NFTS at 50

Theatre Girls

+ Q&A with director Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto takes us on a fascinating journey through a Soho hostel for women.

Image from Theatre Girls + Q&A with director Kim Longinotto

UK 1978
Dirs Kim Longinotto, Claire Pollak

In her final film for the NFTS, Longinotto and co-drector Pollak take us into London’s ‘Theatre Girls Club’ in Soho – a hostel for elderly and destitute women, and the only shelter in the capital that would take in any woman at any time. Longinotto lived in the hostel for over two months, establishing an extraordinary level of trust with the residents. Developing her signature style, she films without judgement and finds humour and humanity in situations and characters that might otherwise be seen as tragic.