Saturday 8 February 2014, 14.30–16.30
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Billy Liar (dir. John Schlesinger, 1963) tells the story of a young undertaker’s clerk who tries to escape small town life through fantasy worlds, tall tales and dreams of moving to London to become a scriptwriter. Engaged to two different girls at the same time, Billy’s world descends into chaos as he tries to cover up an increasingly elaborate web of lies.
Following the screening curator and writer, Professor David Alan Mellor discusses the film, Tony Ray-Jones's photographs and cultural representations of 1960s Britain with Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum and curator of Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr.
David Alan Mellor is a writer, curator and Professor of Art History at the University of Sussex. He has curated exhibitions including Paradise Lost: The New Romantic Imagination in Britain, Barbican, 1987 and is author of The Sixties, 1993. David Alan Mellor also contributed the essay, 'Tony Ray-Jones: English Comic Modernity on the Road to the Absurd' to the Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr exhibition catalogue.
Image credits: Billy Liar, 1963, John Schlesinger