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As the 1960s beckoned, a new mood swept through Britain. With anger mounting at an out-of-touch establishment, the era was reflected on screen by the rise of Woodfall Films. Founded in 1958 by director Tony Richardson, writer John Osborne and producer Harry Saltzman, the company pioneered the British New Wave, defining an incendiary brand of social realism.

In films like Look Back in Anger and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, working-class life was spotlit with unheard-of honesty. The same risk-taking spirit led the company to find a new generation of brilliant young actors to star in their films, including Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Rita Tushingham. Films like Tom Jones then expanded the Woodfall slate in an irreverent, colourful direction that helped define swinging London – further securing their extraordinary chapter in the history of British film.

Danny Leigh, BFI

A Taste of Honey


Tony Richardson


12A


99 mins

Kes


Ken Loach


PG


111 mins

Look Back in Anger


Tony Richardson


PG


99 mins

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning


Karel Reisz


PG


89 mins

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner


Tony Richardson


12


94 mins

Tom Jones


Tony Richardson


12A


128 mins

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