Lenton Times

The Magazine of Lenton Local History Society

 

The Filming Of Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - 1960

Photograph courtesy of www.wikimedia.org 

In April 1960, the Czech film director Karel Reisz and producer Tony Richardson came to Nottingham to film Alan Sillitoe’s best selling novel “Saturday Night And Sunday Morning”.

Although much of the action takes place in the Radford area of Nottingham, a number of scenes were filmed in and around Lenton and, interestingly, show views of Willoughby Street before the demolition of the houses.

While copyright regulations prohibit us from showing stills from the film, we recreate below the newspaper articles of the time and show something of the excitement that gripped Nottingham.

If anyone has memories of the film crew in Lenton or have photographs taken during the filming, we would be interested to hear from you.

 


Memories
 

 

The Filming - March to May 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Evening News
Friday 11/03/1960

 

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 14/03/1960

 

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Wednesday 30/03/1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Evening Post
Thursday 31/03/1960

 

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Saturday 02/04/1960

 

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Monday 04/04/1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 04/04/1960

 

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 04/04/1960

 

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 04/04/1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Evening News
Tuesday 05/04/1960

 

Nottingham Evening News
Monday 11/04/1960

 

Nottingham Evening News
Saturday 16/04/1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Evening Post
Friday 06/05/1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before Release - Summer 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Evening News
F
riday 12/08/1960

 

Bookseller
Saturday
20/08/1960

 

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Friday 23/09/1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 After Release - October/November 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Thursday 27/10/1960

 

 Nottingham Evening Post
Saturday 29/10/1960

 

 Nottingham Evening Post
Tuesday 08/11/1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Illustrated London News
Saturday 12/11/1960

 

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Monday 14/11/1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memories

Charles Twigger - Stratford upon Avon
I remember going up to the top of Willoughby Street to watch them film the part of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning where Albert Finney's girl friend goes [although I didn't realise then] to the abortionist played by Hilda Baker.  I remember the lights, the tatty doorway and kids being paid a few bob to cycle past time and time again until they finally were satisfied that they had it right.  When I look at the film now it looks like part of ancient history and is very dark and grim that I can hardly believe I lived through that era.  I met Allan Sillitoe once and asked him what he thought of the film and he said he thought Finney was exactly right for the part - just how he imagined Arthur Seaton.

Keith Sisson  (ex Allington Avenue)
I would like to point out a glaring continuity error at the beginning of the film. Albert Finney is shown coming out of Gate 7 and crossing Faraday Road to the cycle sheds.  He is then pictured cycling along Faraday Road towards Derby Road and under the 'Raleigh Clock'.  The scene cuts to him cycling down Salisbury Street to where he lived in one of the terraces. The point is Salisbury Street is about 50 - 100 yards to the right of Gate 7.  In other words if the continuity depicted the real world Albert Finney would have had to cycle up Cycle Road and Dunlop Avenue to Lenton Boulevard, along to Ilkeston Road and then down Ilkeston Road and into the top of Salisbury Street.

I was about sixteen at the time the film was made and my first job in industry was as a lab assistant at Raleigh. We were situated in the Faraday Road factory and had an exit onto the roof above Gate 7 where some of the filming was carried out.  I grew up in Lenton and the film continues to fascinate as it acts as a lovely memento of many of the places in and around Willoughby Street.

  

Links

Download the Film Trailer

  300KB - Windows Media Format

Download the Film Poster

 

  High resolution version (1663x1216, 343 KB)

Cast and Crew Details

 

  Internet Movie Database