Scalarama Film Festival is back (1-30 September 2019) celebrating cinema with a mix of classic movies, obscure hidden gems and some fascinating feature length documentaries.

This year you can catch screenings of  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), The Help, Moonrise Kingdom, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and so much more.

Inspired by the energy and creativity of the legendary Scala Cinema (1978-1993), in 2011 a new festival was created that invited all cinemas across the UK to take part and share their passion. Since 2011, every September, cinemas, film clubs and film festivals plus various organisations and individuals who have a love for movies, have united to celebrate and encourage watching films together. This years theme is ‘Identity’ which can be found in some form or another throughout the programme of events. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture Show

A special mention goes to the Humanise Community Film Group, a Picton-based group representing diversity of people living and working near Metal, a creative hub and venue at Edge Hill train station which will be screening several still to be announced films. Each screening ticket is pay what you can (£0-£10) and get you free popcorn and soft drinks, plus there’s the option to pay it forward, helping to fund the food and drink for everyone attending the screenings, because it’s hard to think when you’re hungry.

Reel Tours, film and TV locations walking tours will also be running some special tours in conjunction with Scalarama. For more information visit

Our Scalarama 2019 Highlights

Lights, Camera, Activism! Int Slavery Museum, Saturday 7th September
The International Slavery Museum presents ‘Lights, Camerca, Activism!’ which will explore the theme of identity and activism with a series of short films.
2.00pm – 3.00pm FREE ENTRY

Hits Like A Girl + Real Steel. Kirkdale ABC, Thursday 19th September
The Ralla Ecological Garden and Kirkdale Boxing Club have teamed up to screen futuristic boxing film Real Steel. The event will begin with Liverpool based short film Hits Like A Girl by director Harry Sheriff. Tickets and info.

Moonrise Kingdom Scalarama Liverpool

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom. Bloom Building, Friday 20th September
We had to include this in our top picks – We Love Wes Anderson! And this is a night of all things Wes. Wes inspired Shorts, music, Spoken Word, food and chilling out in a Wes Wonderland (beanbags and blankets) all followed by a screening organised by Heads, of the offbeat classic Moonrise Kingdom. Tickets and info.

Peggy Su! Kitty’s Laundrette, Thursday 26th September
Reel Merseyside and Kitty’s Laundrette present Peggy Su! A comedy set in Liverpool in 1962 it focuses on a Chinese community of Merseyside and 19-year-old Peggy who lives above a laundry business with her brother and his wife. More info.

An American Warewolf In London. VideOdyssey, Saturday 28th September
The cult horror comedy. Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a warewolf that none of the locals admit exists. The screening will be followed by a quiz. Tickets and info.

Hail Satan Documentary Scalarama Liverpool

Hail Satan

Hail Satan? VideOdyssey, Sunday 29th September
An entertaining new documentary from director Penny Lane. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? chronicles the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history. The Satanists.
Tickets and info.

To find out more about Scalarama Film Festival and to view the entire Liverpool programme visit