What's On at Watermans

By Joe Acklam

11th May 2023 | Advertisement Features

Check out the many films, performances, and exhibitions going on this week. Photo: Watermans.
Check out the many films, performances, and exhibitions going on this week. Photo: Watermans.

Watermans is West London's living room and open Wednesday to Sunday. Join us to see great films, live shows and exhibitions and discuss it all at the Guru, our unique bar and restaurant serving the best in drinks and Indian dishes.

In the cinema, take advantage of Wild Wednesdays – all cinema tickets £7 – all day.

Catch the new releases including:

Rodeo (15) 12 - 18 May (excl. Mon & Tue). See website for dates and times. Julia (Julie Ledru) lives on a social housing estate with her mother and brother. Relations at home are fraught and Julie's only escape is urban dirt-biking, but coming from an underprivileged household she hasn't the money to own her own. While on a stolen bike she encounters the B-More gang, a group who revels in the world of urban rodeos, a sub-culture of motorbike fanatics whose activities reach far beyond the stunts they revel in.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (12A) Until 18 May (excl. Mon & Tue). See website for dates and times. A story of rediscovery and transformation, a man in 60s (Jim Broadbent) living a quiet life with his wife (Penelope Wilton), learns that a friend of his dying. When in he pops out to post his friend a letter, he changes his mind and decides to walk 500 miles to visit her in the hospice where she is staying instead. This is a beautiful and funny adaptation of the bestselling novel by Rachel Joyce.

Polite Society (15)

12 – 18 May (excl. Mon & Tue). See website for dates and times.

A merry mash up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action. Polite Society follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria intends to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

Special Events Cinema:

French Impressions: The Night Of The 12Th (15)

Saturday 13 May, Talk 1pm – 2pm, Film 2.30pm

Join French film expert Jon Davies as he discusses and then screens this contemporary French thriller. Detective Yohan Vivès (Bastien Bouillon) has only just taken over as head of the detective bureau of the local police department when he is assigned to the chilling murder of a young woman in her quiet mountain village. But what starts as a meticulous investigation into the victim's life soon turns into a haunting obsession for Yohan and his team as the killer remains at large. Winner of the prestigious Lumière award for Best Film as well as six César awards, The Night

Of The 12Th is a deeply arresting and powerful crime thriller from acclaimed French director Dominik Moll.

National Theatre Live: Best of Enemies (15)

Thursday 18 May, 7pm

David Harewood (Homeland) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) play feuding political rivals in James Graham's (Sherwood) multiple award-winning new drama.

In 1968 America, as two men fight to become the next president, all eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and the unruly liberal Gore Vidal. Jeremy Herrin (All My Sons) directs this blistering political thriller, filmed live in London's West End.

For Children and Families:

You Are the Sun – A Very First Opera (0 - 2 Years)

Sun 14 May, 11.30am/1pm/3pm

You are the Sun is a love song to nature for babies and grownups that explores the interconnectedness of life on earth. Combining the joy of gentle classical singing and sensory play it is an invitation to see beauty in the smallest things and to let plants be our guides. Audiences will help us to celebrate the gift of nature as we conjure a world out of breath, water, sunlight, and soil in this magical musical adventure for 0-2s.

In the gallery see the latest new media exhibition:

Excursion (Katarzyna Depta-Garapich)

Until Sunday 25 June 2023 (Excl. Mon & Tues), FREE

Katarzyna Depta-Garapich's exhibition, Excursion takes the theme of the bear in Poland's Tatra Mountains and its pop-culture image as represented by a 'white bear' - a mascot that entertains tourists on the main street of Zakopane, Poland


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