Cinecity 15th Brighton Film Festival

10 - 26 November


19 Nov 8:45 pm: Brighton Rock + You Want Me to Say I Love You

Director: John and Roy Boulting

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John and Roy Boultings’ acclaimed 1947 adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel has proved enduringly popular and influential, also helping to establish Brighton on screen as a point of no return and a site for crime and violence. On the 19th of November, we present a premiere of a new live cinema commission called You Want Me To Say I Love You followed by a rare screening of Brighton Rock on 35mm.

You Want Me To Say I Love You: A CINECITY commission of a new live work inspired by the ‘Make a Record Of Your Own Voice’ gramophone record at the heart of the novel Brighton Rock and the film adaptation’s controversial ending.

Sarah Angliss and Aleks Kolkowski are joined by Bela Emerson and Stephen Hiscock for the premiere of You Want Me To Say I Love You, performing on saw, turntables, Stroh violin, cello, theremin, automata and percussion. The performance will also feature rarely-seen publicity shots from the 1947 film and short readings recorded onto vinyl by 16 and 17-year-olds. The same age as Pinkie and Rose, these students are reading the novel as an A-level set text. With thanks to literary advisor Emma Kilbey.

Sarah Angliss is a composer, thereminist and sound historian who devises and builds her own automata for use on stage. Her work reflects her fascination with the city and resonances between English folklore and early notions of machines.

Aleks Kolkowski is a composer and sound artist who uses historical sound recording and reproduction apparatus and obsolete media to make new music.

You Want Me to Say I Love You will be followed by a rare screening of the Boultings brothers’ classic on 35mm.

Courtesy of STUDIOCANAL Films Ltd.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Carol Marsh

Produced in: 1947


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