London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) have a monthly film club: a free drop-in event with ‘screenings of archive films from LMA and other organisations, occasional guest speakers and plenty of opportunity for discussion'. Sounded perfect - two of my favourite things, film and archives - together! When I saw the March film club was a visit to the Cinema Museum in Elephant and Castle I was even more excited as I'd been meaning to visit for years. Emily, the organiser of the Film Club, was very friendly and arranged to meet everyone outside. She had arranged for us to have a tour and a film screening.
|Exterior of the Cinema Museum, photo by me|
|Category Board featuring 'H' for Horrific!, photo by me|
|I really liked this carved poster frame with Mutiny in the Bounty (which starred Richard Harris) in the centre, photo by me|
The evening ended with an archive film screening of a selection of films including some a film made about the last tram in London ( 1952) and, to my delight, a film by the New Zealand film-maker Len Lye which I think (I knew I should have written this up when I got home that night!) was A colour box (1935). I would highly recommend a visit to anyone interesting in film, film archives and film history.
Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the April meeting of the film club so I can’t report on how that went but I’m looking forward to the May Film Club on Wednesday 23rd May. Information on the dates of the upcoming film clubs are available here.