Reaction Weekend

Culture Digest – Beale Street, Barbara Stanwyck & Diane Arbus

Reaction Weekend brings you the best of this week's art and culture

BY Will Hutton   /  8 February 2019

If Beale Street Could Talk

Director Barry Jenkins’ follow up to Moonlight, Best Film Winner at the 2017 Academy Awards, is an adaption of the James Baldwin novel of wrongful arrest in 1970s Harlem.

Cinemas Nationwide

Starring Barbara Stanwyck

A menacing star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Stanwyck receives a retrospective at the BFI. Part One (February) screens some of her best roles, including noir gold standard Double Indemnity. Watch out for Preston Sturges’s screwball comedy The Lady Eve co-staring Henry Fonda. Part Two in March explores her genre work with directors like Douglas Sirk, among others.

At BFI Southbank, February to March

Berberian Sound Studio

At the height of giallo horror an English sound designer is sent to a sound studio in Italy to put noise to the bodies being slashed on screen. Peter Strickland’s alternative horror film is adapted for the stage.

At the Donmar Warehouse until 30th March

Artes Mundi 8

Last month it was announced the Thai filmmaker (and Palme d’Or winner) Apichatpong Weerasethakul had won Artes Mundi 8 and its £40,000 cash prize – the biggest art prize in the country. Catch his work at the National Museum before the exhibition ends at the end of the month.

At the National Museum of Cardiff until 24th February

Diane Arbus: in the beginning

The first solo show of the photographer in 12 years, exploring the years 1956 to 1962, the first of Arbus’s career.

At the Southbank Centre until 6th May