Culture 2023: our picks for film, TV, music and art | Film

What are your cultural new year resolutions? Maybe you’re just going to stop listening to new albums on shuffle, like the film critic Ellen E Jones. “I really ruined Beyoncé’s last album like that,” she says.

Nosheen Iqbal is joined by the Guardian’s arts editor, Alex Needham, the music and features writer Sam Wolfson, and Ellen E Jones, to recommend what to look out for in 2023. The panel discusses the opening of new cultural spaces such as Factory International in Manchester, why old music is trending more than new releases and the films that will drag you out of the house this year.

Here’s the full list of everything mentioned in this episode:


Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans

Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer

Martin Scorsese – Killers of the Flower Moon

Nia DaCosta – The Marvels

Denis Villeneuve – Dune: Part Two

James Mangold – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Ari Aster – Beau Is Afraid

Greta Gerwig – Barbie

Jamie Suk – Legally Blonde 3

Chinonye Chukwu – Till

Todd Field – Tár

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once

SS Rajamouli – RRR

Chantal Akerman – Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Elizabeth Banks – Cocaine Bear

Ali Abbasi – Holy Spider


Annie Mac – Before Midnight (club night)

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill

Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line

William Onyeabor

Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill (documentary)

The Alessi Brothers – Seabird

Scott Walker – Next

Iggy Pop – Strung Out Johnny

John Cale – Mercy

Steve Lacy – Bad Habit (sped-up version)

Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License (sped-up version)

A-ha – Take On Me (sped-up version)

Asake – Mr Money With the Vibe

Piri & Tommy – Soft Spot

Frank Ocean (at Coachella)

Rihanna (at Super Bowl halftime show)


A Streetcar Named Desire – Almeida theatre (London)

The Lehman Trilogy – Gillian Lynne theatre (London)

Squid Game Immersive Gamebox (London, Essex, Manchester, Yorkshire and more locations opening in 2023)

The Burnt City – Punchdrunk (London)

Guys & Dolls – Bridge theatre (London)


Alice Neel: Hot Off the Griddle – Barbican (London)

Factory International (Manchester)

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (Not Smaller & Further Away) – Lightroom (London)

Jenkin van Zyl: Surrender – Edel Assanti (London)

Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way – Turner Contemporary (Margate) and Leeds Art Gallery

Veronica Ryan – Turner prize exhibition in Tate Liverpool


Happy Valley – Sally Wainwright (BBC)

Unforgotten – Chris Lang (ITV)

Storyville (BBC)


Fernanda Melchor – Hurricane Season

Fernanda Melchor – This is Not Miami

• This podcast was amended on 3 January 2023 to remove a reference to the Asake gig in Brixton. The interview was prerecorded and the details of the incident provided by the guest were no longer accurate by time of publication.

Culture 2023: our picks for film, TV, music and art | Film

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