September’s Culture Fix: 7 Things To Do, See & Watch This Month

By Lottie Woodrow | 5th September 2023
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From the return of the annual London Podcast Festival to Zadie Smith’s new highly-anticipated book release, these are the best things to see, do and watch this September. Read on to inspire your month ahead…

The Film We’re Excited For: Fremont 

A story about love and belonging, Babak Jalali’s Fremont follows a young Afghani woman Donya (Anaita Wali Zada) as she settles into her new life living in California. Having been evacuated from Afghanistan for her work as a translator, she finds herself wound up working at a Chinese fortune cookie company. 

Unable to forget her traumatic past but determined to live for the now, this loveable comedy will see you following Donya as she navigates her new life in America. Fremont also stars The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White.

Release Date: 15.09.2023

The New Podcast To Listen To: A Life In Lyrics with Paul McCartney & Paul Muldoon 

Any die-hard Paul McCartney fan will also have this one bookmarked for its September release, but if you’re yet to hear about it, let us explain. A Life in Lyrics is a brand new podcast featuring conversations between Sir Paul McCartney and poet Paul Muldoon. 

The pair will be exploring all of the experiences, processes and artistry that went into inspiring and creating McCartney’s renowned songwriting. Held across several years as the pair collaborated on the book The Lyrics: 1965 to Present, each episode journeys through McCartney’s work, from early Beatles to his solo career.

Release Date: 27.09.2023

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The Must-See Exhibition: The Missing Thread

Somerset House’s flagship exhibition this autumn-winter is The Missing Thread, a retrospective that explores the stories of Black British fashion. 

Charting everything from the 1970s through to the present day, the exhibition explores how the “cultural, counter-cultural, political and socio-economic backdrop of the 20th and 21st centuries have shaped the identity of Black style and in turn mainstream fashion culture”. Expect a spotlight on Black creativity through music, photography, art and design spread across four major themes – home, tailoring, performance and nightlife.

Running from 21.09.2023 – 07.01.2024

The Book Everyone’s Talking About: The Fraud – Zadie Smith 

Best-selling English novelist Zadie Smith is back at it again, this time releasing her first historical novel centred around a real-life trial. 

It’s 1873 and Mrs Eliza Touchet is a Scottish housekeeper of the once-famous novelist – and her cousin by marriage – William Ainsworth. A woman of the world, she suspects her cousin of having no talent, his successful friend, Mr Charles Dickens, of being a bully, and England being a land of facades. 

Over in Jamaica, Andrew Bogle understands that sugar doesn’t come for free, but rather, at a human cost. When he winds up in London, he becomes a star witness in a case of imposture and his future depends on him telling the rightful truth. This famed ‘Tichborne Trial’ captivates Mrs Touchet and all of England, with only one outcome set to arise…

Out 07.09.2023

The Event Of The Month: London Podcast Festival 

London Podcast Festival returns to Kings Place this September, bringing with it a ten-day program celebrating the best in UK and international podcasting talent. 

This year’s line-up is its biggest and best yet, featuring Tea with Twiggy and special guest Ben Elton; OUTCAST UK; Two Twos Podcast; Ask the Nincompoops; Masala Podcast; and iWeigh.

Running 07.09.2023 – 17.09.2023


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The New Theatre Show: Sunset Boulevard

Returning to the West End this autumn-winter is Nicole Scherzinger . Starring in a new production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Scherzinger plays a movie star Norma Desmond. 

Haunted by her lost dreams and past, a struggling screenwriter may be her only break to return to the big screen. That is until their relationship ends up with dangerous consequences.

Running from 21.09.2023 – 06.01.2024

The Series To Binge: The Other Black Girl 

If you were gripped by Zakiya Dalila Harris’ best-selling tome The Other Black Girl, you’ll want to throw yourself into the Hulu adaptation. 

Starring Sinclair Daniel, it follows a young editorial assistant, Nella, who recently landed herself a job at a prestigious publishing house. As the only Black woman in her office, she’s left isolated and longing for something better until she’s introduced to a new co-worker, Hazel-May. The pair hit it off instantly until Nella receives an ominous message telling her to leave her job.

Stream on Disney+ from 13.09.2023

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