Day School: The Cinema in 1969

Mechanics Institute Library – Bradford

Saturday 7 December, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford

What was going to the pictures like in 1969? What was there to see? How did films engage with the world 50 years ago? Do any films from 1969 have meanings for us now? In Britain, 1969 saw the production of Kes by ‘Kenneth Loach’ and Tony Garnett. In the US John Schlesinger triumphed with Midnight Cowboy. Indian cinema was virtually unknown in the West but arthouse audiences knew about Satyajit Ray.

This Day School will explore films from around the world in 1969 including a focus on Medium Cool directed by Haskell Wexler, the innovative film that combined a traditional fictional narrative with documentary footage in order to explore Marshall McLuhan’s ideas about media. Set during the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968 this is a film with remarkable relevance for 2019.

Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Tickets are £18 and £12 concessions.

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