Thus far, the summertime cinema scene in London has been peppered with the sort of pleasant evenings that reminds all those present of what film can do to a person.
Early contenders such as Pop Up Cinema and the Queen on Hoxton’s rooftop showings have brought with them a unified ambience that defies our cruel weather as friends and strangers shout the words to Afternoon Delight as Anchorman glares down from a house-sized screen or the opening bars of the Ghostbuster’s theme warrant high fives that cut through the chilled evening air.
So popular have these events become that Pop Up is coming back for round two, this time spreading their arms open to the public and encouraging suggestions for future showings.
At a time when the UK film industry is a nervous wreck, it’s important that this secret stream of revenue be grasped with both hands, and thankfully there is plenty more to anticipate over the next few months, mainly in London but with a sneaky diversion round the country.
Leading the pack for outdoor cinema this season is The Nomad, an organisation that boasts “the most adventurous pop up cinema experience in the world.” Fancying itself as a cinematic seducer of the British audience, this organisation is hurtling out a fantastic range of affairs over July and August and leaves no one unloved, including Thelma and Louise, Little Miss Sunshine, Memento and Spirited Away. Making the best possible use of anything from castles to cricket grounds, Nomad takes it further still with live performances, theatre and music for a multi dimensional and all round entertaining experience.
And they’re not the only ones. Under the A12 in East London this July you will not find a homeless man pushing a trolly or a band of skateboarding juveniles, but a wooden house and a brass band. Constructed lovingly by a band of youthful volunteers by recycled material, the art group Create have composed this beautiful monster to house workshops and screenings for five weeks as a means of giving back to the East London community.
Described by one of Create’s organisers as a refreshingly “democratic process” where people build something they can make use of, Folly for a Flyover will be charting its weeks by themes; Fables, Structures, Apparitions, Heroes and Visions. Ones to watch will no doubt include the original Tron, accompanied by a live remix soundtrack (8th July,) Akira on July the 22nd, one of those films that should be seen at least once on the big screen, and a Technicolor finale on the 24th with The Wizard of Oz, playing alongside a hearty performance by the East London Brass Band. Only in Hackney.
If dry land is completely totally 2010 as far as you’re concerned, cast your oars for The Floating Cinema. In association with said Folly for a Flyover, this boat based screen will be touring the Thames, docking at various points along the way. For the feature length fan, this soggy venue will drop in at several riverside spots for the larger scale films, while the narrow boat itself will display archive shorts, talks and workshops for anyone with a sea sick proof persona.
And on a final and obvious note there’s Film Four’s Somerset House. The surrogate father of outdoor cinema, this year tickets have flown as happy moviegoers (and FilmJuicers no doubt) will plonk themselves inbetween the astonishing walls of the Thameside venue to allow modern favourites like Scott Pilgrim vs The World (August 4th,) cultural wonders like Chinatown (August 2nd) and a national premier in the form of Troll Hunter (August 6th, main photo) Screenings will air from the 27th of July to the 7th of August.
It’s not going to be a quiet summer, and with an ear to the ground there are probably a lot more local events gracing the sports grounds, rivers, maybe even the occasional church across the country.
The Nomad: http://www.whereisthenomad.com/
The Floating Cinema: http://www.upprojects.com/portavilion/portavilion-2011/14
Film Four Somerset
Pop Up Screens: http://www.popupscreens.co.uk/