An observationally shot film (as much as equipment would allow), and one of the ground-breaking docs made by the ‘Free Cinema’ group. We Are the Lambeth Boys follows a group of South London teenagers caught between childhood and adulthood. Unusual in showing the leisure activities of London’s working-class youth as it was - with skiffle music, cigarettes and cricket – the film also gives its subjects space to express their frustrations and aspirations in their own words.
As well as being perhaps his most celebrated film, We are the Lambeth Boys also firmly cemented Karl Reisz as one of the guiding intelligences behind the British 'Free Cinema' movement of the late 1950s. Films produced and screened under the loose banner of this movement displayed an innovative determination, coupled with an interest in inventive sound/image experiments to ‘show life as it was’ years before the ‘Direct Cinema’ movement in the US. We are the Lambeth Boys represented Britain at the 1959 Venice Film Festival.
The film will be introduced by Professor Ian Christie
Part of The Rule-Breakers, a new 10 week series at Bertha DocHouse featuring films that have influenced and developed the art of documentary and which continue to inspire us today. To see the rest of the programme click here.