Tue 19 Mar 2024

Scala (18)

Film + 18+ Event
Scala (18)

Stroud Film Society presents:


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

96 minutes   Certificate 18

Directed by Jane Giles and Ali Catterall

With Barry Adamson, Stewart Lee, Cathi Unsworth and John Waters 

In Britain’s post-punk Thatcher years, the infamous and legendary Scala cinema showed a diverse range of films, from high art to cult classics, sexploitation, horror, Kung-Fu and LGBTQIA+. Nudging boundaries of convention, it became an inspiration for future famous creatives.  With interviews from nearly 50 contributors, previously unseen archive footage and film clips, Scala!!! is an anarchic, uproarious documentary telling the riotous inside story, with an original soundtrack by celebrated musician Barry Adamson. Transcending nostalgia, Scala!!! is a universal testament to the power of cinemas, providing refuge and community for outsiders. A place where everyone is welcome.

We are delighted that our screening of Scala!!! will be introduced by it's directors Jane Giles and Ali Catterall.

★★★★ “Winningly leftfield... wildly infectious” - Phil de Semlyen, Time Out

★★★★ “You’ll be agog at what people used to get away with” - Anna Smith, Rolling Stone UK