"Fill the land with cinemas!" is the rallying cry of Scalarama Festival, returning to London and other cities across the country for the fourth year in a row.
Not heard of Scalarama? Scalarama (the name is a play on the old Kings Cross repertory venue) is a celebration of cinema that takes place every September. Scalarama brings together all types of different cinemas, venues, film clubs, societies, pop-ups and festivals to encourage and champion repertory and community cinema. The first season in 2011 was conceived as a tribute to the kinds of films one could find in the Scala of King’s Cross back before it closed in 1993: classic, cult, art house, trash, experimental and exploitation. 33 different London organisations took part, including film venues, clubs, societies and festivals. 2014 looks like being the biggest yet, in London and beyond, split across a core programme, an open programme where clubs and venues can make their own submission, and a home cinema day on the 28th where the idea is that anyone who wants to should have a go at setting up their own screening on the fly.
Apart from the chance to see a huge range of films, Scalarama 2014 is a real opportunity for Londoners to discover venues and societies involved in film promotion and preservation that they might not normally visit. To find out what's on, download the handy pdf planner here. You can also filter via your location of choice in the online planner.
Details of London Events from Scalarama:
Spreading across the capital for the fourth time, Scalarama this year has more events and partners than ever before. 2014 has seen the rise of new spaces, like Hackney’s Hollywood Spring which begun life after January’s I Want to Be a Cinema workshop, whilst old friends have sadly closed their doors – repertory cinema stalwart and Scalarama supporter, Riverside Studios screened its last film in August. The Call-to-Arms at theHorse Hospital in May brought attention to the Bloomsbury’s venue’s fight for survival, but they’re back in Scalarama stronger than ever. Also returning are Rio Cinema, Genesis Cinema (*best double bill titles of Scalarama 2014*), Picturehouse venues, Phoenix Cinema, Everyman cinemas and ICA, all showing a wide selection of films and hosting film clubs. Partner exhibitions include Saturation 70 at Horse Hospital, about an unmade sci-fi epic, and the late Hans Hillmann’s posters at the Kemistry Gallery, with accompanying screenings at the Goethe Institut and Ciné Lumière.
Also in September is the legendary Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival - spreading further than ever before and making all screenings accessible for everyone, especially their Peckham Rye Outdoor Cinema. Other al fresco events include the Lexi’s Nomad Cinema, travelling around London’s green spaces. Scalarama welcomes new partners The Barbican, Tate Modern, Wilton’s Music Hall, PeckhamPlex, Whitechapel Gallery and Hotel Elephant. Outside of central London, do check out Stow Film Lounge or Beckenham’sFILMBOX for community cinema with soul. Film clubs are out in force including both regulars and first-timers – too many to mention so check out the full list below. This year, Scalarama unites with new festivals South African Film Festival and the Doc’n’Roll Festival. Join us on 30th September for the Closing Party at Kennington’s Cinema Museum - raising funds for this vital venue to make sure it exists for all future Scalaramas