Episode 8: Piccadilly (1929) & Julian Rodriguez

For episode eight we met up with Julian Rodriguez, to talk about the exhibition he co-curated at the Photographers Gallery, Shot in Soho.

Julian is a photographer and, among several academic posts, is Head of Film and Photography at Kingston University.

William Klein, Shoes polisher, Rocky II, etc, Piccadilly, 1980 © William Klein Courtesy of the artist
John Goldblatt, Untitled, from the series ‘The Undressing Room’, 1968 © John Goldblatt, Courtesy of the artist’s estate

You can buy the book of the exhibition here

The Regent Street Cinema decided to screen a Soho film to accompany the show. Of the several that Julian and his co-curator, Karen McQuaid, suggested, the one the cinema chose was the brilliant Piccadilly from 1929.

The screening took place on January 30th and had live musical accompaniment by Ben Comeau who has recently joined Lucky Dog Picturehouse.

Many thanks to Michael Schaub, Deputy Director of the Regent Street Cinema, for enabling us to record the intro to the film.

Afterwards, we sat down to talk about the film with members of the London Silent Film Group, including Peter Bromley, a documentary film maker and founder of the 1968 Film Group, and Michelle Facey, who programmes silent films for Kennington Bioscope at the Cinema Museum.

Extract of Piccadilly produced by the BFI

Buy Piccadilly on DVD here

Stream it online here

Or book tickets to see it projected with live musical accompaniment at Morley College on Feb 14th here

If you’d like to join the London Silent Film Group you can do that here

And you can find out about all of the Kennington Bioscope silent film screenings here

The founder of Soho Bites, Dr Jingan Young, has a written a play which opens soon at the Vault Festival in Waterloo. Read about the play and book tickets here.

Listen to Soho Bites episode eight – Piccadilly
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