UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Lab Films: Cities After Hours

13 May 2015, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Urban Lab Films: Cities After Hours

This event is free.

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AV Hill Lecture Theatre
UCL Medical Sciences Building
Malet Place
United Kingdom

*Venue change: We will now be in the AV Hill Lecture Theatre on Malet Place. See UCL Maps*

In the second Nocturnal City screening, we explore the inequalities of the city at night, from those who work, those who unwind, and those who sleep rough. 

View the programme here.

William Raban joins us to introduce and discuss his film The Houseless Shadow (2011), a contemporary portrait of London at night inspired by Charles Dickens's essay Night Walks.

We will also show two companion films: Nice Time (Claude Goretta/Alain Tanner, 1957), a documentary made as part of the Free Cinema movement, which was filmed over 25 weeks in and around Piccadilly Circus; and Under Night Streets (Ralph Keene, 1958), a British Transport Films documentary about the track workers and "fluffers" (track cleaners) who maintain the London Underground system at night.

Dr Matthew Beaumont (author of Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London) and Roland-Francois Lack (author of the Cine-Tourist website) will join the conversation. The evening is curated by Chris O'Rourke (UCL CHIRP), and organised in cooperation with the Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (JFIGS)

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The evening follows a one-day colloquium, funded by JFIGS, bringing together researchers from across UCL who are considering the city 'after hours' from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The shift from the diurnal to the nocturnal city will be the overarching theme of the day. For further information, email colloquium organiser Ruth Austin citiesafterhours@ucl.ac.uk, and find updated information on the event here.