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Gateways Grind + Filmmaker Q&A 18

Part of A Taste of Queer Cinema
Jacquie Lawrence, UK, 2021, 120m.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Jacquie Lawrence and producer Felicity Milton, hosted by the LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson.

Stick around for mingling in the bar after the screening.

Gateways Grind is the first ever documentary about the iconic Gateways Club, probably the most famous lesbian club in the world made even more notorious by its ten-minute scene

in the movie, The Killing of Sister George, featuring Beryl Reid, Susannah York and Coral Browne.

Originally a magnet for artists and musicians, it was won in a bet by Ted Ware in 1943, whose wife, Gina Ware, ran it as sanctuary for lesbians for nearly four decades, making it lesbian only for its last twenty years.

For the first time ever we go through the Gateway’s infamous ‘green door’ and see and hear from the women who found friends, sex, love and scandal in this small basement club just off the Kings Road in swinging Chelsea.

Our presenter, well known writer and broadcaster, Sandi Toksvig, traces her first visit to the ‘Gates’ and follows the quest to award the club a Blue Plaque to commemorate its important

place in lesbian history and visibility.

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