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Documentary London

6 January - 16 March 2016

Documentary London
Documentary London
Long before and since the 1930s, when ‘documentary film’ became fashionable in Britain, filmmakers have been picturing London in different styles and for different reasons. This series begins with a group of shorts, made in the 1920s as modest programme fillers and now handsomely restored by the BFI National Archive, and ends with two recent films that show aspects of London’s astonishing variety and the impact of gentrification (Under the Cranes and 72-82). In between, there are a range of classics from the Documentary movement, and a selection from three of the Free Cinema programmes organised by Lindsay Anderson in the 1950s. Two special programmes explore the films commissioned by a great London-based company, Tate and Lyle, and some of the range of films about the outer boroughs held by the London Screen Study Collection.

Documentary London Season momma 13 January 2016 02:30 PM

Free Cinema I: Momma Don’t Allow (Richardson, 1956); Together (Mazetti, 1956); Nice Time (Tanner, Goretta, 1957)

Two classic films from the historic first Free Cinema programme organised by Lindsay Anderson in 1956, plus one from the third. ‘No film can be ... [More]

Documentary London Season listen-to-britain-7 20 January 2016 02:30 PM

The Documentary movement: 30s-50s: Housing Problems (1935); London Can Take It! (1940); Listen to Britain (Jennings, 1942); Festival in London (Leacock, 1951)

Housing Problems was the first time ordinary people living in slum conditions were asked to speak directly to camera. By 1940, documentaries had the job ... [More]

Documentary London Season thursdayschildren 27 January 2016 02:30 PM

Free Cinema 2: Lindsay Anderson: Henry (1955); Thursday’s Children (1954); Every Day Except Christmas (1957)

Documentary London Season refuge 03 February 2016 02:30 PM

Free Cinema 3: Refuge England (Robert Vas, 1959); We Are the Lambeth Boys (Karel Reisz, 1958)

Two films by refugees. Having himself escaped from Hungary, Vas recreates a refugee’s first day in London. Czech-born Reisz escaped the fate of his parents ... [More]

Documentary London Season queenie 10 February 2016 02:30 PM

Portraits: Portrait of Queenie (Michael Orrom, 1964); I Think They Call Him John (John Krish, 1964)

A lonely retired Northumbrian miner living in St John’s Wood, and a ebullient Isle of Dogs pup landlord are the subjects of these remarkable portrait ... [More]

Documentary London Season tateandlyle 17 February 2016 02:30 PM

From a company archive: Tate and Lyle films

Birkbeck joined forces with New Media Networks for a research probe into the film collection of the famous sugar company, and the initial results, funded ... [More]

Documentary London Season underground100 24 February 2016 02:30 PM

Updating the Underground: A Hundred Years Underground (1963); London’s Victoria Line (1969)A

The construction of what was London’s first wholly new tube line of the 20th century was documented in a series of films, of which these ... [More]

Documentary London Season vanishing 02 March 2016 02:30 PM

Visions of Community: Return to Life (Krish, 1959); The Vanishing Street (Vas, 1962); Under the Cranes (Williams, 2011

Three films recording different attitudes towards a sense of community in the metropolis: the experiences of a refugee family; the precarious survival of the Jewish ... [More]

Documentary London Season archive 09 March 2016 02:30 PM

On the periphery: London’s outer boroughs through archive film

Angela English, who has been research officer of the London Screen Study Collection since its launch, reflects on what films from the outer boroughs can ... [More]