The fourth film in the Kino Quickies season, screened on April 24th 2022, was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from 1936.
Directed by George "King of the Quickies" King and starring Tod Slaughter, it's the well known story of the murderous barber who polishes off his victims who are then processed into pie filling by his next door neighbour. Yum!
Our specially invited expert guest for the post show Q&A, Jade Evans, had a minor disaster the night before the screening when she tested positive for the dreaded Covid. Luckily, we had the technology to enable her to attend remotely via the wonders of the internet and the sound quality was only slightly affected.
None of the prints of Sweeney Todd, as far as we can tell, are in perfect condition but if you'd like to watch a scratchy copy online, you can do that HERE.
And this British Pathe short feature starring Tod Slaughter is hoot!
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On April 7th, our very own Lawrence Napper gave an online talk for Westminster Libraries called, Quota Quickies: the worst films ever made? If you missed it, all is not lost as it will soon be posted to YouTube. Watch this space for more details.
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Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the Cinema History Blog
Well that was fascinating but now I want to find out more
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You can hear the trailer preview episode of the Kino Quickies HERE.
The next Kino Quickies screening is Say it With Flowers (1934) on May 8th. Our special guest will be Oscar nominated film composer, Gary Yershon who may even knock out a few tunes on the ol' joanna. Don’t forget to BOOK!