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Scream Queens - LGBTQ Group for Cult & LGBTQ films in London. Especially for fans of old, new and cult, horror & LGBTQ films. Also a place to meet for a drink or meal before or after the film. Straight allies welcome.

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"MS. 45" (1981) + BFI + DRINKS

Needs a location

Join us for this classic cult horror film.

Details on getting tickets + drinks post film drinks below.

PREMISE
Thana (the late Zoe Lund, credited here as her maiden name Tamerlis) is a seamstress working in a small fashion house in New York City. Back home, lying in her bathtub, is the corpse of one of two men who raped her the day before. She has begun to dismember his body with a bread knife, and keeps his body parts in her fridge.

After dark, she embarks on a killing spree. She carries a .45 pistol, the one she was held at gunpoint by the same home intruder whose remains are scattered throughout New York and whose guts bubble up out of the sink in her nightmares.

Thana is mute, and so cannot rely on her physical voice. The scene of her first wielding the pistol that paves the way for her classic genre sobriquet ‘Ms .45’ is the key turning point: the pain she feels can now be expressed. Ferrara in his early years didn’t rely so much on subtlety, but there’s nothing cheap to his tricks.

At a lean 80 minutes, it feels like flashes from a dream. Thana’s loss of innocence has been forced, and her transformation into a femme fatale killer - with an eerie physical resemblance to Red Riding Hood - unfolds like tragedy. The violence in the film is never titillating, but scenes of pimps and leering stalkers being blown away do have an immediate cathartic thrill to them, and time hasn’t dulled its edges. In its final scenes the film collapses into heightened, fairy tale-like surrealism, as if it couldn’t bear the weight of it any longer.

Of its contemporaries, it’s closer to something like Taxi Driver’s portrait of loneliness than it is to the crass pro-vigilantism of Death Wish, and it shares a genetic connection with films like 1978’s foundational rape-revenge shocker, I Spit On Your Grave. All are noted inspirations on Ferrara, and scenes of Thana, clad in a nun’s veil, rehearsing her aim in the mirror call back to their predecessors like the feminist answer to Travis Bickle.

Ferrara’s first proper credit was for a porno, 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy, under the pseudonym Jimmy Boy L - a pseudonym he semi-reprises for his cameo role as one of Thana’s rapists. In 1981, he was coming off the mild underground success of his debut feature, The Driller Killer, a psycho-slasher about an artist (played by Ferrara) who is driven mad by the filth of the city and the noise of the punk band practicing loudly next door before taking to the streets to indiscriminately murder homeless ‘derelicts’ with a power-drill.

His economical direction, and ability to stretch a shoe-string budget into a feature has always been deeply admirable and certainly led to some interesting results, but even forty years later, Ms .45 still impresses. It pays visual homage to giallo classics like Dario Argento’s nocturnal masterpiece, Suspiria, with a deeply affecting, hacked-to-the-bone appeal. Ferrara remains a champion of underground filmmaking, and would collaborate with Lund again on the script for the notorious Bad Lieutenant eleven years later.

Ms .45 is perhaps the quintessential film in Ferrara’s early body of work, and a great starting point for newcomers. It has an abrasive tone and its jagged, atonal score will hardly put you at ease, but it’s a standout in its genre and one of the few to actually look deeper than surface thrills. There is a moment when Ferrara frames a conversation between Thana and a bitter salesman, oblivious to the pistol in her coat pocket, identically to the iconic scene of the two lovers on the bench in front of the Queensboro Bridge in Woody Allen’s Manhattan - a slap to the face of blinkered sentimentality.

TRAILER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GObRvQexOmI

CINEMA TICKETS
£10.50 for members, and £12.50 for non-members. Tickets available from April 7.

Book here for the screening:
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=F0C04246-1B45-41C2-BA2F-F708BEB55B38&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=BCBCCA25-84F8-42AC-BCDB-8BF105BF98F7

DRINKS
We can meet after the film.

SCHEDULE
6.15pm - BFI, Southbank - meet at bottom of the stairs for NFT 3 screen
8.00pm - BFI Southbank - drinks

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"MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1987)" + @ PCC & KU BAR DRINKS

Needs a location

RSVP RULES
Please read on our about us section. (Advanced purchase recommended).

THE MEET-UP :
We will meet at Ku Bar for a drink before the heading to see this LGBT classic film.

TICKETS
£11 Members Ticket
£14 Non- Members Ticket (plus booking fee)
I am in seat C2. You can book your tickets here: https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/Booking?Booking=TSelectItems.waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem_0.TcsWebTab_0.TcsPerformance_22316140.TcsSection_18488524

PREMISE
Sweepingly compared with its contemporary Letter to Brezhnev, Laundrette indeed revolves around a tale of young cross-cultural love. But whereas the sleazy, raucous bulk of Brezhnev worked as a foil for eventual true love, here Frears paints a more somber picture, and a more complex one. Working class life offers few elevations of laughter here in south London, where young Nasser scrapes an existence from his Uncle’s laundry business.

An open examination of British racism and an Asian youth making a living against the odds, the film should work as a fairly formulaic boy-meets-boy romance. But the emotional baggage (the dirty laundry – apologies) can’t be ignored and so, unlike many forbidden romance movies, My Beautiful Laundrette contains none of the uplifting buzz an audience might expect from the two sweethearts (the comedy comes from the peripheral oddballs). Rebellion is something implicit in their love, and is reluctantly accepted rather than shouted from the hilltops. Laundrette is utterly subdued in its admission of inconvenient love. Melancholia seeps and mingles through the film like the scent of cigarettes and washing powder in the boys’ claustrophobic den (the back room of the laundrette, where, through the dramatic device of a one-way mirror, they can keep an eye on the customers or any dogma-wielding relatives who might interrupt their fun). Superbly acted by Day-Lewis and Jaffrey, skillfully directed, My Beautiful Laundrette is timely, provocative and unique.

TRAILER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_uVUBcHjzk

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
13:00 - Ku Bar, 30 Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA
15:00 - Prince Charles Cinema

ADDRESS AND DETAILS
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY

"THE BOB'S BURGERS MOVIE (2022)" + PCC & DRINKS AT KU BAR

Needs a location

THE MEET-UP :
We will meet at around 12.30pm outside Prince Charles and go for a drink after the movie.

TICKETS
£11 Members Ticket
£14 Non- Members Ticket (plus booking fee)
I am in seat A6. https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/Booking?Booking=TSelectItems.waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem_0.TcsWebTab_0.TcsPerformance_23032404.TcsSection_18488279

PREMISE
A ruptured water main creates an enormous sinkhole right in front of Bob's Burgers, blocking the entrance indefinitely and ruining the Belchers' plans for a successful summer. While Bob and Linda struggle to keep the business afloat, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family's restaurant. As the dangers mount, these underdogs help each other find hope as they try to get back behind the counter.

TRAILER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hldGGWN9HcI

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
12:30 - Outside the Prince Charles
14:15 - Drinks at Ku Bar

ADDRESS AND DETAILS
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY

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