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Film Night – A Pawky Sense Of Humour

November 15, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 10:00 pm


The Society’s 2019 Film Evening will be held on Friday 15th November 2019 at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury London WC1N 3AT.  The nearest Underground station is Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line, though Holborn is not too far away which is on the Central Line.

Members and their guests may opt to attend the film presentation only at £24.00, or to join us for buffet refreshments from 6.15pm at a cost of £35.00 per head.  There will be a cash bar.  We will start the film presentation at 7.15pm.

Founded in 1884 by young architects and designers who wanted to create a meeting place where those working in the fine and the applied arts could meet on an equal footing.  Many of the prominent figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement were active in the first fifty years.  The Guild moved into Queen Square in 1913. No.6 had been used by James Ackerman & Co, the lithographers and printers, while William Morris’ firm had been at 26 since 1865, with the workshops and offices on the ground floor while Morris and his family lived on the first.  The firm remained there until they moved to larger premises in Merton Abbey in 1881.

In 1885, the sculptor and first Master of the Guild, George Blackall Simmons, said, “The AWG differs from all Art societies in that it is not formed for the propagation of any one branch or style of Art. It is not a school, it is not a Club, and it is not a Debating Society. In the AWG I find something of a spirit of the studio life of Rome”  Some 30 years later, the Master for 1917, Henry Wilson, gave a rather different view, “For myself, I know no more consoling atmosphere, few more recreative, regenerative influences than those to be found in the Guild.  To the outer world however, the Guild is a club of Artists, and, as everybody who is anybody knows, artists are unpractical cranks…”

It is, therefore, a rather suitable venue for a meeting of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London.  The Hall, where our Film Evening will take place, was built in 1913-14 into the yard of No 6, Queen Square and was designed by F.W. Troup.  Around the walls are painted the names of Guildsmen since 1884: white when still alive, gilded when not; in niches sit busts of some of the founders, while the walls are covered with portraits of Past-Masters.  We will sit on ladder-backed, rush seated Clissett chairs, based on a design by Ernest Gimson.  Philip Clisseett was born in 1813 into a Worcestershire traditional chair-making family, who used green ash turned on a pole lathe.  He was one of many making everyday chairs for poorer people.  Still working in his old age, in the 1880s he was by chance introduced to the new Arts & Crafts movement.  He made the chairs for the Art Workers Guild and around 80 still survive.  He taught Gimson how to make chairs using a lathe, and his chairs were to be found in the homes of many followers of the Arts & Crafts style.

Our host Matthew J. Elliott makes a welcome return.  He is a scriptwriter well known for the US radio series “The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”.  Matthew provided the adaptations of The Yellow Face and The Three Students for the Society.

This year’s Film Evening is entitled A Pawky Sense Of Humour.  We will concentrate on something that was sadly missing from the recent Will Ferrell movie Holmes and Watson – comedy.

We begin with a unique item, presented in co-operation with the US-based comedy website, RiffTrax.  For the past thirteen years, RiffTrax has specialized in providing hilarious commentaries to well-known movies, and we are extremely fortunate to be screening, with their official permission, the 1945 Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce classic The Woman in Green, with hilarious observations provided by the comedy team of Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl.

Our second film for the night is a real rarity, the 1932 Czechoslovakian comedy Lelicek in the Services of Sherlock Holmes, in which Holmes (Martin Fric, delivering his lines in English), enlists the bungling Frantisek Lelicek (Vlasta Burian) to assist him in a Prisoner of Zenda-like matter of international espionage.

As always on these occasions, there may even be one or two surprise items, so waste no time in booking your seats.  Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Saturday 3rd November. 

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November 15, 2019
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Art Workers’ Guild
6 Queen Square
London, WC1N 3AT United Kingdom