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On the big (temporary) screen

23 July 2012 | Anita Mistry

Pop up cinemas are totally ‘en vogue’ at the moment and with events all over London, we are literally spoilt for choice. London Calling’s Anita Mistry takes us through her pick of great films showing at a pop up screen near you (in no particular order!)

The Madness of King George (PG) 5 August – Hampton Court Palace

A royal drama to be screened in the beautiful tranquil gardens of Hampton Court Palace. (Yes I know it’s not quite in London, but more than worth the mention!) The Madness of King George featuring Helen Mirren and Nigel Hawthorne tells the story of King George as his dementia develops. Adapted from the play by Alan Bennett, the film highlights the relatively primitive medical practices at the time; it is now thought the King had been suffering from a blood disorder. The film was a huge success winning three BAFTAs. An urban myth developed around the title, which was originally ‘The Madness of the George III’. It was thought that the roman numerals were removed so as to stop any confusion amongst the American audiences that the film was a sequel. But in fact the title was adjusted to include the word ‘King’ to ensure American audiences knew the film was actually about a King. Ha!

The Luna Cinema are screening classic films in beautiful settings around the country through to the end of September. Check their website for more great films.

 

The Goonies (PG) 18 August – Queen’s Park

As someone born in the early 80s, I grew up with some amazing films; I remember many weekends spent at the cinema or watching films recorded on VHS off the telly. The Goonies is one that was watched so many times, the tape wore out. The 1985 American adventure comedy is still a classic and Nomad are giving you the chance to see it on the big screen. If you don’t know, (how this would be possible, I have no idea), The Goonies are a bunch of teenagers who find a pirate treasure map and go on a quest to find the treasure whilst being chased by a group of evil criminals. The gang includes the chubby ‘Chunk’, the sweet ‘Mikey’, ‘Data’ whose gadgets are amazing and who can forget the ‘Sloth’ with his “Hey you guys!” line and love of Twinkies. Ah the memories; definitely one not to be missed.

Lexi Cinema presents The Nomad – the roaming pop up cinema experience. See their website for the other great films screening this summer.

 

Pan’s Labyrinth (15) 19 August – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

The wonderful Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will be screening Pan’s Labyrinth, the beautifully created film about a 12-year-old girl who plunges into a labyrinth where she meets a series of fantastical creatures. Set in the fascist Spain of 1944, this adult fairy tale has become a classic from the acclaimed Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro. The actor Doug Jones who plays ‘Pale Man’ was the only American on set and didn’t speak Spanish. His costume also took five hours to put on and he could only see through the nose holes. The film is a credit to Del Toro’s passion, artistic vision and integrity, having declined many offers from Hollywood producers. A feast for the eyes.

Another of Luna’s screenings. Regent’s Park Open Air theatre will also be screening Moulin Rouge and Edward Scissorhands.

 

The Graduate (15) 31 August – Dalston Roof Park

The too-cool-for-school Dalston Roof Park will be screening The Graduate, the 1967 cult classic about a young university graduate (Dustin Hoffman) who is seduced by an older woman, but then falls for her daughter. The music of Simon & Garfunkel was catapulted to the top of the charts, owing to the hit single “Mrs Robinson”, (despite the fact that the actual version that appeared on the film was quite different to the single that was released). The film juxtaposes the stuffy upper-class-ness with the youth rebellion of the 60s, creating a film that became a cultural milestone. A cinematic treat for sure.

Dalston Roof Park will be holding many events throughout the summer including music, comedy and film. See their website for full listings.

 

Dazed & Confused (15) 7 September – Kilburn Grange Park

This cult classic American comedy tells the story of a bunch of kids on their last day of high school in the summer of 1976. The incredible all-star cast includes Matthew McConaughey (before he started only doing rom-coms), Ben Affleck and Milla Jovovich and is a tribute to youth culture of the 70s. The warring worlds of jocks, stoners and rockers clash in this all-too-honest coming of age film. Crude humour coupled with a meaningful message about growing up, Dazed & Confused has a rocking soundtrack to match. A classic feel-good movie.

Pop Up Screens will be appearing throughout the summer all over London, screening a great range of awesome films and classic movies. Visit the website for the full line up.

 

West Side Story (PG) 28 September – The Scoop

More London Free Film Festival comes at the end of a whole season of free entertainment at The Scoop. The deal is you turn up, grab a seat and watch a great film in a great location. This year there is a wonderful mix of old and new in the film series. West Side Story will be the last screening of the festival. The 1961 hit New York musical tells the Romeo and Juliet story of a tragic couple whose different ethnic backgrounds are the cause of tension and strife. The rivalry between the Puerto Ricans (Sharks) and the white working class (Jets) is explored through dance and song and became an award winning hit film, not to mention the various incarnations on stage, Broadway and the West End.

More London Free Film Festival begins on 12 September. For the full line up, see the website.

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