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BFI Stephen Street Screening Rooms

Scala!!! In-Person Screening and Q&A with Writer & Director Jane Giles

WFTV members are invited to this very special screening of Scala!!!, directed by Jane Giles and Ali Catterall. The screening will be followed by an up close and personal Q&A with UK writer and director Jane Giles.

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Scala!!! In-Person Screening and Q&A with Writer & Director Jane Giles
Scala!!! In-Person Screening and Q&A with Writer & Director Jane Giles

Time & Location

01 Feb 2024, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT

BFI Stephen Street Screening Rooms, 21 Stephen St, London W1T 1LN, UK

About the Event

WFTV members are invited to this very special screening of Scala!!!, directed by Jane Giles and Ali Catterall. The screening will be followed by an up close and personal Q&A with UK writer and director Jane Giles

There will be an opportunity to have a drink and say hello to other WFTV members before the screening begins.

In the post-punk Thatcher years, London’s legendary Scala cinema offered an alternative refuge with a programme of cult classics, sexploitation, and LGBTQ+. Nudging boundaries of convention, it became an inspiration for movie lovers and future famous creatives. With interviews, archive and film clips, Scala!!! is an anarchic, uproarious, and ultimately heart-breaking documentary telling the riotous inside story. Transcending nostalgia, Scala!!! serves as a universal testament to the power of cinemas in inspiring young minds and fostering a sense of community for outsiders – a place where everyone is embraced and welcomed. With John Waters, Stephen Woolley, JoAnne Sellar, Caroline Catz, Ben Wheatley, Ralph Brown, Mary Harron, Adam Buxton, Peter Strickland, Beeban Kidron, Isaac Julien and Stewart Lee.

You can watch the trailer to Scala!!! here.

Scala!!! is in cinemas from 5 January and available on BFI Player and BFI Blu-ray from 22 January. A season of the Scala’s greatest hits, Scala: Sex, drugs and rock and roll cinema, runs at BFI Southbank throughout January with selected films on BFI Player.

Date: Thursday 1st February 2024

Location: BFI Stephen Street Screening Rooms, 21 Stephen St, London W1T 1LN

(Please note this screening will take place at BFI Stephen Street and NOT BFI Southbank).

Event Schedule:

18:00: Guest Arrivals with welcome drinks

18:30: Film starts (Run time 1hr 36 mins)

20:15 - 20:45: Q&A with Jane Giles

Jane Giles, Writer & Director

Jane is a writer, whose film books include Criminal Desires(Creation Press, 2002), The Crying Game (BFI Modern Classics, 1997), The Cinema of Jean Genet (BFI, 1991) and the award-winning Scala Cinema 1978-1993 (FAB Press) which inspired this documentary. She was programme manager at the Scala from 1988-1992 and took the rap in the notorious Clockwork Orange lawsuit. Jane’s subsequent roles included Head of BFI Film Distribution, Channel 4/Film Four Script Development Executive; London Film Festival programmer of short films; National Film Theatre programmer of LGBT, cult movies, shorts & animation and Electric Pictures Acquisitions Manager.

Jane was Head of ICA Cinemas and ICA Distribution (2002-2004), Head of Acquisitions, Tartan Films & Tartan USA (2004-08) and Head of Content Development, BFI (2008 – 2016). She is currently Company Director of Fifty Foot Woman Ltd, in partnership with Channel X and Rook/Anti- Worlds, a new company set up in April 2020 to make theatrical features/documentaries, and co-owner of Harry Brand Ltd, a retail store and product distribution business.

Scala!!! (2023), co-directed with Ali Catterall, is her debut film.

This event is for existing WFTV members only.

If you are not a member and would like to join, membership costs just £100 + VAT/yr , please click here or email admin@wftv.org.uk

At WFTV, we want our events to be accessible for everyone. If you have any access requirements, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please contact admin@wftv.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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