A fabulous 60s triple bill on the big screen: “A Taste of Honey”, “Charlie Bubbles”, and “The White Bus”. There will also be an opportunity to access tickets to see Ken Russell’s “Shelagh Delaney’s Salford”
On Sunday 17th June Kino are delighted to present as part of the SALFORD SECRET GARDENS FESTIVAL, at the Black Lion a double bill of two great 60s British films written and adapted for screen by Salford screenwriter Shelagh Delaney, both shot and featuring scenes in Salford and Manchester.
The legendary 1960 film “A TASTE OF HONEY” directed by Tony Richardson is a 1961 British film adaptation of the play of the same name. Delaney adapted the screenplay herself, aided by director Tony Richardson, who had previously directed the first production of the play. It is an exemplar of a gritty genre of British film that has come to be called kitchen sink realism.
Showing with “Honey” is “CHARLIE BUBBLES”, the British film of 1967 starring Billie Whitelaw and Albert Finney, and also featuring a young Liza Minnelli.
Salford actor Albert Finney starred in and directed the film (his only directorial role) and Billy Whitelaw won a Bafta in 1968 for Best Supporting Actress. The film makes great use of its Manchester and Salford settings and even includes footage of a Manchester United match at Old Trafford with scenes of Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law.
The lead character (Bubbles), played by Finney, returns to his home city after achieving success as a writer in London. Bubbles is bored with his success and his privileged position, which allows him to indulge himself in most ways he wishes. One of these is a relationship with his secretary Eliza, played by Minnelli (in one notable scene it is apparent, though not shown, that she gets a good look at him). Bubbles glides around in a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III convertible, contrasted with the working class life and the poverty of post war Salford.
Both films will play in a fantastic double bill with supporting Pathe News reels (on 16mm) from the period. It’s a great and unique chance to see these ground-breaking films of the 60s on the big screen.
But not only that, we have acquired the rights to hold one screening of the cult legendary ‘Free Cinema Movement’ film by Lyndsey Anderson, “THE WHITE BUS”.
The White Bus is a 1967 , running at 60 minutes, by British director Lindsay Anderson. The screenplay was jointly adapted with Shelagh Delaney from a short story in her 1963 collection Sweetly Sings the Donkey.
The tour starts of in Manchester City Centre predominantly around Manchester Town Hall, Central Library and Piccadilly Gardens, although Cross Street is featured in one shot. Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Central Stations are also shown. The ‘model estate’ of high-rise flats was shot on the Kersal Flats estate, home to the notorious Moors murderers, Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, while the factory sequences were shot in Trafford Park. It also featured scenes on Cheetham Hill Road and inside Cheetham College (now demolished). Both the exterior and interior shots of the school were taken in the former Pendleton High School for Girls
Using local people, Anderson also staged parodies of paintings by Manet, Fragonard and Goya in Buile Hill Park in Salford.
NOTE: in one scene the main character in the film walks past the Aaben Cinema in Hulme (then the York Cinema) as a cleaner mops the steps of the cinema.
We were hoping to screen Ken Russell’s Shelagh Delaney’s Salford made for the BBC Monitor series in 1960 as a fine complement to the films but we couldn’t get the licence to screen the film. HOWEVER, the BBC who hold a copy of the film in their archives have granted special permission for us to hold a screening of the film at the Secret Gardens Closing showcase to be held in the Morcambe and Wise suite suite at the BBC Building at Media City. There will be two screenings of this remarkable film at 2pm and 3pm and you can only get tickets for this screening (invitation only) by purchasing a ticket for the Delaney double bill at Black Lion. There are only 40 tickets available so first come first served. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BOOK ON EVENT BRITE SHORTLY.
Screenings take place at The Black Lion, with double bill performances at 2pm (matinee starting promptly at 2.00PM) and 6.30pm (for 6.45 start). Charlie bubbles will be screened first followed by A Taste of Honey. PLEASE NOTE, for those that want to see it THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE SCREENING OF “THE WHITE BUS” AT 5.30pm.
STOP PRESS: Subject to demand, we may put on an extra screening of White Bus at 1pm for those wishing to see only that film. Details to be announced for tickets to this screening on this page shortly.
Matinee £4/£3/(£2) Evening show £5/£4/(£3) (prices in brackets are for Salford Residents with ID).
The price for the THE WHITE BUS ONLY is £2 (£1 Salford Residents with ID)
Please Note: Those wanting to see The White Bus we will hold a special screening of the film at 1pm but you must register your interest by dropping an email to email@example.com as we will only hold this screening subject to demand.
For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: The Black Lion, 65 Chapel Street, Salford M3 5BZ
The venue is just 12 minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens, 5 minutes from Victoria train station or just 2 minutes walk down Blackfriars Street, off Deansgate (across from the bottom of Market Street/St Mary’s Gate).
Doors 7.30 for 7.45pm start.
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