London-based Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following film screening:
Christopher Hampton’s Film of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent: Screening and Panel Discussion with the Writer-Director
Fri 25 October 2013, 6.30pm – 9pm (Doors open at 6pm)
FREE but booking is required.
The Screening Room, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Join Christopher Hampton, playwright and Academy award-winning screenwriter (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement), for a special screening of his 1996 adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent. Following the screening Christopher Hampton, who both wrote and directed the film, will be in conversation with Dr Andrew Glazzard and Professor Jonathan Powell. Professor Robert Hampson, a world-renowned Conrad scholar, will introduce the film.
The film features a stellar case, including Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, Gérard Depardieu, Jim Broadbent, Christian Bale, Robin Williams and Eddie Izzard. Set in London in the grim socio-political atmosphere of late 19th century, Verloc is a double agent, spying on anarchists for the Russian government while simultaneously providing information to the police. When Inspector Heat insists that the anarchists must commit a major act of violence in order for the police to put them behind bars, a chain of events is set in motion that leads to tragedy for all involved.