‘A film that genuinely changed British cinema for ever’
A mature treatment of sexuality and class, Room at the Top is a landmark of the British New Wave. It won two Academy Awards and several BAFTAs, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress for Signoret in her first English-language role. In post-war industrial Yorkshire, social climbing Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) aims to woo the boss’s daughter as he attempts to reach the top of his profession. But when his working-class background hampers his efforts, Joe seeks solace with the unhappily married and yet free-thinking Alice (Simone Signoret) – an affair that will have dire consequences.
17 Oct 2pm
20 Oct 6.10pm
The screening on 17 October will be preceded by an extended introduction, ‘Simone Signoret, French icon and international star‘, by Dr Sarah Leahy, senior lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Newcastle and author of doctoral thesis on Simone Signoret and Brigitte Bardot: Femininities in 1950s French Cinema.
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