1966, as critic Jon Savage notes, was a hugely important year:
"1966 was a year of noise and tumult, of brightly coloured patterns clashing with black and white politics, of furious forward motion and an outraged, awakening reaction. There was a sense that anything was possible to those who dared, a willingness to strive toward the seemingly unattainable. There remains an overwhelming urgency that marks the music and movies of that year, counterbalanced by traces of loss, disconnection and deep melancholy."
As part of the Film Matters series, our first screening will be the seminal Cathy Come Home, screened 50 years to the day from its first airing, and discussed by former Chair of Shelter Professor Peter Robson.
Secondly, we are showing Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac, which received its world premiere at what is now the Regent Street Cinema back in 1966.
Finally, we conclude with Blow-Up. This screening will include a discussion with Lucy Brett, Head of Education at the British Board of Film Classification.