Sylvia Scarlett (dir. George Cukor, 1936)
Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX
Saturday 19 November, 10am-12noon
Running time: 1hr 35min; Rating U
A rom-com with shades of drama and enough hints of queerness and criminality to upset the Catholic League of Decency on its release. Katharine Hepburn adopts the guise of a boy to help her crooked father (Edward Gwenn) escape embezzlement charges. She keeps the disguise when they team up with a Cockney rogue (Cary Grant) for a series of cons, and when she attracts the attention of a woman. But she is forced to choose which identity to keep when handsome artist (Brian Aherne) confesses to experiencing “queer feelings”. With an introduction by Jade Evans, followed by a Q&A chaired by Leanne Dawson.
“A hidden gem of 1930s cinema that showcases the on-screen chemistry between Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn before they would go on to star together in some of cinema’s most memorable screwball comedies. Sylvia Scarlett is a film that deserves to be experienced on the big screen.” (Jade Evans)
“Alongside a concoction of drama, romance and Grant’s characteristic comedic charm, the film’s exploration of gender identity is stylishly exemplified through Hepburn’s variety of on-screen looks” (Jade Evans)
Jade Evans is working on an AHRC funded collaborative PhD with the British Film Institute and Queen Mary University of London. Her research investigates the creation and promotion of British film stars between 1920 – 1970 through an examination of the objects in the BFI National Archive. @enchantedbyfilm
£8.50 full / £5.00 concessions.
Watershed Box Office 0117 927 5100
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