OUT NOW – Scala!!! The Movie
Scalarama is very pleased that the Scala Cinema legend has taken the world by storm! SCALA!!! 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 is co-directed by Jane Giles and Ali Catterall as is based on Jane’s 2018 book Scala Cinema 1978-1993. Its world premiere was on Sunday 25 June 2023 at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy and was released in the UK and Ireland by the BFI (British Film Institute) on 5 January 2024. It has played in hundreds of cinemas already, with special screenings with Q&As with Ali and Jane still happening across the UK. The film is available to stream via BFI Player and on Blu Ray.
Between 1978-1993 over a million people passed through the doors of the Scala Cinema for its daily changing programme of double-bills and All-Nighters, from high art to horror via sexploitation, Kung Fu, and LGBTQ+ This film features new interviews with diverse audience members who went on to become filmmakers, musicians, writers, actors, activists and artists. The interviews are combined with previously unseen archive material, iconic movie clips, animation and graphics, plus a thrilling new score by the celebrated musician Barry Adamson. With its universal themes of youthful discovery and the underdog versus the establishment, this is no nostalgia trip but rather a film of universal relevance with clear parallels between then and now. Above all, it’s a hilarious and joyous celebration of cinema-going.
In 2021, Scalarama helped Jane and Ali with the film’s Kickstarter campaign, blasting through its original target of £25,000, reaching £40,416! Thank you to everyone who donated, shared and supported.
The documentary features fans and staff of the cinema including: John Waters, JoAnne Sellar, Caroline Catz, Ben Wheatley, Ralph Brown, Mary Harron, Adam Buxton, Peter Strickland, Beeban Kidron, Isaac Julien, Stewart Lee; and Stephen Woolley. The film is produced by Alan Marke and Jim Reid of Channel X and Andy Starke of Anti-Worlds. It received BFI Doc Society Fund backing. Jane and Ali have described the film as
“a big screen love letter not only to the white goddess of King’s Cross but to the dizzy highs and depraved lows of a universally relatable cinema-going experience. For many disaffected young people, the Scala was a film school, foundation stone, and family. A crucial part of our DNA. A lifeline. A place to come out and stay out, all night long.”
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