Whether you’re a fan of his films or you absolutely loathe them, everyone can recognise a Wes Anderson number from a mile off. Infatuated with stunning symmetrical architecture, pastel hues, tilt-shifts and, let’s face it, the same five actors, it’s a style of cinema that’s gone on to inspire future aspiring filmmakers.
With the release of Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, finally making its way to the big screen after months of scheduling due to COVID, 108 The Strand is launching a new exhibition dedicated to the release.
Running for a month from 14th October, 180 Studios will be transformed into a 1970s spectrum, a space that’ll illuminate Anderson’s The French Dispatch aesthetic beautifully.
The studio space will be filled with original sets, props, costumes and artwork showcased and used in the new film, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with this fun, Anderson inspired era.
For those not yet acquainted with the film, it’s a blockbuster in its own right. It’ll see the welcomed return of his cast regulars including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Saoirse Ronan, as well as the new addition of Timothée Chalamet. The narrative follows the staff of a European newspaper who are set to release a tribute edition showcasing the best stories over the last decade, and in true Anderson fashion, they are as odd as ever.
Memorable stories include an artist facing life in prison, chaotic student riots and a kidnapping that was strangely resolved thanks to a friendly chef… And as part of the exhibition, visitors will receive a copy of the limited edition The French Dispatch magazine as a little Anderson keepsake – pretty cool. Fans can also expect to delight in classic French refreshments from the “Le Sans Blague” Cafe.
This wouldn’t be the first time 180 The Strand has dedicated an entire exhibition space to Anderson’s work. Back in 2018, the studio was taken over by memrobeilia, props and costumes from Isle of Dogs, Anderson’s animated film that’s set on an island abrim with dogs following an outbreak of a contagious doggy flu – feels pretty surreal now after all the time spent in and out of lockdown since its release.
We were already super excited for the release of The French Dispatch in cinemas from 22nd October, but now that there’s an exhibition we can explore too, we cannot wait for more Anderson magic.
The French Dispatch Exhibition runs 14th October – 14th November 2021 at 180 The Strand, WC2P 1EA