A rare screening of Jean Epstein's silent masterwork of ethno-fiction, shown in Kilburn's Tin Tabernacle, which was converted to resemble a ship for use by sea cadets.
About the venue
Kilburn’s Tin Tabernacle is one of the few remaining tin tabernacles left in the UK. Following a fever of church building in the Victorian period, these prefabricated churches were intended to be relatively cheap and quick to construct and could travel by the expanding rail network. After the Second World War, the Kilburn Tin Tabernacle (having served as a theatre and early cinema) became a home for sea cadets. The owners decided to beat two Leyland trucks into submission and create innards that resembles a ship. It even has a gun emplacement and a ship's cat. The space is now in need of urgent restoration. To find out more and donate, click here.
About the film
Jean Epstein was a true pioneer of silent cinema. Finis Terrae is the pinnacle of the many films he made about Brittany. Having had a successful career in commercial cinema, he retreated to Brittany to replenish himself and find a new film language. Finis Terrae – part avant-garde poetry, part gritty realism – is the result. Four fishermen work on a remote island, gathering kelp. When a minor injury becomes life threatening, the bonds between the men are shattered. To read a history of Jean Epstein and his work by Duncan Carson, click here.