Secretive London Fields cinema to screen Dr Strangelove on US election night
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There’s been plenty of fanfare about The Castle Cinema being resurrected in Lower Clapton – but in the meantime a different boutique cinema screen has sprung up under the radar. And fittingly, it’s run by a former producer of Secret Cinema.
The 54-seat movie theatre at the Institute of Light in Helmsley Place, London Fields, opened in June.
Since then its curator Harry Ross – who co-produced many events at the immersive film series Secret Cinema from 2010 to 2013, including The Shawshank Redemption and Brazil – has come up with a programme alluding to the political world.
The “Europa” schedule gave a nod to Brexit, and “coming to terms culturally with what not being part of the EU meant”.
Now “Americana” is running to coincide with the US presidential elections – and Dr Strangelove will be screening on Tuesday at an election night party.
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“The film is about what happens when the wrong person gets his hands on the button. Maybe November 9 is going to be the end of the world,” joked Harry.
He believes the more cinemas there are the better: “Whether that’s small art house offerings, or BFIs - more cinema and less Netflix and chill is what I say. There are so many options for us to entertain ourselves inside, but nothing beats going somewhere else with other people and having time afterwards to discuss it.”
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He still remembers the first film he ever saw at the cinema – which was Bambi.
“It was one of those old school cinemas where you could smoke and my mother smoked all the time,” he said.
“You had to queue outside for a ticket. It’s that sense of event that brings mystery and wonder.”