Mamoun introduced L’Avventura at the BFI Southbank on 14th December to a packed NFT3. It was the last ‘Passport to Cinema’ curated by Dominic Power as Head of Screen Arts at the NFTS.
Mamoun did not have enough time to talk about many aspects of Antonioni’s work, so there will be a follow up soon: Antonioni and what the Eye can See.
There was a vigorous discussion following the screening of BABYLON at Theatre Utopia in Croydon. Apart from the social references, a recurring question was whether BABYLON would have been financed and made today – whether the political and financial barriers are too great. Strong views were expressed. BABYLON is still relevant; BABYLON is still alive.
Mamoun wrote an article in 2008 to accompany the DVD release by ICON FILMS. Things had changed between 1980 and 2008, and more dramatically since then. It is not the same country anymore. The generation in BABYLON are now parents, even grandparents. We are now suffering the birth pangs of a multicultural Britain. It is more tumultuous in every way. I hope to see the new BABYLON soon.
Thank you Lee Fairweather.