St Clement’s Hospital is a disused psychiatric unit and one-time Victorian workhouse in Mile End – hardly a typical destination for those staying in luxury London hotels. However, this is set to change next month when the austere building plays host to the first ever Shuffle Festival.
Shuffle is the brainchild of Danny Boyle, the director responsible for one of the most celebrated – not to mention eclectic – back catalogues in British cinema.
Evidently not content with having helmed popular hits like Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle has increasingly turned to more unusual projects – the London 2012 Olympic Games’ opening ceremony, for instance – of which this new ten-day festival is the most recent example.
From August 8th, visitors will be able to attend screenings of a variety of different films, both inside St Clement’s and outdoors on the building’s expansive grounds. The programme comprises both popular hits, cult classics and lesser-seen curios.
A number of the films are Boyle’s own, among them his acclaimed first feature Shallow Grave, and keen followers will also have the chance to see a video recording of his 2010 adaptation of Frankenstein for the National Theatre.
For a handful of these sessions, the director himself will be on hand to introduce the film – not to mention fielding questions and comments after the screening concludes.
Lots of other filmmakers are represented too. Some of highlights include Withnail and I, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and A Prophet.
A full festival programme can be found on the Shuffle Festival website. A few of the screenings are already sold out, so interested parties are urged to book their tickets as soon as possible.
St Clement’s Hospital should be fairly easy to reach for those staying in the centre of London. The closest London Underground station is Mile End, accessible via the Central, Circle, District and Hammersmith Lines.
The festival wraps up on August 18th.