Starting at the Cinema Museum, Oval from 9:45pm on Saturday 24th September we’ll retrace the steps of local boy Charles Chaplin, ending up at his boyhood home in Kennington.
Chaplin grew up in poverty. At seven, he was placed in a workhouse, the Cuckoo Schools, which is now Hanwell Community Centre, Westcott Crescent, Hanwell. One of Chaplin’s childhood homes is at 39 Methley Street. The Order of Water Rats put a commemorative plaque there. He went on to become the first international film star. When Chaplin was expelled from the United States in 1952 for his supposed Communist beliefs, his tramp character kicking an immigration officer up the behind in ‘The Immigrant’ was cited as evidence of his anti-Americanism. We’ll project it near his plaque, with some appropriate live music. Join us to discover where Chaplin came from and where London’s going almost a century later. We’ll also be recording people’s thoughts about the film and about South London for broadcast on Resonance FM’s ‘Music for Films’. The film and the walk are both free. Charlie Chaplin moved freely, and so should we.