Kino Quickies

Dominic Delargy

Regular screenings of 1930s "quota quickie" films plus Q&As with guest experts at the Kino Cinema in Bermondsey, South London. Come along, watch a film, have a drink and join in the discussion. Two days later it magically appears as a podcast.

Kino Quickies 06 - Brief Ecstasy (1937) with Charles Barr
May 27 2022
Kino Quickies 06 - Brief Ecstasy (1937) with Charles Barr
The sixth and final film in Kino Quickies season 1, screened on May 22nd 2022, was Brief Ecstasy from 1937. Directed by (Edmond Gréville) - who is probably most famous for directing (Beat Girl) several years later - it's the story of a love triangle made up of Helen ( (Linden Travers)), her husband Paul ( (Paul Lukas)) and her former lover, Jim ( (Hugh Williams)). The film is an early one from Ealing, so our special guest for the Q&A was (Charles Barr), author of the seminal book about Ealing, " (Ealing Studios)" Charles doesn't only know about Ealing though - he's also no slouch when it comes to (Hitchcock). Your hosts are (Dom Delargy) and (Dr Lawrence Napper) Subscribe to our other film related podcast, (Soho Bites) and our non-film related one (Mural Morsels). Watch Lawrence's online talk about quota quickies - its title is controversial! (Quota Quickies: the worst films ever made?) Follow Lawrence on ( Twitter) Follow Kino Quickies on (Twitter) and (Facebook) for updates. Join our MAILING LIST and never miss a screening again. Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the (Cinema History Blog) Well that was fascinating but (now I want to find out more) Don’t forget to subscribe to the Kino Quickies podcast. It comes out a couple of days after each screening. They don't just screen ninety year old films at the Kino - they show recent ones too!  Keep up to date with their ( Twitter), ( Instagram) and (website). Our sound engineer for this one was Nick Randall - he of the Scratch n Sniff podcast We are delighted to have received support from ( Talking Pictures TV) - the UK's best TV station.  You can find them on your television on these channels: Sky 328, Freeview 82, Freesat 306 and Virgin 445 and register for their online catch-up service, ( TPTV Encore) You can hear the trailer preview episode of the Kino Quickies ( HERE).
Kino Quickies 05 - Say it With Flowers (1934) with Gary Yershon
May 11 2022
Kino Quickies 05 - Say it With Flowers (1934) with Gary Yershon
The fifth film in the Kino Quickies season, screened on May 8th 2022, was (Say it With Flowers) from 1934. Directed by (John Baxter), it's the simple story of a group of market traders who mount a benefit concert for their sick colleague. The film features performances from three of the biggest music hall stars of the Edwardian era, (Charles Coburn), (Marie Kendall) and (Florrie Forde). Our guest for the Q&A was the Oscar nominated film composer and all round nice chap, (Gary Yershon). Gary talked about some really interesting stuff including a bit about (this woman), who appalled by music hall. There are three musical themes in title sequence to Say it With Flowers - (this) is one of them.... ....and another is "Won't You Buy My Pretty Flowers" which is the song we all joined Gary in singing. If you too would like to have a little warble along to the podcast, you will find the lyrics (HERE). Your hosts are (Dom Delargy) and (Dr Lawrence Napper) Book tickets for any of the films in the Kino Quickies season (HERE) Subscribe to our other film related podcast, (Soho Bites). On April 7th, our very own Lawrence Napper gave an online talk for Westminster Libraries called, Quota Quickies: the worst films ever made? If you missed it, all is not lost as it will soon be posted to YouTube. Watch this space for more details. Follow Lawrence on ( Twitter) Follow Kino Quickies on (Twitter) and (Facebook) for updates. Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the (Cinema History Blog) Well that was fascinating but (now I want to find out more) Don’t forget to subscribe to the Kino Quickies podcast. It comes out a couple of days after each screening. They don't just screen ninety year old films at the Kino - they show recent ones too!  Keep up to date with their ( Twitter), ( Instagram) and (website). Our sound engineer for this one was Neva Missirian. We are delighted to have received support from ( Talking Pictures TV) - the UK's best TV station.  You can find them on your television on these channels: Sky 328, Freeview 82, Freesat 306 and Virgin 445 and register for their online catch-up service, ( TPTV Encore) You can hear the trailer preview episode of the Kino Quickies ( HERE). The next Kino Quickies screening will be our last of this season. (Brief Ecstasy) (1937) will screen on May 22nd our special guest will be author and Ealing Studios expert, (Charles Barr). Don’t forget to (BOOK)!
Kino Quickies 04 - Sweeney Todd (1936) with Jade Evans
Apr 26 2022
Kino Quickies 04 - Sweeney Todd (1936) with Jade Evans
The fourth film in the Kino Quickies season, screened on April 24th 2022, was (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) from 1936. Directed by George "King of the Quickies" King and starring (Tod Slaughter), it's the well known story of the murderous barber who polishes off his victims who are then processed into pie filling by his next door neighbour. Yum! Our specially invited expert guest for the post show Q&A, (Jade Evans), had a minor disaster the night before the screening when she tested positive for the dreaded Covid. Luckily, we had the technology to enable her to attend remotely via the wonders of the internet and the sound quality was only slightly affected. Follow Jade on (Twitter) or (Instagram )and find links to her research (HERE). Your hosts are (Dom Delargy) and (Dr Lawrence Napper) None of the prints of Sweeney Todd, as far as we can tell, are in perfect condition but if you'd like to watch a scratchy copy online, you can do that (HERE). And this British Pathe (short feature) starring Tod Slaughter is hoot! Book tickets for any of the films in the Kino Quickies season (HERE) Subscribe to our other film related podcast, (Soho Bites). On April 7th, our very own Lawrence Napper gave an online talk for Westminster Libraries called, Quota Quickies: the worst films ever made? If you missed it, all is not lost as it will soon be posted to YouTube. Watch this space for more details. Follow Lawrence on ( Twitter) Follow Kino Quickies on (Twitter) and (Facebook) for updates. Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the (Cinema History Blog) Well that was fascinating but (now I want to find out more) Don’t forget to subscribe to the Kino Quickies podcast. It comes out a couple of days after each screening. They don't just screen ninety year old films at the Kino - they show recent ones too!  Keep up to date with their ( Twitter), ( Instagram) and (website). Twiddling the knobs for this recording was Robin Warren AKA Robin the Fog - investigate him on his (website) and follow him on (Twitter). We are delighted to have received support from ( Talking Pictures TV) - the UK's best TV station.  You can find them on your television on these channels: Sky 328, Freeview 82, Freesat 306 and Virgin 445 and register for their online catch-up service, ( TPTV Encore) You can hear the trailer preview episode of the Kino Quickies ( HERE). The next Kino Quickies screening is (Say it With Flowers) (1934) on May 8th.  Our special guest will be Oscar nominated film composer, (Gary Yershon) who may even knock out a few tunes on the ol' joanna. Don’t forget to (BOOK)!
Kino Quickies 03 - The Phantom Light (1935) with Neil Brand
Apr 14 2022
Kino Quickies 03 - The Phantom Light (1935) with Neil Brand
The third film in the Kino Quickies season, screened on April 10th 2022, was (The Phantom Light ) from 1935. An early film from director, Michael Powell, this is the story of spooky goings on in an isolated lighthouse off the remote Welsh coast. Our specially invited expert guest for the post show Q&A was broadcaster, composer and silent accompanist, (Neil Brand). Follow Neil on (Twitter) Your hosts are (Dom Delargy) and (Dr Lawrence Napper) The film is available to buy on DVD from our friends at (Network Distribution). Book tickets for any of the films in the Kino Quickies season (HERE) On April 7th, our very own Lawrence Napper gave an online talk for Westminster Libraries called, Quota Quickies: the worst films ever made? If you missed it, all is not lost as it will soon be posted to YouTube. Watch this space for more details. Follow Lawrence on ( Twitter) Follow Kino Quickies on (Twitter) and (Facebook) for updates. Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the (Cinema History Blog) Well that was fascinating but (now I want to find out more) Don’t forget to subscribe to the Kino Quickies podcast. It comes out a couple of days after each screening. They don't just screen ninety year old films at the Kino - they show recent ones too!  Keep up to date with their ( Twitter), ( Instagram) and (website). Twiddling the knobs for this recording was Robin Warren AKA Robin the Fog - investigate him on his (website) and follow him on (Twitter). We are delighted to have received support from ( Talking Pictures TV) - the UK's best TV station.  You can find them on your television on these channels: Sky 328, Freeview 82, Freesat 306 and Virgin 445 and register for their online catch-up service, ( TPTV Encore) You can hear the trailer preview episode of the Kino Quickies ( HERE). The next Kino Quickies screening is (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) (1936) on April 24th.  Our special guest will be writer & researcher, (Jade Evans). Don’t forget to (BOOK)!
Kino Quickies 02 - Death at Broadcasting House (1934) with Jo Botting
Mar 30 2022
Kino Quickies 02 - Death at Broadcasting House (1934) with Jo Botting
The second film in the Kino Quickies season, screened on March 27th 2022, was (Death at Broadcasting House) from 1934. In the futuristic and glamorous surroundings of the BBC's brand new headquarters, an actor is murdered while performing in a radio drama, live on air, before the unsuspecting ears of millions of listeners. Our specially invited expert guest for the post show Q&A was (Dr Josephine Botting), curator at the (BFI National Archive) Follow (Josephine Botting) on Twitter Your hosts are (Dom Delargy) and (Dr Lawrence Napper) Death at Broadcasting House was based on a novel of the same name by (Val Gielgud) and (Holt Marvell).  The book is now out of print and very expensive  to buy second hand - however, the story was serialised for the Sydney Morning Herald in 1934 and you can read this (unfortunately low quality) scan of that serialistion (HERE). The film is available to buy on DVD from our friends at (Network Distribution). In the film, one of the key plot points is the that the murder happens to be recorded on a new piece of technology called a Blattnerphone, although the device itself is never shown in the movie.  The audience at the Kino was treated to a picture of one. You can see that and hear an example of an actual Blatterphone recording (HERE) The Inventor of the Blattnerphone was (Ludwig Blattner) - an interesting man who was a major player in early UK film.  Book tickets for any of the films in the Kino Quickies season (HERE) Jo Botting runs monthly screenings of interesting, obscure and rare vintage films on Tuesday evenings at the BFI.  Details (HERE) Follow (BFI) on Twitter Our in-house Quota Quickie expert, Dr Lawrence is giving an online talk on April 7th about…. yes you guessed it…. Quota Quickies!  It’s called, Quota Quickies: the worst films ever made? and you can register for free (HERE) Follow Lawrence on ( Twitter) Follow Kino Quickies on (Twitter) and (Facebook) for updates. Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the (Cinema History Blog) Well that was fascinating but (now I want to find out more) Don’t forget to subscribe to the Kino Quickies podcast. It comes out a couple of days after each screening. They don't just screen ninety year old films at the Kino - they show recent ones too!  Keep up to date with their ( Twitter), ( Instagram) and ( website). Twiddling the knobs for this recording was (Nick Randall) - yes, THE Nick Randall from the (Scratch & Sniff) podcast We are delighted to have received support from ( Talking Pictures TV) - the UK's best TV station.  You can find them on
Kino Quickies 01 - The Ghost Camera (1933) with Pam Hutchinson
Mar 15 2022
Kino Quickies 01 - The Ghost Camera (1933) with Pam Hutchinson
To kick off the Kino Quickies season on March 13th 2022, we picked a sure fire crowd pleaser. The Ghost Camera is a comedy / mystery / thriller starring (Henry Kendall) as John Gray, (Ida Lupino) as May Elton and (John Mills) as her brother, Ernest. When John Gray finds a camera on the back seat of his car, he develops the film to try to find out the owner. What he discovers sets him on the path to danger, adventure and, perhaps, love. The film was directed by (Bernard Vorhaus) and edited by a very young (David Lean). Our specially invited expert guest for the post show Q&A was film critic & historian, (Pam Hutchinson). Book tickets for any of the films in the Kino Quickies season  (HERE) Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the  (Cinema History Blog) Well that was fascinating but  (now I want to find out more) Don’t forget to subscribe to the Kino Quickies podcast. It comes out a couple of days after each screening. Follow Kino Quickies on  (Twitter) and  (Facebook) for updates. They don't just screen ninety year old films at the Kino - they show recent ones too! Keep up to date with their (Twitter), (Instagram) and (website). Your hosts are  (Dom Delargy) and  (Dr Lawrence Napper) Riding the faders and twiddling the knobs for this recording was Robin Warren AKA Robin The Fog who has a busy and diverse portfolio of work. Find him on (Twitter) or on his (website) and you can also hear him on (Resonance FM). Follow Pam on (Twitter) Follow Lawrence on (Twitter) We are delighted to have received support from (Talking Pictures TV) - the UK's best TV station. You can find them on your television on these channels: Sky 328, Freeview 82, Freesat 306 and Virgin 445 and register for their online catch-up service, (TPTV Encore) You can hear the trailer preview episode of the Kino Quickies (HERE). The next Kino Quickies screening is (Death at Broadcasting House) (1934) on March 27th. Our special guest will be (Josephine Botting), curator at the BFI. Don't forget to (BOOK). ***** STOP PRESS***** For a limited time only, The Ghost Camera is on the Talking Pictures TV streaming catch-up service, (Encore) (free registration required)
Kino Quickies - Preview episode
Jan 29 2022
Kino Quickies - Preview episode
Welcome to this preview episode of the Kino quickies podcast. Book tickets for any of the films in the Kino Quickies season (HERE) Here's a very good article explaining what Quota Quickies are from the (Cinema History Blog) Well that was fascinating but (now I want to find out more) Don’t forget to subscribe to the Kino Quickies podcast.  It comes out a couple of days after each screening. Follow Kino Quickies on (Twitter) for updates You can even follow us on (Facebook)! The Kino have a (website) too and they’re also on (Twitter) and even (Instagram) Your hosts are (Dom Delargy) and (Dr Lawrence Napper) Information about the special guests can be found in the listings below. THE SEASON:Sunday March 13th at 1:30pmThe Ghost Camera (1933) A surprisingly funny murder / comedy /mystery drama, it stars Henry Kendall, Ida Lupino and a very young John Mills. Our special guest for the post screening Q&A is film critic & historian, (Pam Hutchinson). Running time: 66 mins Watch a clip (HERE) Sunday March 27th at 1:30pmDeath at Broadcasting House (1934). A murder mystery set and partly shot at the BBC's (then) brand new headquarters. An actor is murdered whilst performing live on air before the shocked ears of millions of listeners. (Josephine Botting), curator of the BFI National Archive is our guest for the Q&A. Running time: 71 mins Watch a clip (HERE) Sunday April 10th at 1:30pmThe Phantom Light (1935).Directed by a young Michael Powell and starring Gordon Harker and Binnie Hale, the action centres on an isolated lighthouse where the previous lighthouse keeper has been mysteriously murdered. Composer and silent film accompanist. ( Neil Brand), joins us for the Q&A. Running time: 76 mins Watch a clip (HERE) Sunday April 24th at 1:30pmSweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)Anybody fancy a pie? Tod Slaughter stars in this ripe melodrama based on his highly successful stage play of the same name. Our special guest for the Q&A is (Jade Evans), who is a currently writing a PhD on UK film stardom from 1920-1970. Running time: 76 mins Watch a clip (HERE) Sunday May 8th at 1:30pmSay it With Flowers (1934)Kind-hearted market traders stage a fundraising concert featuring some of the most famous music hall artists of day. A fascinating glimpse of these long gone performers, some of whom began their careers in the 1870s. We're joined by Oscar nominated film & theatre composer (Gary Yershon) for the Q&A. Running time: 71 mins Watch a clip (HERE) Sunday May 22nd at 1:30pmBrief Ecstasy (1937)Hugh Williams & Linden Travers star in this romantic drama from Ealing Studios as a couple who meet, fall in love and are separated due to a simple misunderstanding. Author (Charles Barr) joins us for the final Q&A of the season. Running time: 60 mins We couldn't find a clip of the film, but it features in Martin Scorsese's list of (British...