On the agenda: Chichester International Film Festival; Cornish Kneehigh theatre company; Net-a-Porter; Monocle Mediterraneo; Great British Beer Festival; Underage Festival
Britain's top actresses go on strike and the world's biggest pub re-opens its doors
Sunday 01 August 2010
Rosamund Pike, Sally Hawkins, Jaime Winstone, Andrea Riseborough – all in one movie, Made in Dagenham, about the 1968 strike at Ford's car plant. It's being talked up Stateside as the next Full Monty, which could send the cast's careers into the stratosphere – and the first place you'll get to see it is at the 19th Chichester International Film Festival, running from 19 August to 5 September. Other highlights include the English premiere of The Illusionist, the latest animated ode to visual pessimism from Sylvain 'Belleville Rendez-Vous' Chomet, retrospectives on Kurosawa and Rohmer, and a free open-air screening of 'My Fair Lady'. For tickets: tel 01243 786 650, chichestercinema.org
Wherever I lay my hat... the innovative Cornish Kneehigh theatre company is celebrating its 30th year with the opening of a nomadic performance space called The Asylum. Its inaugural season begins on a farm near Chiverton Cross, where three of the troupe's best-loved shows will be revived, kicking off with The Red Shoes, an irreverent adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic. Performances will be accompanied by local food and drink, live music and dance in a celebration of the county. To 29 August, kneehigh.co.uk
If you've spent all your cash on an iPad, you probably won't be considering any further blow-out purchasing any time soon. Then again, if you can afford an iPad, you might well have money to burn. In which case, get tapping on Net-a-Porter's new magazine app. Free to download, it provides an excellent source of styling tips, catwalk secrets and new-season must-haves, from which you can shop each and every look with your fingertips.
Holiday reading can often be left to the last minute, when a desperate scrabble at the airport bookshop results in an uninspiring haul of formulaic thrillers and Z-list celebrity "autobiographies". But the launch of the 'Monocle Mediterraneo' newspaper looks set to bring an end to the tedium of travelling out of town. Stocked on newsstands across Europe, Asia and North America for an eight-week run, Mediterraneo's thoughtful blend of essays, reportage, interviews and fashion will coincide with the return of the Summer Series weekly audio bulletin on Monocle's website. £3.50/€5, monocle.com
Food & Drink
Tuesday will once again see the "world's biggest pub" wiping down the bars, refilling the peanuts and opening its doors, as the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) returns to London's Earls Court. The Great British Beer Festival gives visitors the opportunity to sample 500 real ales, ciders and perries from independent micro-brewers as well as the big boys of the brewery world. If just the thought of all that brewed headiness has you feeling unsteady on your feet, daily tutored tastings promise to leave you with an appreciation that lasts longer than the hangover. Tuesday to Saturday, gbbf.org.uk
If you're fond of starting sentences with the phrase "the trouble with kids these days", look away now as Victoria Park in east London today hosts the Underage Festival. The event, strictly for 14- to 18-year-olds, boasts a fully grown line-up of acclaimed artists such as Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and MIA as well as under-the-radar acts and talent-competition winners. Tsk. They don't know they're born. Doors 11am, underagefestivals.com
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