Virtual reality: the best online things to do this week

Your cultural guide to staying entertained during self-isolation this week, including online theatre, film screenings and Louis Theroux's first-ever podcast

20 April 2020

Hedi Slimane's film curation for MUBI

 
Charade (1963) starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

Hedi Slimane, artistic director of Celine, has curated a list of 10 films for streaming service MUBI, which you can watch online for free. Highlights include Apocalypse Now and Paris, Texas, as well as stylish retro thrillers including Charade (1963), starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn and the lesser-known Le Cercle Rouge, a 1970 Franco-Italian crime film.

mubi.com

Bottega Veneta Residency

 
Bottega Veneta by Tyrone Lebon

Bottega Veneta has launched Bottega Residency, a new online initiative to promote positivity and creativity during the coronavirus pandemic. Every week, the brand lends its online space to its esteemed pool of collaborators, including musicians, filmmakers and chefs. Explore an ever-growing curation of playlists, recipes and interviews, as well as joining the Sunday evening movie club (this week's film is yet to be announced). 

bottegaveneta.com/ca/residency_section

The original Fleabag at Soho Theatre

 

As part of the new Soho Theatre On-Demand streaming service, you can now watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge's original 2013 performance of Fleabag. The world-famous, one-woman show is available to view online until 24 April and all proceeds go to selected charities supporting those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

From £4, londemand.sohotheatre.com

Grounded with Louis Theroux

 

Louis Theroux has launched his first-ever podcast, recorded from his north London home. Commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and available via the BBC Sounds app, Grounded with Louis Theroux will interview characters including Lenny Henry, Boy George and Miriam Margoyles. The series begins on 27 April with fellow journalist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson. During the episode, they will discuss their healthy rivalry and adjusting to life in lockdown, underpinned by Theroux's signature wit and levity. 

Launching Monday 27 April, bbc.co.uk/sounds

McQueen Creators

 

The McQueen Creators series continues this week, encouraging creativity during quarantine. The British fashion house sets a new brief every Monday on Instagram, ranging from drawing and animation to embroidery, and the winner is then announced via the brand's social platforms. This week challenges you to create your own print, inspired by McQueen. You are encouraged to use a medium of your choice, from illustration to screenprinting. 

This has been launched alongside McQueen Music, a nine-hour playlist curated by John Gosling, who has been responsible for the house’s show soundtracks for more than 20 years.

AEAND online workshops

 

AEAND Studio, a thoughtful online curation of sustainable homewares, art prints and accessories, has launched a series of fortnightly online workshops. This Friday, join an intimate, one-hour Paper Cutouts Workshop, hosted via a private Instagram group. Learning how to create compositions using abstract paper cutouts, inspired by still life imagery.

£20, aeand.com/workshops