T A P E x International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day during the month of March, T A P E starts of the 2020 screening season with a programme at Catford Mews dedicated to female stories and storytellers. Our mini-season, inspired by the recent success of Man Booker Prize Winner Bernadine Evaristo, will include a new film about renowned writer Toni Morrison (TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM) and Nadine Lebaki’s romantic comedy on the lives of five women in Beirut (CARAMEL).


Place: Catford Mews, 32 Winslade Way, Catford, London SE6 4JU

Screening starts 8.45PM (4th March) & 8.00PM (5th March)
Tickets: £See Website


ICO Screening Days: Inclusion & Diversity

The Independent Cinema Office are back with another event celebrating cinema for all audiences.

One of their core values is to create an industry that is open to all and where everyone feels included. As part of that, T A P E will be leading a specially curated session on Locality: Outreach & Area Specific Programming, alongside Caroline Wilson of UNDR LNDN.

Through our work at the Barbican, Ritzy Picturehouse and other venues, we have always focused on programming specifically for the community, with each event thoughtfully tailored to its local area. In our session we'll discuss the thinking and practical methods behind our approach to community-led programming – including how to utilise research, grassroots outreach and local talent to generate inclusive, representative and responsive film programmes that engage with your local community.

Stick around for a day of new release screenings, workshops and talks.


Place: Broadway, 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL

2.15PM: Session starts
Tickets: £Delegate passes via ICO


 Catford Mews Launch x T A P E

We're excited to be a part of the launch of new south London cinema, Catford Mews.  It's the first project by Really Local Group, who are on a mission to provide inclusive and affordable venues for communities, which will be uniquely designed to reflect their locality, and will act as a community ‘hub’ for the area.

To toast to this new cinematic gem, we'll be programming some short films reflecting the talent and buzz of London city. The night will also feature a special performance by UK rapper Big Tobz and delicious food provided by the Mews’ very own local food vendors along with a selection of drinks, including beer from local Brockley Brewery and rum cocktails from Havana.


Place: 32 Winslade Way, Catford Centre, London, SE6 4JU

Invite only - please contact Catford Mews for enquiries

For more info on the cinema and to book screenings visit:

Sheffield Doc/Fest x T A P E: Building Blocks

Doc/Fest Exchange: bringing together a specially curated programme of free talks, films and conversations to revolutionise what makes a healthy planet.

Supported by Wellcome.

Join us daily in the Exchange to rethink how we can live together in a time of planetary uncertainty. Inspired by the convergence of social, environmental and digital movements you’ll hear from filmmakers, artists, commissioners, scientists, journalists, comedians, academics, community organisers and activists.

As part of this, T A P E has specially curated a programme called Building Blocks. We present a screening of music videos in quasi-documentary style, which spotlight the architecture and sub-cultures of different neighbourhoods, cities and countries. Each stands apart in terms of the people, language and story, yet they are united by how places shape and define the individuals that exist within them. Join us after for a Q&A.


Place: Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 2LA

9AM: Doors open
11AM: Screening starts
Tickets: FREE


Zine #2 Launch: MOON SISTERS

Inspired by charities, projects and movements such as myhairyvagandme, Bloody Good Period and goodbloodperiod, T A P E's second zine issue focuses on period representation or lack thereof in cinema which helped, hindered, inspired or angered audiences. The conversations and scenes done right and the ones that failed us. Calling all Moon Sisters: whether you're a clueless Carrie or a clued-up Rizzo, we've got something for everyone. As always, we'll also be screening short films, playing a DJ set and selling copies of the zine on the night.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7.30PM: Doors open
Plus music, bar, food & short films
Tickets: FREE


T A P E teams up with London Short Film Festival in the new year for a thought-provoking special event on catcalling.

In the wake of a tumultuous 2018, the #MeToo movement has at long last supplanted sexism into almost every public consciousness. Looking to the uneasy reality of how this shapes the very foundations of a woman’s day-to-day, T A P E present a programme turning focus to street harassment.

From the witty and subversive, to films of a more uncomfortable nature, we examine women’s vulnerability within public spaces, the body politics of occupying space, the male gaze as an exertion of power, why catcalling still happens and if there’s more we can be doing.

Films include work by Muriel D’AnsembourgConnie ChavezKate HardieKate DolanKate JessopConnie VanJemima ReadNathan Byron, as well as Buzzfeed virals.

Following the screening, a panel will discuss their own impressions and experiences, including Molly Ackhurst and Kelsey Mohamed of Hollaback, actress Tanya Fear(Catcalling 2.0), Shoot Me director and actress Kate Hardie and T A P E’s Angie Moneke and Nellie Alston.


Place: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

8.30PM: Screenings begin, followed by panel

They Thought We Were Token: Zine Launch

We’re very excited to announce that our very own T A P E zine will be launching on the 23rd October. The first issue is called “They Thought We Were Token” and, you guessed it, it’s all about minority representation in Hollywood; the good, the bad, the lukewarm and the downright offensive. Join us as we explore - through illustration, written word and short film - the dull inclusion of minority women in Western cinema, and celebrate the reluctance to be token. Copies of the zine will be available at the launch and later online.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7.30PM: Doors open
Plus music, bar, food & dope film visuals
Tickets: FREE

Chronic Youth Film Festival 2018

This month we're showing support to the current Barbican Young Programmers, as alumni of this group. It's a whole weekend of films about girlhood, boyhood and selfhood from around the world, with a line-up including shorts from African filmmakers, and feature-length stories that range from Occupation-era France to modern-day Missouri. The programme presents a fresh twist on coming-of-age stories.

T A P E will be taking part in their Film Programmers Meet-Up at 12PM on 17th March, sharing our experience of what it's like to be a film curator, how you can get started and bring in an audience, alongside other creative film groups from all over (including Reel Good Film Club, BOOTH, Underwire Film Festival, OpenCity Doc Fest, ICA, BFI, Bernie Grant Centre, Barbican Centre, Email My Heart Film Club) - come speed date us!


Place: Barbican Centre
Timings and ticket info can be found online


T A P E x UNDR LNDN present We Can be Heroes (short films)

For their finale extravaganza & closing event for the year, T A P E is bowing out in cinematic style. And this time round they're turning the spotlight back to short films​ with a little help from their friends at UNDR LNDN​. Our Made It Through party celebrates having survived this strange, rollercoaster of a year by platforming a diverse selection of incredible shorts which tell a variety of stories, and the creative efforts of the people behind them. Join them and the filmmakers, for some watching, drinking and dancing as they toast to the new year and the one we're all leaving behind.

We will also be raising money for Accumulate, a youth homelessness charity which provides creative workshops for young homeless people and raises money for student scholarships.

With thanks to sponsor support from Metcalfe's Skinny Popcorn and Ugly Drinks.

That's all folks. Till next year.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

3PM: Doors open
3.30PM: Screening begins
Plus music guests, bar, and general festivities
Tickets: FREE



T A P E x Girls On Film present THE FOXY FIVE

All the way from South Africa, The Foxy Five web series will be screening their entire season.

"This web series follows the adventures of the white- supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy smashing group of 5 young womxn from Cape Town –The Foxy Five. Each womxn represents a different struggle and set of ideals within feminism. Despite their ideological differences and the clashes they often cause, the womxn are a tight-nit sisterhood that always manage to band together in overcoming The Man."

The director Jabu Nadia Newman and producer Chase Musslewhite will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

Limited edition posters will also be on sale.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

3PM: Doors open
3.30PM: Screening begins
5PM: Q&A with director Jabu Nadia Newman and producer Chase Musslewhite
Tickets: £5


We Went To Wonderland

With Halloween done & dusted, we turning back to our season of screening films exploring culture, identity & heritage. 'We Went to Wonderland’ documents the journey of film-maker and writer Xiaolu Guo across Europe with her ageing Chinese parents.

Beginning their tour in Xiaolu’s own adopted home - the streets of Hackney - and journeying to the cities of Rome and Paris, this was her parents first and final time outside of China with the difference in culture often resulting in amusing exchanges, for though her father always dreamed of seeing the West, her mother thinks China is best.

Directed in a free and intimate style, mixing stills and quotes with home-footage, this whimsical documentary offers great personal insight, not only into the director's own history but also greater cultural and generational divides, a changing China and globalisation. In the process, it explores how we can each look at the same thing and yet feel something completely different to one another.

After the film we are very excited to have the director Xiaolu Guo in attendance for a Q&A where she will shed light on her experience making the film, as well as discuss her upcoming work.

As Guo quotes in the film “The further you go, the less you understand."


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

3PM: Doors open
3.30PM: Screening begins
5PM: Q&A with Xiaolu Guo, hosted by Jemma Desai
Tickets: £5


T A P E presents XX (Halloween Special)

As All Hallows’ Eve is upon us, T A P E takes you on an exploration of strange & chilling horror with a feature which takes an effortless stab at old-school scares with a fresh perspective.

Each of the four stories which make up the female-led horror anthology, XX, (directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Karyn Kusama) bring modern tales of the haunting contents of a mysterious box, a birthday party gone wrong, a group of friends being stalked by something sinister, and the disturbed behaviours of a rebellious high-schooler. All of this is stitched together with spooky short in-between animation sequences by Sofia Carrillo.

Massive Arms DJ will be on the decks to get those chills going and creepy cocktails on flow to power you through this gloomy Tuesday night...


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7.30PM: Doors open
8PM: Screening begins
Tickets: £5


Window Horses

Continuing our season of screening films that explore culture, identity and heritage, T A P E's September showing dives into the world of animation.

In this curious and charming animated feature, young Canadian poet, Rosie Ming (voiced by Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh), is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran. With this opportunity to experience temporary freedom from her over-protective Chinese grandparents and assert some independence she finds herself in Iran, in the company of poets and Persians, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of poetry itself. It’s about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

In the spirit of Rosie Ming's creative pursuit, this event will also feature live poetry performances.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

12PM: Doors open and live poetry
12.30PM: Screening begins
Tickets: £5


Bruk Out!

For the past months, T A P E has been focused on screening films which in some way explore culture, identity and heritage. Our August film is as bold as it is energetic and just in time for Carnival season, putting a spotlight on the Jamaican Dancehall culture as it brings together dancers and enthusiasts from around the world - Japan, Italy, America, Poland, Spain, and of course, Jamaica.

Bruk Out! follows six Dancehalll Queens, powerhouses at the heart of this global phenomenon, as they prepare to battle it out in Montego Bay for the dancehall world's greatest trophy. Not only does this documentary present an intimate insight into the serious graft of this dynamic world, it also uncovers more personal struggles including body image, poverty and being criticised for hyper-sexual dancing seen by some as lewd but which they feel is empowering.

This directorial debut from Cori McKenna, which recently screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest, celebrates music, Caribbean and international culture, and its leading ladies all at once.

Following the screening, in a warm up to carnival weekend, get set to wine ya waist with D’Vo and Shaun Sky on the decks playing the best in old and new dancehall music.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7PM: Doors open
7.30PM: Screening begins
9PM-Midnight: Dancehall Party
Tickets: £7 advance, £8 on door, £5 party only


My Brother The Devil

Continuing our season of screening films exploring culture, identity & heritage, T A P E's July screening unveils the perils and prejudices faced by two British-Arab brothers growing up on the streets of Hackney.

In My Brother The Devil, Rashid works as a low-level drug dealer before deciding to get out, turning instead to lawful and creative outlets. However, this realisation comes too late for his younger brother Mo who, in a bid to emulate Rashid, is drawn into the gang culture his brother is so desperate for him to avoid.  For the first time, the two brothers find themselves at odds, fuelled by their incompatible desires - Mo tempted by what he sees as a glamorous, rebellious lifestyle and Rashid wanting to protect his brother from these mistakes. It’s not long before these two conflicting paths threaten to cause tragic devastation for both.

This award-winning debut from director Sally El Hosaini received rave reviews at BFI London Film Festival, Sundance and Berlinale, for its accomplished and unconventional portrayal of class, ethnicity, sexuality and coming-of-age.​


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7PM: Doors open
7.30PM: Performance by Men In Bloom
8PM: Screening begins
Tickets: £5


Free ticket giveaway (subject to availability):

Morris From America

T A P E is currently focused on screening films that explore culture, identity & heritage, and Morris From America is next up in their programme. This comedic coming-of-age story follows 13-year-old Morris Gentry - an African American teen who aspires to be the next Notorious B.I.G. - after he and his father move to Germany and he finds himself in a place where no one looks like him or shares his musical tastes. Over time, Mo deals with a variety of things that challenge his young spirit including navigating a new culture, his relationship with his father, and a budding romance as he falls for cool, rebellious 15-year-old Katrin. Morris From America screened as part of the Dramatic Competition section at Sundance Film Festival, winning two awards.

This screening is in collaboration with The New Black Film Collective, a nationwide network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers of Black representation on screen.
Naturally… you can expect hip-hop tunes to follow this screening, including a bit of karaoke to get your inner-Morris going.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7PM: Doors open
7.30PM: Screening begins
9PM: Hip hop karaoke
Tickets: £5


Free ticket giveaway (subject to availability):

Becoming Zlatan

For the next six months T A P E will be screening films which explore culture, identity and heritage. This month we present an intimate and engrossing look into the formative years of one of football’s greatest ever players - Swedish talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Perhaps one of the game's most polarising stars, Zlatan has been lauded for his goals and criticised for his violent outbursts, but his story is also a truly international and surprisingly humble tale. Directors Fredrik Gertten and Magnus Gertten take us through the early years of this child of Bosnian, Muslim and Catholic immigrants on an estate in Malmo and onto his time at Juventus where the true rise to fame and fortune took flight.

With access to an impressive amount of archive footage, this film creates a poignant narrative and by the end you may be no less divided in your feelings towards him but you’ll have a colourful sense of someone who has always struggled to balance the line between governing and being governed, and what it takes to leave home and become a trademark. An everyman tale of a man who has always had a point to prove but never forgotten where he came from.

Massive Arms will be on the decks, working his way through Zlatan's "Mental Muscle" (official) playlist (Jay Z / LL Cool J / Eminem / Swedish Rap / Aswad?! - LEGEND), as well as all those similar motivational hip hop anthems. Gon' make chu sweat.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7PM: Doors open
7.30PM: Screening begins
9PM: DJ set by Massive Arms
Tickets: £8


T A P E x V Spot present Dinner and a Movie: Office Space

We are teaming up with the V Spot Supper Club to bring you a special evening of comedy & delicious plant-based food on Friday 19th of May. We'll be hosting a private screening of the American cult classic movie "Office Space" with a two course meal freshly cooked by V Spot.

Ticket price includes:
BBQ "pulled" sweet potato baps w/ baked vegetable chips
Fudge brownie with chocolate sauce and ice cream

Water and soft drinks will be available on the evening, but please feel free to bring a beverage of your choice to enjoy during the film.


Place: Space @ 61, 61 Cheltenham Road, London, SE15 3AF

07.30PM: Doors open
Tickets: £20

Tickets are non refundable, but they are transferrable.


Love Commandos

This month T A P E presents another up and coming documentary. Love Commandos follows a group of ordinary men challenging their country's outdated view on love and marriage by defending and rescuing women at risk of honour killings.

It tells the story of the turbulent socio-political climate in India, where falling in love with the 'wrong' person may result in brutal punishment or death, and the immense struggles this guerrilla group of men and the couples they come across are up against.

After the film there will be a Q&A with director Miriam Lyons to explore background on the film & the experience of documenting this important issue, and Will Bose from the charity Karma Nirvana who will give a perspective on honour-based violence in the UK. Journalist/broadcaster/filmmaker Kieran Yates will chair the Q&A - join in the conversation.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

12.00PM: Doors open
12.30PM: Screening begins
2.00PM: Q&A with director Miriam Lyons
Tickets: £8


Gallery Launch: Vivé | A Showcase of Life by Munya Chidakwa

Photographer Munya Chidakwa intends to seek out the many definitions of the word Vivé. Using photography and design Munya documents our vibrant changing world and explores difference. This exhibition gives a glimpse of Munya’s travels around to the world, as he expresses life through a lens.

The opening evening will feature live music from singer Malunga, poetry reading from poet Jolade Olusanya and a moving images programme curated by T A P E collective.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7.30PM: Doors open
Exhibition continues in Upstairs venue: Tues 4th - 30th April


The Fits

This March, T A P E turns one year old, and our film of choice to ring in this milestone is Anna Rose Holmer's 'The Fits'. In this debut feature, shy tomboy Toni auditions to be part of the charismatic and captivating Lioness dance troupe. But when the Lioness girls start mysteriously fitting and fainting, Toni suddenly finds herself caught up in these curious events whilst grappling with her own sense of identity and belonging.

After this thrilling coming-of-age film, we've got a DJ booked so we can all grab a drink together and celebrate a year long anniversary of platforming awesome cult cinema and limited release greats.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

3.30PM: Drinks at the bar/Upstairs
4.15PM: Screening begins
5.30PM: T A P E Anniversary party
Tickets: £8



T A P E presents an exclusive first look of an award-winning documentary, Jackson by director Maisie Crow, which is being screened for only the second time in the UK (and for the first time in 2017).

A harrowing and thought-provoking documentary on the controversial topic of abortion, it follows the anti-abortion efforts in the USA's Deep South. The last remaining abortion clinic in Jackson, Mississippi exists in a social climate where the pro-life movement has made serious leaps in cultural, political and legal battles. For women in Mississippi who are seeking abortion services the stigma is rife, with those living in poverty and women of colour left particularly vulnerable.

Crow explores the hard truths of racial and religious undertones of the Deep South, as well as the struggle between two sides trying to either close or preserve this last clinic, putting everyday people at the heart of America's reproductive rights debate.

Before the screening there will be drinks and a short film shown, and afterwards a panel discussion - also open to the floor - on the issues explored particularly in the context of women's rights and the significance of docs in exploring these stories.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

4PM: Drinks reception & short film
5PM: Screening begins
Tickets: £8

Panel includes: Eloise King (i-D, Vice, Women On Docs), Adelaide Lawson (Born n Bread), Jenn Nkiru (Film Director, Orange Soda Film Club) and hosted by Jemma Desai (BFI London Film Festival, I Am Dora)


T A P E x Girls On Film present Honeytrap

T A P E and Girls On Film are teaming up to bring you Honeytrap by Rebecca Johnson - the first UK urban drama film told from a woman's perspective. Set in Brixton it follows 15 year old Layla into a painful rite of passage balancing her own girlhood and the gang she feels she needs to belong to. Her quest for a re-imagined self and acceptance results in a cautionary tale inspired by real headline news. Johnson's debut feature had its world premiere at the London Film Festival in 2014 and Rebecca Johnson was nominated for Best British Newcomer by the BFI for her film exploring girls in a man's world.

Joining us on the day are Raw Materials - a Brixton based music organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of young people and their economic position, opportunities, progression and development, including mental and physical health issues.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

4PM: Drinks reception with introduction by Raw Materials
5PM: Screening begins
7PM:  Stick around to dance and bring your bras for Outerglobe's Female DJ Relay, who are raising money and collecting bras for the charity "Bras Not Bombs"

Tickets: £8


Pootie Tang

This month, T A P E is treading new waters in bringing you a comedy film screening at Upstairs at the Ritzy.

Pootie Tang, the Louis C.K. cult classic starring Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, Wanda Sykes and others, is a satire of the blaxploitation genre following an ice cool ladies man/recording artist who fights crime.

As that bizarre summary suggests, there's really no other comedy like it - both laugh out loud and completely ridiculous.

Brought to you by an unlikely choice of writer/director, everyone's favourite cynical comedian Louis C.K, this hilarious US feature was never released theatrically in the UK but leave it to T A P E to make sure this unmissable film is now coming your way.

Join us for a night full of discussions, great music & all-round alternative, cutting edge entertainment.


Place: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London SW2 1JG

7.30PM: Drinks & entry to Upstairs
8PM: Screening begins

Tickets: £4 / £3 concessions


T A P E presents London Calling

T A P E is back with a programme of short films for the summer, all of which were produced through the London Calling scheme by Film London.

These 6 diverse and cutting-edge shorts have been nominated for BAFTA & Sundance accolades, and premiered at the BFI London Film Festival - so it's strictly only the good stuff.

This time round we've teamed up with a new venue, Cafe Del Marsh, a great cafe/bar in Waterloo with a covered outdoor screening area (perfect for a mild summer evening).

Entry is free but donations to our cinematic cause on the night are appreciated so we can plough money into our ambitious future screening plans.

Join us for drinks & cool short films next week!


Place: Cafe Del Marsh, 44 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RG

7PM: Drinks & entry to outside screening area
8PM: Short films begin

More info:

Carnival of Souls

T A P E is back at Lerryn's Cafe & Bar to continue our mission of screening cool underground films.

We're showing Herk Harvey's 'Carnival of Souls', which sees a woman become drawn to a mysterious carnival after she's involved in a terrible accident.

Originally undervalued when it was released, it eventually went on to gain a kind of underground cult staus. However, it was never distributed in the UK so we're throwing a little party with it as our main attraction.

There'll be popcorn, signature cocktails and other drinks on offer, plus great music playing at the bar before & after.

TICKETS ARE FREE but please book your place ahead of the day to guarantee your seat:


6PM: Arrive for drinks & popcorn
7.30PM: 'Carnival of Souls' begins
9PM: More drinks & music at the bar til late

More info:

T A P E x Club Motte: Shorts & Storytelling

T A P E is teaming up with storytelling outfit, Club Motte, to show a series of diverse and brilliant short films before audience members tell stories based on a mystery theme which will be revealed on the night. The event is BYOB, and plenty of sangria & popcorn will be on tap. Come for Friday night drinks, shorts & stories!


Bonnington Centre

11 Vauxhall Grove


Drinks: from 8PM

Films start: 8.30PM

Stories starts: 9.00PM

 FREE event

More info:

The Wild Party

The irresponsible Stella Ames (Clara Bow) spends her college career attending parties and having fun. However, when she ends up in the difficult class of the handsome, but stern, Professor Gil Gilmore (Fredrick March), she develops a crush on the man that could prove disastrous for both of them. (Rotten Tomatoes)


Lerryn's Cafe & Bar

200 Rye Lane

SE15 4UR

Doors open: 5PM

Film starts: 5.30PM til late

Tickets: FREE

More info:


Personal Services I

Personal Services (1987)

Christine (Julie Walters) is a struggling single mother who reluctantly rents out rooms in her apartment to prostitutes to make ends meet. But when a financial jam forces her to sell her own body, Christine forsakes her reservations about her tenants. Soon, with help from veteran hooker Shirley (Shirley Stelfox), Christine transforms her apartment into a house of ill repute, her makeshift brothel servicing a passel of older male clients with decidedly kinky sexual appetites.