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During the University’s 50th anniversary year, Film at the University of Kent presented Film65, an exciting contribution to the 50th anniversary celebrations. Throughout the year, you could watch a season of 12 films released in 1965, each introduced by a name speaker.

1965 was a year when era-defining singles like The Beatles’ ‘Ticket to Ride’ and ‘Help!’ , and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, were outsold by The Seekers’ ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ and Ken Dodd’s ‘Tears’.

The No.1 album spot was shared exclusively between seven LPs: Beatles for Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, The Rolling Stones No.2, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home… and the original soundtrack to The Sound of Music.
The highest-grossing films were The Sound of Music, Doctor Zhivago and Thunderball, with What’s New Pussycat?, Von Ryan’s Express and Disney’s That Darn Cat! not far behind.

Film65 proposed to capture the essence of what it was like to go and see a film at your local Rialto, Regal or Essoldo at that time; perhaps you walked through the winter slush, a copy of Freewheelin’ under one arm and the other around your Suze Rotolo lookalike girlfriend.

The season was intended to reflect both commercial and arthouse successes of the year. It was an eye-opening cross-section, recording the impact of spaghetti westerns like For A Few Dollars More, spy movies such as The Ipcress File, and the work of young European auteurs like Milos Forman, Jean-Luc Godard and Roman Polanski. Above all else, stars’ faces dominated: Clint Eastwood, Julie Christie, Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, and Ursula Andress.

Film65 aimed to be a colourful, entertaining, instructive and even astonishing souvenir of 1965.

22 October 2014 HELP! (dir. Richard Lester)
intro John Harris
19 November 2014 FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (dir. Sergio Leone)
intro Sir Christopher Frayling
17 December 2014 DARLING (dir. John Schlesinger)
intro Tamar Jeffers McDonald
21 January 2015 REPULSION (dir. Roman Polanski)
intro Clio Barnard
18 February 2015 PIERROT LE FOU (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
intro Dominic Topp
18 March 2015 FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL (dir. Russ Meyer)
intro Anne Billson
22 April 2015 CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (dir. Orson Welles)
intro Sarah Dustagheer
20 May 2015 THE IPCRESS FILE (dir. Sidney J.Furie)
intro Robert Wade
24 June 2015 FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (dir. Robert Aldrich)
intro Peter Stanfield
July 2015 LOVES OF A BLONDE (dir. Milos Forman)
August 2015 SHE (dir. Robert Day)
September 2015 ALPHAVILLE (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

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