As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, The School of Arts are teaming up with The Gulbenkian to bring you ‘Film65,’ A yearlong series of films all made in 1965, each introduced by a name speaker.

1965 was a year when era-defining singles like The Beatles’ ‘Ticket to Ride’ and ‘Help!’ , and the Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, were outsold by The Seekers’ ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ and Ken Dodd’s ‘Tears’.

The No.1 album spot was shared exclusively between seven LPs: ‘Beatles for Sale’, ‘Help!’, ‘Rubber Soul’, ‘The Rolling Stones No.2’, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’, ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ … and the original soundtrack to ‘The Sound of Music’.

The highest-grossing films were ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and ‘Thunderball’, with ‘What’s New Pussycat?’, ‘Von Ryan’s Express’ and Disney’s ‘That Darn Cat!’ not far behind.

Film65 will capture the essence of what it was like at that time to go to see a film at your local Rialto, Regal or Essoldo. Perhaps you walked through the winter slush, a copy of ‘Freewheelin’’ under one arm and the other around your Suze Rotolo lookalike girlfriend. What films might you have seen on the big screen?

The season will reflect both commercial and art-house successes of the year. It’s an eye-opening cross-section, recording the impact of spaghetti westerns like ‘For A Few Dollars More’, spy movies such as ‘The Ipcress File’, and the work of young European auteurs like Milos Forman, Jean-Luc Godard and Roman Polanski. Above all else, stars’ faces dominate: Clint Eastwood, Julie Christie, Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress.

You can book your tickets here! 

FILM65 provisional running order:

All films start 7pm, on third Weds of each month, at the Gulbenkian

Invited speakers to talk for 10 mins before film

22.10.14 HELP! (dir. Richard Lester)
intro John Harris
19.11.14 FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (dir. Sergio Leone)
intro Sir Christopher Frayling
17.12.14 DARLING (dir. John Schlesinger)
intro Tamar Jeffers McDonald
Jan ’15 REPULSION (dir. Roman Polanski)
intro Mark Cousins TBC
Feb ’15 PIERROT LE FOU (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
intro TBC
March ’15 FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL (dir. Russ Meyer)
intro Anne Billson
April ’15 CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (dir. Orson Welles)
intro Simon Callow
May ’15 THE IPCRESS FILE (dir. Sidney J.Furie)
intro Robert Wade
June ’15 THE HILL (dir. Sidney Lumet)
intro TBC
22.7.15 LOVES OF A BLONDE (dir. Milos Forman)
intro Mattias Frey TBC
Aug ’15 SHE (dir. Robert Day)
intro TBC
Sept ’15 ALPHAVILLE (dir. J-L Godard)
intro TBC