• What to know

    The summer season of identikit blockbuster movies with their samey, swishy effects and bloated marketing budgets is soon upon us, leaving many great films made on tiny money but with masses of heart, to disappear with little trace. 

    But new company Bright Young Things Film Club started by industrious duo Bridget Arsenault (Vanity Fair sub-editor and online writer) and Fatima Martinez-Moxon (European Project Coordinator for Tane jewellerey), are making it their job to champion the silver screen underdogs.  BYT Film Club aims to support the little guys, by giving movies that might never get a general release the chance for a glamorous screening and a bit of red-carpet action.  The next soirée on the schedule is Wednesday 30th April when documentary Sweet Dreams will be screened.  The film is a story about Tutsi and Hutu Rwandan women who despite the divide and devastation of the 1994 Genocide, come together to form the country's first all-female drumming troupe and Rwanda's first ever ice-cream shop. 

    Sweet Dreams screening will be held at The May Fair Hotel, with peach Ciroc belinis for starters, a stash of comestible goodies on each seat (Propercorn, Unoco coconut water and Green & Blacks chocs) followed by a skype-live Q&A with director Rob Fruchtman and a party after.  BYT Film Club has created a great night that gives talented filmmaking the fanfare it so often deserves.  

    Sweet Dreams - 30th April 2014.  Tickets £17.50 atwww.tbytfilmclub.com  

    Bright Young Things Film Club with The May Fair Hotel offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a pair of tickets to Sweet Dreams on 30th April 2014, a night for two at The May Fair Hotel with breakfast the following morning, (worth approx. £440).  To enter this prize draw, send your details to contact@tbytfilmclub.com by 12pm on Friday 11th April 2014.  Terms and conditions apply. 

  • What to drink

    While The Ritz in Paris is closed (the mooted date for re-opening is currently early 2015 - fingers crossed), Bar Hemingway's maestro barman Colin Field can't let his wrists get rusty…  

    So this week he's shaking at The Connaught bar alongside resident mixologist Agostino Perrone.  The duo are 'jamming' together, creating a special menu that blends their styles and most famous drinks; Ritz 75 and Serendipity (my favourite) by Field alongside Fleurissimo by Perrone.  

    Look out too for Yellow Submarine (see left) and The Pink Poire, both brand new cocktails devised by this dangerous twosome.  And who knows, maybe the gig will throw up some late night mixing duels or shakers at dawn as the pair attempt to out-mix each other. 

    The Ritz Paris's Bar Hemingway takes up residency at The Connaught until 13th April 2014. The special cocktail menu is available until 20th April 2014.

    www.the-connaught.co.uk
    www.ritzparis.com 

  • What to see

    It's the invitation I dread… 'Would you like to see a play with me?' 

    Sinking feeling.  I should say 'no'.  Because I know what'll happen.  Arrive at theatre.  Have a nice drink with friend.  Take our seats and then the pain begins…speckles of spit like fireworks from the actors mouths, shouty performances and embarrassing over-acting.  Feign illness at half-time.  Leave promising to always firmly say 'no' in future. 

    But last week I thankfully said yes. Birdland at the Royal Court Theatre is very good. It's a play about fame, and how fame's seemingly indulgent boundarylessness is in fact the (plastic tape) shackles of a Styxian hell.  The play is written by Simon Stephens (who also wrote the Olivier award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time).  And the rockstar protagonist is played by the mesmeric Andrew Scott - known for his slick, menacing Moriarty in the BBC'sSherlock

    The production is appropriately swishy, the vibe is contemporary and the shouting was in all the right places.  The only problem is that I liked it so much, I'll have to say 'yes' next time. 

    Birdland is at Royal Court Theatre until 31st May 2014.
    www.royalcourttheatre.com