The Cinema Museum, London

Women & Cocaine Presents Christopher Strong (1933)

Wed 30 Oct 2019 @ 19:30 · Events

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun” – Katharine Hepburn

This October join Women & Cocaine as we screen Hepburn’s classic Christopher Strong (1933) from the pioneering lesbian director Dorothy Arzner (inventor of the boom microphone!)

In her only role as ‘the other woman’ Hepburn plays Lady Cynthia Darrington in this illicit tale of love among the English aristocracy.

Sir Christopher Strong, a member of parliament, has always been faithful to his wife, until he meets the distinguished Aviatrix, Lady Cynthia at a party where a dangerous affair ensues between the young, free spirited Cynthia and the middle aged Christopher. As the two are drawn deeper into their affair, the consequences threaten Strong’s lengthy marriage and both their careers culminating in a fateful climax.

“A brilliant film series at the Cinema Museum celebrating the fierce and liberated women of early cinema” (Time Out London)

From the period of 1930 to 1934, before the introduction of censorship (known as the Hays Code) Women were depicted in roles with a frankness and sex-positivity that remains rare even today. These newly independent women pushed gender boundaries as they pursued their own economic freedom and excitement, defying the previous Victorian ideals of domesticity, sexual purity and religion. Hollywood soon caught on and began to represent these women on screen, and each month we celebrate a different woman from that era.

Come join us in this beautifully historic Grade II listed venue for a discussion, then screening of the film and our exclusive raffle!

“My father warned me about men & booze, but he never mentioned a word about women & cocaine” – Tallulah Bankhead.

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Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.


Reserved tickets £10 available from Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available on the door on the night. Concessions available on the door with valid ID. Phone bookings for this event cannot be made via the Cinema Museum.
Christopher Strong