Screening of “How We Used To Live” with Q&A – July 16th 2014

"How we used to live" + Q&A
with film writer Travis Elborough

Screening on Wednesday, July 16th 2014
as part of the Leytonstone Festival events

Directed by Paul Kelly
•   Year: 2013
•   Country: UK
•   Running time: 71 min.
•   Cassification: (U)
•   Watch a clip here
A unique celebration of post-war London by acclaimed director Paul Kelly, created through a compelling use of rare footage drawn from the BFI National Archive and original music by Saint Etienne with a spellbinding narration by Ian McShane.
Summary: Comments:

Using only colour footage from 1950 – 1980 How We Used to Live covers the early days of the welfare state up to the opening years of Margaret Thatcher's reign. From the shadow of the war and the great future created by the welfare state to the rise of individualism and the triumph of the consumer society, it is as much a lyrical cinematic meditation on life now as then.

With a wonderful brand new soundtrack written by Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs and vocalist Sarah Cracknell providing gorgeous Swingle-y harmonies, the band's Bob Stanley has also collaborated on a inventive script with the writer Travis Elborough (London Bridge in America). This is brought brilliantly to life through the distinctive voice of acclaimed actor Ian McShane (Deadwood, Sexy Beast).

Mixing history with fantasy, the viewer is led through the film by McShane's likeable fictional narrator whose only constant is London. It is a city that he fell hopelessly in love with as child in the provinces and his digressive personal reminisces provide a universal account of the period, its hopes and ambitions and its fears and anxieties.

Alluringly impressionistic, poetical and political, How We Used to Live is perhaps the most joyful, creative and entertaining offering to come from this unique film making collective.

'A waltz through the music of cinematic time' – Sight and Sound Best Films of 2013

Screening on July 16th 2014, Wednesday
Starting time 7:30pm at Leytonstone Library
Church Lane, E11 1HG, London. See map
Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)
Check disabled access options availabe here.
Note: If the main gates are closed (usually after 8pm) then entrance to the library will be through the disabled access door, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates.
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