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CHARLIE CHAPLIN - Looking for Easy Street
A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with BFI curator Bryony Dixon
Wednesday 14th April 2021 at 7:00 pm


Join us for the fifth Westminster Arts Reference Library's Artists of London salons where BFI curator BRYONY DIXON reveals the London locations that shaped Charlie Chaplin, 'the most recognisable man in the world'. In addition to the talk and Q+A, each event will include a spotlight on a special item from the Library's collection.

To mark his 131st birthday, BRYONY DIXON explores the almost Dickensian youth of one of the most influential Londoners of all time. Born in East Street in Walworth, Charlie Chaplin lived in many South London locations including Methley Street - the model for his film Easy Street (1917).

He aspired, like others born into the entertainment business, to work in the West End, only a walk away across Westminster Bridge and his great ambition was to be rich enough to live in Brixton. Things worked out very differently - his extraordinary career took him from some of the poorest districts of London to some of the most glamorous in Los Angeles. But even as a Hollywood megastar his films and their sets reflected the cityscapes of Victorian London and his youth.

Tickets £4.80 including a 50% donation to the Westminster Arts Reference Library

Bryony Dixon
BRYONY DIXON is a curator with responsibility for the BFI National Archive’s extensive silent film collection. She has researched and written on many aspects of early and silent film, as well as programming for a variety of specialist film festivals and events worldwide. Her book 100 Silent Films, in the BFI Screen Guides series, was published in 2011. She is lead curator in the BFI National Archive’s series of annual silent film restorations and commissioned live music. She is currently working on the BFI’s project to digitise all surviving British Victorian films and will release an accompanying book, The Story of Victorian Film in 2020.

PLEASE NOTE - This talk will take place virtually via Zoom. Ticket sales will end at 5:00 pm BST on the day of the lecture. A link to the conference will be sent to the email used at checkout at 6:00 pm BST on the day of the event. Please email suzette@acuriousinvitation.com in the event your link fails to arrive. Please note this talk will be recorded and can be sent free of charge to ticket holders by request.

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17th February 2021
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17th March 2021
Leigh Bowery and Taboo with Sue Tilley


14th April 2021
Charlie Chaplin - Looking for Easy Street with Bryony Dixon


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