Surreal Enigmas

Screening to mark his recent centenary, Surreal Enigmas (dir: Silvano Levy, UK 1995, 15 mins) features an interview with Conroy Maddox (1912 – 2005) and a score in the style of Erik Satie by Katherine Jones (BBC Philharmonic in Manchester). The film is a rare chance to see Maddox and his work on film. Conroy Maddox, born 27 December,1912, was the internationally acclaimed Birmingham-based Surrealist, champion of the ‘Birmingham Surrealists’ from the late 1930’s to the mid ‘1950’s, and known as ‘the Bohemian of Balsall Heath’. The film will be introduced by Birmingham film producer, Professor Roger Shannon (Edge Hill University) and Dr Stephen Forcer (Universityof Birmingham). With thanks to Silvano Levy and Lee Saunders, daughter of Conroy Maddox.

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