Film: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Cert PG)

Thursday 19th September at 7.30pm

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A key film of the British New Wave, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was a great box office success – audiences were thrilled by the anti-establishment energy, the gritty realism of its setting and most of all by a working class hero of a fresh and outspoken kind.

Based on Alan Sillitoe’s largely autobiographical novel, the film is set in the grim industrial streets and factories of Nottingham, where Arthur Seaton spends his days at a factory bench, his Saturday evenings in the local pubs, and his Saturday nights with Brenda (Rachel Roberts), wife of a fellow factory worker. Played by Albert Finney with an irresistible animal vitality, Arthur is anti-authority and unashamedly amoral.

With powerful central performances, cracking dialogue by Sillitoe and a superb jazz score by Johnny Dankworth, the film stands as a vibrant modern classic.

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