London’s legendary Scala cinema is to become a film itself, with a new documentary now deep into fundraising.

Even as someone growing up in the West Midlands, I knew the stories of London’s Scala cinema. It was an independent picturehouse where the programming was all over the place, a cat prowled the stalls and a whole bunch of people got exposed to films they otherwise would never have had the chance to see on the big screen.

And now, the story of the Scala itself is becoming a film, with Scala Club Cinema: The Movie.

Jane Giles (the former programme manager at the Scala) and Ali Catterall are directing the film, and the production is giving lots of opportunities to new talent in its making as well. Interviews with many in the industry have been conducted as well, right through to the mighty John Waters. And the film is heading towards getting a completed edit by the end of the year.

A Kickstarter campaign is now running for a few more days, and the funds raised will cover the third party post-production costs, grading, sound mix and technically tying the picture up.

You can find out all about that here, and with a  bit of luck, we’ll get to see the documentary itself at some point in 2022. Who knows? Whichever cinemas have taken on the mantle of the Scala might be showing it too…

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