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London After Dark

Date posted: 22.10.2007

The London Screen Study Collection continues in its mission to promote awareness of London’s film heritage with a new season. Catch free screenings until 4 December.

The focus is ‘the capital by night’ - as portrayed by both native and visiting film-makers over a seventy year period. The films range from low-budget talkies, to recent film-making that makes use of CGI to alter aspects of London locations.

All screenings start at 2.30pm and take place at The Birkbeck Cinema (43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H). Entrance is free, but places may be reserved by emailing, or calling 020 7631 6181.

The following films are available to view:

  • 23 October
    Night and the City
    (Jules Dassin, 1950)
    Richard Widmark’s small-time hustler dreams of a bigger game in this starkly Expressionist view of London’s sporting underworldt.
  • 30 October
    Every Day Except Christmas
    (Lindsay Anderson, 1956), Nice Time (Claude Goretta and AlainTanner, 1957). Documentarists of the ‘Free Cinema’ movement were fascinated by both the gritty and the glamorous sides of London life, as seen in Anderson’s discovery of Covent Garden market and a Swiss view of West End nightlife.
  • 6 November
    Peeping Tom
    (Michael Powell, 1960)
    Carl Boehm’s murderous search for salvation takes him into the seedy alleyways and attics of Fitzrovia in Powell’s knowing satire on the film business, which also explores the roots of voyeurism.
  • 13 November
    (Ron Peck, 1978)
    A gay man lives a double life, as a schoolteacher by day and looking for love by night, in the pioneering British independent feature that tried to show metropolitan gay life from the inside for the first time.
  • 20 November
    (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1982)
    Polish workers in Britain may be a familiar theme today, but this deeply ironic response to the crackdown on solidarity, offers a timeless parable about exile and a fascinating illegal immigrants’ view of London.
  • 27 November
    (Antonia Bird, 1997)
    Ronan Bennett’s ambitious portrait of a disillusioned ex-radical turned bank-robber, played by Robert Carlyle, explores themes and locations rarely touched by London gangster movies.
  • 4 December
    (David Cronenberg, 2002)
    As Ralph Fiennes’ recovering schizophrenic returns to a London haunted by his memories of violent family life, Cronenberg weaves together reality and delusion in a terrifying vision of the city.

This season has been supported by Film London and the London Screen Archive Network. Find out more about the London Screen Study Collection and London's Screen Archives.

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