Join us for this special screening of the 1963 classic film Billy Liar, presented as part of Wakefield Lit Fest 2016.
Day dreamer Billy Fisher (played by Tom Courtenay) is trapped in a humdrum life, one from which he is desperate to escape. Constricted by living with his parents and grandmother in a northern town, and stuck in a boring job as a clerk at a firm of undertakers, he longs for some excitement in his life. He fantasises about the imaginary kingdom of Ambrosia where he is both ruler and military hero while making up stories about himself when speaking to his boss, his friends and family; stories (for which read ‘lies’) which complicate his life and get him into even more trouble when he is confronted about them, especially by his two girlfriends who are unaware of each other’s existence.
Then freewheeler and free spirit Liz, a former girlfriend (played by Julie Christie) comes back into his life and offers Billy a chance to escape to find a new life in the city lights – but will he be brave enough to take the plunge?
Released in 1963, Billy Liar is a classic comedy of the ‘kitchen sink’ genre. Filmed in and around Bradford, and based on the 1959 novel by Keith Waterhouse, the film was directed by John Schlesinger and features Leonard Rossiter, Mona Washbourne, Wilfred Pickles, Helen Fraser and Rodney Bewes.
Tickets are just £6 each or £4 for Wakefield Civic Society members and concessions (unwaged/student/retired)