Seduced by Cinema: Peter Strickland and the Scala

Seduced by Cinema: Peter Strickland and the Scala


Sun 2 - Sun 30 June

"There was something magical about that space, how it felt so illicit. And the films they screened had this sense of everything being up for grabs, Tarkovsky one night, a Russ Meyer triple-bill the next. For me, it was feverish. I can still trace the urge to make films back there."

– Peter Strickland on London’s Scala Cinema

Many directors attribute the development of their artistic voices to early trips to the cinema and Peter Strickland (whose latest film In Fabric opens on Fri 28 June) is no exception. Strickland’s directorial voice was moulded by early exposure to repertory films in London’s legendary Scala cinema, and having ignited a fascination with eccentric filmmaking with his first trip there to see David Lynch’s iconic Eraserhead, the tantalising atmosphere of the Scala remains a fixed point of reference that threads itself throughout all of Strickland’s work.

To mark the release of In Fabric and our Q&A with Peter on Thu 6 June, we’re revisiting some classic Scala titles with a heady line-up of the fantastical and the surreal. Films that subsequently fuelled Strickland’s emotive and impassioned response to outsider cinema, as evidenced throughout his work, and not least in his latest tale of helplessness, horror, and delightfully funny delirium.

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Upcoming screenings in this season

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant  12  S Peter Strickland and the Scala

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Sun 23 June 12:00
Follow Rainer Werner Fassbinder down a rabbit hole of power and control in this unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of an imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer and a beautiful but icy ingénue.

Eyes Without a Face  15  S Peter Strickland and the Scala

Eyes Without a Face
Sun 30 June 12:00
In a manifestation of guilt unlike any other, Eyes Without a Face explores the lengths that people will go to in an attempt to turn back time on their greatest mistakes. French director George Franju's extraordinary film is as poetic in its obsessions as it is horrifying in its subject matter.

Previous screenings in this season

Deep Red  18  S Peter Strickland and the Scala

Deep Red
Please note: This was screened in June 2019
Stylised to within an inch of its life, director Dario Argento takes us on a giddy ride through one of the most influential genres in film history in this landmark Italian giallo horror, packed full of vibrant violence and chophouse effects.

Eraserhead  15   Peter Strickland and the Scala

Please note: This was screened in June 2019
A dream of dark and troubling things, don’t miss this rare chance to experience the entrancing atmosphere of one of David Lynch’s most revered cult classics.

Belle de Jour  18  S Peter Strickland and the Scala

Belle de Jour
Please note: This was screened in June 2019
Whilst languidly probing the trials of exploring sexuality and the consequences of leading secret lives, Luis Buñuel’s sadomasochistic playground lingers in the discomfort and comedy of the games people play, and the distressing disconnect from intimacy that drives desperate and dark decisions.