Wonderland (1999) at the Vault Festival 18 March

Sunday 18 March 2018 – Vault Festival – Waterloo Vaults


The Bechdel Test Fest celebrates Wonderland, Michael Winterbottom’s intimate portrait of a family of working-class women living in London in the late 90s with live piano accompaniment.

Loosely circling the interlocking lives of lonely Londoners, the characters of Wonderland gradually interlace as they pace the same lamp-lit streets and navigate their own brand of crisis. Sisters Nadia (Gina McKee), Molly (Molly Parker) and Debbie (Shirley Henderson) have individual stories to tell and different lives to lead. From fishing for love via Lonely Heart ads, being a proud single mum, or handling the mid-life crisis of a fretting husband whilst heavily pregnant, there’s a simple chaos throughout that’s knowing, compassionate and eventually unites these typically unique London women.

Wonderland brings a sobering sensibility to cinematic portraits of London and mines the kitchen sink dramas of urban life in its grit and glory.

With what might be the aptest theme tune ever, legendary composer Michael Nyman’s score is a masterpiece as it elevates the optimism, faith, and humanity found in the whistle of any Londoner. We’ll be bringing that resounding music to you live via a piano performance.

Where better place to revel in the realities of some genuine London tales than in the underground haunts of the Vaults of Waterloo. Join us as we revel in a film that resonates with our own experiences of questing through the capital.

Watch the trailer


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Bechdel Test Fest