John Peel – A Tribute
John Peel was one of the greatest champions of undiscovered music this country has ever known.He acted as a guide to the wildest, weirdest and most wonderful byways and backwaters of the music world.
His enthusiasm influenced the musical tastes of generations — from T-Rex to The Smiths, Pink Floyd to Orbital, Jimi Hendrix to PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart and the Undertones. All these acts appear here.
London Film Festival
Various cinemas, London
19 October–3 November then touring
The London film festival is a brilliant opportunity to see films from around the world that may not get proper distribution in Britain. There seem to be some especially exciting films from the Middle East including the Lebanese film, A Perfect Day, which portrays a generation findings its feet after years of war.
Iranian director Ali Mosaffa is also worth looking out for. His existential thriller, Portrait of a Lady Far Away, is a dreamy, hallucinatory ride through Tehran by twilight.
by Richard Wagner
Royal Opera House, London
In Siegfried, the third opera in Wagner’s Ring cycle, he presents us with the “man of the future”, whose mission it is to cleanse the world of the corrupt, decaying aristocratic order presided over by Wotan, head of the gods.
Together with Wotan’s daughter Brünnhilde, Siegfried’s duty is to found a new, more human society based on freedom. Keith Warner’s production is vibrant, and there are some fine singing performances, from John Tomlinson as Wotan, John Treleaven as Siegfried and Lisa Gasteen as Brünnhilde, while Antonio Pappano provides a dynamic musical direction.