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SCALA!!! + Q&A with Jane Giles and Ali Catterall
Archive footage, eye-popping movie clips, acid-crazed animation and some famous names collide to tell the story of London’s infamous, influential Scala cinema. With its cracked marble floors, resident cats and mysterious, extrasensory rumblings, the story of the now legendary Scala cinema that, through its unique programme ranging from established classics to offbeat cult hits, offered a refuge to the community in the post-punk years of Thatcher’s Britain.
Hilarious, irreverent, and ultimately heartbreaking with a fabulous original score by Barry Adamson, SCALA!!! is more than mere nostalgia. It’s an X-rated love letter and a universal shout-out to the power of cinemas to inspire impressionable young minds and create a sense of community for outsiders. A place where everyone is welcome.
Plus, we’re delighted to welcome Jane Giles and Ali Catterall, directors and writers of SCALA!!!, for an in-person Q&A with guest host Billy Chainsaw (artist and Scala regular). As well as hearing first-hand about the making of the film, there will be an opportunity for you to ask your questions too.
“This richly enjoyable documentary charts the rise and fall of a unique alt-cinephile repertory house which inspired generations of filmmakers, artists and musicians. If any British movie theatre deserved three exclamation marks it is the Scala” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian