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Five things to get or see in March

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Banksy - Yesterday you Said Tomorrow - Rome, Open City - Shaped by War - Really Old, like 45
Issue 345

Exit through the Gift Shop
Film, out now

Street artist Banksy makes his directorial debut with this new film.

It’s the story of a French shopkeeper turned fan who films Banksy at work and then makes a fortune by turning graffiti artist himself, milking buyers for his derivative art. It promises to reveal much about Banksy without actually revealing him.

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
CD by Christian Scott

Some people say the best jazz was recorded decades ago – Christian Scott’s new CD demonstrates this is not the case. For sure Scott’s style has echoes of Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis. But this is brooding, fresh music – jazz for a new generation.

Scott is a political animal. His previous CD was a statement of rage against George Bush after Hurricane Katrina. The opening track on this one is “KKPD” – Ku Klux Police Department. The track “Angola, LA and the 13th Amendment” refers to the slave-like conditions in Angola State Prison. There may not be a better record all year.

Rome, Open City
DVD, out 15 March

Shot on salvaged film stock, Rome, Open City was made in the weeks following the liberation of Rome. Roberto Rossellini filmed in the streets and ruins where the events of resistance to the Nazis that he was portraying had so recently taken place. A film classic.

Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin
Imperial War Museum North until 13 June

This is the largest exhibition ever put together of the work of this legendary photographer. It includes many of his most famous images of war and conflict as well as many never before publicly displayed. Recent specially commissioned footage of interviews with McCullin are included, as well as documents exposing his exclusion from covering the Falklands War.

Really Old, Like Forty-Five
National Theatre until 20 April

Tamsin Oglesby’s new play probes our attitudes to old (and not so old) age. Vacillating between scenes of social realism and bouts of head-spinning surrealism, this one’s worth a look.

Just watch out for the robotic nurse with eugenicist inclinations.

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