It’s almost the end of 2023, which means one thing: it’s time for our annual predictions episode! You sent in your suggestions – and today, FT magazine editor Matt Vella joins Lilah to talk through them. Will films get shorter? Will primal scream therapy get cool? Is cabbage in? Will there be more nuance, or less nuance?


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– Matt is on Twitter @mattvella.

– The magazine piece Matt mentioned on microplastics is here:

– Our colleague Emma Jacobs wants to see more 90-minute films like Rye Lane and Past Lives. Here’s the FT’s review of Rye Lane: and Past Lives:

– You can follow Emma on X @emmavj. Eric Platt, who wants crop tops to make a comeback, is @ericgplatt

Here are some roundups of the FT’s favourite cultural things from 2023:

– Pop albums:

– TV shows:

– Films:

– Video games:


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