Nasty nuns and bad habits in cult classic screening in King’s Lynn

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An upcoming cult film screening at a Lynn hotel will take a look at nasty nuns and bad habits in a gothic tale of drama, jealousy and insanity.

CULTure Babylon brings its unique take on cult film to The Globe Hotel once more on Sunday, when Black Narcissus will take audiences to a remote windswept convent.

The 1947 film holds the power to haunt the viewer long after watching it, and will be accompanied by a talk on trangressive nuns in cinema, from The Sound of Music to Nude Nuns with Big Guns.

The film follows a handful of nuns who are sent to the Himalayas where the challenges of the climate and its isolation take its toll on their beliefs and ultimately threatens their sanity.

Directed by Powell and Pressburger, and featuring a stellar cast including CULTure Babylon favourite Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and Sabu.

The cinematography has been described as ‘ravishing’ and the almost surreal use of colour enhances the dark, oppressive quality of the story.

CULTure Babylon is a series of movie screenings and other events for lovers of all things cult, noir and offbeat across Cambridge, Ely, Downham and Lynn.

Chris Lewis, of CULTure Babylon, said: “In an age when even a modest film fan’s home can have an HD plasma screen and a DVD player capable of providing pin-sharp films in surroundsound, we aim to put meaning back into going out to see a film.

“We do this by combining rare and unusual movies with talks giving further insight into the film and its subject.”

Doors open on Sunday at 3pm with the talk starting at 3.30pm.

The event takes place in the Conference Room at The Globe Hotel.

Tickets cost £5 in advance or £6 on the door. More information is available at or call Chris on 07870 312211.