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Take Up Space presents

Desperately Seeking Susan + Q&A

Wednesday 6th March 2024 at 7:30pm

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Desperately Seeking Susan + Q&A
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Certificate 15
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A special screening of classic ’80s comedy Desperately Seeking Susan, followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director Susan Seidelman, presented by Take Up Space for International Women’s Day.

Showing as part of the Take Up Space festival, marking International Women’s Day with a five-day celebration of community, collaboration and connection in Folkestone.

New Jersey housewife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) spices up her boring life by reading personal ads, especially a series of them being placed by a mysterious denizen of New York City named Susan (Madonna). When one of Susan’s ads proposes a rendezvous with her suitor at Battery Park, Roberta secretly tags along. But when her voyeuristic jape ends in permanent memory loss and a new jacket, Roberta begins to gather a lot of unwanted attention from some very unsavoury characters. 

Now considered a cult 1980s classic, Desperately Seeking Susan was Madonna’s first major film role. Heavily influenced by her own early style, the film is noted for its impact on 1980s fashion, especially among the young female audience of the time, and for heralding third wave feminism. 

Hailed as one of the best US films of the decade by publications such as NME and Rolling Stone, the film was selected in 2023 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Desperately Seeking Susan

  • Directed by

    Susan Seidelman

  • Starring

    Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn

  • Genre

    Comedy, Drama

  • Details

    USA • 1985 • 104 mins

  • Certificate


A bored New Jersey suburban housewife’s fascination with a free-spirited woman she has read about in the personal columns leads to her being mistaken for the woman herself.