On 27 August the British Council together with the school of foreign languages, BKC-IH, invite you to Babushkinsky park to watch James House’s documentary The Tube: An Underground History (UK, 2013, 58 min.).
The screening will take place at 19.00 in Babushkinsky park (Menzhynsky str. 6)
As the world’s oldest underground rail network celebrates its 150th anniversary this film tells the story of how the Tube shaped London.
London Underground is 150 years old. The world’s first underground railway is spending its anniversary year celebrating its own history; they’re sending a steam train back underground, and there’s a Royal visit to prepare for. This film tells the story of the Underground – through the eyes of the people who work for it. Farringdon station supervisor Iain MacPherson reveals why his station – the original terminus – was constructed in the 1860s, and recalls the dark days of Kings Cross in the 1980s; Piccadilly line driver Dylan Glenister explains why every Edwardian station on his line has its own unique tiling pattern, and how in the 1930s the construction of new stations expanded the borders of London.
And there’s Head of Design and Heritage, Mike Ashworth, whose predecessor pioneered the art of branding in the 1920s; and Customer Service Assistant Steve Parkinson, who was part of a wave of new recruits from the Caribbean from the 50s. With privileged access to disused stations and rare archive footage, this is the Tube’s hidden history, revealing why it was first built, and how it’s shaped London ever since.
The screening will be in English with no subtitles or translation.
After the screening there will be a discussion with Cécile Fretz, a licensed CELTA specialist on communicative methods of language teaching.
Entrance is free, but registration is required.
Age restriction: 12+
If you don’t have chance to register, you can still attend the screening and get a free seat according to availability on the doors.
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