PICK OF THE WEEK
Screening Rights Film Festival
Mac, Thursday July 9-Saturday July 11
A programme of screenings and discussions around the topic of social justice, presented by the University of Birmingham’s B-Film research centre. Included on the bill are the inspirational documentary Open Bethlehem, Joshua Oppenheimer’s uncompromising The Look Of Silence, and No Fire Zone, an Emmy-nominated chronicle of the final weeks of the Sri Lankan Civil War.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Ghost Streets Of Balsall Heath
Old Printworks, Thursday July 9-Sunday July 12
Flatpack Film Festival’s exhibition of recently-unearthed photos of the area from the late 1960s, alongside other ephemera and a bespoke programme of screenings and talks.
Drum, Thursday July 9
Documentary chronicling the African struggle for liberation from colonial rule, narrated by Lauryn Hill.
Old Joint Stock, Friday July 10 and Saturday July 11
A hit show from last year’s London Horror Festival, a macabre solo performance from Mary Beth Morossa combining storytelling, poetry and cabaret.
La Grande Bouffe
Mac, Friday July 10-Sunday July 12
A classic of 70s French gourmandise, in which four men hire a villa and attempt to eat themselves to death.
Mike Leigh introduces Les 400 Coups
Warwick Arts Centre, Monday July 13
More French cinematic goodness, as the Mr Turner and Vera Drake director drops in to introduce François Truffaut’s genre-defining Nouvelle Vague masterpiece.
Parkside Gallery, until Friday July 31
A Salon des Refusés rounding up the entries which didn’t make the cut for the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.
Fay Nicolson: OVER AND OVER PURE FORM
Grand Union, until Saturday August 8
An examination of the physicality of images and the transformative effect of repetition, with the pieces on display forming only one part of the overall enterprise.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Various venues, from Wednesday October 7
The 2015 edition of the internationally-acclaimed live-art festival, and the swansong for outgoing directors Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison.
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