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11 February 2024: John Krish 1923-2023: On Freedom & Dr Death introduced by Mick Lynch


John Krish 1923–2023: On Freedom & Dr Death” is a two-part programme curated by Stanley Schtinter and Jessie Krish.

Following part one “On Freedom” at Bertha DocHouse on 16 December 2023 with its focus on Krish’s banned films, Close-Up presents part two “Dr Death”, introduced by National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) General Secretary, Mick Lynch, and with Kevin Brownlow and Francesca Ross in conversation.

Featuring two of Krish’s best loved films, I Think They Call Him John (1964), a portrait of a First World War veteran and widower and The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), commemorating London's last tram, these films will screen alongside The Finishing Line (1977), a short commissioned by British Transport Films to discourage children from playing on railway tracks – a title which, along with rarely screened public information films by Krish won him the industry nickname “Dr Death.”

Remembering Krish's extensive work with public commissioners, including Crown Film Unit and Central Office of Information and notably British Transport Films, the curators are presenting this evening in support of The RMT National Dispute Fund. Donations will be taken on the night but we encourage advance support by following the link: RMT National Dispute Fund