There are few better ways to spend a balmy summer evening than at an outdoor cinema – something to which London's panoply of pop-up film venues testify.
For the first time this year, visitors to the Ealing Summer Festivals will be treated to an open-air movie marathon of their own. Courtesy of roaming outdoor cinema The Nomad, the Ealing Summer Screenings will be held from Sunday to Monday (June 14th to 15th) – lighting up the exquisite and quintessentially English surroundings of Walpole Park.
The programme consists of three films in total – unified by a somewhat anarchic interpretation of the Ealing Summer Festivals' musical theme.
Festivities kick off at 2pm on Sunday for a family-friendly matinee session, headlined by the raucous heavy metal musical School of Rock. Directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black, this endearing comedy tells the story of Dewey Finn – a down-and-out rocker posing as a supply teacher to make ends meet. Fortunes change when he leads his uptight students in a 'battle of the bands' competition – culminating in what The Nomad calls "a raucous comedy tribute to the transformative power of hard rock".
Later in the evening, film buffs will have an opportunity to catch one of cinema's best-loved musical comedies – cult classic This Is Spinal Tap, which is scheduled to screen at 7:30pm. Captured in the style of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, the exploits of the eponymous British heavy metal group – partially improvised by stars Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest – are a perennial delight for rock fans and movie lovers alike.
Finally, audiences will be treated to BUG – a music video showcase curated by the British Film Institute and presented live by comedian Adam Buxton. This will be screened on Monday at 7:30pm.
Tickets to School of Rock and This Is Spinal Tap cost £12.50, with a concessionary rate of £8.50 available for students, seniors and under-14s. A ticket to attend BUG is priced at £16.50.
Walpole Park should be easy to reach for those travelling via the tube from hotels in central London. The closest station is South Ealing on the Central and District lines.