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Scalarama's cinema celebration events in Leeds

Written by
Shaun Curnow

Today marks the start of Scalarama – a month-long celebration of cinema taking place up and down the country.

Inspired by the unique programming once seen at The Scala cinema in London's King's Cross, Scalarama continues the tradition of this now-closed venue by showing cult and classic movies at repertory cinemas, theatres, bars and other pop-up venues.

Here are some of the highlights from local events you can look forward to this September:

La Grande Bouffe

Telling the story of four friends (and some hired prostitutes) who gather in a villa with the purpose of eating themselves to death, little wonder that 'La Grande Bouffe' was rejected by the BBFC for reasons of perversion and bad taste. Rated 18, needless to say.

September 6, 11pm. The Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road Hyde Park, Leeds, LS6 1JD.

Love Is Strange

Partners Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) can finally marry legally after four decades in a relationship. However, the couple's newly-made vows are tested when George loses his job and they are forced to live apart.

September 8, 8pm. Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, LS6 3HN.

The Watermelon Woman

African American lesbian Cheryl is an aspiring filmmaker who notices that black actresses who feature in movies made during the '30s and '40s were not properly credited for their appearances. Cheryl decides to make a documentary about the background of once such actress, known simply as 'the Watermelon Woman'. 

September 9, 7.30pm. Wharf Chambers, 21-23 Wharf Street Leeds LS2 7EQ.


This documentary from The Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab was made using a camera attached to a cable car which observed a wide variety of pilgrims making their journey to the sacred 17th century Manakamana Temple in Nepal. This screening will also be a fundraiser for those affected by the recent Nepalese earthquakes.

September 16, 8pm. Seven, 31A Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 3PD.  


This influential movie from 1973 is set in a theme park that offers hyper-reality experiences, in worlds such as Ancient Rome and the Wild West. However, much like writer and director Michael Crichton's later novel, 'Jurassic Park', it isn't long before the theme park's residents – in this case robots – start running amok.

September 17, 7pm. Armley Mills, Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2QF.

McLibel/A Time Comes

This 'people power' double bill includes 'McLibel' – the story of gardener Helen Steel and postman Dave Morris who take McDonald's to court over issues of free speech, and Nick Broomfield's 'A Time Comes', a documentary about six Greenpeace volunteers who were trialled for shutting down a UK power station.

September 24, 7pm. The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN.

Withnail & I

A screening of the cult comedy, starring two out-of-work actors Withnail (Richard E Grant) and I (Paul McGann) who decide to leave the chaos of London to holiday in the Lake District, in uncle Monty's country cottage.

This will be followed by the Short Film Fanorama at 9pm, headlined by the absurd 'Kung Fury'.

September 24, 7pm. Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD.

Wayne's World

Adapted from the Saturday Night Live sketch show of the same name, 'Wayne's World' stars rock 'n' roll slackers Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey), whose public-access TV show gets taken to new heights after a nefarious advertising guy (Rob Lowe) steps in.

September 25, 8.30pm. Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ.

For further details and more information about the other screenings taking place in September, visit the Scalarama website.

Take a look at the Time Out Leeds film section for reviews and showtime information of the latest cinematic releases.



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