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Bfi Jane Arden And Jack Bond Season: The Other Side Of The Underneath

Tue 21 July 2009 // 20:00

(Tue 21st July / 8pm / £4/3)

(Jane Arden / 1972 / UK / 107 minutes / certificate 18)

The only British feature film of the 1970s with a solo female direction credit, ‘The Other Side of the Underneath’ is Arden’s reworking of her stage play ‘Holocaust’. The film has acquired almost mythic status in recent years and was at times feared lost. It explores, through a variety of styles and some startling imagery, the mental breakdown, and subsequent rehabilitation, of a young woman. As usual with Arden, linear narrative gives way to powerful and at times violent imagery and a challenging mix of fantasy and reality. Filmed in South Wales – Arden was born in Pontypool – the film was described by the BBC critic David Will as ‘a major breakthrough for the British cinema’. George Melly called it ‘a most illuminating season in Hell’.

Robert Hargreaves will be introducing this special screening and answering a few questions afterwards. Robert was the sound editor on the film and Assistant Editor to David Mingay.