Theatre Girls

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© Longinotto
57 minutes / B&W / 1979
Directed by
Kim Longinotto Claire Pollack

Country of production United Kingdom

The “Theatre Girls Club” is a hostel for homeless, destitute and alcoholic women in Soho, London. It is run by six paid workers and it is the only hostel in London which takes any women at any time. The filmmakers lived in the hostel for more than two months, establishing an extraordinary level of trust with their “cast” —from the home’s feisty cook to an elderly resident who was a terminal alcoholic. In what will later be recognized as a signature style, Longinotto films without judgement and finds the humor and humanity in situations and characters that might otherwise be seen as tragic.

Language and subtitles English (no subtitles)

Region British-Irish Isles

Country United Kingdom

Keywords Squatter Settlements / Homelessness Socioeconomic conditions Gender Role and Identity