Gaslight shines on dark Gothic corner of British cinema

Gaslihgt with Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard
Gaslihgt with Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard
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Gaslight, Showroom Cinema

The Sheffield city centre cinema has a Gothic Cult Tuesdays event on and tonight at 8.30pm it’s the turn of the 1940 British film.

In Gaslight (PG), Anton Walbrook excels as the suave yet sadistic husband, who attempts to drive his wife mad while he searches obsessively for some hidden jewels.

Gaslight is a powerful melodrama of domestic sadism and psychological suspense, starring Diana Wynyard as the terrorised wife.

The film is showing as part of a British Film Institute season, which the Showroom says “lifts the lid on this dark storehouse of the imagination, which found its heart in Britain, and came to life on film”.

Next week the series switches to Monday for some Australian Gothic, in the form of Black Water. Crocodiles terrorise Australians holidaying in the wilderness of the Northern Territory.

There’s also a talk by Australian film expert Jonathan Rayner from the University of Sheffield.

The following week, it’s back to Tuesday nights and Neil Jordan’s 1984 adaptation of Angela Carter’s postmodern feminist take on the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, The Company of Wolves (18).

On January 28, the 1940 Hitchcock classic Rebecca (PG) co-stars 
Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

A mousy girl meets and marries an aristocrat with a tortured past and their life starts to fall apart in his Cornish estate, Manderley.

Judith Anderson is fabulous as the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers, who is murderously jealous that another woman has taken the place of her dead mistress.

Box office: at the venue, go online to www.showroomworkstation.org.uk or call 0114 2757727.