Whistles Weekend: August culture picks


From an modern adaption of the American classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller, to a film about a white sheeted ghost haunting his girlfriend, we round up the cultural highlights you shouldn’t miss in London and beyond this August.

1. A Ghost Story

Critically acclaimed film director, David Lowery reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara (they both starred in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints together) in the hauntingly beautiful A Ghost Story. Equal parts amusing and moving, A Ghost Story follows a recently bereaved lover (Rooney Mara) being haunted by a white sheeted ghost with cut-out holes for eyes. Exploring themes of love, loss, legacy and the essential human search for meaning and connection, A Ghost Story is unique experience that will continue to haunt you long after the credits roll.

A Ghost Story is released in cinemas on 11 August. Watch the trailer here.

2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Award winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams is welcomed to the Apollo Theatre with a modern adaption of the American mid-century classic. Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell take the leads as Maggie and Brick in a story of exposed secrets and lies in the summer heat of Mississippi, while the fragility of their relationship is set to destroy their marriage. With an outstanding performance from Jack O’Connell, Tennessee Williams poetic story of a family’s fight for survival is an emotionally intense yet equally brilliant experience.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is now showing at the Apollo Theatre. Watch the trailer here.

3. Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival returns this August with a month long itinerary, turning the city into a playground for visual art lovers. Set across 35 venues, the festival’s rich programme includes curated exhibitions by Edinburgh’s leading galleries as well as a series of artist run pop-ups in addition to ambitious commissioned new projects. Plant Scenery of the World at Inverleith House explores the 200 year history of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, while the The Making of the Future: Now, a series of commissioned works across Edinburgh, provides an unique opportunity for visitors to explore hidden corners of the city.

Edinburgh Art Festival runs across various locations in the city from 27th July to 27th August. Find out more here

4. Shuffle Festival

Celebrating community and culture, Shuffle Festival is set in and around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Now becoming an annual event, the festival showcases creativity through film screenings, science, music, art and installations while encouraging visitors to be involved in the process. The festival even has its own Short Film Prize and a School Prize for 9-12 year olds to create visual art in response to a social issue that will inspire adults to do something about it. From a screening of Trainspotting with a special Q&A from director Danny Boyle, to a workshop devoted to a talk on the exploration of outer-space and who “owns it”, Shuffle Festival aims to bring communities together to create the kind of city they want to live in.

Shuffle Festival takes place at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park from 26th to 27th August. Find out more here.