London Symphony - A Poetic Journey Through the Life of a City

October 6th (2017)

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  • £8 Full Price
Room: London meditation hall
Program Registration is Closed.

With this wonderful black-and-white journey through the city of London, director Alex Barrett brings a gloriously beautiful and enjoyable modern-day variation on the city symphonies of the 1920s urban cinema (such as 1929's Man With A Movie Camera).

His stunning visuals, combined with James McWilliam’s stirring music, help take the viewer on a poetic journey through London, exploring its rich diversity of culture, architecture and religion.

It is a meditative and blissful film that celebrates a vibrant and visually stunning city. It has been nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017.

Please read a review of the film and view the trailer here

Cost £8, please register and pay in advance as spaces are limited

Arrival 7.30pm, screening starts 8pm, Q&A with director Alex Barrett after screening

Further information:



A short newsreel from EIFF:



South West Silents:




BFI: 'Where to begin with city symphonies':

Guardian: A piece on London Symphony and the revival of silent film aesthetics in cinema:

Scalarama: Something I wrote on the city symphony genre:  


Five Star Reviews:


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