Thelma & Louise, Sat 5th March!


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