2023 | 1h 36 min. | Feature | Documentary | UK
A feature-length big screen documentary telling the riotous inside story of the infamous sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll repertory cinema which inspired a generation during Britain's turbulent Thatcher years.
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.
CAST AND CREW
Directors: Ali Catterall and Jane Giles
Producers: Alan Marke, Jim Reid and Andy Starke
Line Producer: Michelle Brøndum
Director of Photography: Sarah Appleton
Editor: Edward Mills and Andy Starke
Composer: Barry Adamson
Sound Designer: Martin Pavey
Production Company: Fifty Foot Woman, Channel X and Anti-Worlds