Thriller ‘Gaslight’ to be screened at the Palace Cinema in support of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service

Psychological thriller Gaslight will be screened at the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs

Oasis Domestic Abuse Service is hosting a special screening of classic 1940s psychological thriller Gaslight at the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs next month.

The event will mark the end of The Palace’s 1940s film season and is the first fundraiser of its kind for Oasis, thanks to the support of event sponsor Broadstairs Business Club.

It will start with live piano accompaniment and a film introduction by The Palace before the lights dim and projector rolls.

Hailed by the Hollywood Reporter as “extraordinary”, Gaslight is the American film adaptation of the 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton. It tells the story of a manipulative and conniving husband – played by Charles Boyer – who tries to convince his wife – Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman – that she is losing her mind by making her doubt her words, actions and memory.

Fast-forward to today, and the term ‘gaslighting’ is one used by many of Oasis’ clients when describing the abuse tactics they endure from the person they should feel safest with.

After the screening there will be a raffle and a Q&A with Oasis’ Head of Operations, Tina Alexander, for the audience to discuss and put into perspective the key themes of the film: gaslighting, emotional abuse and coercive control.

The screening takes place on Thursday 8th February at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and all proceeds will go towards Oasis’ vital and urgent work supporting individuals and families experiencing and recovering from domestic abuse in Kent.

Claire Fenley, Senior Fundraiser at Oasis, said: “These events are an important way for us to connect with our community and it’s always exciting to collaborate with local businesses like the Palace Cinema to bring our fundraisers to life.

“We’re looking at touring this screening across other independent cinemas in Kent as it’s a brilliant way to engage our community in discussions around the more subtle forms of abuse and to bring home how vital it is to believe survivors and create safe spaces for them to open up.”

Oasis Domestic Abuse Service has been working with peopled affected by domestic abuse for nearly 30 years. The charity began with a handful of dedicated people opening a refuge service in 1994 in Margate.

Back then two women a week were being murdered as a result of abuse in the home. Sadly, that statistic remains the same today.

Today, Oasis delivers services for adults, children and young people affected by domestic abuse in East Kent, Medway and North Kent.

Oasis’s helpline 0800 917 9948 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am – 4.30pm) or the 24/7 national helpline on 0808 2000 247

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  1. A bit of reinvention of history here. The film was actually called Fanny By Gaslight as I recall, not just Gaslight. How times change

    • My understanding is that the play Gas Light that this film is based on, is the origin of the term “Gaslighting”
      Fanny By Gaslight is a complete different film.

  2. Judging by the picture above, this looks like the remake of the original, filmed about a year earlier and which, IMHO, was superior with its acting.

  3. Yes, two different films. I posted something similar to that of Mr Brown’s post but it was deleted for some reason. ‘Fanny by Gaslight’ was adapted from a novel by Michael Sadleir

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