2 May Film Show
PHCL Film Show presents
Dreams of the 60s . . .
Starring Tom Courtenay & Julie Christie
Directed by John Schlesinger
UK 1963 98 minutes
Tom Courtenay delivers a star-making turn as William Terrence Fisher (‘Billy Liar’) in one of the most universally acclaimed films of the 1960s.
Hemmed in by an unsympathetic family, a pair of demanding fiancées and an insecure job at an undertaker’s, Billy escapes into a private world of fantasy where he can realize his frustrated ambitions. As work and family pressures build to intolerable levels, Liz (an early, charismatic turn from Julie Christie), enters his drab life and offers Billy the one real chance he’ll ever get to leave the past behind.
Scripted by Keith Waterhouse and sensitively directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy), Billy Liar is one of the few comedies of the British ‘New Wave’, marrying visual and verbal wit with a rather poignant rumination on the futility of dreams. Not for nothing is it regarded as one of the most memorable British films of all time.
Doors open 7.30pm, Introduction 7.45pm, Film 8.00pm
£8.00 including glass of wine.
Tickets, up to two per person, on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.