Film: The Hunter

Defoe stars in Sydney-born filmmaker Daniel Nettheim’s adaptation of Julia Leigh’s 1999 novel, about a mercenary hunter’s search for the elusive, perhaps- long-extinct, Tasmanian tiger. Nettheim teases out a story that has Defoe’s hunter, Martin, working for a shady client and sent out into the Tasmanian brush to search for the tiger. It is here he encounters others out to beat him to the prize, with a tale of greenies vs loggers playing out amid the scenic backdrop. It’s a gripping, man-vs-nature-vs-capitalism tale with solid emotional underpinning.

On general release from July 6


Film: God Bless America

Bobcat Goldthwait, the deraged Cadet Zed in the Police Academy movies, is now a celebrated filmmaker. His latest movie takes aim at celebrity culture, as Joel Murray’s middle-aged office drone goes on the rampage, offing reality TV stars. It’s not as dark as 2009’s perverse World’s Greatest Dad, but is a biting, if a tad predictable, satire of instant-celebrity culture.

On general release July 6

Film: The Amazing Spider-Man

Brit Garfield is the new Peter Parker as the appropriately named Marc Webb calls the shots in this back-to-school revamp. Spidey’s the most accessible of the Marvel superheroes (well, more so than an intergalactic Norse God!), and you can expect much 3D-web-slinging as he takes on The Lizard.

On general release from July 3

Comedy: Rhod Gilbert

The gruff Welshman’s new show is titled The Man With The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo, continuing his penchant for bizarre tour titles with a suitably bizarre reference to the Swedish thriller series. Expect rants on everything and anything that has been getting Rhod’s goat of late.

Hammersmith Apollo, W6 9QH.
July 5-7. £25
Tube | Hammersmith |

Theatre: Democracy

It helps to know something of the history behind Michael Frayn’s fact-based 1969-set political drama. It’s based in the period following the election of Willy Brandt to the post of chancellor as he worked towards the unification of East and West Germany. It’s absolutely fascinating viewing, no matter how informed you are.

Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB.
Until July 28. £10-£45
Tube | Waterloo | 


Theatre: Mary Shelley

Daughter of 18th-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and radical philosopher William Godwin, lover (and later wife) of Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and teenage author of Frankenstein – Mary Shelley’s life offers rich pickings for playwright Helen Edmundson, who constructs an engrossing story here.

Tricycle Theatre NW6 7JR.
Until July 7. £14-£24
Tube | Kilburn |


Exhibition: Frederick Wilfred; London Photos 57-62

This famed photographer documented daily life in the Big Smoke between the end of WW2 and the start of the Swinging Sixties, in all its mini-skirted freedom and glamour. Wilfred captures the change from grim austerity to forward-looking optimism in the city. See how London once was in this exhibition’s last week.

Museum of London EC2Y 5HN.
10am-6pm. Daily. Til Jul 8. Free
Tube | Barbican |



‘Democracy’ image: Tristram Kenton

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