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Issue 455

Dark Waters
Out now in cinemas
Director Todd Haynes, whose films include Carol, Far From Heaven and Velvet Goldmine, changes tack for his latest feature. Actor and lefty Mark Ruffalo brought the true story to Haynes of a corporate lawyer turned whistleblower who exposed the pollution of drinking water in his hometown due to a DuPont chemical plant. The lawyer spent years fighting to hold the company — also the main employer in town — to account. This is a straight, political film about how hard it is to take on corporations, and why we need to do it anyway.

Noughts and Crosses
On BBC One from 5 March
Malorie Blackman’s classic young adult novel finally gets a TV adaptation. The coming-of-age plot follows Sephy, the daughter of a politician, a member of the black ruling class, and Callum, part of the white underclass. Noughts and Crosses explores a parallel world where Africa developed technologically ahead of Europeans and enslaved its people. And Stormzy has a part!

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
In cinemas from 6 March
This documentary about the American writer and cultural icon, who died last year, begins with Morrison herself recalling her grandfather’s insistent re-reading of the Bible as a revolutionary act — for this was a time when it was illegal for African Americans to be literate. The film tells her life story, as she develops towards finding her own voice but also, in her job at a publishing company, helping other black women to find theirs.

Judy Watson
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 4 March to 31 May
Australian Aboriginal artist Judy Watson derives inspiration from her matrilineal Waanyi heritage, often conveyed through collective memory, using it as a foil for the archival research that informs much of her practice. The unceasing and institutional discrimination against Aboriginal people is at the heart of her work. This exhibition includes some pieces made in response to visits she made to British sites of prehistorical significance.

Denzil Forrester: Itchin & Scratchin
Nottingham Contemporary, until 3 May
Grenada-born British artist Denzil Forrester has spent four decades sketching at night in dub reggae clubs, and then spent his days painting vibrant colours to produce artworks of stunning movement. This exhibition showcases works he made on a recent visit to Kingston, Jamaica, where he experienced the open air soundsystems and parties.

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