Last Thursday saw the official announcement of the festival programme for ‘Scala Beyond’, an epic nationwide effort to celebrate the world of the DIY film club. Taking its name from London’s original outsider cinema – which sadly closed back in 1993 – the festival is similarly dedicated to screening unusual and obscure films old and new. Taking place in pubs, parks and clubs (the main London venue is the wonderful Roxy Bar & Screen in Borough), as well as a handful of ‘proper’ cinemas, the festival has been programmed piecemeal by those enthusiasts and (let’s face it) nerds whose passion for cinema has extended into public exhibition. The programme – which you can read in full at scalabeyond.com – is frankly dizzying in its scope: the London events alone include classic horror (‘The Company of Wolves’, ‘Peeping Tom’ (above), ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plumage’), legendary arthouse fare (‘The Third Part of the Night’, ‘Code Unknown’, ‘Putney Swope’) and a fistful of truly freaky and rarely seen wonders (‘Penda’s Fen’, ‘God Told Me To’, ‘The Reflecting Skin’), as well as live events, music nights, a ‘film crawl’ and regular updates from Radio Scala.
For more information on the films being shown, check out timeout.com/film.