The Magazine of Lenton Local History Society

The Filming Of Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - 1960





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.

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.


Newscuttings | Photographs & Stills | Memories


Newscuttings

The Filming - March to May 1960

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham Evening News
Friday 11/03/1960

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 14/03/1960

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Wednesday 30/03/1960

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham Evening Post
Thursday 31/03/1960

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Saturday 02/04/1960

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Monday 04/04/1960

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 04/04/1960

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 04/04/1960

Nottingham Evening Post
Monday 04/04/1960

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham Evening News
Tuesday 05/04/1960

Nottingham Evening News
Monday 11/04/1960

Nottingham Evening News
Saturday 16/04/1960

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham Evening News
Friday 11/03/1960


Before Release - Summer 1960

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham Evening News
Friday 12/08/1960

Bookseller
Saturday 20/08/1960

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Friday 23/09/1960


After Release - October/November 1960

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Thursday 27/10/1960

Nottingham Evening Post
Saturday 29/10/1960

Nottingham Evening Post
Tuesday 08/11/1960

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Article courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Illustrated London News
Saturday 12/11/1960

Nottingham Guardian Journal
Monday 14/11/1960


Photographs & Stills

Production & Pre-Release Publicity Shots

Shots during the filming; publicity shots in Nottingham; and shots taken at several of the premieres for the film

A shot of the actual filming taking place in Radford

The production crew aboard a boat - possibly filming the canal shots - Karel Reisz is seated bottom right

Publicity shot taken in the Market Square - Albert Finney, Shirey Ann Field, Louise Dunn and Norman Rossington

Shirley Ann Field and Albert Finney beside one of the Council House lions

Another shot in the Square with Albert Finney, Norman Rossington and Shirley Ann Field

Albert Finney relaxing at one of the film's premiere showings

Albert Finney, Shirley Ann Field and Alan Sillitoe seen at a premiere of the film at the Warner Theatre, London

Rachel Roberts, Shirley Ann Field and Alan Sillitoe at a cocktail party held to celebrate the publication of the book in a Pan edition


Lobby Cards

Similar to a cinema poster but smaller, lobby cards would be displayed in the foyer of a cinema to give patrons more images from the film they were about to see.


Lenton Stills

Scenes from the film actually shot in Lenton

Arthur Seaton in the Raleigh factory #1

Arthur Seaton in the Raleigh factory #2

Arthur Seaton in the Raleigh factory #3

An interior shot of the Raleigh factory

Workers leaving the Raleigh factory

Travelling along Faraday Road with the main Raleigh building on the right

Homeward bound along Faraday Road heading for Derby Road

Interior of the Savoy cinema, Derby Road

A second shot inside the lobby of the Savoy cinema

Cycling over Clayton's Bridge with Lenton Lane stretching out in the distance

Cycling down to the canal at Clayton's Bridge, Gregory Street

Billy Hill's newspaper shop at the corner of Willoughby Street and Derby Road

A view along Willoughby Street looking away from Derby Road

Entering the rear entrance of No.1 Willoughby Street

Close-up of the rear entrance of No.1 Willoughby Street


Radford and Elsewhere in Nottingham

Scenes from the film shot elsewhere in Nottingham

A shot looking westward along Salisbury Street, Radford

Albert Finney on his bike cycling along Salisbury Street towards its junction with Faraday Road

Albert Finney cycling back up Salisbury Street

Rachel Roberts and Brian Pringle outside the back of their house in Radford

Albert Finney emerging from the back of his house

Albert Finney passing two curious biddies standing at the top of their communal passageway

Albert Finney running down Derby Road with Canning Circus in the far distance

Derby Road looking towards the Nottingham City Centre

A bus travelling past the roundabout at the bottom of Market Street and Long Row

Rachel Roberts on the pedestrian area outside Nottingham Castle Museum

Albert Finney leaning on the railings at the Castle with the Castle Boulevard area below and the Wilford Power Station in the distance


Memories

Steve Wilson Australia


I lived in Newgate St, the first street off Willoughby St. It ran behind the Savoy Cinema. I remember the filming on Willoughby St, which took place when I was about thirteen. I saw a fabulous car parked near Billy Hill's, which at the time I thought came from outer space, but later was told it was a Ferrari belonging to one of the film crew or stars. Probably the first one ever seen in Lenton!

A few doors down from No.1 Willoughby St lived Marjorie Hart. She was my Morris Dancing partner at Lenton Juniors in the late 1950s.



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 girlfriend 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.




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