A newly released film of a Freud Museum event that took place in October 2020, one of three events with Vanessa Redgrave accompanying the new exhibition Code Name Mary: The Extraordinary Life of Muriel Gardiner.

See legendary actor Vanessa Redgrave, actors Daisy Bevan and Paul Hilton in person at the Museum, and Lord Alf Dubs speaking on screen, for moving discussion, performance and readings on the theme of refugees, migration and exile.

This special event took place in the home where Sigmund Freud and his family, including his daughter Anna Freud, settled in 1938 after fleeing Nazi oppression in Vienna. It is one of the few museums in the UK that celebrates the life and work of two refugees.

The event has been instigated and devised by Vanessa Redgrave, who before lockdown was working with the Freud Museum on current exhibition Code Name Mary: The extraordinary life of Muriel Gardiner.

Redgrave reads from Muriel Gardiner’s autobiography highlighting Gardiner’s bravery fighting fascism in 1930s Austria. Muriel was the subject of Vanessa Redgrave’s 2019 play Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938, and will be performing extracts from this at special events during the forthcoming exhibition.

This fundraising performance is in support of the Freud Museum London, which has suffered significant financial loss during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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