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Scalarama X: The Month-Long Celebration of Cinema Ready to Take Over Notts this Month

1 September 21 words: Ashley Carter

After a hiatus owing to that-which-shall-not-be-named, Scalarama Nottingham is back with a bang. The nationwide, volunteer-led month-long celebration of cinema encourages communities to come together to share their love of films in usual and unusual settings. With 2021 marking the tenth anniversary of the festival, we run down what Notts cinephiles can expect from Scalarama Nottingham 2021…

Scalarama X Red Carpet Launch Night

When: Wednesday 1 September, 6.30pm
Who: Works Social
Where: Works Social, NG1 1HS
How much: Free

Works Social are proud to host the opening party and, with this year’s theme being fashion in film, you’re expected to respect the drip and attend sartorially correct. The free event includes back-to-back screenings of each episode of the iconic Charity Shop Sue web series, Love and First Sight Vintage pop-up shop, a fashion in film picture quiz and a fancy dress competition.

A Single Man + Dinner for Two

When: Friday 3 September
Who: Potting Shed Pictures
Where: A Potting Shed in Ruddington
How much: Free

If you’ve ever fancied watching a bit of Colin Firth, complete with a delicious home-cooked meal for two in the tranquil comfort of a potting shed in South Nottingham, you’re in luck. Potting Shed Pictures are offering one lucky couple that very opportunity in what must be the most exclusive cinema event in the history of Scalarama.

Blade Runner - The Final Cut

When: Thursday 9 September, 6.30pm
Who: Works Social
Where: Works Social, NG1 1HS
How much: £10.30

The second film in this year’s eclectic Scalarama X Film Festival program is a unique pop-up screening of Blade Runner - The Final Cut. You can watch the definitive version of Ridley Scott’s iconic classic in the atmospheric ground floor event space at Work Social, complete with your choice of Rick Deckard’s favourite drink: Whiskey Sour, Tsing Tsao beer or Coca-Cola and hot bowl of instant kimchi noodles.

Nottingham Pre-Pride P(arty)

When: Friday 10 September, 3pm
Who: DirtyFilthySexy
Where: Fisher Gate Point, NG1 1GD
How much: Pay what you can (suggested donation £4)

DirtyFilthySexy are proud to present a Pre-Pride P(arty) consisting of a multimedia arts exhibition, live music performance and arts workshop designed to promote LGBTQIA community cohesion and collaboration in the city. This event will be the perfect start to Nottingham’s Pride Weekend celebrations, beginning at 3pm with the sign making workshop and progressing to live music until 11pm.

Mother + Korean Food Night

When: Thursday 16 September, 6pm
Who: Nonsuch Studios
Where: Nonsuch Studios, NG1 1EH
How much: £5 (film) or £20 (film and food)

Head down to Nonsuch Studios for an unforgettable night of Korean film and food, as they screen Bong Joon-Ho’s critically acclaimed Mother accompanied by a delicious South Korean inspired menu from the Nonsuch kitchen. Combining the best of the cinema and restaurant experience, you can expect a three-course meal from 6pm, with the film starting at 8pm.

Ahead of the Curve

When: Thursday 23 September
Who: The Carousel
Where: The Carousel, NG1 1FH
How much: TBC

The Carousel, Hockley’s multi-purpose art space, invite you to watch Ahead of the Curve, the extraordinary documentary about Franco Stevens, one of the most influential women in lesbian history you’ve never heard of. Featuring Andrea Pino-Silva, Melissa Etheridge and Lea DeLaria, Ahead of the Curve celebrates the legacy of a movement while considering the agenda of its future.

Spice World

When: Saturday 25 September, 7pm
Who: Based on a True Story Cinema
Where: Bonington Theatre and Cinema, NG5 7EE
How much: £5

Whether you were a Ginger, Sporty, Baby, Scary, Posh, or even fancy yourself more of a Clifford, their long-suffering manager played by  Richard E. Grant, you can dig out your best nineties costumes and get ready to relive the glory days as Based on a True Story Cinema presents Spice World in all its glory. With tickets just £5, you’re gonna wanna go…

The Terminator

When: Monday 27 September, 8.30pm
Who: The Loft Movie Theatre
Where: The Savoy Cinema, NG7 1QN
How much: £5-£6.95

In the year 1984, Los Angeles college student Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) finds herself the target of a seemingly unstoppable hit man who appears hell-bent on wiping out all LA citizens of the same name. Join the Loft Movie Theatre as they present James Cameron’s science fiction classic, The Terminator, at the Savoy Cinema.

Closing Party

When: Thursday 30 September
Who: Based on a True Story Cinema

Scalarama Nottingham’s tenth festival winds down with a closing party hosted by Based on a True Story Cinema. After a month of sampling the finest Korean food and films, hunting down Sarah Connor, spicing up your life and trying to figure out whether or not Deckard was a replicant, you can celebrate in style with movie prizes and bingo. Full details to be announced soon.

Scalarama Nottingham takes place across September. For more information and tickets, visit the website

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