A smiling man (director John Waters) sits on a red sofa in his apartment. He is surrounded by books and one of the cushions has a picture of a burning police car on it.

About Scala!!! + Q&A

Directed by Jane Giles and Ali Catterall, Scala!!! is an anarchic, uproarious and ultimately heart-breaking documentary telling the riotous inside story of London’s legendary Scala cinema.

During the politically tumultuous period known as Britain’s post-punk ‘Thatcher years,’ the Scala cinema, originally located in Fitzrovia before it moved to King’s Cross, served as a hugely significant cultural hub, drawing in over a million visitors from across the UK. With its daily changing double-feature screenings, and unforgettable All-Nighters, the Scala’s programming featured a diverse range of films, from high art to cult classics, sexploitation, horror, Kung-Fu and LGBTQIA+, everything shown in rare, well-worn 35mm and 16mm prints.

The cinema’s lineup regularly showcased alternative auteurs such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Walerian Borowczyk, Russ Meyer, John Waters, Derek Jarman, and David Lynch, among many others who challenged the boundaries of taste and convention.

The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with directors Jane Giles and Ali Catterall.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers and adverts. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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