Pre-Code Holywood: Rules are Made to be Broken

Pre-Code Hollywood: Rules are Made to be Broken

Pre-code Hollywood: Rules are Made to be Broken


Please note: This event took place in July 2022

Join the Pre-Code: Rules are Made to be Broken dream team, author, critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson and film critic and journalist Christina Newland, for a conversation about the rights and wrongs of Pre-code Hollywood.

They will explore the fabulous, and often surprising films produced in Hollywood's wilderness years, when the restrictive censorship of the Hays Code wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.

Christina Newland is the lead film critic at the i paper and a journalist on film, pop culture, and boxing at Criterion, Sight & Sound, BBC, MUBI, Empire, and others. She runs an award-winning newsletter, Sisters Under the Mink, on the depiction of women in crime film and TV. Her first book, an anthology entitled She Found it at the Movies: Women Writers on Sex, Desire and Cinema, was published by Red Press in 2020. She tweets at @christinalefou. 

Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance writer, critic, film historian and curator. She writes for Sight & Sound,Criterion,Indicator, the Guardian and Empire and regularly appears on BBC radio. She is also the editor of Sight and Sound’s Weekly Film Bulletin, an email newsletter. Her publications include the BFI Film Classic on Pandora's Box and 30-Second Cinema (Ivy Press), as well as essays in several edited collections. In 2021 she delivered the Philip French Memorial Lecture.

Words by season co-curators Pamela Hutchinson and Christina Newland.