While I was living in London, I was attracted by a phenomenon of urban communities formed around an intriguing form of entertainment. One such form is a special location experience that combines film screenings and live performances at purpose-built sets.
Secret Cinema is a growing community of all who love cinema, new experiences and the unknown. It is about secret audienced, secret locations and secret worlds. Secret Cinema is a club with 90,000 members and over 77,000 Facebook followers. The founder of Secret Cinema Fabien Riggall says he feels it is important that the audience becomes part of the event.
The motto of Secret Cinema – monthly screenings at unusual venues – is “tell no one”. The locations remain secret almost until the last minute, as does the film to be shown, around which other frolics are based, including intricate sets and actors who improvise to recreate the film’s plotline.
So basically you get a message about a meeting point only a few hours before the event starts! You also have no idea what movie is going to be playing until it begins, however, you can guess at it from actor’s performances. It is an amazing experience that really blew me away!
I photographed a screening that occurred in a Tobacco Dock building near Wapping Station. This time it was all about a movie called Red shoes. Before the movie begins, there’s a two-hour performance of the scenes from the movie.