Whistles Weekend: March culture picks

Left to right: Annihilation, Summer and Smoke, She Leads IWD breakfast and America's Cool Modernism.

From a female-led sci-fi horror featuring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh, to a modern revival of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, we round up the cultural highlights you must see this March.

1. Annihilation

Following the success of the critically acclaimed Ex-Machina, film director Alex Garland delves deeper into the realms of science fiction horror with Annihilation. Boasting an predominantly female cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny are a group of military scientists whose exploration into alien territory meets disastrous results. Annihilation will capture your attention with its visually beautiful landscapes, but will grip you into unnerving apprehension with a climax that will continue to haunt you long after the credits roll.

Annihilation will be released on March 12th on Netflix. Watch the trailer here.

2. International Women’s Day Breakfast

She Leads, a platform to advance gender equality in the workplace, are celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th March with a morning breakfast and panel discussion. Led by Suitcase magazine founder Serena Guen, author and broadcaster Emma Gannon, and founders of Stories Behind Things Ella Denton and Jemma Finch, She Leads have brought together four women leading the way in their respective industries. Kick start your day with an invigorating positive discussion around issues of empowerment and leadership, building your own community, and the politics of being a woman.

She Leads International Women’s Day Breakfast takes place at WeWork Waterhouse Square on March 8th. RSVP to the event here.

3. Summer and Smoke

Balmy days in the Mississippi Delta come to London’s Almeida Theatre this spring, with a modern revival of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Set in the heat of summer, the 1948 two-part play is propelled by an intense love affair between Alma, daughter of an uptight vicar, and John, the sensuous doctor who lives next door. Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction is as emotionally intense as it is brilliant. Book your tickets now.

Summer and Smoke is now showing at London’s Almeida Theatre until April 7th. Book tickets here.

4. Ladies First

New to Netflix this March, Ladies First tells the inspirational real life story of Deepika Kumari, an Indian female archer. Born amid poverty and limited women's rights in the village of Ratu, India, Deepika Kumari stumbled upon archery and within four years became the number one archer in the world aged only 18. Directed by Uraaz Bahl, the film follows Deepika’s journey from her beginnings in rural India, to fighting to become the first Indian women to win an Olympic Gold Medal.

Ladies First will launch globally March 8th on Netflix. Watch the trailer here.

5. America’s Cool Modernism

Offering an unusual angle on interwar art, America’s Cool Modernism is an exploration of the ‘cool’ in American art from the early 20th century. Featuring household American names barely known beyond its shores, visitors will have the opportunity to view paintings never before seen in the UK. Expect to see early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Strand, as well as the disciplined, precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth. The highlight? Edward Hopper’s gloomy urban cityscapes depict scenes of industrial America, evoking a sense of alienation and emptiness.

America’s Cool Modernism: O'Keeffe to Hopper will open March 23rd at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Book tickets here.