It Always Rains On Sunday
Sunday 29 October @ 3.30pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
1947 | CTC | 92 mins| UK | D: Robert Hamer
Robert Hamer gave Googie Withers the challenges she needed to do her best work in the cinema. She gives razor-sharp expression to Hamer’s sensitivity to the neuroses that lurked beneath the surface of the British stiff-upper-lip tradition. The setting here is a dreary working-class street where there’s no sign of jolly Cockney compliance with social conventions: it’s a community oppressed by rationing and over-crowding, where crime is ever-present as an option, and love and human warmth are hard to find. The sexual frustration that Googie Withers adds to the social hardship is intense, and is brilliantly expressed by actor and director in an extraordinary pre-cursor to the angry kitchen-sink cycle that followed a decade later.
Preceded by WHEN THE PIE WAS OPENED (8 mins)