The Spongers (Joffe, 1978): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm
This celebrated 1970s BBC Play for Today production is being screened as part of the Tony Garnett season. More details here.
Here is the BFI introduction to the evening: Once more proving his ability to spot talent, Garnett was responsible
for providing Roland Joffé with his full-length directorial debut. Set
during the 1977 Jubilee celebrations, Jim Allen’s script focuses on the
plight of Pauline as she struggles to make ends meet. With a searing
contemporary relevance, the film shows the human cost of decisions made
by bureaucratic committees as council budgets are put under increasing
pressure. Christine Hargreaves’ performance is devastating as we see the
full impact of these decisions on her children. One of the most
important plays of the 70s, it still speaks loudly to our conscience
Tony Garnett will introduce this screening and take questions afterwards.
You can get a feel for the play on YouTube here.