London on Film: Minet Library, Summer 2011

  • 28 Mar 2011 2:50 PM
    Message # 555940

    Minet Library Film Club’s summer screenings of films take as their theme

    London . The six British films chosen here offer a whole range of versions of the city. Hopefully there is something for all tastes here, from Ealing comedy, through 1960’s cool, murder, gritty realism and on to post-modern deconstruction.

    All film screenings are free and are on the first Tuesday of each month and start at 6.30 p.m.

     

    The Lady Killers    Tuesday 5 April at 6.30 pm

    Probably the darkest of the Ealing comedies: the tale of the little old lady and the gangsters shot around the post-war decay of Kings Cross that even the Coen brothers couldn’t improve on. Will appeal to the train-spotter and the classical music lover in us all.

    Blow Up    Tuesday 3 May at 6.30 pm

    Did David Hemming’s photographer really witness a murder in a

    Charlton Park ? A very cool film by Antonioni about life in 1960s London , with Jane Birkin, Vanessa Redgrave and music from Herbie Hancock and the Yardbirds.

    Young Soul Rebels    Tuesday 7 June at 6.30 pm

    Isaac Julien’s Cannes-award-winning 1991 film also features murder in a south

    London park, but the tone and the music are so very different as a gay love affair develops  between a white punk and a Black ‘soulboy’

    10 Rillington Place     Tuesday 5 July at 6.30 pm

    Sombre times in post-war west

    London : Richard Attenborough is at his most creepy as John Christie managing to lay the blame on John Hurt’s Timothy Evans.  The wrong man gets hanged but that nasty smell is still coming from under the floor boards: true and genuinely disturbing.

    London     Tuesday 2 August at 6.30 pm

    Patrick Keiller’s film meditation, is ‘a fin-de-siècle personal portrait of London’ that has Paul Scofield narrating over an otherwise hauntingly silent film the story of Robinson and his  rambles around the city from his house on South Lambeth Road

    Nil By Mouth     Tuesday 6 September at 6.30 pm

    An everyday story of drugs, abuse and alcohol on a south-east

    London council estate; Gary Oldman’s film was firmly based on his own experiences and fifteen years on it is still a harrowingly real tale of the poverty of some Londoners’ lives.


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