This film is a tour of the deeply oddball characters who make their weekly Sunday pilgrimages to Speakers Corner, gesticulating from their soapboxes with a Londoner’s unique sense of humor as they threaten, cajole and entreat us to mend our ways.
Politics, sex or religion, no subject is taboo or beyond the often-outrageous retorts from the hecklers who are themselves a key part of the Speakers Corner experience. Besides the usual mix of bohemian radicals, also included are religious fundamentalists, doctors, prohibitionists and the occasional raving lunatic.
The film includes a rare interview with Lord Soper at 93. Donald Soper’s international reputation as a dedicated evangelical speaker included a “soap-box” Ministry every Sunday in Hyde Park.
DVD “The Soapboxers”