Kiss and Kill: film visions of Brighton
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery: 4 May – 1 Sept 2002
Brighton has played a starring role in many films, from seedy glamour and kiss-me-quick thrills to spivs and back-street gangsters. Kiss & Kill: film visions of Brighton revealed the many different visions of the city that have been created by filmmakers.
Around forty feature films were represented including ‘Brighton Rock’, ‘The First Gentleman’, ‘Genevieve’, ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’, ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’, ‘Carry On at Your Convenience’, ‘Quadrophenia’ and ‘Circus’. There were scripts, stills, newspapers and continuous showings of extracts from a selection of the most exciting and significant films.
In contrast to these fictional representations of the town, home-movies, documentary and news footage described a very different Brighton featuring, for example, street parties in 1945, royal visits, the 'promettes', political conventions and steam trains.
Kiss & Kill also premiered a specially commissioned film by Joe Tunmer, an award winning Brighton filmmaker of the new generation.