Every day, on the top floor of an iconic 1960’s shopping centre near the heart of the city, hundreds of regulars take up their usual spots in the London Palace Bingo Club. Some come for the cheap dinners and the free tea and coffee, many stay to relax, socialise, play bingo, dominoes, gossip, and party together.
As this area’s billion pound redevelopment nears its finish, the club finds itself the last piece of the old neighbourhood now sitting in a drastically altered picture, surrounded on all sides by gleaming towers of high-end apartments.
The Palace film is a loud, emotional portrait of a unique community rooted in South London saying goodbye to their social hub and playground of the past 20 years. Told through the stories of the regulars that loved it, and the owner who couldn’t save it.
Directed by Jo Prichard (UK)