Milos Forman's strong, often-uncomfortable social satire is screened alongside Lorenza Mazzetti’s poetic Together, a semi-documentary about two deaf mutes in London’s East End, edited by Lindsay Anderson. Introduced by Dr David Sorfa.
Consisting of two films, If There Were No Music focusing on the rehearsals of amateur musicians preparing for annual brass band championships, and Audition, capturing hopeful would-be singers, the Forman's film effectively launched the Czech New Wave. Shot on 16mm as an account of an evening at the Wood Green Jazz Club, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson’s Momma Don’t Allow captures the emerging youth culture. Introduced by Peter Hames.
In this programme, solely devoted to the Free Cinema films, Robert Vas’s Refuge England provides another unique record of London in the late 1950s. Instead of the bombsites, narrow streets, warehouses and pubs of the East End, it follows, from Waterloo via the West End to suburbia, the footsteps of a Hungarian refugee arriving in London with no English, little money and an incomplete address. Introduced by Peter Hames