Saturday Night And Sunday Morning | 1960
A resentful factory worker has a fling with a married woman, but ultimately settles for dull conformity. One of the key British New Wave movies, it launched Albert Finney to stardom, as resentful factory worker, Arthur Seaton, and was made on location around Nottingham in the Midlands.
Seaton works at the Raleigh Bicycle Factory in Radford, where the story’s author, Alan Sillitoe, had actually worked. The factory still survives, though the surrounding streets have been demolished to provide car parking space. The pub, where Arthur gets totally smashed, still exists, but it’s now an Indian restaurant. It was the White Horse Inn, now the White Horse Cafe, 313 Ilkeston Road in Radford.
Despite claims to background authenticity, not all the locations are in the Midlands. The funfair scenes were shot in London, and some interiors in the studio at Twickenham.
It’s outside The British Flag, 103 Culvert Road, on the corner of Rowditch Lane, south of Battersea Park, Battersea, London SW11, that Seaton and his pal witness a drunken old man smash a shop window, and later, that Seaton gets beaten up by squaddies. Thankfully, the British Flag remains a pub.