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THE FLOATING CINEMA 2013

August 10, 2013

Film + Entertainment | by Francesco Cerniglia


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I’ll admit it, everything’s better on a boat. Back from its obvious success in 2011, The Floating Cinema is back this summer, letting us all watch movies over water. How romantic!

UP Projects’ new Floating Cinema launched on July 25th with an open air film screening at The White Building and Crate, Hackney Wick. Designed by Duggan Morris Architects, and supported by The Legacy List and Bloomberg, the new Floating Cinema launched its “Extra-Ordinary” programme of events devised by artists Somewhere (Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie).

Conceived as a collection of “extraordinary cargoes” placed atop a traditional-style, industrial canal barge, Duggan Morris Architects’ design for the new Floating Cinema was selected through an international open competition. Following a nine-month development phase, the brand new boat has been built by a specialist team at Turks Boatyard in Chatham, Kent. A high end audio visual system has been developed by The Useful Arts Organisation specifically for the Floating Cinema which will include facilities to broadcast events live from the boat via the Floating Cinema website. With environmental sustainability in mind, a unique “hybrid” engine system has been integrated, to provide boat propulsion and power for the A/V kit which will run on Biofuel.

The Floating Cinema offers an incredibly intimate screening experience on-board. You literally feel like you’re floating on air while the boat silently pushes through the water. And don’t even think about portable headphones! The sound system is absolutely brilliant. I can’t wait to watch an action-packed thriller in that theatre! We learned all about the project through Oonagh Kearney’s film that showcased all the work behind building this magical machine. Thank Duggan Morris Architects for creating the hottest summer destination for moviegoers alike. After all, isn’t watching a film all about the experience?

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If you want to explain the Floating Cinema in one word, think extraordinary. Everything from the unique design to the exciting program just shouts out-of-the-ordinary. The teamwork and creativity involved on this project is incredibly inspiring. I’m really keen on checking out The Horror Weekender that’s taking place this weekend and the fancy dress Frankenweenie event on August 23rd. The canal barge-style boat gives a special touch under the moonlight.

The 10-week programme offers a variety of intimate on board screenings, large scale outdoor films for bank side audiences; plus floating tours of the waterways, talks, and an education project working with local communities. There is something for everyone, with content ranging from live comedy, to a horror weekender, industrial history tours, fancy dress outdoor screenings, archaeology, science, and live chat shows that delve into the peculiarities of East London life. It’s something you definitely need to check out while in London this summer!

Tickets can be booked at www.floatingcinema.info/events and range from free events to a maximum of £12 ticket fee.

Amanda Chen