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London Screen Studies Collection

The London Screen Studies Collection (LSSC), housed in Birkbeck’s School of Arts, is an important archive of films and other materials related to the representation of London and more broadly to the history of film culture in the capital.

The LSSC is an accessible reference library of viewing copies of moving image material made in or about London. This material is wide ranging and often otherwise inaccessible, covering everyday life and significant events in the 32 London boroughs from the 1930s to the present day. The collection now numbers over 1300 films on DVD. As well as feature films and TV programmes, it includes a vast amount of footage from local authority archives: amateur films, home movies, film societies’ outputs, public information films and records of civic events.

The LSSC’s founding director is Ian Christie, who now programmes for BIMI a regular strand of London-related films that are screened in the Birkbeck Cinema typically on weekday afternoons, attracting a loyal and devoted following. For some background information about the LSSC and its wider research agenda, please follow this link:




London Screen Study Collection: Winter 2019 Screenings
London Plays Itself… The Studios, Pt 1

London and its environs have seen many film studios come and go over the last 120 years. This first instalment of a programme that will run throughout 2019 includes films which show London itself, filmed on sets in the studio, often combined with location shooting.

16 Jan The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick, Ealing Studios, 1955)
30 Jan The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934, Lime Grove Studios)
13 Feb The Magic Box (John Boulting, ABPC Studio, Elstree, 1951)
27 Feb ‘Fun and Games in Muswell Hill’, films from Paul’s Animatograph Works (1898-1908)*
13 Mar Oliver! (Carol Reed, Shepperton Studio, 1968)
* This programme follows a Gresham College Lecture by Ian Christie, ‘Taking London to the World: Robert Paul shows his native city in motion’, Museum of London, 6pm, 25 February.

All Screenings take place a the Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, 2pm