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Brighton Fringe 2016

StrEAT Film “The big city”

Emporium Theatre/88 LondonRoad

Genre: Drama, Film, Fringe Theatre, Interactive, Mainstream Theatre, Storytelling

Venue: 88 London Road


Low Down

A screening of Satyajit Ray’s 1963 classic ‘The Big City’, accompanied by Indian street food, brought to you by Emporium Theatre and Tabl.

Deccan Tiffin will be stimulating your senses with sensational herbs and spices accompanied by a Pago Mango juice. There is also a cash bar with specially designed cocktails.

Satyajit Ray, who died in 1992 at the age of 70, is one of the giants of world cinema. The son of a prominent Bengali literary figure, he was an accomplished writer, composer, editor and artist as well as a great movie director. His passionate interest in the cinema developed early on, and shortly after the second world war he accompanied Jean Renoir when he travelled to India



StrEAT Film was a unique event on Brighton fringe, where an old classic Indian film is accompanied by tasteful and tasty Indian food. The visitors are not there only to see a piece of art but to understand and be immersed in Indian culture, the different way of thinking and life acceptance but also to share their strong travel experience with many other people.

Upon entering the premises of 88 London Road, all visitors are welcomed with a glass of mango juice and popcorn. The first part of the event starts with an old black and white movie in a very good quality called “The big city’. The camera is used in very professional way. The film is created in a very innovative way and even if we looked from a 2016 perspective, we don’t feel bored. The film touches on important issues of our daily life. It is focused on the relationship between a woman and a man, the relationship of a married couple, the relationship between the children and the old parents.

The most important issue, however, is the place of the woman in our society. It has been really hard to work as a woman hundred years ago in Europe but it hasn’t been a long time since women in India were not allowed to work. The parents, men and even children haven’t accepted this fact.

The movie is extremely naive for contemporary English society of 2016. We may say that we live in a free democratic country where most of the women can make their own decisions. The story of the Indian family and their financial problems, however, is so real and effective, that you forget that this subject is often viewed as so trivial by many of our generation. The visitor follows the story and believes that what is happening is real.

After the film, the audience receives a box with very tasty Indian chicken, vegetables, soup, bread and Indian beer.

I highly recommend this excellent event. It was fun, it open important issues of our society and it was full with tasty food and new aromas that make you travel. I really hope that Brighton Fringe can organise more social events like this in the future.