Topsy Turvey (1999)

Wednesday 17 Janary 2018​

1.00 pm The Electric Cinema

Following on from our lecture in December on opera, we are taking a visit to the Electric Cinema again.  Sam Bishop will give us an overview of the history of this, the oldest working cinema in the UK followed by a private screening.

Our film is Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvey (1999)


After their production of Princess Ida is panned by the critics, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to almost breaking point.  Their friends and associates attempt to get the two back together again .... the attempt which results in The Mikado - one of their most popular successes.


The cast includes Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent (Gilbert), Lesley Manville and Allan Corduner (Sullivan).  The film gained two Oscars and a BAFTA award in 2000. 

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The Last Projectionist


Is a Tom Lawes film which charts the amazing history of UK independent cinema, taking a tour of some of the most magical picture houses in the world.  The story centres on The Electric in Birmingham, the oldest working cinema in Britain.   From its silent beginnings in 1909; to a news and cartoon cinema during WW2; a porn cinema in the 70s and 80s; then saved from demolition and restored to its Art Deco glory in 2004.  


This fascinating, and as yet untold story, is brought to life by former staff, industry experts and customers, one of whom recounts her first visit in 1917.


The Last Projectionist can be purchased at the Electric Cinema.

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