Just a quick note to let you know about a season coming up at BFI Southbank, which promises to contain a few silent treasures. London on Film: The Changing Face of London runs from 1 July to 9 October 2015. I’m taken by the idea of a film programme devoted to our favourite city, and hoping that the BFI will make the most of the opportunity to show some great silent dramas, and actuality footage.
Here’s the official blurb:
The BFI present a three month season which celebrates London’s stories through a century of extraordinary film making from archive clips to more modern cinematic adventure. the programme will include over 200 films, from classic features to home movies, shot in London over the last 120 years. For Londoners this season will show the city they know and love, as they may never have known it before.
Already slated are screenings of Anthony Asquith’s Underground and A Night in Victorian and Edwardian London with Bryony Dixon. At the latter event, the BFI’s silent film supremo will introduce archive clips of the capital dated 1881 (!) to 1910. The evening will also include a screening of Joseph Ernst’s captivating short film inspired by Mitchell & Kenyon, Londoners.
UPDATE: Over on Facebook, BFI head curator Robin Baker tells us we can expect films including: “Passmore family films from 1902 (part of London Home Movie Night), The Right to Live (1921), London Old and New (1924), Cosmopolitan London (1924), The Fugitive Futurist (1924), The Marriage of Miss Rose Carmel to Mr Solly Gerschcowit (1925) and Piccadilly (1929)”. Plus, the sound version of High Treason (1929)
While we await the news of more screenings, here’s a little further reading on London in silent film, and silent film in London:
- Wonderful London, reviewed by Karolina Kendall-Bush
- The London of Hitchcock’s Blackmail
- Londoners: reviewed
- Underground: a film that speaks to both silent movie buff and transport geek
- Underground: reviewed
- London’s silent picture palaces
- Wonderful London, reviewed by Ewan Munro
- A Trip to Flicker Alley
- Charlie Chaplin’s London
- Alf Collins and Gaumont: South-East London’s cinematic past, by Tony Fletcher
- A history of silent films at the Royal Albert Hall, by Amy Sargeant
And here’s the really important bit:
- To enjoy two tickets for the price of one, simply quote London241 on line, in person or over the phone