Sixties Soho night at London's BFI

by Modculture 16 April, 2008


Another great night planned by The Flipside at London’s BFI on Thursday 24th April 2008, celebrating the seedy world of 60s Soho.

That means a screening of The Small World Of Sammy Lee (1962), with Strip club compere and small time wideboy Sammy (played by cockney crooner Anthony Newley) losing his shirt at an all-night card game, with the heavies looking to collect. That means a race against the clock around the streets of Soho as Sammy tries to raise the readies, and escape with the girl who loves him, before his luck runs out.

Also showing is Strip (1966), a short movie looking at vintage burlesque dancers at the notorious Phoenix Club, Old Compton Street, with the girls backstage talking about life whilst having a cup of tea and warming-up the baked beans. And to top things off, Big Shots features rare footage of wartime Soho shot by Sammy Lee director, Ken Hughes.

Introduced by Flipside’s Vic Pratt and Will Fowler, with ‘Sammy Lee’ actress Julia Foster doing a Q&A after the screening. Tickets cost £8.60 (£6.25 concessions).

Find out more at the BFI website

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