45 Years: special event with The School of Life

For the first time ever, Curzon teams up with The School Of Life to bring you a special event that combines a screening of Andrew Haigh’s award-winning film 45 Years, starring Charlotte Ramping and Tom Courtenay, with a unique, interactive class by The School of Life, prepared around the themes of the film.

In romantic relationships, longevity is celebrated as an achievement in itself. But do happy couples make a better choice than those who part sooner? Or do they simply bury their emotional landmines more deeply?

45 Years is a film about secrets, and what happens when they are finally revealed. Led by The School of Life’s Susan Quilliam, the workshop will set the scene for the film by allowing us to explore our own attitudes to - and experiences of - secrets. Do we enjoy keeping secrets, or does doing so harm us? Do we feel relief when we finally open up, or is the impact of final revelation harmful to ourselves and those around us? This workshop adds an extra layer of insight - and appreciation - to the film, making it even more relevant to each of us.


The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. Based on Marchmont Street, a stone’s throw from Curzon Bloomsbury, The School of Life addresses such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one’s past, how to achieve calm and how better to understand, and where necessary change, the world. The School of Life offers classes and therapies in person. They also publish books, create films and make and sell a range of objects and tools that will assist you in the quest for a more fulfilled life.

Susan Quilliam is a psychologist with a passion for helping people have the best relationships they can possibly have; for over thirty-five years she has offered relationship support through her work as an author, trainer, consultant and coach. 

As an author Susan has written 21 books published in 33 countries and 24 languages, including The Relate Guide to Staying Together (2001), described by The Times as ‘the only relationship book you'll ever need’. She has also been an advice columnist for publications such as Good Housekeeping, has had her own advice programme on LBC radio, and regularly writes and comments for print, broadcast, television and online media worldwide.