All the President's Men

All the President's Men

Saturday 6 May 2017, 14.00 - 17.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

In June 1972, a burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington DC triggered the ignominious end of Richard Nixon's presidency.

Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford star in Alan Pakula's masterly account of how Washington Post journalists Woodward and Bernstein laid bare this high-level conspiracy, aided by the revelations of their mysterious informant, 'Deep Throat'.

1975, 138 minutes, Cert. 15

Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London, in collaboration with the British Academy 


Bailey on Warhol

Bailey on Warhol

Saturday 22 April 2017, 14.00 - 16.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

Photographer David Bailey presents a candid contemporary view of Andy Warhol and his Factory, with Bailey interviewing the personalities and showing the art being produced at this ground-breaking studio. Banned briefly for its frank discussion of sexuality, this documentary, originally made for ATV by another of the era's leading personalities, was eventually released to great acclaim.

1973, 47 minutes, Cert. 15

The film will be followed by other shorts and extracts relating to Warhol’s career.

Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London. 


Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Sunday 18 June, 2017, 14.00 - 17.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

Referenced in Beyoncé's Lemonade, and newly restored, Julie Dash's acclaimed 1991 feature was the first by an African-American woman to be widely seen. Set on an island off South Carolina, it tells of generations of the Gullah people, descended from slaves, and their migration northward. Poetic in style, and using the Gullah dialect, it evokes a rich yet unknown cultural memory, not unlike the writing of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison.

1991, 112 minutes, Cert. PG

Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London 


Film About A Woman Who...

Film About A Woman Who...

Saturday 8 April 2017, 14.00 - 16.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

Choreographer and performer Yvonne Rainer uses traditional images of women to portray the inner life of a dissatisfied and angry woman.

Emerging from the New York avant-garde scene, and questioning the relationship between audience and performer, as she had done in her dance works, Rainer's second feature offers a provocative insight into early 1970s feminism.

1974, 90 minutes, Cert. TBC

Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London. 


Five Easy Pieces & Scorpio Rising

Five Easy Pieces & Scorpio Rising

Saturday 18 March 2017, 14.00 - 16.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

A pairing of classic films exploring America's social history in the 60s and early 70s.

In Five Easy Pieces, Jack Nicholson plays a talented classical musician, living as a casual oil worker until he is recalled to his cultured family, bringing his working-class girlfriend. Bob Rafelson's study of alienation and class relations in 1970s America has been recognised as a classic, with outstanding performances by Nicholson and Karen Black. 1970, 95 minutes, Cert. 15

Five Easy Pieces will be paired with a screening of Scorpio Rising, in which influential underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger evokes the rebellion that Hell's Angels bikers represented against mainstream 60s American culture. Like many of Anger's films, the film does not contain any dialogue, but features a prominent soundtrack consisting of 1960s pop, including songs by Ricky Nelson, The Angels, The Crystals, Bobby Vinton, Elvis Presley, and Ray Charles. 1963, 28 minutes 


Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Saturday 20 May 2017, 14.00 - 17.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

In the first-ever screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, Paul Thomas Anderson creates a paranoid yet beguiling atmosphere, riffing on Los Angeles private eye mythology in a fictitious 1970s beach setting.

Prompted by the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, drug-addled 'Doc' Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) takes on a growing number of labyrinthine investigations, which seem to lead him into increasing danger, and absurdity. The all-star cast includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone and Martin Short.

2014, 148 minutes, Cert. 15

Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London, in collaboration with the British Academy.