Episode 8: Piccadilly (1929) & Julian Rodriguez on the Shot in Soho exhibition
Julian is a photographer and, among several academic posts, is Head of Film and Photography at Kingston University.
We have been given permission to show two pictures from the exhibition:
William Klein, Shoes polisher, Rocky II, etc, Piccadilly, 1980 © William Klein Courtesy of the artist
John Goldblatt, Untitled, from the series ‘The Undressing Room’, 1968 © John Goldblatt, Courtesy of the artist’s estate
You can buy the book of the exhibition here
The Regent Street Cinema decided to screen a Soho film to accompany the show. Of the several that Julian and his co-curator, Karen McQuaid, suggested, the one the cinema chose was the brilliant Piccadilly from 1929.
Clip of Piccadilly produced by the BFI
Many thanks to Michael Schaub, Deputy Director of the Regent Street Cinema, for enabling us to record the intro to the film.
Afterwards, we sat down to talk about the film with members of the London Silent Film Group, including Peter Bromley, a documentary film maker and founder of the 1968 Film Group, and Michelle Facey, who programmes silent films for Kennington Bioscope at the Cinema Museum.
Buy Piccadilly on DVD here
Stream it online here
If you’d like to join the London Silent Film Group you can do that here
And you can find out about all of the Kennington Bioscope silent film screenings here
Thank you for listening.