Scala Fanatics and Underground Addicts
Thursday 11th August, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com) repeated on Tuesday 16th August, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Hosted by James DC, with cult film experts Ben Hell, Mark Stafford and Justin Harries
To coincide with the fabulous, London-based film festival Scala Forever, tonight we take a timely reminder of just how great the golden age of repertory cinema in the UK used to be, focusing especially on the heyday of the legendary hub of underground, cult, independent and arthouse cinema, The Scala, in Kings Cross, London, until it’s ill fated closure in 1993. As well as discussing the problems of seeing ‘alternative’ films at the cinema, in the current age of the multiplex blockbuster, we will remember our own fond memories of frequenting the Scala, as well as the assortment of amazing cult films that were shown there, and at other subversive ‘flea-pits’, in London, and the UK, in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. We will also discuss the upcoming Scala Forever film festival, and highlight some of the wonderful films coming up. Go to http://www.scalaforever.co.uk for more info.
Clip : Female Trouble (1974, John Waters)