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Jackdaw's latest production Gateways Grind is now available on BBC iPlayer



Winner of the Inside Out Toronto Audience Award, Gateways Grind premiered at the prestigious BFI Flare film festival and was shown on BBC FOUR in June 2022

Sandi Toksvig goes behind the iconic green door of one of the most famous lesbian venues in the world, The Gateways Club in London. Starting off as a meeting place for bohemians, it became lesbian-only under the watchful management of the enigmatic Gina Ware and her sidekick Smithy until its closure in 1985. The Gates’ former clientele recount the many stories of love, heartbreak, friendship, scandal and sanctuary that played out in the club, including the venue's appearance in a Hollywood film. They open up the secret history of this haven for women who could lose homes, jobs and children if their truth became known.



Gateways Grind is a “polished look… with a twist.”  In the Seats Canada 

Gateways Grind simple approach allows its powerful story to take centre stage”  SCREEN NEWS

“Any documentary fronted by Sandi Toksvig is an immediate win for us, but Gateways Grind has plenty more to offer besides its famous host.”    PINK NEWS

“Gateways was a crucial part of London’s queer history. In this charming and informative film, it’s celebrated in all its glory.”    Flare Film Festival 


Maggi Hambling in Gateways Grind

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