Tom Sutcliffe and guests writer Iain Sinclair, anthropologist Kit Davies and journalist Natalie Haynes review the week's cultural highlights including Neil LaBute's new play "In A Forest Dark and Deep" starring Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams.

Neil LaBute is a film director and writer as well as a prolific dramatist whose past credits include The Shape of Things and the Olivier Award nominated Fat Pig. In A Forest Dark and Deep is set in a country retreat deep in the woods to which college lecturer Betty (played by Olivia Williams) invites her brother Bobby (played by Matthew Fox). As a storm rages outside, a dramatic encounter unfolds within the cabin.

Dr Who's Matt Smith stars as writer Christopher Isherwood in a BBC drama - Christopher and his Kind - which recounts Isherwood's visit to the 1930s Berlin cabaret scene where he embarks on an affair with poet WH Auden and is based on Isherwood's own memoir which he wrote in 1976. The screenplay is written by the writer of "My Night With Reg" Kevin Elyot and Imogen Poots co-stars as Jean Ross, the Sally Bowles character played by Liza Minelli in Cabaret.

Submarine is the debut film of comedian Richard Ayoade and is a touching and funning coming of age story set in Swansea in which Oliver Tate (played by newcomer Craig Roberts) attempts to save his mother from running off with a mystic whilst encountering the perils of his own first love.

Jennifer Egan's new novel "A Visit From the Good Squad" spans several decades and travels across America from San Francisco to New York as it portrays the lives of a group of men and women whose lives collide and then fall apart as the story unfolds. It attracted rave reviews when it was published in the States last year.

And Keeping It Real: Material Intelligence at the Whitechapel Gallery looks at art and the everyday including work by Paul Chan, Arturo Herrera and Martin Kippenberger.


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