LRB Films & Interviews

Short films, long films and interviews drawn from the pages of the LRB.

Old Ties

Alan Bennett, 18 August 2020

24 December 2019 · 02mins

Alan Bennett examines his wardrobe, in his 2019 Diary.

28 October 2019 · 15mins

Ben Campbell traces the history of the London Review of Books through its typography and cover art.

The Horror of Doubt

Jonathan Rée, 18 August 2020

12 November 2018 · 06mins

Jonathan Rée considers Kierkegaard’s unfinished work, Johannes Climacus, about a student who falls in love with thinking.

What do you mean by ‘God’?

Jonathan Rée, 18 August 2020

9 October 2018 · 06mins

Philosopher Jonathan Rée unravels the story within Spinoza's knotty work of 17th century rationalism, the Ethics

Grenfell: The End of an Experiment?

Anthony Wilks, 18 August 2020

30 May 2018 · 59mins

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, Anthony Wilks investigates the culture of Kensington and Chelsea Council and where it came from.

Lolling About

Alan Bennett, 18 August 2020

5 February 2018 · 02mins

Alan Bennett finds similarities between Love Island and the Bloomsbury set.

18 July 2017

Sheila Fitzpatrick considers how the Russian Revolution is viewed by the Russian government and academics in the West . . .

Kenneth Clark at the National Gallery

Nicholas Penny, 18 August 2020

16 May 2017 · 07mins

Nicholas Penny, former director of the National Gallery, explains how Kenneth Clark transformed the National Gallery as director from 1934 to 1945, with a look at the Myra Hess concerts and Clark's wide-ranging acquisitions.

Fritz Lang’s Use of Sound

Michael Wood, 18 August 2020

5 April 2017 · 09mins

Michael Wood looks at how Fritz Lang uses sound in his first two sound films, M (1931) and The Testament of Dr Mabuse (1933).

Walking the Last London

Iain Sinclair, 18 August 2020

28 March 2017 · 14mins

Iain Sinclair gives a tour around the area near his home in Hackney, London.

From Tocqueville to Trump

David Runciman, 18 August 2020

22 December 2016 · 16mins

David Runciman reflects on Trump, Brexit and threats to democracy, with some help from Alexis de Tocqueville.