Pop-up cinema in City of London’s historic heart celebrates female role models


The empowerment of women in film will be celebrated over three nights of outdoor cinema in the historic heart of the City of London next month. The film screenings in Guildhall Yard, the site of London’s Roman Amphitheatre, are part of ‘Women: Work and Power’, a six-month season of 70 special events. Claim your space at one of the City’s most popular hot spots and enjoy a unique evening of cinema with drinks and hot and cold snacks. Deckchairs will be provided at no extra cost. The films, including the recent blockbuster ‘Wonder Woman’, historical drama ‘Suffragette’ and the celebrated road film ‘Thelma & Louise’, shine a light on women and their struggle to be heard and respected.

Wonder Woman  Monday 13 August

A sensational story about a brave and powerful (super) woman who fulfils her true potential. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman features the first female superhero lead in over a decade. Diana, princess of the Amazons (Gal Gadot), is raised on a sheltered island and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. She meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about a war that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, she leaves her home for the first time to fight and discover her full powers.

Thelma and Louise – Tuesday 14 August

A feminist classic written by Callie Khouri, Thelma and Louise is an influential film that challenged gender norms in the 1990s. Two strong female leads, housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) and waitress Louise (Susan Sarandon), escape their mundane lives by taking a  fishing trip. Their short break becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma in a bar. They decide to drive to Mexico, fleeing the men in their lives and the law.

Suffragette – Wednesday 15 August

An inspiring film about the suffragette movement in early 20th century Britain, directed by Sarah Gavron, and how the life of Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) is changed forever by the movement. Galvanized by political activist, Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for the right to vote. Faced with confrontation by the police, Maud and the suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family, and lives for a just cause.

Doors open at 6pm, films start at 8.45pm. Tickets cost £15 each (excluding refreshments). To book, visitwww.cityoflondon.gov.uk/womenworkpower