Backyard Cinema present the Snow Kingdom this winter, ticket holders will enter an adventure into the fantasy realm at Backyard Cinema’s permanent home of Mercato Metropolitano in Borough. 🎞 📽
Changing the face of cinema one theme at a time, Backyard Cinema’s Snow kingdom is set in an enchanted castle, deep in the snowy mountains in a magical land. Adventurers will enter through a secret entrance at the foot of the mountain and venture though an ice cave across a frozen lake! Once inside the grand ballroom, relax on giant beanbags and enjoy potion themed cocktails before settling under a blanket to watch a favourite movie.
Escape to a magical castle and enter the immersive world of Backyard Cinema and enjoy the cosiest cinema winter has to offer while feasting on popcorn and indulging on winter warmer cocktails.
Backyard will show a selection of films celebrating wonder, magic, snow & winter as well as some the favourite all time classics. Think Harry Potter, Beauty & the Beast, Titanic, Tangled & The Princess Bride alongside new blockbusters including Baby Driver, Wonder Woman, The Revenant & Guardians of The Galaxy 2.
Following the huge demand for the open-air film nights over the past two years, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is hosting four free evenings of frivolous film fun on one of the biggest outdoor screens in London. 🎬☀️
There is something for everyone at Open House with four themed movie evenings – ranging from a sing-along spectacular of ‘Lion King’ to a flashback Friday with eighties classic ‘Dirty Dancing’.
Stanley’s Film Club are teaming up with The BRIT School to present an immersive screening of Damian Chazelle’s award-winning La La Land! The event will take place in the grand setting of St John the Evangelist church in Upper Norwood. 🎞
Cinema-goers will be treated to a pre-show party, with live pop-up performances from Year 12 musical theatre students training at The BRIT School.
There will be a licensed bar and food by Dinerette, a mobile 1950s style American Diner who will be serving up some cinema favourites including hot dogs, popcorn, burgers and shakes.
You are invited to dress for the occasion, and those arriving before 8pm will receive a free glass of bubbly or non-alcoholic punch.
Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land is a story about a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, both struggling to make ends meet in a city famous for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. The Hollywood hopefuls are drawn together by a hunger to succeed doing what they love, and so ensues a tale of passion, heartbreak and self discovery. The film won in a number of categories in this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Music Score.
The film is a homage to the classic musical and famously wears its influences on its sleeve. In the same vein, this event will pay tribute to some of the classic musicals from the 20th Century, with well known numbers being performed by the students.
Barbican Cinema screens 🎞 a series of cult science fiction films from around the world this summer entitled Sci-Fi Sundays.
Delve into dystopia with this season of sci-fi classics including the hugely influential Ikarie XB-1, Soylent Green and George Lucas’ directorial debut THX 1138.
The season will sit alongside the public programme of talks, debates and concerts making up the Barbican’s major exhibition Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, running in the Curve within the centre.
The film-loving folk behind London’s Rooftop Film Club have brought the magic of the silver screen back to one of London’s earliest cinemas with the launch of Winter Film Club.
The cinema has taken residency in Peckham’s cherished Electric Theatre and is ending the run with a selection of Christmas showstoppers.
Staying close to their Peckham roots, the Winter Film Club has set up home in the stunning Edwardian cinema – First open to the marvelling public in September 1908, it was one of the first of the pioneering and influential Electric Theatres across London. After winning last year’s battle against turning the space into luxury flats, Winter Film Club is celebrating the theatre’s rich heritage by returning the space to its original purpose. With beautiful decaying walls, exposed original features and a 16’ x 9’ screen, Winter Film Club is sticking to the cinema’s original ethos – etched on the old theatre’s door – ‘To Elevate, Instruct and Amuse’.
Home to a licensed bar serving festive liquid refreshments and concessions to grab a snack or some freshly cracked popcorn to share. Settle in to a deckchair, slip the head phones on, step back into time and watch a festive favourite amongst one of London’s unique settings.
These ground-breaking, thought-provoking and spectacular talks and events will showcase talent and stimulate new collaborations and ideas between filmmakers and creative leaders.
LFF Connects: Creative Technologies Friday 7th October
Featuring Dennis Muren (special effects including Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope), David Vickery and Kevin Jenkins from Industrial Light & Magic. Book tickets.
LFF Connects: TV Thursday 6th October
Featuring Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (creators of Black Mirror) and Joe Wright (director of the new Nosedive episode). The night also includes a special screening of new episodes! Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Games Tuesday 11th October
Featuring David Cage (games writer and director including Nomad Soul) alongside Jonathan Ross talking about the artistry of games and collaborating with musicians such as David Bowie and Hans Zimmer. Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Art/Immersive Film Thursday 13th October
Featuring Lynette Wallworth (filmmaker including Collisions). Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Music/Performance Saturday 8th October
Featuring Liam Young electronic producer and Forest Swords (audio-visual In the Robot Skies premier, the first sci-fi film shot through autonomous drones). Takashi Maximo and Simon Fisher Turner (present The Picture From Darkness ‘musicfilmdream’). Book tickets.
DJ Yoda premier of DJ Yoda Goes To The Arcades: A History of Gaming, expect a mashup of your favourite retro games and beats! Book tickets.
Prepare yourselves for a Summer of cinema joy as the legendary Pop Up Screens returns with an epic program of classic films, guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat.
Bishops Park in Fulham
Greenwich Peninsula in North Greenwich
Coram’s Field in Holborn
Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith
Manor House Gardens in Hither Green
East Greenwich Pleasaunce
This year, Pop Up Screens have also announced that they will be taking over the courtyard of the city’s historic Guildhall in EC2 for seven nights in August. Including a special screening of the mighty Gladiator where visitors will get the chance to see the Guildhall’s amazing Roman Amphitheatre for amazing atmosphere.
Tickets are £12 for adults, £6 for children and you can bag yourself a weekend ticket for £25. You’re welcome to bring blankets, beanbags and cushions or you can hire a director’s chair for £2. Popcorn from Drum and Kernel, burgers and craft beer on offer and you can take your own drinks and snacks too!
22nd Bishop’s Park, Fulham – Labyrinth 7.30pm
23rd Bishop’s Park, Fulham – Dirty Dancing 7.30pm
24th Bishop’s Park, Fulham – 500 days of Summer 7.30pm
29th Greenwich Peninsula, North Greenwich – Anchorman 7.30pm
30th Greenwich Peninsula, North Greenwich – Grease 7.30pm
31st Greenwich Peninsula, North Greenwich – Back to the Future 7.30pm
Each summer, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court hosts London’s most beautiful open-air cinema; Film4 Summer Screen. A highlight of the city’s summer calendar.
A prestigious programme of classic and contemporary films will be presented in the spectacular surroundings of Somerset House.
The line-up includes a 20th anniversary screening of Trainspotting and a total of three UK premieres, including Things to Come starring Isabelle Huppert. They will feature on London’s largest outdoor screen, projected digitally and on 35mm film in full surround sound.
Also there will be special on-stage introductions from the stars at selected screenings and sundown DJ sets before the films begin.
Experience classic films with live orchestral accompaniment in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. Absolutely unique venue to enjoy classics unlike anything else.
Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 October
£33.10 to £68.80 book online
Maximus Decimus Meridius will have his vengeance again, accompanied by an on-stage orchestra, as Gladiator Live returns to the Royal Albert Hall due to staggering popular demand.
Ridley Scott’s legendary swords-and-sandals epic is coming back to the iconic London venue – its auditorium famously based on a Roman amphitheatre – following four incredible, sold-out shows in 2014.
The event will see Gladiator screened in high definition on a 20m screen, as Hans Zimmer’s stirring score is performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and English Chamber Choir, with guest vocalist Lisa Gerrard, who features on the original soundtrack. Conducted by Justin Freer.
Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe as a vengeful former general doing vivid battle with a corrupt emperor’s son, is one of the most acclaimed films of recent years, winning five Oscars including Best Picture, as Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s memorable music scooped Best Original Score at the Golden Globes.
Independence Day Live
Thursday 22 September
£33.10 to £73.90 book online
Aliens will invade one of London’s most iconic buildings this year to the unforgettable accompaniment of a classic David Arnold score, when explosive 1996 action blockbuster Independence Day is screened at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by a live orchestra.
This 20th anniversary event will kick off with a pre-show talk from composer David Arnold, discussing his work scoring Independence Day, Sherlock, five 007 films and the London 2012 closing ceremony, before the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, take to the stage to provide live orchestral accompaniment to the movie on the big screen above.
Independence Day, directed by Roland Emmerich, is a thrilling, all-action movie which follows a bunch of disparate Americans banding together to see off a terrifying alien invasion.
Friday 14 October
£33.10 to £73.90 book online
Winner of eight Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes, Amadeus – the most acclaimed film ever made about classical music, will be brought to vivid life at the Royal Albert Hall.
This remarkable screening of the film will feature live music performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who recorded the original film soundtrack, and the Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.
Amadeus (1984), directed by Miloš Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and written by Sir Peter Schaffer, tells the scintillating story of the rivalry between vindictive composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), and petulant genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The film was named one of the American Film Institute’s best 100 movies of the century, and remains one of the most beloved movies of all time.
Sunday 6 November
3:00pm and 7:30pm
£28.00 to £68.80 book online
James Cameron’s 1986 science-fiction action horror film Aliens will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special screening at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by James Horner’s score performed in full by live orchestra.
Aliens, starring Sigourney Weaver, is a stand-alone sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). Nominated for seven Oscars, and having won two, the film is recognised as one of the greatest action movies ever.
The original and beloved 1986 theatrical cut will be screened while the memorable score, composed by celebrated composer James Horner, will be performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
Wednesday 28 December
2:00pm and 7:00pm
£28.00 to 68.80 book online
Director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott.
Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score, performed live and in full by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by David Newman, in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen!
Celebrate J.G. Ballard’s cinematic classics with an afternoon of cinema. Discounts available for multiple films!
Thirteen to Centaurus at 12:00
Donald Houston, James Hunter, John Abineri, Noel Johnson, Robert James.
A television adaptation of one of the Ballard short stories in which he takes a psychological problem and explores the minds of the subjects who are part of the testing process. Among the crew of a space station hurtling through space towards Alpha Centauri is 16-year-old wunderkind, Abel, a boy given to questioning every facet of his existence. Abel is aware that there is something beyond the limits of his perception, some vital key of knowledge that will explode the received worldview controlling life on the station but like the rest of the crew he is subjected to ‘subsonic’ instruction – brainwashing – which keeps their minds preoccupied solely with day to day existence… But there’s a twist in the tale of this disquieting and prescient piece of science-fiction.
Empire of the Sun at 13.15
Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson.
A rare occurrence indeed, but J. G. Ballard welcomed Steven Spielberg’s visualisation of the author’s autobiographical novel which was based on his life as a boy in Shanghai during the Second World War, his internment by the Japanese and the search for his parents. He once described the director as ‘an intelligent and thoughtful man’ and the film as one that ‘seems more truthful as the years pass, while ‘brilliant child actor Chrisian Bale uncannily resembled my younger self’ Ballard wrote in 2006. Indeed EMPIRE OF THE SUN, with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard is no simple hijacking of childhood memories, but a deeply moving and compelling tale of hope and survival against all the odds.
Fleshed Out at 16.00
An intense combination of sound and images from Gazelle Twin – composer, producer and performance artist Elizabeth Bernholz – whose live performance personas and electronic musical work have continued to gather critical acclaim since her 2014 album Unflesh. She has also declared a lifelong fascination with the work of J.G. Ballard. In FLESHED OUT, a collaboration with film-maker Esther Springett, even the most familiar of views trigger a threatening unease.
B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica) at 16.15
One of electro-pop’s original pioneers, provides most of the soundtrack for this cut-up movie by Foxx and artist/designer John Karborn featuring typography design & animation by Jon Barnbrook. Inspired by the themes, influence and text of writer J. G. Ballard, it is described as ‘a film and sound seance manifesting J. G. Ballard neurones. Mobilised by ultracolour and inframusic, anatomised hallucinogenetics and proximity psychopathagens.’ Look out for bits of VERTIGO and THE THIRD MAN.
Crash at 16.45
This controversial adaptation of a 1973 novel is the perfect synthesis of the clinical imagination and warped visions of director David Cronenberg and writer J. G. Ballard. After he is involved in a car crash, a movie producer becomes strangely sexually aroused by crashes and fellow victims and discovers an entire sub-culture built around his obsession. Seen as lurid and gratuitous rather than moving and involving by reviewers and the local authorities which banned it at the time of its first release, CRASH remains a daring, challenging and courageous depiction of a psycho-sexual journey into oblivion. Ballard wrote his book to illustrate the connections between sex and technology- the ultimate postmodern melding of flesh and machine – and in Cronenberg he certainly found the one director who could take his theme to the final frontier of sexual expression.