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1960’s: E.A.F.A. shorts with live music + screening of Billy Liar

Sunday 12th April (2:30pm)

Introduced By Helen Fraser (Billy Liar, Repulsion, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, The Likely Lads, Doctor in the House)

EAFA Shorts

A short selection of films from the East Anglian Film Archive, revealing the fashions, attitudes and social habits of people across the region in the 1960’s.

This special selection of films will be accompanied by a live set from the house band of the Norwich Jazz Club of soundtracks and hit songs from the sixties.

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Billy Liar 1963 Dir. John Schlesinger

Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher, the underachieving undertaker’s assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname “Billy Liar.” Julie Christie is the handbag-swinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire Billy to finally move out of his parents’ house. Deftly veering from gritty realism to flamboyant fantasy, Billy Liar is a dazzling and uproarious classic.

We will be showing the 2013 restoration of this classic British film.

Historical background

No other decade resonates quite so strongly through its influence on culture and society, but were the sixties really swinging? When looking back at British and American cinema from the 1960s, a fresh sense of playfulness and experimentation mixed with a new wave of realism and modern jazz became the soundtrack to a whole swath of films from Blow Up, Alfie to Saturday Night and Sunday morning. Although colour also featured, many films reflected the influence of the black and white photography of the French New Wave.

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