Tate Modern’s Kazimir Malevich exhibition is on show from 16th July.
On release from 11th July
Extended film shoots are rare these days. Twelve years must be some kind of record. Writer-director Richard Linklater undertook an experiment (and gamble) in 2002 when he cast seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane as Mason Jr, the son of an estranged couple played by Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Over the years, these three (together with Linklater’s own daughter, Lorelei, as Mason’s sister) and assorted others made a short film each year. Together they form the 163 minutes of Boyhood.
Linklater struck lucky. Coltrane breathes the role, only briefly appearing self-conscious around adolescence (and that’s hardly unnatural). Around the principals, minor characters develop or fade out. There’s no formal marking of the passing of time, the film simply grows up, somehow avoiding soap or melodrama. Its power lies in the unexpected moments that mark true rites of passage.
Linklater’s work with Hawke and Julie Delpy on the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight series established his interest in time-lapse filmmaking. Boyhood (which won the Silver Bear at Berlin for best directing) represents a new maturity—not just for his work but for filmmaking itself.
National Theatre, from 14th July
Ben Power, who has written a “new version” of the 5th century BC tragedy by Euripides, describes it as “the ultimate divorce play.” But Medea is also the ultimate revenge play, involving jealousy, rejection and unspeakable acts of infanticide.
Power will follow recent examples—notably Mike Bartlett’s, in which King Aegeus of Athens was a suburban neighbour—of using a contemporary setting for his adaptation. How will Power incorporate the chorus (if at all)? And what to do about the poisoned robes and the dragon-drawn chariot of the Sun God?
Power, who is an associate director at the National, started out working on projects like John Milton’s Paradise Lost and with the Chapman brothers on Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus. He has become adept at re-thinking classics without losing their historical impact. Medea, too, will be a collaboration: with director Carrie Cracknell and designer Tom Scutt, both rising stars, and Helen McCrory, an outstanding actress whose vocal and physical power should make this a performance to remember in the National Theatre’s large Olivier auditorium.
Cheltenham Music Festival
From 2nd to 13th July
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