Roll Out The Barrel: The British Pub On Film

  |  Book Tickets: 15/06/2012
  |  80 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


This intoxicating treasure trove of shorts from the BFI archive features that most traditional of national institutions: the public house. Made between 1945 and 1979 they provide the perfect measure of cultural change in Britain over a 35-year period, from the perspective of the bar and lounge. More than any other institution, British pubs pose as colourful microcosms of their neighbourhoods. This group of shorts underscores the role of pubs as a hub of camaraderie and wit, images made all the more nostalgic by the mass closures of pubs taking place today. The collection includes the local quirks and characters of Richard Massingham’s wartime trip around England’s favourite pubs in Down at the Local and Philip Trevelyan’s beautifully expressionistic portrait of a Tyneside pub and its patrons, Ship Hotel – Tyne Main. Mastered from film materials preserved in the BFI National Archive , the films have remained unseen since the time they were made.