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SOCIAL CULTURE QUEENS: The Killing of Sister George @ BFI Southbank

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Join our 4th SOCIAL CULTURE QUEENS social!

We’re meeting for drinks from 6pm before 8:20pm screening of 1968 lesbian film classic “THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE” directed by Robert Aldrich (WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, THE DIRTY DOZEN). Meet-up point to be announced soon.

Once tickets go on sale 11 July, we'll run our *Exclusive Offer* to get 2-4-1 tickets via the BFI when booking in person, online or by phone (020 7928 3232).

* SCQ socials are free to attend. Some of us will go to the screening at 8:20, while others may prefer to continue hangin in the bar :)

=== About THE MOVIE ===
THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE is based on the 1964 play by Frank Marcus, and has suffered a great deal of controversy ov...er the years. An aging lesbian television actress, June "George" Buckridge (played by Beryl Reid), simultaneously faces the loss of her popular television role and the breakdown of her longterm relationship with younger woman Childie (played by Susannah York). Although the play was a black comedy, the film version was marketed as a "shocking drama" and added explicit lesbian content that was not in the play. It was also the first film to portray the interior of a lesbian nightclub (filmed at Chelsea lesbian club The Gateways), allowing the audience to see a glimpse into British lesbian culture.

British Board of Film Classification (NNFC) described the sex scene as “by far the most explicit scene of lesbian physical love that has ever been submitted [for classification]” and that BBFC was “not prepared as yet to accept lesbian sex to this point.” It classified The Killing of Sister George as ‘X’ in February 1969, with the encounter between Mrs Crofts and Childie deleted. Nevertheless, a number of local authorities across the UK banned the film even in this version. The Greater London Council allowed the film to be shown within its authority area with minor edits. The increase in the age bar for ‘X’ films from 16 to 18 in 1970 saw some local authorities relent on their previous decision and allow the film to be shown under this higher age restriction.

More on the film's censorship http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/bbfc-files-killing-sister-george

=== About SOCIAL CULTURE QUEENS ===

SOCIAL CULTURE QUEENS is a new exciting social group for lesbian, bisexual, queer and trans-identified women of a feminist persuasion who love culture. We host safe-space socials around cultural events with the aim of facilitating networking among women who wish to socialise with other women with a common interest. The group is the brainchild of Future Female Project’s Olivia Moss and Planet Nation LBQ's Naomi Bennett.

SCQ launched on Saturday 13 May at Benugo bar at the Barbican Centre immediately following the screening of 1996 thriller BOUND. This was followed by a social at BFI Southbank to support the screening of THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY on 24 May, then another one at BFI on 18 June to support PARIAH and the BFI's UNBOUND Women of Colour filmmakers season.

* If you'd like SCQ to host a social at your event or if you'd like to work with us, please get in touch via our Future Female Project or Planet Nation LBQ FB pages (www.facebook.com/futurefemaleproj , www.facebook.com/PlanetNationLBQ) or Twitter pages (www.twitter.com/FutureFemProj, www.twitter.com/PlanetNationLBQ). We look forward to working with you!

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