Thelma & Louise, Sat 5th March!

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To coin­cide with Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day, Feast Film Nights is cel­eb­rat­ing strong roles for women with an icon­ic road trip movie. Two women shoot a rap­ist and take off in a ’66 Thun­der­bird in what has been called “the last great film about women”.

When it was released in the sum­mer of 1991, Thelma & Louise was declared “the first movie I’ve ever seen which told the down­right truth” by a lesbian activist in Los Angeles and a “paean to trans­form­at­ive viol­ence” by com­ment­at­or John Leo. New York Daily News colum­nist Richard John­son com­plained that it was “degrad­ing to men” and “jus­ti­fies armed rob­bery, man­slaughter and chron­ic drunk­en driv­ing as exer­cises in con­scious­ness rais­ing.” With a hand­ful of excep­tions, women loved it.

The movie starred Susan Saran­don and Geena Davis as friends who set off on a road trip and become out­laws after Sarandon’s char­ac­ter shoots a rap­ist. In 1992, screen­writer Cal­lie Khouri became one of a hand­ful of women to win an Academy Award for best ori­gin­al screen­play, and Thelma & Louise earned more than $45 mil­lion at the U.S. box office. Saran­don and Davis were each nom­in­ated in the Best Act­ress cat­egory, and dir­ect­or Rid­ley Scott was nom­in­ated for Best Dir­ect­or.
Before the screen­ing, there will be Pathe news clips from the last cen­tury show­ing women’s roles in the media, as well as a clips from the Geena Davis Insti­tute on Gender in Media — an organ­isa­tion the actor set up to improve gender bal­ance in the media.

Saturday 5 March, doors open 8pm, entry £5 on the door.

The Por­tico Gal­lery, 23 A Knights Hill, Lon­don SE27 0HS