The London Nobody Knows
Directed by Norman Cohen
Running time: 53 min
Sunday 1 April 2012
Auditorium, White Cube Bermondsey
The London Nobody Knows (1967) is an extraordinary documentary of London at a historic juncture in its history. The film stars James Mason and was directed by Norman Cohen who was a regular sketcher for the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph where he recorded the evolution of the city in his column entitled 'London Day by Day'. Based on a book by London-obsessive writer and artist Geoffrey S. Fletcher, the film celebrates a kind of psychogeography now associated with Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd and features Mason strolling around the less well known areas of the city dryly commenting on what he encounters. The London Nobody Knows focuses on underbelly of London in the 60s, from Islington's Chapel Market to historic pie shops and Spitalfields tenements. We glimpse elegant hipsters on Carnaby street juxtaposed with poor, shoeless kids, alcoholics and squalid Victorian estates and the 'true' Londoners - the market traders, meth drinkers, buskers and labourers - are celebrated in this melancholic and historic film.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.