Pink Palace: Taxi Zum Klo18

Pink Palace: Taxi Zum Klo

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  • Wed 25 May
  • 109 minutes
  • Director: Frank Ripploh
  • Cast: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup
  • Germany (1981)


Housed in the Rio basement bar and lounge, the Rio team will be presenting weekly queer cinema classics and docs with introduction talks and supporting shorts, art and performances.

All tickets £5

Pink Palace presents an evening looking at this groundbreaking queer classic, and the culture of crusing and cottaging in the 80's

The evening will start with an affectionate and nostaligic talk presented by Andrew Woodyatt and Adam Zmith looking at the lost art of crusing, entitled "Where have all the cottages gone?".

Frank Ripploh's groundbreaking debut feature is a no-holds-barred look at the life of a gay schoolteacher in 1981 West Berlin. The gritty portrayal of a dual lifestyle contributed much to the birth of a new genre that became Queer Cinema. It's a pivotal piece of cinema history that 30 years later is still pushing the limits but is also an illustration of how much the modern gay mainstream has evolved.

A cult classic, the film fell foul of the Video Recording Act of 1984 and its circulation dwindled. Now TAXI is back, fully restored, remastered and waiting to be rediscovered.

"Taxi zum Klo is a truthful film, revolutionary in its time, about love, the pleasures of promiscuity and the fears of the fading of desire. Shot just before the advent of the AIDS crisis in the early 80s, it now has a peculiar place in social and cultural history"

Philip French - The Guardian

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.

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