In the run-up to the 2012 Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority commissioned the Floating Cinema – a customised narrowboat that cruised the canals of London, delivering an exciting and eclectic programme of free on-board film screenings, tours, talks and workshops.
The success of the Floating Cinema was such that it’ll be returning this year – this time in a brand new, specially-built boat designed by UP Projects and Duggan Morris Architects, who hope it’ll become “a more permanent fixture on east London’s waterways”.
Having launched last week, the new Floating Cinema commences its series of outdoor screenings and other diversions at the beginning of August. This year, its theme is the ‘Extra-Ordinary’ – a fitting topic for such a unique project and an excellent starting point for some truly innovative cinematic programming.
“The Extra-Ordinary theme offers a celebration of the overlooked and ‘ordinary’ in life, and brings to the fore the brilliance to be found on our doorstep,” say curators.
These celebrations kick off on August 1st, with the Floating Cinema docking at the Cumberland Basin on Regent’s Canal to present a one-off live art commission by artist Tim Bromage. Entitled ‘It could only happen here: Jim Dahl’s Unreal Boat Tour’, the show – which will be performed a total of six times over three days – explores the facts and folklore of London’s waterways through costume, text and song.
Meanwhile, those looking for pulpier fun during the first two weeks of festivities should head towards Granary Square’s canal-front on August 9th and 10th, where the Floating Cinema will present a two-day Horror Weekender. Co-curated with organisers of the Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham, this free weekend presents a series of gruesome screenings followed by Make a Ghost – a late-night writing workshop and seance.
This should prove easy to reach if you’ve booked city-centre The Montcalm London Marble Arch Hotel for the period. Those travelling via the London Underground should head towards either the King’s Cross or St Pancras tube stops.
For a full list of events and the opportunity to register for general admission, interested parties should visit the Floating Cinema website.