Salon Du Cinema

A celebration of the stars of a golden age of cinema in an intimate series of evenings combining storytelling, performance, presentations and most importantly film.

This was a unique collaboration between Scary Little Girls, The Poly (Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society) and Falmouth University’s Fashion & Textiles Institute.

Together we explored how female film stars pushed the boundaries both pre- and post-censorship, combining screenings of classic cinema with the sort of shenanigans you can only get away with in a salon.

We celebrated the glamorous filmic art that challenged the audiences of its day while treating our own audience to flirtatious cocktails, scene-setting live music and risqué tales of the secret and scandalous…

Our programme in full:

Mother Mae I

Celebrating the Art of Seduction…

  • Live performance of songs from English and American vaudeville
  • Themed talk from the Fashion and Textiles Institute
  • Readings from banned and scandalous authors such as DH Lawrence, Lord Byron and Katherine Mansfield
  • Screening of Mae West’s 1933 comedy classic She Done Him Wrong
  • Fizzy cocktails and chocolate treats for all!

“Why don’t you come up sometime, huh?”

All About Eves

A light-hearted exploration into the shady backstage world of entertainment…

  • Live performance of songs by Porter, Berlin and Fields
  • Themed talk from the Fashion and Textiles Institute
  • Readings from authors who have explored the back stage world, such as Daphne du Maurier, Dorothy Parker and Mikhail Bulkagov
  • Screening of the Bette Davis 1950 bitching classic All About Eve
  • Martinis and chocolate treats for all!

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”

The Oldest Sport

A night dedicated to the games played between the sexes…

  • Live performance of songs by Kate Bush, Kirsty MacColl and Dolly Parton
  • Themed talk from the Fashion and Textiles Institute
  • Readings from authors who have entered the fray in the battle between the sexes, such as Virginia Wolf, Joanna Russ and Angela Carter
  • Screening of the Katharine Hepburn classic 1949 comedy Adam’s Rib.
  • Bloody Marys and chocolate treats for all!

“Who actually wears the trousers in the battle of the sexes?”

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The Salon du Cinema has been made possible thanks to generous funding from the British Film Institute Film Audience Network.