The Eclectic Cinema presents Mädchen in Uniform and But I’m a Cheerleader

The Eclectic Cinema is showing Mädchen in Uniform and But I’m a Cheerleader on Monday 6th February 2023 at 6.00pm and 8.30pm.

Mädchen in Uniform is directed by Leontine Sagan and stars Herthe Thiele, Dorothea Wieck and Emilia Unda – starts at 6.00pm.

Manuela is forced to attend a strict all-girls boarding school following the death of her mother. She becomes attracted to a particular teacher, who is more sensitive and compassionate than the others, and is also popular with the other girls.

A film banned in the USA, banned in Nazi Germany, which sought to destroy all prints, and heavily censored elsewhere. Why? Decadence: specifically, its sympathetic portrayal of lesbianism. Fortunately, the film was widely distributed outside Germany, so sufficient material survived to assemble this restored version. Watch the trailer here.

But I’m a Cheerleader is directed by Jamie Babbitt and stars Natasha Lyonne, Clea Duvall and RuPaul Charles – starts at 8.30pm.

With great humour, this film, made nearly 25 years ago, deals with the serious and still-current issue of gay conversion therapy.

Megan is a high-school cheerleader, but based on flaky circumstantial evidence, her parents suspect she is a lesbian and bundle her off to a reparative camp. The satire and visual jokes abound as the campers are taken through the essential steps towards hetero-normality. There’s even a place for RuPaul Charles in a non-drag gay role. Needless to say, the treatment doesn’t work! Watch the trailer here.

Tickets for Mädchen in Uniform are available online here and for But I’m a Cheerleader here or alternatively you may telephone the box office on 01242 522852 Tues – Fri from 10 am – 4 pm. The standard ticket price is £7.50 per film although if you buy a ticket for both films the combined ticket price is £12.

Also, under a sponsorship scheme funded by CFS, we are able to offer a limited number of complimentary tickets for screenings by The Eclectic Cinema. Members of CFS will receive an email giving details of how to apply for tickets shortly before each of these screenings.