The untold story of one of the most influential movements in British music, director Rubika Shah’s award-winning documentary, White Riot (15) is showing at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, on 13 October. 

The film offers a whistle stop tour of a defiantly grass roots musical uprising in the late 1970s as Rock Against Racism united many of the emerging punk and new wave groups with reggae and soul bands and sound systems in a series of events, demonstrations and gigs, most notably 1978’s anti-fascist carnival in Victoria Park headlined by The Clash, Steel Pulse and X Ray Spex. 

In tracing the roots of the movement and examining the hostile environment of the times with the rise of the National Front and anti-immigrant hysteria, the parallels with our own time are obvious. 

The screening is the only opportunity to see the film on the big screen in this area and reinforces Lighthouse as Dorset’s home of independent cinema. 

With music of an entirely different tone and timbre, Max Richter’s Sleep (PG, 6 October) is a meditative documentary following composer Richter as he prepares for a performance of his eight-hour composition for a sleeping audience in Los Angeles. 

With live performance only just returning to our theatres, the screening of Matthew Bourne’s Red Shoes (U, 8 October) reminds us all why it is such an important part of our cultural lives – Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film brings the house down at Sadler’s Wells. 

Christopher Nolan’s masterful, mesmerising action espionage thriller, Tenet (12A, 2-15 October)Cinema’s first genuine post-lockdown ‘event’ movie – finds David John Washington and Kenneth Branagh in the complex story of a secret agent who embarks on a time-bending mission to prevent the outbreak of World War III. 

Just as enthralling, albeit on a completely different level, On the Rocks (12A, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 October) reunites director Sofia Coppola with star Bill Murray for the first time since Lost In Translation. The story follows a woman and her father as they trail her suspicious husband. 

The highly praised British coming-of-age drama Rocks (12A, 9, 14, 15 October) follows a young girl as she struggles to take care of herself and her younger brother; while Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s re-released black comedy action thriller Memories of Murder (15, 13, 15 October) gives local audiences a rare chance to see this landmark Korean cinema classic. 

Written and directed by Craig Roberts, the darkly comic Eternal Beauty (15, 16, 20, 21 October) stars Sally Hawkins (from The Shape of Water) as a woman with paranoid schizophrenia coping with a hallucinatory existence. David Thewlis, Billie Piper and Penelope Wilton provide excellent support. 

Alison Steadman stars in Paul Morrison’s charming comedy-drama 23 Walks (12A, 17, 22 October) as one half of a couple who get to know one another over the course of 23 dog walks set against the backdrop of the changing seasons of the year. 

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Published 6 October 2020