Hackney Picturehouse

The Lavender Hill Mob + Q&A with Paul Merton

Friday 12th May, 6.30pm
81 min
| Certification: U


Holland (Alec Guinness), is a shy retiring man who works as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. One day he befriends Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a maker of souvenirs. Holland remarks that, with Pendlebury’s smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold into France. Soon after, they gain the services of professional criminals Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass) and the four plot their crime, unaware of the pitfalls which lie ahead. An enduring classic from director Charles Crichton, the Lavender Hill Mob features an early screen appearance from Audrey Hepburn and was included on the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 Best British Films of the 20th Century.

Screening with

The Suicidal Dog

Directed by Paul Merton

The story revolves around a husband, wife and dog. The husband’s sad, monotonous life gets a little fun when they decide to go to the fair. Whilst he is having fun, his wife and dog turn against him.

Runtime: 12 minutes

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Paul Merton.

Director: Charles Crichton
Cast: Alec Guiness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James