The Brockley Jack Film Club Presents: Piccadilly

Saturday 4th December 2010
The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead SE15 3BE
8pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Tickets: £8

This is very cool. The Brockley Jack Film Club will be recreating a 1920's Jazz Age cocktail bar atmosphere for a special movie screening. The Brockley Jack team has programmed some brilliant screenings recently and the Ivy House is establishing itself as one of the area's most interesting and versatile venues.

Demonstrating the cut-and-paste technique that has propelled us to number six in the list of London blogs, here are the details:

For one special night only, the 1929 classic British silent film Piccadilly will be screened with an evocative improvised score performed live by one of Europe’s most acclaimed concert and film accordionists - Igor Outkine.

The Ivy House, Nunhead will be the venue for this unmissable, one-off event, set to recreate the enchanting atmosphere of the silent cinema era and the dazzling style of 1920’s Jazz Age London nightlife.

Hailed as “one of the truly great films of the silent era” (Martin Scorsese), E. A. Dupont’s Piccadilly is a sumptuous showbusiness melodrama seething with sexual and racial tension, starring one of the most alluring and controversial screen goddesses of the 1920s - Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong.

Anna May Wong’s character Shosho is plucked from obscurity as a lowly scullery maid working at one of Soho’s fashionable nightclubs. Her sensual, exotic performances go on to make her the toast of the town, inspiring fatal passions and jealous obsessions.

This thoroughly modern film sets up a powerful London drama between West End and East End as it explores the entertainment obsessed indulgences of the rich and the poverty stricken plight of London’s Limehouse communities.

Piccadilly’s seductive visual landscape will be brought to life by the virtuoso live performance of acclaimed accordionist Igor Outkine, renowned for his stirring and emotional performances on stage (Almeida Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Edinburgh Festival) and screen (David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises; Edith Piaf bio-pic La Vie en Rose). With “anaccordion as brilliant as a band”, his musical repertoire travels with warmth, humour and breathtaking versatility through Classical, Jazz, Latin, Russian and Gypsy music, enthralling audiences and critics throughout Britain and Europe.

This is the first special silent film event organised by the Brockley Jack Film Club, one of South East London’s most successful member- led film clubs established in 2008 by Television Producer Gregor Murbach. The Brockley Jack Film club regularly screens World and Arthouse cinema and hosts discussions with local film industry luminaries to sell out theatres at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre.