Central Saint Martins Film Society

Dear Colleagues,

The brand new Central Saint Martins Film Society holds its first screening in the LVMH on Monday 3rd October at 5pm. All UAL staff and students are welcome to attend. Admission is free. The Film Society will be held in the LVMH on the first Monday of each month.

The Film Society intends to show films relevant to CSM courses. To that end, there will be an emphasis on films with strong production design, costume design, performances or which advanced the medium of filmmaking. The Film Society will show new and old films, everything from horror to animation. As you may know, this year alone four CSM & DCL alumni were nominated for Academy Awards. Do, please, feel free to circulate this email to your colleagues and, especially, students. If you wish to go on an email list, please RSVP to this address: ross.smith@live.co.uk

The first film to be screened will be the Beatles’ landmark feature, A Hard Day’s Night.

Directed by Richard Lester, the film forsakes studio for location, employs a semi-improvised narrative and features revolutionary handheld camerawork and editing techniques. With songs including ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘She Loves You’, A Hard Day’s Night is generally regarded as the forerunner to the pop promo. Roger Eberts wrote that the film ‘invented a new kind of film grammar’. Time magazine named it one of The 100 All-Time Great Movies.

Each Central Saint Martins Film Society screening will have a 30 minute supporting programme pertinent to the feature film. For A Hard Day’s Night, we will be showing: the Madison dance sequence from Godard’s Bande a Parte; a behind-the-scenes report on the old-school filming of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane; and fascinating interviews on how Midnight Cowboy and Easy Rider changed Hollywood forever.

If you are free on Monday 3rd October, it would be great to see you there.

Best Wishes,

Ross Smith (c/o Holly Burford-Thomas)