Today in London: Saturday 16 February 2013

Comedy Film

Alan Davies

We have a slight clash of novelty occasions today… it being Almond Day AND Innovation Day at the same time, and all. I guess its dependant on personal preference, really.

Perhaps you can devise a great new idea based on blanched nuts, thus incorporating almonds AND innovation. Perhaps, perhaps. But with almonds and innovation in mind, it’s now time to crack into the cultural shell of the lightbulb-moments-in-time that are transpiring oh-so inspirationally in London tonight…

TODAY’S COMEDY CHOICES

Alan Davies – Life Is Pain, Hammersmith Apollo, 16-17 Feb (pictured)
Once a wide-eyed Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, now author of his own tasty culinary sitcom ‘Whites’ (and a book!), QI’s Alan Davies traces past and present personal agonies and ecstasies in his first new live routine in ten years. Details and tickets here.

Hotel Heartbreak, Hemingford Arms, 16 Feb
As chocolates disappear and roses wither post-Valentines, so blooms this fancy new way to make dating ‘a laugh’. Hotel Heartbreak features a comical cast (Aisling Bea, Amy Howerska, Laura Lexx, Richard Todd and others) posing as janitors, maids and managerial staff, plus Keith Foggan and Mark Coverdale’s illustrative advice on ‘Killing Your Wife On A Budget’. Hurrah! Details and tickets here.

TODAY’S FILM CHOICES

BFI Future Film Festival, BFI Southbank, 16-18 Feb
The BFI divides its forward-facing sixth Future Film Festival – a series of specialist filmmaking classes and screenings – into themed day-by-day programmes. First today is ‘Fiction’, as features a screenplay tutorial by The Script Factory, and a Q&A with 20 year-old director Rob Savage on his BIFA-nominated debut film ‘Strings’, which will be shown afterwards. Tomorrow’s ‘Animation’ diary starts with a look at ‘ParaNorman’ and its director Sam Fell, whilst the festival’s factual ‘Documentary’-based finale ends in Birmingham gang flick ‘One Mile Away’ and the award-winning lady who made it, Penny Woolcock. Details and tickets here.

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Posted: Saturday February 9 2013