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  • Wed 20 Jul
  • 86 minutes
  • Director: Jack Bond
  • Cast: Joss Ackland, Barbara Windsor, Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Gareth Hunt, Neil Dickson
  • UK (1988)


Pink Palace our weekly queer film club presents a camp 80's treat from the iconic Pet Shop Boys...

Director Jack Bond originally set out to make an extended pop video based on Pet Shop Boys’ 1987 album Actually. What he ended up with was a flamboyantly full-scale feature film that finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe embarking on an outstanding musical odyssey from coast to capital, encountering the eccentric likes of screen legends Joss Ackland, Gareth Hunt and Barbara Windsor along the way.

Perfect pop surrealism meets road movie to the sound of hits from the duo’s fantastic first two studio albums, including all-time classics ‘West End Girls’, ‘It’s a Sin’ and ‘Always On My Mind’.

Long unavailable, It Couldn’t Happen Here is presented at pink Palace remastered by the BFI in High Definition at 4K resolution. A strange, striking and very queerl pop musical, packed full of iconic tracks, it is anunmissable retro treat.

These pop up screenings are presented in a casual relaxed setting in the basement lounge with a state of the art LED screen and Dolby sound, seating is provided on a mix of chairs, bean bags, wheel chair spaces and stools in an informal manner. The screenings are a safe queer space and an open forum to stay and discuss the issues of the films afterwards. If you have any access questions please contact us, the basement is fully accessible by lift and has gender neutral and accessible toilets.

Pink Palace is a reference to the space being part of the original Kingsland Palace of Animated Varieties which opened in August 1909. Pink Palace screenings are supported by Hello Again Hackney.

With thanks to the wonderful people @peccapics

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