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Boulting Brothers Season at BFI Southbank

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The Absurdity of British Life
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John and Roy Boulting were twin brothers born in 1913; the pair became filmmakers and most well known for their satirical comedies that depict the absurdity of everyday British life.

They set up their first company, Charter Films, in 1937, but due to the war progress was slow and they did not end up producing anything until 1940. The two alternated roles between director and producer, and although they are best associated with comedies, they also made serious dramas and documentaries as well.

To celebrate their hundredth anniversary, the BFI are screening a number of their best works with ticket prices between 8.50-12.10. Brighton Rock (1947) will be screened on the 18th August, and is a dark drama set in the interwar years. It is an adaptation of Graham Greene's novel of the same name, and stars Richard Attenborough, who plays a corrupt youth called Pinkie, in the midst of a gang warfare.

There will be two screenings of Seven Days to Noon on the 20th and 24th August. It explores the dangers of atomic research when a scientists threatens to blow up London.

Lucky Jim (1957) will be screened on the 26th and 30th August. It was the Boulting's third comedy, and features a lecturer struggling with the pomposity of university.

Last but not least is Desert Victory (1943), on the 29th August. The Oscar-winning documentary looks at the battle of El-Alamein, using animation, and footage filmed from both sides.
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Why? Fun for film lovers
When: Until 30th August
Phone: 020 7928 3232
Where: BFI Southbank
Cost: 8.50-12.10
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