In the futuristic and glamorous surroundings of the BBC's brand new headquarters, an actor is murdered while performing in a radio drama, live on air, before the unsuspecting ears of millions of listeners.
Death at Broadcasting House was based on a novel of the same name by Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell. The book is now out of print and very expensive to buy second hand - however, the story was serialised for the Sydney Morning Herald in 1934 and you can read this (unfortunately low quality) scan of that serialistion HERE.
In the film, one of the key plot points is the that the murder happens to be recorded on a new piece of technology called a Blattnerphone, although the device itself is never shown in the movie. The audience at the Kino was treated to a picture of one. You can see that and hear an example of an actual Blatterphone recording HERE
The Inventor of the Blattnerphone wasLudwig Blattner- an interesting man who was a major player in early UK film.
Book tickets for any of the films in the Kino Quickies season HERE
Jo Botting runs monthly screenings of interesting, obscure and rare vintage films on Tuesday evenings at the BFI. Details HERE
Our in-house Quota Quickie expert, Dr Lawrence is giving an online talk on April 7th about…. yes you guessed it…. Quota Quickies! It’s called, Quota Quickies: the worst films ever made? and you can register for free HERE
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You can hear the trailer preview episode of the Kino QuickiesHERE.
The next Kino Quickies screening is The Phantom Light (1935) on April 10th. Our special guest will becomposer, musician & broadcaster, Neil Brand. Don’t forget to BOOK!