In the last few years, the British film industry has been doing rather well and has churned a number of cracking films. We all know the British love any excuse for a party (just look at the amount of bank holidays we have) so why not use this success as an excuse to celebrate? That’s exactly what is happening at St Martin’s Courtyard are doing with their new open air Silent Cinema showcasing classic British films!
For just three wonderful nights in September, the courtyard will be transformed into an open-air movie theatre to showcase a series of British films, all set in the UK and directed by some of our nation’s finest creatives. On the diverse list of screenings to see is the hilarious and off-the-wall horror comedy ‘Shaun of the Dead’ starring British funny-men Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. If you’re looking for something a little more serious, you can watch romantic drama, Atonement, starring the supremely talented Kiera Knightly and James McAvoy. Finally, for those cinema-goers wanting the feel good factor, there is the dance drama classic Billy Elliot, starring a fresh-faced Jamie Bell.
If you need any more of an excuse to come along, there will also be themed live entertainment before the main feature every night. Highlights will include zombies roaming the courtyard, and a special performance from the cast of Billy Elliot, making this a truly dynamic cinema experience!
However, the best part of this one off event is that tickets are free and will be allocated through an online prize draw! However, don’t worry if you don’t get your hands on tickets, as there will also be a small number of tickets available each night at the courtyard, on a first come first serve basis. We all know that part of the joy of the cinema is snacking on some good food, but St Martin’s courtyard have treated movie watchers to two great options food wise! There is the option to book in advance for a takeaway dinner to enjoy in front of the big screen from one of the many internationally acclaimed restaurants in the Courtyard, including Thai restaurant Suda and Italian favourite, Jamie’s Italian. If you’re feeling a more casual evening, then you can just enjoy the free sweets, popcorn and a selection of soft drinks that come with part of your tickets.
Finally just like a silent disco, viewers will watch the films with wireless headsets (even if they’re sat in the restaurants) which means you don’t have to worry about people talking over the noise and we bet the neighbours are happy too.
Best of British will run on Tuesday 29th September, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 1st October.