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Film still: Refuge England

Sun 20.01. 16:00 / City Kino Wedding

Retrospective: Origins of British Working Class Cinema

Introduction: Henning Koch and John Digance (Film Lecturer, London)

British cinema has always been striving to depict the working class on film, from Karel Reisz and Ken Loach to Andrea Arnold. This year's retrospective presents short films, marking ambitious efforts to put the film medium to social use. Sometimes serious, tongue-in-cheek, argumentative or narrative, these early works dealt with housing situations, working conditions, migration and the pastimes of people living and labouring in the UK. Which makes them relevant even more so today with regards to the uncertainties surrounding the Brexit.

Housing Problems (1935) (Documentary), R.: Arthur Elton, E.H. Anstey, 14:30 Min.
Depicting efforts to improve the living conditions in a rundown working class neighbourhood, this documentary is both a propaganda piece and a document of optimism.

What A Life! (1948) (Drama/Comedy), R.: Michael Law, 12:00 Min.
The hardships and cutbacks of the British population after the end of World War II are illustratet in a darkly comic tale.

Tomorrow's Saturday (1962) (Documentary), R.: Michael Grigsby, 17:00 Min.
A community of cotton workers in the north of England spends the weekend with various pastimes.

Chasing The Blues (1947) (Experimental/Music Video), R.: J.D. Chambers, Jack Ellitt, 6:00 Min.
Using dance and music in a lively manner, this highly experimental short film was made to promote the welfare of factory workers.

Refuge England (1959) (Drama), R.: Robert Vas, 25:00 Min.
A Hungarian refugee arrives in London. His only prospect of help is an incomplete address written on a postcard.

Referring to this year's retrospective we also present a special screening featuring eight short films from the 2007-2018 festival editions that were influenced by British Social Realism. » DETAILS