LFS: Grey Gardens

"Out of this existence comes a movie that, curiously enough, is comic and bright, as well as sobering." Roger Ebert

Showing Times

Mon 09 Jul 18:30

Welcome to your neighbourhood film school, a new series of hosted screenings exploring film history and introducing current debates in cinema culture.  Fill in the gaps in your film knowledge and join the conversation.  London has one of the most exciting and diverse cinema scenes in the world, and we welcome the writers, critics, curators and cultural commentators of the capital to NW10.  Everyone welcome!

Grey Gardens is the unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Mother and daughter live in a world of their own behind the towering privets that surround their decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as "Grey Gardens," a place so far gone that the local authorities once threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes.  The incident made national headlines -- American royalty, living in squalor!  For the Beales were nothing short of the upper crust. Mrs. Beale, a.k.a. "Big Edie," was a born aristocrat, sister of "Black Jack" Bouvier, Jackie O's father. "Little Edie" was an aspiring actress of striking beauty who put her New York life on hold to care for her mother - and never left her side again.  Together they descended into a strange life of dependence and eccentricity that no one had ever shared until the Maysles arrived with their camera and tape recorder.

Speaker Sophie Brown, critic and programmer, produces DocTooth, our don’t-miss-must-read TinyLetter this year; a long-read style newsletter full of musings on the contradictory nature of documentary film making, the ethics and the philosophy of the form.

#LexiFilmSchool takes place on Monday evenings.  Tickets are £8 (£6 to Lexi members), with a reduced price of £20 when all 4 titles are booked at the same time. Each LFS film will be introduced by the speaker, and on the Friday before each screening we’ll email you additional information:  short film notes, links to further reading, and a few suggested 'if you like this, then...' titles. 

You will also receive your code for a free 30 days' subscription to streaming platform, MUBI, providing access to cult, classic and independent films from around the world. 

TERM TWO:  we hand over the Lexi to London’s most exciting curators – it’s the summer term takeover!

Mon 2 July, 6.30pm
WENDY AND LUCY | KELLY REICHARDT, 2008
Speaker:  David Jenkins, Editor, Little White Lies
 
Mon 9 July, 6.30pm
GREY GARDENS | ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES, ELLEN HOVDE, MUFFIE MAYER, 1975
Speaker:  Sophie Brown, critic and programmer, Doctooth
 
Mon 16 July, 6.30pm
DO THE RIGHT THING | SPIKE LEE, 1989
Speaker:  Anthony Andrews, co-founder, We Are Parable

Mon 23 July, 6.30pm
DAISIES | VERA CHYTILOVÁ, 1966
Speaker:  So Mayer, writer, activist and curator with Club des Femmes

Trailer: 

Film Information

Duration:
95 mins
Subtitled:
No
Certificate:
PG

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