Jack the Ripper theme for Cinema Club

Jack the Ripper portrayed on the big screen
Jack the Ripper portrayed on the big screen
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Over the past six months the King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club has been exploring depictions of Jack the Ripper.

It all started with a London walk led by Sue Parry, secretary of The Whitechapel Society, when “In the Footsteps of the Ripper” took club members on a fascinating journey which was more about social history than the grisly details.

The walk took place on a hot, sunny afternoon in August and was a complete contrast to the next event, a screening of Hitchcock’s 1927 film “The Lodger” based on Marie Belloc Lowndes novel.

This atmospheric film, subtitled “A Story of London Fog” was screened with live accompaniment and took place over the Hallowe’en weekend.

Now the club’s trilogy of Ripper events culminates next Friday, March 10, with an illustrated talk by Dr Clare Smith, collections manager at the National Museum in Cardiff. Dr Smith specialises in the depiction of women in Victorian art and the depiction of serial killers in art and literature.

The event takes place in the Great Hall at Thoresby College at 7.30pm; entry is £5 for members of the Cinema Club and their guests and entry for non-members is £6 per person, including refreshments.

Dr Smith says: “With his iconic top hat, cape, Gladstone bag and swirling fog Jack the Ripper is an instantly recognisable figure on film. But how true is this depiction?

“In this session I will look at who the Ripper is on screen, what his costume means and ask what the constructed image of the Ripper conveys to an audience. We will consider films that range from classics of directors such as Alfred Hitchcock to those that depict a female Ripper and even a 1970s Swedish sex comedy!”

This is sure to be a fascinating evening and if you are interested in going along then book your place by e-mailing the club on communitycinemaclub@googlemail.com

Visit the club’s website at www.klccc.uk for more details as well as information on film screenings and outings.