Film Feels Curious: My Forgotten Favourites

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Welcome to My Forgotten Favourites: a celebration of the distinctively kitsch and colourful cult films of the late 90s/early 00’s at Storyhouse Cinema this summer!   

Across the 5 film screenings and accompanying events, we are celebrating the over-the-top costumes, iconic soundtracks, and subversive comedy that made these films underground classics to those in the know. From our worn-out VHS tapes and scratched soundtrack CDs, the season will give these cult gems the big screen treatment they deserve.  

To some, the phrase “cult classic” may bring to mind an image of a particular kind of film. My Forgotten Favourites aims to open up the doors to the next generation, moving on from 80s boyhood nostalgia to the vivid and bizarre films that were cherished at many a 90s sleepover.  

Not only do these films come from the same era, but they share a number of motifs and themes. Across the selection strong female and LGBT+ characters are represented, with friendship and community always at their core. At the same time, satirical humour is used to skewer consumerism (Josie and the Pussycats), conservative America (But I’m A Cheerleader), and the high school popularity contest (Jawbreaker). This is often achieved through the use of pop music and vibrant colour in set design and clothing. This gives these films their distinct stylistic signatures that allowed them a certain amount of mainstream appeal to their teenage target audiences upon their release (though not enough to bring great box office success) and a level of strangeness that has kept these films in the minds of cult film fans in the present day.

This season has been created by Isobel, a former Storyhouse Young Programmer. Read an interview with Isobel here.

This event is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at

Cinema Jawbreaker (15)
Tomorrow 8.30pm

1 hr 23 | After a prank goes wrong, a gang of popular girls have to cover up the death of their best friend and prom queen, who they gagged and suffocated with a jawbreaker candy.

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Cinema To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (PG)

1 hr 44 | To Wong Foo… is a warm-hearted film about a trio of New York City drag queens whose car breaks down in an unsuspecting small town.

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Activities My Forgotten Favourites: Pop Quiz!
The Kitchen

1 hr | Join us at 7pm in The Kitchen, for a ‘Pop Quiz’, a fun trip through 90s & 00s film, music, & culture – prizes for winning teams. 

Cinema Josie and the Pussycats (PG)

1 hr 34 | Josie and her band are brought into the early 21st century, where the struggling rock group are picked up by a mysterious major record label whose true intentions quickly become clear.

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Activities My Forgotten Favourites: Record Fair
The Kitchen

Step into a record lover’s dream. The Storyhouse Kitchen will play host to a selection of local vendors with new and second-hand vinyl across a range of genres.

Cinema Empire Records (12A)

1 hr 34 | One day in the lives of the teenage staff of Empire Records that is faced with closure. When a staff member learns of the owners plans to sell, he gambles the previous days takings in a bid to save it.

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Activities My Forgotten Favourites: DJ Night
The Kitchen

Join us in the Storyhouse Kitchen for a special evening of 90s/00s pop and indie tunes picked by DJ Mx World.

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