This weekend, go and see Step. You have to. It’s a gorgeously shot documentary following the step dance team of a Baltimore high school. The Pool’s editorial intern, Kuba Shand-Baptiste, saw the film earlier in the week, and hasn’t been able to stop thinking about it:
“Step was one of the most beautiful documentaries I’ve seen in a while. The women in Amanda Lipitz’s debut documentary are hilarious, dynamic and vulnerable in ways that black women often aren’t given the agency to be. The boundless dedication of the Lethal Ladies (as well as the women in their lives) to stepping, school and changing their lives for the better moved me to my core — it only took about 20 minutes before the first tear rolled down my cheek.”
The second of the two films worth watching this week is Atomic Blonde, a no holds barred action film with Charlize Theron in the lead role. It’s set towards the end of the Cold War, and Theron plays an MI6 agent tasked with making sure everything goes smoothly in Berlin. It’s essentially a woman James Bond, and it’s brilliant, proving not just straight white men can be compelling and cool secret agents.
Over on Channel 4, it’s the last episode of the week long series dedicated to finding dogs and cats a home, Animal Rescue Live. If you haven’t been watching, the premise is simple and adorable – supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, Kate Quilton and Steve Jones show off the wonderful pets up for adoption at Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter, then viewers can get in touch and adopt them. What more could you want to soothe the end of the week burnout?
Elsewhere tonight, BBC Four are paying tribute to Glen Campbell, who sadly passed away earlier this week. First, at 10:45pm, is Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy, a documentary of the singer’s life from a young poor boy in Arkansas, to one of the most successful country stars the world has seen. Straight after is An Evening With Glen Campbell, a live concert from the man himself (and at least 80 other incredible musicians), filmed at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1977.
It’s another musical night on Saturday, as Joanna Lumley travels to Graceland to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley. There she meets Presley’s former wife Priscilla, who gives an insider perspective on what the proclaimed king of rock n’ roll was really like not only as a superstar, but a husband too.
Good things come in twos, so straight after Lumley’s tour de la Elvis, the “nation” counts down its 20 favourite songs from The King. The nation actually consists of Michael Buble, Cliff Richard, Cerys Matthews and Engelbert Humperdinck, but I’m sure we can trust their judgement.
The World Athletics Championships ends tonight, after an exciting ten days of Usain Bolt’s last race, and, er, norovirus breakouts. The brilliant Caster Semenya is expected to take home the gold in the women’s 800m finals before the final events of the day, the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays. The highlight however, will be – and has been for the full run – the over-enthusiastic mascot Hero the Hedgehog. Here she is, struggling to get over a hurdle: