Saturday, 9 May 2009

A Swinging Summertime Special

It’s time to revisit sixties London: a time when everything was swinging.
Or was it?
Club des Femmes presents two classics of lesbian cinema: films which, pre- and post decriminalization, bookend the decade and offer a queer consciousness audience a chance to critique mainstream culture and its version of (a newly visible) lesbian culture.

Sunday 28th June 2.30pm, Curzon Soho
Director: Wolf Rilla. 1963, 93 mins
Wolf Rilla, fresh from shooting The Village of the Damned, delivers quite possibly the first British lesbian film. Two nightclub hostesses Ginnie (June Ritchie) and Billa (Sylvia Syms) are in love. At a time when female emancipation and sexual freedom was heavily regulated (the film suffered at the censors), it is Syms who delivers a powerhouse performance as the older woman disgusted with her job and unable to set herself free.

Screening as part of 2009 Story of London

Sunday 5th July 3pm, Curzon Soho
Director: Robert Aldrich. 1968, 138 mins
‘The story of three consenting adults in the privacy of their own home’.
Already controversial by the time it reached cinemas because of its X-rated sex scene the film failed at the box office but remains an era-defining cult classic. The Killing of Sister George gave audiences a rare glimpse of London lesbian culture.
Boo the baddies!
Cheer the goodies!
It’s time to revisit the eternal lesbian love triangle. Susannah York, Coral Brown, Beryl Reid: you are this summer’s Club des Femmes’ dykesploitation heroines.

Curzon Soho, 93 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY
Box Office: 0871 7033 988

EXTRA EXTRA! As a special Pride extra The Killing of Sister George screening will also feature a tribute to the infamous Gateways Club. We want your memories! If you enjoyed the delights of the Gateways Club will you send us your memories? We'll publish everyone's recollections online and share our favourites at the screening. Can you describe a great night there? Who broke your heart? Who lit your cigarette? Is it time to tell all? Please contact us ( if you want to take part.

See you later in the month,
Sarah & Selina


LGBT Cinema during Pride London 28th June – 6th July
To celebrate this year’s Pride London, Peccadillo Pictures, Verve Pictures, ICA, Club Des Femmes, Curzon Cinemas and Pride London have teamed up to form POUT, bringing you the very best in queer cinema during Pride week. Catering to every taste and persuasion, classic historical dramas such as BEFORE STONEWALL and THE CELLULOID CLOSET will court controversy alongside British cult classics THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE and cult-in-the-making GREEK PETE. Heart-warming crowd pleasers LOST AND DELIRIOUS and SUMMERSTORM round out a programme that aims to bring a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking LGBT cinema to a modern gay audience.
Full programme here


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