UCL and Devil’s Advocates – Screening of Dead of Night (1945)


UCL SELCS and Auteur Books are very happy to announce a screening of Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer, 1945). The screening will take place on Wednesday 2 December at 6.20pm in Pearson (North East Entrance) G22 LT.

The film will be introduced by Jez Conolly. Jez is co-editor, with Caroline Whelan, of three books in the World Film Locations series (Dublin, Reykjavik and Liverpool) published by Intellect. He writes regularly for The Big Picture magazine and website and has contributed to numerous other cinema books and journals. Devil’s Advocates: Dead of Night, published by Auteur in November 2015 and co-written with David Owain Bates, is his second book in the series, the first was published in 2013 and concerned John Carpenter’s The Thing. When not writing, Jez is Head of Student Engagement for University of Bristol Library Services.41v+AqUhazL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_

‘Nearly 60 years on, Ealing’s compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell. The best of the five stories, which we see enacted as they’re related in turn by guests at a country house, are Cavalcanti’s ‘The Ventriloquist’s Dummy’, with Redgrave possessed by his deceptively lifeless little partner, and Hamer’s ‘The Haunted Mirror’, with the splendid Withers a reluctant participant as history repeats itself; least frightening, but amusing, are Radford and Wayne as typically obsessive sporting coves in Crichton’s ‘Golfing Story’. Best of all, however, is the overall narrative arc, with the framing story finally taking a headlong rush into a nightmarish realm almost surreal in its weird clarity and familiarity.’ (Time Out)

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the audience chaired by Dr Cristina Massaccesi (UCL SELCS). For info: c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk

Tickets are free of charge but seats are limited and booking through Eventbrite is essential. Please, do let us know if you have to cancel your booking in order to give someone else the chance to attend the event. Dead-of-Night-006

Hope to see you there!


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