Last night we headed over to Hoxton to check out the event we gave away free cinema tickets to recently – Rooftop Film Club. The Queen Of Hoxton played host as we took to their roof and took part in some cult cinema in full view of some great city landscapes.
The film of choice was This Is Spinal Tap, and the experience was definitely turned up to 11 (sorry, unavoidable). The 1984 film pioneered the mockumentary genre, and set the foundations for The Office, Borat, Brass Eye, Modern Family and more to follow. Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, the film follows a fictional rock band as their career dwindles and rivalries set in. The film has developed a cult following since it’s release, despite a modest initial reception, and was selected by the Library Of Congress for preservation.
Despite having seen the film 10s of times before, last night remained a unique viewing experience as we sat under our blankets in the cold wind of May in London. The roof housed over 100 people on pop up director’s chairs and we were all provided with wireless headphones for a perfect audio experience.
After some helpful advice from Gerry at Rooftop Film Club, we decided to take the back row (unlike a normal cinema, outdoor viewing is reportedly better from further back). The crowd was a great mixture of people from all walks of life, with somewhat of a hipster vibe (no surprise in Hoxton really).
There was a grill available offering burgers and some awesome looking coleslaw, but we had gone for a meal beforehand so didn’t get to indulge. Instead, we went for a carton of popcorn which was very reasonably priced at £2.50. Whilst it was obviously quite basic since it is a pop-up cinema rather than a permanent installation, the headphones provided were top notch and the blankets were an incredibly helpful touch, all provided courtesy of American Express.
The event organisers were incredibly friendly, and went out of their way to accommodate for everyone there. The whole evening was a great experience, and it comes thoroughly recommended to any film fans. Thanks a lot to everyone at Rooftop Film Club and American Express, and we hope you go and check it out for yourselves! Tickets are available on the website and there are a variety of shows still available.
Let us know if you go, we’d love to hear your feedback. What is your favourite cinema event? Have you been to one of the Rooftop Film Club events before? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!