Walks, wolves and fools: This month's culture picks
Long Walk to Freedom
This long-awaited and poignantly timed biopic – Nelson Mandela’s daughters were at its screening when they discovered the news of his death – chronicles the life journey of this colossus of political history. It follows the young Madiba from his childhood, being brought up in a rural village, all the way up to his inauguration as the first democratically elected black president of South Africa – with an account of his much-publicised 27 years in prison in between. It is based on his autobiography of the same title, and stars Idris Elba as the South African icon. It is directed by Justin Chadwick.
3 January 2014
In a new production of 19th-century Russian realist Ivan Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool, stalwart theatre translator Mike Poulton brings punch to his version of this outrageous satirical family story. In classical tragic format, the play covers twenty-four hours of drama – and in classic Russian theatrical style begins with bourgeois jubilation that soon deteriorates into something far more sinister. It follows the story of a pair of newlyweds arriving at their country estate to celebrate their new life together with a bombastic assortment of other characters. The director is Lucy Bailey and the play stars Iain Glen and Richard McCabe.
Until 22 February 2014, The Old Vic, London
The Wolf of Wall Street
Award-winning film-maker Martin Scorsese directs the true story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his journey from pursuing the American dream to revelling in corporate greed. Belfort launches from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late ‘80s. When he was in his early twenties, his tendency towards excess, success and prosperity as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont meant he was nicknamed ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. In his story of money, drugs, women and power, he leads his life by succumbing to greed and plenty of temptation.
17 January 2014