Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Sangster on stage!

Hammer top man Jimmy "the Sang" Sangster will be interviewed by Marcus "the... Hearnia?" Hearn (author of many-a book on Hammer films) at a special event in London later this month. And no, this is NOT an April Fool. For one thing, it wouldn't be a particularly funny "fool". Apart from my comedy nickname for Mr Hearn. Anyway, here's the details...

Jimmy Sangster evening at BFI Southbank
18.40 Tuesday April 15th 2008
The BFI National Film Archive welcomes Jimmy Sangster to the stage plus two of his best films:

Taste of Fear Taste of Fear (aka Scream of Fear)
UK 1961. Dir: Seth Holt. With Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee. 82 mins.

‘More than a taste, it’s a basinful,’ proclaimed one reviewer of this taut thriller. Originally written for Sydney Box at Rank, Sangster’s script was bought by Michael Carreras when Box fell ill. An upmarket cast and location shooting in and around Nice elicited the description ‘Hammer going posh’ and the film’s success (it was one of Columbia’s top earners of 1961) prompted the studio to embark on a series of psychological thrillers. A Taste of Fear also marked Sangster’s first foray into production.

+ A Man on the Beach
UK 1955. Dir: Joseph Losey. With Donald Wolfit, Michael Medwin. 29 mins
Sangster’s first screenplay; another riviera-set drama, in which a thief takes refuge in the house of a doctor after killing his accomplice.
(UK 1963) 18:40 NFT1

Followed by an interview with Jimmy Sangster conducted by Marcus Hearn

Joint tickets for the screenings are £12.50, concessions £9.25 (members pay £1 less)
Tickets can also be purchased for each film; ring box office for prices.
Tickets can be booked from from the BFI Southbank box office.
Members postal booking available now.
Box Office
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank
London SE1 8XT
Tel: 020 7928 3232

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