The Playlist: Week 6

Don’t let deadlines get you down when there’s plenty of things to keep you busy. This week is a week of cultural thrillers; Tom Rob Smith’s ‘The Farm’ confronts the mystery of psychosis through a Scandi-thriller template while Henry IV, going up in the Barron, promises everything from glitter to solitude in an exploration of being. ITV’s new real-events-based drama Arthur & George will keep Sherlock Holmes fans happy as Martin Clunes plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle during the beginnings of his involvement with detective work. StAnza, Scotland’s international poetry festival, is back in St. Andrews this week bringing with it poets like Sinéad Morrissey and Simon Armitage; get your tickets from The Byre and get involved. Director Neill Blomkamp’s new film Chappie will be released this Friday. It presents a near future where crime is fought by police robots; one robot is stolen by the opposition and given the ability to think and feel. If Blomkamp’s District 9 is anything to go by, and with Die Antwoord on the cast list, the film will be brilliantly unique.