(Plus: Witchfinder General; An Evening with Ian Ogilvy and screening of The Unsuspected)
Witchfinder General (1968) screening, Saturday April 7th @ 5pm
Witchfinder General (1968), is the last, and most famous, of the three horror films directed by Michael Reeves, the young British talent who tragically died at the age of 25. All three films starred his lifelong friend Ian Ogilvy.
Starring Vincent Price, Rupert Davies and Hilary Dwyer as well as Ian Ogilvy, the film was based on a novel by Ronald Bassett, and is a fictionalised account of Matthew Hopkins (Price), who claimed to have been appointed as Witchfinder General by Parliament during the English Civil War. Filmed on location in East Anglia, the film was critised for its extreme violence on release, but is now regarded as one of the finest horror films ever produced in the UK. Reeves gets a restrained performance from Price, who clashed with him repeatedly during the shoot, but on seeing the final film, Price wrote Reeves a long letter praising his work.
Ian Ogilvy makes a personal appearance at 8pm (separate ticket required).
Advanced tickets are £5 – call 020 7840 2200 during office hours to purchase direct from the Museum.
Misty Moon presents; An Evening With Ian Ogilvy, Saturday April 7th @ 8pm
Come and spend an intimate evening with the legendary actor Ian Ogilvy during a rare visit to England. Ian will be joined on stage by Misty Moon’s gorgeous MC Linda Regan who will be talking to Ian about his illustrious career.
Ian Ogilvy was born in Woking, Surrey, in 1943. His father, Francis Ogilvy, was an advertising executive whilst his mother, Aileen Raymond, was an actress who’s first marriage was to the actor, John Mills. His uncle, David Ogilvy, was also an advertising executive who has often been called “The Father of Advertising” and was the Ogilvy in the famed advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Ian went to school in Sunningdale and later went on to Eton. Aged 17 he got a job as a stage hand with the Royal Court Theatre in London but after 6 months was offered a place at RADA and two years later left RADA to really start his acting career.
Advance tickets are £14 (13 concessions) and may be purchased direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 during office hours. If you would prefer to pay on the door, the price will be £15 (£14 concessions).
Kennington Noir presents; The Unsuspected (1947), Wednesday 18th April @ 7:30pm
Directed in grand expressionist style by Michael Curtiz, this lesser-seen noir melodrama stars the great Claude Rains as a suave radio show host whose wealthy niece mysteriously disappears…. for a while. With splendidly moody cinematography, and a star turn from Audrey Totter (The Postman Always Rings Twice(1946), The Set Up (1949), etc).
16mm film presentation. Plus supporting programme and an introduction from film critic and historian Adam Feinstein – a specialist in the life and work of director Michael Curtiz.
Advance tickets are £6 and may be purchased direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 during office hours.
Kennington Classics presents; The Way To The Stars, Thursday April 19th @ 7:30pm
Come and enjoy a selection of Ronald Grant’s personal favourite films.
The Way to the Stars (1945) focuses on the personal relationships of the men stationed at a British airfield in WWII.
The screenplay was co-written by noted dramatist, Terence Rattigan, as a significant reworking of his 1942 play Flare Path, which incorporated his Royal Air Force (RAF) experiences as a Flight Lieutenant. The film stars Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John and Stanley Holloway. It was produced by Anatole de Grunwald and directed by Anthony Asquith.
Advanced tickets are £6 – call 020 7840 2200 during office hours to purchase direct from the Museum.