British Film Institute All Nighters
We all have our favourite trilogies: Star Wars, Back to the Future, Alien (nobody wants to count Resurrection), Indiana Jones, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, the list goes on. Did I miss yours? The film loving chaps at BFI (British Film Institute) know this, and their all night showings of some of these great sets pull in near full capacity crowds willing to start watching from midnight until 9:00 or 10:00 the next morning.
Past showings have included Saws 1 to 5 on Halloween, Lord of the Rings, X-men, a collection of time travel films, some re-mastered James Bond classics and Terminators 1 to 4. The X-men all-nighter, coupled with a rare showing of Mystery Men, was graced with the presence of Sir Ian McKellen, who had donned the long coat and dark hat of Magneto to introduce the night. There are always a good number of punters who have dressed appropriately: white tux’s for James Bond, hobbits and elves for Lord of the Rings, biker leathers for Terminator. Such efforts go rewarded by giveaways from BFI, including books, posters and vouchers. With showings stretching through to the next day, the staff at the IMAX are on hand to help dole out much needed tea and coffee, complimentary of course.
Movie goers to the all nighters aren’t your typical cinema crowd, with very little of that regular and annoying chatter to be found down at your local, and all want to be there to enjoy the magic of seeing their favourite films on the biggest screen in the UK. Having previously attended almost all of the all-nighters, I for one am looking forward to the IMAX selection of Batman films on March 26th, with a mixture of resolutions, the 35mm film filling roughly a third of the screen and IMAX DMR filling the entire screen for a truly immersive experience:
- Batman (1989) in 35mm
- Batman Returns (1992) 35mm
- Batman Begins (2005) IMAX DMR
- The Dark Knight (2008) IMAX DMR
This is a magnificent tribute to the caped crusader and one of the big screen’s beloved costumed comic book heroes. All are great films in the own right and with the promised scores of Batmen, Robins and Jokers in the audience, it will be a magical atmosphere. Love the thought of this? Check it out and maybe I’ll see you there…