Things to do this weekend
Fri 19 - Sun 21 October
FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, throughout Oct
Brilliant new independent films this season include the thought provoking drama The Wife, Anton Chekhov adaptation The Seagull and introspective drama Lucky. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including heist drama King of Thieves, as well as Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. The classics offering includes a selection of films celebrating Black History Month in the UK this October. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera. They’ve also announced a new series of screenings aimed at welcoming even more 16-25 year-olds into the cinema, thanks to support from the BFI Film Audience Network – one for the not so little Mudlets!
Northampton Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD
Venture through the sinister locations of a derelict and cursed town! All whilst being hunted by the terrifying residents that reside there . . . Featuring 4 live action scare mazes all loaded with huge horror scenes, terrifying special FX and amazing actors! It’s the ultimate Halloween night out! Due to the intense, scary nature of the event we don’t recommend that under 12’s attend. Entry times 7-9pm. Ticket prices range from £15.95 to £22.95 and can be bought here.
White Nurseries, Clay Lane, Earls Barton, NN6 0EP
Although the film is the eleventh instalment, it takes the story back to where the first one finished with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. Expect real visceral horror with the film returning to its roots plus some funny moments to release the tension. Fans of the original are raving about it.
ART: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, now – Nov 4
CULTURE: Literary Festivals, various locations, various dates
October seems to be the month for literary fests – they’re everywhere! On now, one of the biggest and best (we would say that as we’re going to be there) is the Henley Literary Festival (until Sun 7 Oct). Writers such as Kate Humble, Bryony Gordon, Kate Mosse and Lucy Mangan are just some of the big names appearing to plug their books, chat and tell stories. Muddy has snaffled a stellar panel of three dazzling writers for our salon – Viv Groskop, award-winning comedian and author of The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons From Russian Literature, Farrah Storr, Cosmopolitan editor and author of The Discomfort Zone: How To Get What You Want By Living Fearlessly and Caroline O’ Donoghue, writer for The Pool whose Promising Young Women is one of the most acclaimed debut novels of 2018.
Not long to wait until the next lit fest as Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music takes place on Thurs 11 to Sun 14 and is celebrating PG Woodhouse and Jane Austen. Lots of authors to choose from but we’re liking the sound of leading wine writer Jonathan Ray talking about his latest book on 100 of the world’s greatest champagnes and sparkling wines and offering some tastings. Singers from Italy will be performing Puccini and other great composers, and raconteurs Nicholas Parsons and Gyles Brandreth will be telling stories of their lives on TV and in radio.
Wait 4 days and along comes another one – this time Thame Arts and Literary Festival (Thurs 18 – Sun 21 Oct). Highlights include Lucy Worsley (sadly sold out), Sophie Hannah who was commissioned by Agatha Christie’s estate to write the next Hercule Poirot adventure, and Michael Pennington on the impact of playing King Lear on actors, including himself.
You can dive straight into the Wantage Literary Festival from the one in Thame as it runs Sat 20 – Sat 27 Oct. Originally celebrating John Betjeman, it now covers literature, poetry, comedy, history, science and the arts. Louise Minchin, Tracy Borman and Diarmuid Gavin are among the highlight speakers.
Still want more? Head into London for the London Literary Festival in the Southbank Centre from Thurs 18 – Sun 28 Oct. Lots of literary luminaries like Sir Salman Rushdie and Barbara Kingsolver plus a dollop of celebs like Sally Field, Sue Perkins, Roger Daltrey, Mary Beard and Melvyn Bragg.