A woman dressed in armour, holding a trident and a shield with the United Kingdom flag on it. Below her are some young people, some of who are blowing in to horns.

As We Really Are

Frank Cottrell-Boyce, David Shrigley and Kath Mattock
Mon 20 May 2024
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In the 1930s the GPO film unit created a series of films that celebrated the day to day life of the United Kingdom. The most famous of these was Night Mail - Benjamin Britten and W H Auden‘s soaring hymn to the love and labour that goes into delivering our letters. These films were like mirrors held up to the nation. Brighton Festival has commissioned new films with the same mission - to see ourselves as we really are, at work and at play. And to celebrate the whole business of just getting on with life.

At this screening we will show the GPO films Night Mail and Spare Time, alongside some work from the Brighton film makers and a screen talk with a panel including Frank Cottrell-Boyce, David Shrigley and Kath Mattock


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