Torriano Film Society:

A new era of avantgarde, experimental, very old and socially important films will be shown at Torriano.

The Wandering Frame


19 November 2017
The Wandering Frame is a day of screenings based around the experience of walking the city. The films presented include the process of contemplation, as one wanders and wonders on a walk or a cycle through the urban landscape. How do the architecture, people and history of our surrounding environments impact us and influence our thought processes? The “turmoil of life” of the metropolis is a trigger for reflexive states of mind, put in motion while we walk through its streets.

Two films will be shown at 2pm and 4.30pm at Torriano Meeting House 

Cycling the Frame   (Cynthia Beatt, Germany, 1988, 27mins) and The Invisible Frame  (Cynthia Beatt, 60 mins, 2009, Germany)

“You sit and travel in a direction, your head is free, you can take your time or speed along, and your thoughts flow with you.” – Cynthia Beatt

From quotidian to-do lists to philosophical ponderings about history and the influence of the Berlin wall on the city’s inhabitants, the thoughts that accompany Tilda Swinton on her cycle resemble the stream of consciousness that occurs as one contemplatively wanders through the city.

Cycling the Frame follows Tilda Swinton as she rides along the Berlin wall in 1988, one year before its fall and as Germany enters a phase of change and reunification. The Invisible Frame traces the same journey 22 years later, in a modernised Berlin where very few traces of the previously imposing monument still remain. Screened together, they represent a filmed testimony to the absurdity of such border building. Questions arise when an erasure of the past isn’t as invisible as it seems; which is more strongly felt, the presence of the wall or its subsequent absence?

The screenings will take place on the 19th November across three non-traditional venues, Torriano Meeting House, The Constitution pub and the crypt of St Pancras New Church welcoming you to walk between these places to reflect on what you’ve just seen, discover new spaces in your city, or simply to get lost in streets or thoughts.

For more information see The Wandering Frame

Curated by Maureen Gueunet as part of the M.A. in Film Studies Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School


“Resonance – Beings of frequency”
“Emerald forest”

Double Bill start 7pm Saturday the 22 of July

Free, donations welcome


‘The Women’s Peace Crusade’

a film by the Clapham Film Unit
telling the story of the extraordinary movement
of working class women against the First World War

Friday 23 June 2017, 7pm

Free, donations welcome





In a previous era (the 1980s) the Film Society showed this:

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The cutting edge Torriano Film Association had many seasons of films in the 80s and 90s. Film makers such as Mona Hatoum, Sally Potter and Terence Davies discussed and presented experimental films.

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