Soho Bites Episode 4 - Melanie Williams and the World Ten Times Over (Wolf Rilla, 1963)
Episode 4 features Melanie Williams from the University of East Anglia. We discuss an underrated 1960s gem, Wolf Rilla's the World Ten Times Over (1963)which stars Sylvia Syms as a Soho nightclub hostess.
The BFI describes it: "Though never criminalised, lesbianism was verboten on screen in the early 1960s. Wolf Rilla’s rich, acerbic feature quietly subverted prevailing censorship, hinting at British cinema’s first lesbian relationship. Nightclub hostesses Ginnie (June Ritchie) and Billa (Sylvia Syms) share a flat and an increasing despair at the men in their lives. Syms’ moving, melancholic performance cuts through the compromises to signal Billa’s love for the fragile Ginnie."
The beautiful soundtrack of the film was composed by Edwin Astley.
Read more on the wonderful 1960s British Cinema Project: https://60sbritishcinema.wordpress.com/ Melanie Williams can be found @BritFilmMelanie Please remember to subscribe and follow on twitter @sohoonscreen
Soho Bites Episode 3 - Henry K. Miller and Dyn Amo (Stephen Dwoskin, 1972)
An extended episode of Soho Bites with Henry K Miller who discusses Stephen Dwoskin's 1972 'Dyn Amo', an experimental adaptation of a play which debuted at the Soho Theatre and was filmed in a make-shift studio in Soho. Miller is a researcher on the Stephen Dwoskin Project at the University of Reading. He is also a regular contributor to Sight and Sound, and the editor of The Essential Raymond Durgnat.
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Soho Bites Episode 2 - Nathan Abrams and The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)
Episode 2 of #SohoBites, a #SohoonScreen Podcast. Researching London's Soho in British film.
Episode 2 invited Professor of Film Professor Nathan Abrams of Bangor University to talk about The Small World of Sammy Lee (Ken Hughes, 1963). We discussed the importance of studying films in the British-Jewish context and the absence of defining 'Sammy Lee' (part of my own research)as a British Jewish / Soho immigrant film.