Mon, 4 November 2019

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Dirty Dancing and Me

Katy Brand


Conway Hall

25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London


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Award-winning comic Katy Brand pays homage to her obsession – a monster hit and work of genius with much to say about sex, love, romance, rights and responsibilities: Dirty Dancing.

Interweaving clips from the film and climaxing in a recreation of the famous The Time of My Life duet, this live event will make you laugh, cry and think a little deeper about one of your favourite movies.

Katy Brand is one of our most celebrated talents – a comedian, actor, novelist and playwright whose journey from fringe sketch comic to national sensation acting alongside David Mitchell and Emma Thompson and heading her own eponymous ITV comedy series.

She joins How To Academy to reveal how her lifelong obsession with Dirty Dancinghas made her who she is today – and to share with us the film’s legacy as a piece of film-making with a social agenda that many will miss on first viewing. From pushing women’s stories to the forefront of commercial cinema, to its ‘Gold Standard’ depiction of abortion according to leading pro-choice campaigners, and its fresh and powerful take on the classic ‘coming of age’ story told from a naïve but idealistic 17-year-old girl’s point of view.

One of the most celebrated and viewed films ever made is about to have the time of its life.