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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant  

Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 7.00pm

Café-bar opens at 6.00pm ★ Free! ★ Donations encouraged


2 Dugard Way, Renfrew Road, London SE11, (10 minutes walk from Elephant and Castle

The Vito Projectis delighted to be partnering with the German Screen Studies Network, to present a special 35mm screening of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kanta 1972 German film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

"Based upon his own play which had premiered the year prior, The Bitter Tears balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theatre. This unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer (Margit Carstensen) and a beautiful but icy ingenue (Hanna Schygulla)—based, in a sly gender reversal, on the writer-director's own desperate obsession with a young actor—is a true Fassbinder affair, featuring exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography by Michael Ballhaus and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast." 

The screening will be followed by an open discussion with Erica Carter, Professor of German and Film at King’s College
, and Sue George, journalist, writer and editor.

This is a free event but we need your donations on the night to ensure the continuation of the VITO project. All donations go towards covering the costs associated with running the event (film licences, heating and lighting, rental of the premises, printing, promotion etc). Donations are VITO's only source of funding and we need to raise an average of £5 per person just to cover our costs. So PLEASE DIG DEEP and give us a paper donation if you are able to.

Doors to the cafe/bar will open at 6pm for a 7pm screening. Come early to secure a seat as it can get very busy and we do not take bookings. 
The doors to the Cinema will be shut once the film starts or capacity is reached.

Venue accessibility: Level access on the ground floor. Level access on the first floor except for a slight slope at the doors into the main hall where people exit the lift. There is a lift used by disabled /non-disabled visitors and volunteers. There is an accessible toilet with step free access on the ground floor. It is large enough for a motorised wheelchair. It has an easy lock and handrails. 

The project is endorsed by BFI Flare: London LGBT film festival, 56 Dean St, QX Magazine, Gay’s the Word, ACT UP London, Gay Mates, a Change of Scene, the Cara Trust, I-Base, UK-CAB, Positively UK, Gaydio, NAZ Project, Frank Byrne & his walkers  and Broad Appeal Podcast.

For more information, or to join our mailing list, contact Sylvie Beaumont, ReShape Coordinator.

All future showings in the series will be the last Wednesday of the month

THE VITO Project

Being ourselves: 1967 - 2017

Sunday 29th October, Cinema Museum

2pm - late

The Vito Project, Cinema Museum & Outings in Art Plus present a special day-long Autumn Sunday of LGBTQ film screenings and conversations looking at how far we have come as a community – and where we might be heading next. What did London look and feel like before all our lives were changed by the idea of liberation?


The Sunday Matinee Movie will be sixties classic The L-Shaped Room (1962) – a gritty b&w portrayal of a single straight woman's life in pre-swinging London, complete with a rare and tender portrayal of her older, lesbian neighbour. The movie will be introduced by its writer Lynne Reid Banks
After the film, Riyadh Khalaf will introduce "Iam..." a short film about growing up illegally gay and will be followed by an open-mic sharing session that will give us all a chance to hear and share our stories from that time. There will be stories from the Gay Authors Workshop - and a chance for everyone to join in the discussion about how looking back at our early days might help us to look forward.


For the evening session, VITO will be screening a specially put together programme of LGBTQ quickies, with one short, sharp film for each decade of the extraordinary journey that has brought us from the black-and-white world of the nineteen-sixties to now. There will testimony from an early member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and the Gay Liberation Front and more stories from the Gay Authors Workshops.As part of the post-movie discussion in the evening, The Mosaic LGBT Youth Project will be joining us to share their thoughts on contemporary queer life.

Confirmed at the time of publication with others to be announced soon: 

Dream A40 (1965): An experimental drama exploring a gay man’s fears about his sexuality and physical attraction to another man. Written and directed by Lloyd Reckord.

David Is Homosexual (1978): A lonely gay man discovers friends, love and activism in this film made by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality. Written and directed by Wilfred Avery.

Beauties without a cause (1986): Fast cars, fast women, guns and petty crime. Just another crime movie except these gals are packing more than pistols... Directed by David Weissman

Now That It's Morning (1991): An older man takes his teenage boyfriend to his first gay party. Written and directed by Neil Bartlett – and featuring a rare screen performance from the legendary Regina Fong.

Why we need a Pride (2016): A short LGBT film set to a poem written and performed by Helen Oakleigh.


Tickets for this very special day will cost you £5 if you want to come and join us for either just the afternoon or just the evening, and only £8 if you want to stay all day. There'll be a bar, refreshments – and a truly welcoming queer crowd in one of London's most amazing movie-watching spaces. 

Location: Cinema Museum: 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH
Tickets & Pricing:  Tickets £8 for the whole day, or £5 for the afternoon or evening programmes.
- Afternoon programme will start at 2pm
- Evening programme will start at 7pm
Advance tickets may be purchased from Billetto, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 in office hours.

Venue accessibility: Level access on the ground floor, lift for disabled /non-disabled visitors and volunteers. Accessible toilet with step-free access on the ground floor large enough for a motorised wheelchair.


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