Film reviews are on their holidays, so this month I’m going to look at the very best movie events taking place in London over the summer. These all provide a very memorable night out in the capital but don’t delay – these will sell out fast!
THE LUNA CINEMA – http://www.thelunacinema.com/
The premier outdoor event returns for a new season and boasts the most impressive roster of venues you’ll find. Experiencing The Luna Cinema in such unique surroundings as Kensington Palace, The Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre, One New Change and Alexandra Palace is simply stunning. The staff are always super-friendly too which helps. Added extras include their premium ticket range that grants you special experiences at selected screenings (such as watching Jaws in a rubber dingy at the gorgeous Brockwell Lido). Public-vote screenings are held across the season and their entire line-up marries classic and modern cinema very well – favourites like Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys are mixed with modern greats like Birdman, The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel for an unforgettable summer experience.
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB – http://www.rooftopfilmclub.com/
One of the brightest sparks on the circuit for both atmosphere and event organisation, The Rooftop Film Club possesses a near faultless line-up for 2015. It has four locations conveniently spread across the capital… The Queen of Hoxton utilises its hipster-chic to full effect and The Bussey Building in Peckham gives you a wonderful cityscape to marvel at. Then there’s the ultra-rare screenings at The Kensington Roof Gardens – a stunning haven of bliss coupled with amazing food from their world famous BBQ. RFC’s latest addition is Roof East in Stratford, a purpose built area that overlooks Westfield and takes in the sights of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The film line-up is amazing too – don’t miss seminal 90’s classics like Romeo & Juliet, Ten Things I Hate About You and Clueless along with modern greats like (500) Days of Summer and Drive.
SECRET CINEMA: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK – http://www.secretcinema.org/tickets
Those clever souls at Secret Cinema recreated Back to the Future last summer in truly breathtaking fashion. The undoubted highlight of the cinematic calendar last year, now Secret Cinema returns and tries their hand at intergalactic fan-favourite The Empire Strikes Back. Transforming a top-secret London location into something very special, Secret Cinema are set to deliver yet another stand-out live experience. The bar has been set pretty high but riding on the crest of the Star Wars wave should prove to be a sure-fire win. It’s not cheap though so bring your wallet.
FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN – http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/film/film4-summer-screen-2014
This August, the old faithful returns for another residency at the lush surroundings of Somerset House. Public premieres await for Gemma Bovery starring Gemma Arterton and Warner Bros remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. After the success of its 10th anniversary celebrations last year, Film4 are once again giving the public a chance to vote – this time for cinema’s greatest movie musicals. Withnail and I, Roman Holiday, Do The Right Thing, The Silence of the Lambs and True Romance also make the line-up this year along with ‘Behind the Screen’ – a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family events that bring the world of cinema to the masses.
ROYAL ALBERT HALL – http://www.royalalberthall.com
The world-famous venue is no stranger to amazing events but in recent years they have really embraced the magic of cinema. Their live concerts/screenings of The Artist, Titanic and Interstellar were sell-outs that wowed audiences from around the world. This summer they are doing a live movie event for the seminal classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Henry Mancini’s Academy Award-winning score will be performed by the Philharmonia Film Orchestra (accompanied by a choir) and conducted by Justin Freer. But their crowning glory will no doubt be the 30th anniversary celebrations of Back to the Future in July. Composer Alan Silvestri’s compositions for the film will be performed by a live orchestra in homage to the greatest movie of all time.
POP UP SCREENS – http://www.popupscreens.co.uk/
Utilising spaces in Greenwich, Hammersmith, Fulham and Lewisham, Pop Up Screens returns for their most diverse line-up to date. Movies like Notting Hill, Jerry Maguire, Seven, ET and Stand By Me join more familiar fare like Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing and The Goonies for a truly eclectic mix of gems. With a season that caters for all tastes, Pop Up Screens runs throughout the summer after holding a successful slate of ‘Science Flicktion’ movies in May that featured topical commentaries. Also check out any films screening at Coram’s Fields in Holborn and The Rookery in Streatham for a unique night out.
THE NOMAD CINEMA – http://www.whereisthenomad.com/
The most socially-conscious event on the outdoor film circuit, 100% of The Nomad Cinema’s profits go to their chosen charity, The Sustainability Institute in South Africa. Rear Window, Singin’ in the Rain, Superman, Birdman and The Sound of Music are just some of the gems that feature in their eclectic line-up. Venues include Victory Park, Coram Secret Garden, Queens Park, Brompton Cemetery and Grosvenor Square but surely the biggest highlight of the season has to be the Baz Luhrmann double at Middle Temple Gardens – a truly unique environment to enjoy the splendour of Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.