November news from the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture.

November was a busy month, event-wise. Our Theory Meets Practice series continued, with Robert Allan and Ed Weidman delivering a series of extremely well received sessions on music contracts. They commented on the excellent, incisive questions they had from the audience, so thanks to everyone who came along to these.

We also held our Film Matters series for the third year running. Previous year’s themes have been Censorship & Copyright and Change, but this year we chose the theme of 1966. Three films were screened, including Cathy Come Home, exactly 50 years on from its premiere in the Wednesday Play series. We were delighted that Professor Peter Robson, former Chair of Shelter, accepted our invitation to introduce and discuss Cathy Come Home. The other screenings were of Cul-de-Sac, a Polanski film that received its world premiere at the Cameo Poly in 1966, and Blow-Up, a ‘mod classic’ for which we were delighted to welcome Lucy Brett from the BBFC for a post-screening Q&A. She shared her considerable insight into the film, illustrated with papers from the BBFC archives.

Finally, we were able to host an advance screening of King Cnut: The Movie. This documentary concerns Dave Griffiths, a stand up comedian who fought fashion industry giant French Connection for the right to wear his CNUT T-shirts, and saw the Little Titchfield Street theatre well populated by students, supporters and the generally curious. The film was extremely well received and followed by an excellent Q&A session.

Image: Dr Russell Orr and Professor Peter Robson, former chair of Shelter, at the screening of Cathy Come Home.

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