Closing Night Gala Screening
The lives and loves of four young working people in 1920s London. Kind-hearted Bill and brash Bert both meet and fall in love with the same woman, on the same day in the underground. The object of their affections is shop-girl Nell who reciprocates Bill’s attentions, much to the annoyance of Bert. Proving himself to be a thoroughly loathsome piece of work Bert takes advantage of his abandoned sweetheart, using her in his deplorable plans for revenge.
This pacey film moves swiftly from jolly romance to dark drama, showcasing the director’s confident facility for conjuring up the bustling parks, pubs and shops of London, as well as the dramatic emotional states of his characters. This impressive late silent is seen here to its best advantage thanks to the BFI National Archive’s fine restoration.
Celebrated, award-winning silent film accompanist and composer Stephen Horne is joined by supremely talented percussionist Frank Bockius for this thrilling conclusion to HippFest 2018.
Dir. Anthony Asquith | UK | 1928 | BBFC cert PG | 1h 33m + short | With: Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen, Norah Baring Performing live: Stephen Horne (piano, accordion, flute) & Frank Bockius (percussion)
Screening material BFI National Archive
Supported by the BFI National Lottery Fund
Note: if the event is shown as ‘sold out’ please contact the HippFest Box Office directly on 01324 506850 to enquire about ‘heritage seating’ availability or to be added to a waiting list.
If you like this try: Shiraz earlier in the day, and our Cocktail Hour Workshop at 6pm supported by Stirling Gin.