King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club’s next film appreciation event is a day exploring British Films of the 1960s.
It takes place on Saturday, April 9. from 10am to 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House in Bridge Street and costs £20.
“The 1960s was a decade of radical change and the films of this decade are a fascinating mixture,” says organiser Sue Burge,
“Britain was really making its cultural presence felt in a global sense and there’s a real excitement and dynamism to the films made part way through this decade when everything felt possible for just a while...”
At the beginning of the 60s British cinema was in transition in a country ready for change and the day will begin by exploring a wide range of films in order to gain a greater understanding of the different forces at play both politically and socially.
The New Wave films of the 1950s continued into the early 60s depicting the Angry Young Men of Britain’s working class, while blacklisted American Joseph Losey brought his outsider’s eye to bear on the British class system in The Servant, Julie Christie became a screen icon in Darling and Dirk Bogarde highlighted the perils of oppression and discrimination in Victim.
This decade also saw the beginning of Bond with Sean Connery blasting onto the screen in Dr No. Taboos were being broken, change was in the air, Beatlemania was getting into its stride, and London was ready to swing. The buzz about all things British attracted many directors to the UK, with Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up reflecting the “swinging London” scene while Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, released in 1971, showed a nightmare vision of future London.
As the sixties drew to an end the Carry On team carried on doing what they did best in Carry on up the Khyber, Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers starred in the madcap experimental The Magic Christian and Nicolas Roeg’s Performance with its psychedelic dream turned nightmare, brought the decade to a thought-provoking end.
These film appreciation events are always friendly, informal and informative and a chance to meet new people too. If you’d like a nostalgic day watching film clips and discussing what the 1960s meant to you then just contact the Club to book your place on firstname.lastname@example.org - everyone is welcome, you don’t need any prior knowledge to enjoy the event.
More information is available on the club’s website www.klccc.uk.