- Words Darcy Culverhouse
It’s time to beat the winter blues by embracing all that November has to offer. From eclectic music festivals to gripping documentaries, here’s a guide to the month’s best bits.
Robbie Williams (Netflix)
This is Robbie Williams like you’ve never seen him before. The four-part documentary, simply titled Robbie Williams offers an unfiltered account of the wunderkind’s rise to superstardom, noting his battles with mental health, as well as addressing the complexities of friendships and relationships within the harsh glare of the limelight. Timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Robbie’s solo career, the tell-all narrative spans 30 years of his career, encompassing his days with Take That, all in pursuit of unravelling the real Robbie behind the salacious headlines.
Stream from 8th November.
The Kill Room (Prime Video)
The Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction duo are back like they’ve never left, joining forces in dark comedic thriller, The Kill Room. Equipped with a stellar studded cast with Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman at the forefront, as well as Joe Manganiello and Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, be ready to be thrusted into the shadowy world of criminal money-laundering as the satirical crime comedy unfolds. Witness an assassin portrayed by Jackson and an art dealer played by Thurman forming an unlikely alliance. Their mission? To launder illicit funds through the unorthodox avenue of art, ultimately transforming the hitman into an overnight avant-garde art sensation.
Stream from 24th November.
My Name Is Barbra by Barbra Streisand
The long-awaited memoir, My Name Is Barbra, is finally hitting the shelves this November. Following the life of the superstar of stage, screen, recordings and television, Barbra Streisand is set to talk about her early determination to reach fame and tallies the hurdles and helpers she met along the way. Unravelling her impressive six-decade career, we can expect to unravel honest truths, as Streisand debunks the talked myths about herself, letting us finally know the real her.
Available to buy from 7th November.
EFG London Jazz Festival IS BACK from 10-19 November 2023💥— EFG London Jazz Festival (@LondonJazzFest) April 12, 2023
We're so excited to reveal the first artists joining us, an electrifying line-up of global stars, homegrown talent & more.
Discover who you can see at https://t.co/69SKBssItd
Tickets on sale this Fri 14 April, 10am pic.twitter.com/eXV9nmH4bI
EFG London Jazz Festival
Looking to get into jazz? Then look no further than the EFG London Jazz Festival, lighting up the streets of London this month. Showcasing a stellar line-up of both established jazz virtuoso and a cadre of emerging stars on the horizon, the prestigious festival will boast over 300 shows across more than 70 different venues, including iconic locations like the Barbican and Southbank Centre as well as intimate jazz clubs like Café Oto and Kings Place.
Taking place from 10th November- 19th November.
Gucci Cosmos Exhibition
The Italian powerhouse’s travelling archival exhibition arrives at 180 The Strand studios, presenting an immersive exploration of era-defining creativity. Spanning it’s 102-year-long history, Es Devlin—the brainchild behind the exhibitions curation—graces us with nine immersive installations that trace the House from its origins in 1921 to the present day, as well as showcasing archival pieces including iconic bags, shoes, as well as an array of rare and never-before-seen items.
Taking place from 11th October- 31st December.
Doc’n Roll Festival
What better place to celebrate independent film than at the Doc’n Roll festival? Marking the 10th edition of the music documentary festival, expect to be taken on a thrilling cinematic voyage through musical artistries as it celebrates a remarkable decade of astounding filmmaking. Whether you want to know more about the Aussie punk scene or discover the origins of Detroit techno, there are films for everyone. So grab your music bestie and head down to one of London’s best-loved indie cinemas to get educated on some of music’s best kept secrets.
Taking place from 26th October- 12th November.
Peter Doherty: Stranger In My Own Skin
Warning: This is not your typical fluffy popstar documentary; it’s an unvarnished and emotionally charged account of the British rock legend Pete Doherty. Filmed over the course of 10 years by director-musician and now his wife, Katia de Vidas, we are offered a front-row seat to witness Pete’s relentless battle to overcome his demons and emerge from darkness back into the light. Narrating his widely known struggles with addiction, Pete candidly reveals the devastating impact of heroin on his life. When the end of the road seems dark, there is light found when Pete embarks on a rehab journey in Thailand, achieving sobriety and for the first time in the film looks truly healthy.
Watch in cinemas from 9th November.
Pitchfork Musical Festival
Marking its third return to London, Pitchfork is back offering Londoners an entire week’s worth of eclectic live music shows to check out. From indie and electronic to hip-hop and contemporary jazz, the multi-genre bill features more than 70 acts including Mercury Prize-winning jazz quintet Ezra Collective and rising star Yaeji, not forgetting a cadre of emerging talent on the scene. With performances at 17 of London’s finest live music venues, including the Roundhouse and the Royal Albert Hall as well as Hackney Church and the Shacklewell Arms, the festival is unquestionably the place to be if you pride yourself on staying ahead of the curve when it comes to new artists.
Taking place from 7th November- 13th November.
The Hunger Games: The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes
More than a decade after the first Hunger Games novel hit shelves, we find ourselves returning to its ruthless world of survival, betrayal and Capitol folly in the form of a prequel film called The Hunger Games: The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes. Set years before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Snow remains the last hope for his fading lineage. As the 10th annual Hunger Games approaches, young Snow is taken aback when he’s assigned the role of mentor to Lucy Gray Baird from District 12. Uniting their instincts for spectacle and political acumen, they race against time to ultimately unmask who’s a songbird and who’s a snake.
Watch in cinemas from 17th November.
What could be more enticing than a story of excess and obsession set amidst the sun-soaked English countryside? The correct answer is simply nothing! That’s why Saltburn has landed firmly on our list of must-watch films for this month. Unravelling a mystery drama of the high-cheekboned elite society, we witness Barry Keoghan take the helm as Oliver Quick, a clever yet socially awkward lad from Merseyside, who arrives at Oxford University only to be thrusted into a tumultuous world of snobbish private-school students. As the storyline unfolds, Quick becomes ensnared in the enchanting and aristocratic, captivated by noble student, Felix Catton, portrayed by Jacob Elordi. Together they delve into a summer that will forever be etched in their memories.
Watch in cinemas from 17th November.