Saturday 25 August 2018

Two Gentlemen Sharing Screening plus Q&A with Judy Geeson at the BFI

As I mentioned over on Twitter last night, there will be a rare chance to catch the actress Judy Geeson in conversation at the BFI early next month. The British Film Institute on London's South Bank will be hosting a special screening of the 1969 British film drama Two Gentlemen Sharing, in which Judy played the character of Jane.

Well I say you can catch Judy, but she won't actually be there in person. She has been based in the United States for many years and will take part in a live Q&A by Skype alongside the film's director Ted Kotcheff. The film tells the story of an upper class white Englishman who is forced to confront his own feelings and prejudices when the London flat he advertises for sharing is taken up by an Oxford-educated black Jamaican. 

Adapted by Jamaican-born Evan Jones from a novel by David Stuart Leslie, it follows this ambitious young Jamaican in swinging London as he battles every day racism and tries to enter the hallowed portals of British business. Allegedly considered an incitement to race-riot, it was given an X certificate and never released in the UK. It was, however, considered suitable for the Venice Film Festival in 1969 and played continuously in France and the US.

Joining Judy in the cast were actors Robin Phillips, Esther Anderson (who will also take part in the event at the BFI), Earl Cameron and Rachel Kempson. Also look out for two other actors who made Carry On appearances - Norman Rossington playing Phil and Elspeth March as Ethne's Mother.

The film and Q&A are part of the BFI's Black and Banned season. The special screening and Q&A will take place on Saturday 1 September from 2pm. And you can buy tickets here

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