Panic in the Streets of London

With three nights of violent riots and looting it is clear that there is no justification for the chaos. After tensions boiled over in Tottenham other regions followed suit, including Croyden, Hackney and Clapham. The rioters were seemingly in pursuit of material gain and recreational destruction rather than making any particular stand.

Last night the Sony DADC Warehouse joined the list of victims and emergency services are still tackling the blaze. Far from attacking the major corporations, this was a blow for many independent labels across film and music. The warehouse served as a distribution hub for PIAS Group servicing indie music labels such as Domino and Sunday Best, along with independent studios like Guerilla Films and Peccadillo Pictures. People are already pulling together to support those facing loss.

With thousands of units of stock lost to the fire it will be hard for these smaller outfits to recover their businesses. The CEO of Guerilla Films even said, “I have spoken to friends who say they may have to lay off people, because the DVDs keep the business going.” The real victims of the riots are individuals, something those rioting may need to step back and realise.

This blog, based in London and very closely connected to Hackney, finds it all heartbreaking, seeing a great city bringing itself to its knees. Thankfully plenty of residents are rallying together to clean up London’s streets, in a very literal way. With any luck this will all end soon and we can travel home without fear.

Not even a James Cameron joke feels appropriate today.

Scala Forever

With the Film4 Summer Screen closing in spectacular, and surprisingly dry, style last night with The Princess Bride we need a new London-based celebration of cinema to get behind. Luckily for us, starting this Saturday is Scala Forever, a seven-week-long series of screenings across London’s best venues, celebrating the memory of one of the most famous repertory cinemas in London.

The range of films and venues on offer is amazing and below are some of my personal highlights, including screenings, talks and a four-film musical marathon starting with Bugsy Malone and ending with Rocky Horror:

Saturday 13 August 7PM | Opening Night: King Kong
Roxy Bar and Screen | Tickets £6 / £3 Roxy Members

Friday 19 August 8PM | Fantastic Mr Fox
The Floating Cinema | FREE!

Saturday 20 August 11PM – 6AM | Zombie All-Nighter
Roxy Bar & Screen | Tickets £15 / £10 Roxy members

Thursday 1 September 7.30PM | Curzon and Faber and Faber’s Film Quiz
Curzon Soho bar | £10 per team

Saturday 3 September 3PM | I WANT TO START A FILM CLUB!
Roxy Bar & Screen | FREE!

Sunday 25 September 3PM | Dario Argento Triple
Roxy Bar & Screen | Tickets £6 / £3 Roxy members

Saturday 1 October 11PM | I Could Have Danced All-Nighter
Roxy Bar & Screen | Tickets £15 / £10 Roxy members

Sunday 2 October 8PM | Closing Night: A Clockwork Orange
Roxy Bar and Screen | Tickets £6 / £3 Roxy members

There are lots more screenings than we’ve listed above. Have a look at the poster below (click it to enlarge) or visit the website for full details.
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