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Piccadilly (1929)​ Starring Anna May Wong

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Piccadilly (1929)​ Starring Anna May Wong


This classic British silent film, set in London, will be accompanied by the evocative music of the restored organ, played by Donald MacKenzie, resident organist at the Odeon, Leicester Square.

Donald is returning to St John's Notting Hill after playing at seven previous shows:

Sherlock Jr in May 2017
The Lodger in October 2016
The Cameraman in May 2016
The Wind in October 2015
Steamboat Bill Jr in May 2015
Wings in November 2014
The Hunchback of Notre Dame in October 2013.

Advanced booking is highly recommended as all previous silent film screenings have sold out. Don't miss this special event!

Doors open at 7.00pm for an 8.00pm film start.
Film running time: 104 minutes
Age rating: PG

There will be popcorn and a bar available, with the church candlelit. Seating is unreserved - good sight lines are available throughout the church. Despite being heated, the church may be cold in October so please wear warm clothing.

The Film


“A film noir before the term was in use, PICCADILLY is one of the true greats of British silent films, on par with the best work of Anthony Asquith or [silent] Alfred Hitchcock” (Mark Duguid, BFI).

A tale of desire, jealousy and murder, director E.A Dupont’s masterpiece is a sultry, scandalous and opulent contribution to the late silent era. The film stars the iconic Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong as the ultimate femme fatale.

Piccadilly Circus nightclub owner Valentine Wilmot (Jameson Thomas) is faced with financial ruin as his star performer Mabel Greenfield (Gilda Grey) fails to draw an audience. After discovering exotic scullery maid Shosho (Anna May Wong) scandalously dancing in the kitchen for the nightclub’s staff, Wilmot makes her his top star and cashes in—deposing Mabel (also Wilmot’s lover) from her former glory. As Shosho’s star rises, Mabel seeks revenge...*

Dupont's assured direction, Alfred Jünge's art direction, and Werner Brandes' lighting powerfully combine to show an atmospheric, hauntingly evocative London of the 1920s in a film that will stay with you long after the final frame.

*Words by Alicia Fletcher, curator of Silent Revue, Toronto, Canada. Used with permission of the author:

For a full list of cast and crew credits, please see:


Tickets are just £10. All profits go to putting on more organ events and film nights at St John's Notting Hill, as well as to organ tuning and maintenance. Use the Paypal button below to purchase tickets. You do not need a Paypal account for payment, you can select the 'Pay with card' option on the payment screen. Tickets are not issued - instead names are recorded on a list which will be at the door on the evening. This means we avoid charging an extra booking fee. All ticket buyers will receive an email confirming their purchase,  sent to the email address used at payment. 

Earlier Event: October 8
Trinity 17
Later Event: October 15
Harvest Sunday