Whenever the BFI collect old films together for DVDs, the sets they produce are invariably incredible – loving restored and pretty much the last word in any given area. Just check the folk customs collection Here’s A Health to the Barley Mow as an example.
So when the people at the BFI got in touch saying they were putting together a film set celebrating the Great British boozer and did we want to get involved, it was a total no-brainer. And a huge honour. It goes without saying that Roll Out The Barrel is utterly fantastic – an intoxicating collection of celluloid snapshots and a beery, cheery wave to strangers from the ghosts of pubs past. To celebrate the release, we’re hosting a couple of launch events with the folks from the BFI and our friends at Sambrooks Brewery. The first is at Rough Trade East on Weds (6th June); the second is at the Montpelier on June 20th. There will be a selection of films shown from the DVD, beer will be flowing and there will also talks from Charles Murray from the Pub History Society and myself. Both events are free – come down and see what drinking looked like back in the good old days.