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Dan Carrier’s movies news: 55 Steps; The Italian Job

06 June, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Helena Bonham Carter in 55 Steps

HEAD down to Westminster University on June 21 for a screening of 55 Steps – a film based on a true story that considers issues around mental health and human rights.

Patients’ lawyer Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank) meets Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter) in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital – and embarks on a mission that considers our right to autonomy, and the right to refuse psychiatric treatment if we are competent to make decisions for ourselves.

The screening, hosted by university group Psychology At The Movies, includes a panel to discuss the film afterwards: Helena Bonham Carter is set to be joined by former health minister Norman Lamb, Prof Peter Kinderman former president of the British Psychological Society, along with Colette Hughes, the human rights lawyer portrayed in the film, and the producer Mark Bruce Rosin.

Tickets for the event, hosted in a lecture theatre in Great Titchfield Street, are free.

For details visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/psychology-at-the-movies-presents-55-steps-movie-screening-with-special-q-a-tickets-61650327790

• IT is one of the greatest crime caper comedies ever made – and to mark the 50th anniversary of its release, The Italian Job is returning to the big screen.

Selected cinemas across London are showing the heist film starring Michael Caine as petty crook Charlie Crocker, who cooks up a plan to steal bullion from Turin using Minis to get away.

The film feels like a period piece today – a splendid voice from Swinging London – and inspired scores of other loveable rogue flicks.

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