The Weekly Film Stuff List (21 July-27 July 2014)

 Secret Cinema takes you back to 1955 this week with the opening of their  Back to the Future  experience

Secret Cinema takes you back to 1955 this week with the opening of their Back to the Future experience

Screening and Live score of Hitchcock's Blackmail (PG) , Fri 25 Jul, Walthamstow Assembly Hall

Friday, July 25, 2014

7:30am – 8:30am

Click here for more information on booking fees.

The Barbican does it's part to keep up the current trend for live scores (the Barbican also has a live score of Beast of the Southern Wild later in the month) with their screening of Hitchock's Blackmail, an early Hitch silent thriller with his trademark mix of knife-edge tension, black humour and sly observations about the English. 

Secret Cinema Presents Back to the Future

Runs 24 July- 31  August

Tickets and details here. (Some August dates still left)

Immersive cinema impresarios Secret Cinema promise guests the chance to visit a intricately detailed recreation of the twee South California town Hill Valley which was the setting for all three BTTF films, plus the chance to jump between the first movie's 1955 and 1985 settings (though 1950s clothing is recommended for entry). The immersion factor is high on this one, with guests encouraged to sign up to the Secret Cinema Hill Valley mini-site and claim their 1955 identity beforehand, amongst other things. Review to follow once Smoke Screen locates the DeLorean and we get back from Hill Valley... around the 9th August 2014.

Dochouse Event - WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? +Dir. Q&A (July 24th, 8pm)

Thursday 24th July | Rich Mix Cinema 8.00pm

Tickets | £7 (£5 conc). Details here.

Immigration from its souther border remains one of the great unsolved political problems of the United States today. Documentary champions Dochouse this week are showcasing director Marc Silver and actor Gael Garcia Bernal's new film, which traces the ultimately tragic journey of one of those migrants joining the great flow of human traffic, all heading north in search of a better life. Director Q&A after the film.

Read our review here.

Frightfest, London's essential horror film festival, has sold out of passes at last time of checking for its 2014 run, but has its single tickets on sale for all screenings this week. You can get them here at £13 a piece.

Frightfest runs 21 - 25 August 2014 at the Vue West End.


  • Dennis Hopper at the RA.
  • Barbican Digital Revolution Exhibition and screenings.
  • Tuesday 22 July will be the last of the free evenings of screenings at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
  • Pop-up outdoor cinema screenings continue across the capital in this current run of good weather. Check Rooftop Cinema, Luna Cinema, Nomad Cinema and Pop-Up Cinema websites and the Smoke Screen Calendar for details.


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