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‘Beryl’s Last Year’ screening and Q&A with director Charlie Russell’


Start Date: October 08, 2014

End Date: October 08, 2014

King’s Cultural Institute present:


Beryl Bainbridge, one of the finest novelists of our time was also a highly accomplished visual artist.  Charlie Russell is a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker whose credits include Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die (BBC2, 2011), and Granny Escorts (Channel 4, 2014). Beryl’s Last Year was Charlie’s first film.


Charlie is also Beryl Bainbridge’s grandson. He made Beryl’s Last Year (which was shown on BBC4) because Bainbridge was (wrongly) convinced that she would die when she was 71. To document this ‘last year’ Charlie filmed Beryl over the course of the twelve months, documenting her at work and at play. Together they talk candidly and visit important places relating to Bainbridge’s life and work.


After the film screening Charlie will give a short talk and will be in conversation with the exhibition’s curator, Susie Christensen.


Listings Information

Date and time: Wednesday 8 October, 18.30 – 20.30

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus

Tickets: £5 (£3 King’s staff and alumni, students)


Notes to editors:

The Cultural Institute at King’s is a flagship initiative for Culture at King’s College London. The Institute connects the College with practitioners, producers, policy makers and participants across arts and culture, creating space where conventions are challenged and original perspectives emerge. It aims to ensure that thinking generated within King’s delivers benefits and drives innovation across the cultural sector, and that arts and culture inspire new approaches to research and learning throughout the College.  www.kcl.ac.uk/cultural



Running concurrently:

Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge

Venue: Inigo Rooms, King’s College London (WC2R 2LS)

Dates:  To 19 October 2014

Times: Wed-Sun 12-6pm (until 8pm on Thursdays)

Admission Free

An exhibition by the Cultural Institute at King’s

Further details: www.kcl.ac.uk/cultural