, Trump goes nuclear