• Directed by Jane Giles, Ali Catterall
  • Presented with the 67th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express
  • 2023 | 96mins | UK | (15)

Tickets Are Only Available via BFI London Film Festival Website.


Aptly subtitled: Or, the incredibly strange rise and fall of the world’s wildest cinema and how it influenced a mixed-up generation of weirdos and misfits.

During Britain’s post-punk Thatcher years, London’s legendary Scala cinema offered community refuge with a programme ranging from established classics and offbeat cult hits to sexploitation, horror, Kung Fu and LGBTQIA+ titles. Nudging the boundaries of convention, the cavernous picture palace acted as source of inspiration for movie lovers and creatives. Featuring a cornucopia of interviews, archive and film clips, this is an engrossing tribute to an indelible legacy.

Content Warning: Contains nudity, flashing images

Please note: This screening will include a BSL interpreted introduction and Q&A.