SOLD OUT: Imitation of Life March 9th

Can’t wait for this. I’ll be introducing one of my favourite films from one of my favourite directors – Douglas Sirk. ‘Imitation of Life’ is an emotional roller coaster ride exploring identity, race, love and the lengths (and depths) you’ll go to, to be accepted.

CELLULOID CITY READS

Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM

The Nightingale Room

Grand Central, 29-30 Surrey Street, BN1 3PA Brighton, United Kingdom

Director: Douglas Sirk. Starring: Lana Turner, Juanita Moore and Sandra Dee. 1959 (125 mins) TICKETS: £6

With a special introduction by Paul McVeigh

Paul McVeigh introduces one of his favourite films: Douglas Sirk’s potent critique of American society: Imitation of Life, a film he feels echoes the restrictions and confinement he experienced growing up in Northern Ireland.

Forget those who decry the ’50s Hollywood melodrama; it is through the conventions of that hyper-emotional genre that Sirk is able to make such a devastatingly embittered and pessimistic movie. Geoff Andrew – Time Out

A struggling young actress with a six-year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow (played by Juanita Moore who received an Academy Award nomination for her performance) and her light-skinned eight-year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white.

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