|The BFI Southbank in London has programmed an Elvis themed evening, featuring a screening of Jailhouse Rock, proceeded by an illustrated (and animated!) lecture by Adrian Wooton, CEO of Film London, Elvis afficionado, and the man responsible for bringing Sam Phillips to the UK for the first time.|
18:20 - The King on Screen: Elvis in the Movies
In this commemorative talk, liberally illustrated with clips from the King's best flicks, Adrian Wootton (Elvis aficionado and adviser to Turner Classic Movies on their current Elvis film season) will recount the history of Elvis' extensive career on the silver screen.
20:15 - Jailhouse Rock
Elvis is mean and moody in this rags-to-riches story of an ex-con turned pop star. Made at the height of his 50s fame, Jailhouse Rock was an attempt by MGM to assimilate Presley's rock'n'roll persona into the more conventional trappings of a Hollywood musical. A great soundtrack, featuring some classic Leiber & Stoller songs; the title track provides one of the most famous set pieces in rock 'n' roll film history.
Joint ticket available for £12.50, conc £9.25 (Members pay £1 less). For NFT tickets, book online: www.bfi.org.uk/nft or call the Box Office 020 7928 3232 (lines open 11.30am - 8.30pm).
BFI are poised to make this event as big as demand dictates, including DJs and fancy dress, and they are trying to gauge interest so please book immediately to guarantee tickets. There does not seem to be any major Concerts in London on August 16th and the British Film Institute is one place Elvis fans can get together and enjoy a lecture, film clips and see "Jailhouse Rock" on the big screen.