Film night: Storm Center (1956)

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19 January 2017 (18:00)
Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Senate House Library

Senate House Library welcomes you to the Radical Voices exhibition season with this opening event, a film screening of the 1956 classic, Storm Centre.

In what is considered to be the first anti-McCarthy film, we see Bette Davis in the role of a librarian embroiled in a plot which addresses contemporary issues of book-banning and censorship. These are ongoing concerns of librarians and give the film a poignant relevance that should be felt keenly being viewed in the setting of Senate House Library, which now occupies the building that was once the home of the Ministry for Information and the inspiration for George Orwell's nightmarish big brother dystopia in the famous 1984. 

The film should last approximately 85 minutes and will be introduced by Dr Richard Espley, Head of Modern Collections at Senate House Library. 

This event is part of the Radical Voices exhibition season which runs from 16 January - 31 March 2017. For more information or any problems and queries about booking please contact Senate House Library Events & Engagement by telephone on 020 7862 8417 or by email at

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