Secret Cinema , London - If.... Lindsay Anderson

Thursday, May 29, 2008 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

"There's no such thing as a wrong war. Violence and revolution are the only pure acts" - Mick Travis

To all Secret Crusaders,

Secret Cinema returned to higher education at Dulwich College in London and Clifton College in Bristol with Lindsay Anderson's powerful and inspirational 'If....'.

'If....' was filmed against the backdrop of the 1968 Student Riots in Paris, and has been celebrated as one of the greatest British films of all time.

The film won the Palme d'Or in 1969. 39 years later, another film set in a school won the Palme d'Or - 'Entre les murs'.

Click here for the 1968 Times article on 'If...'.

Travis, Wallace and Johnny played truant at West Dulwich Station and Bristol Zoo car park while the whips were out in force leading the 'new boys' to college for assembly. Over 1000 new boys enjoyed sweets from College Journal Metro and fizzy pop from Suso, wearing college house uniforms provided by Moss Bros.

New boys were greeted by the headmaster and were checked by the school matrons before being led to assembly where all stood to sing the hymn 'The Day of Resurrection' and watch an informative short film about war by Grant Orchard.

Secret Cinema thanks its partners for 'If....'