Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Open Air Cinema at Battersea Power Station

Sunday 10-August-2014

A chance to see classic cinema in the grounds of a cultural icon courtesy of Everyman Cinema's Summer of Power.

We only discovered this series because a colleague of Mary's had been. We booked to see Breathless - a French New wave classic - on a Sunday afternoon.

We wasted half hour circumnavigating Battersea Power Station looking for the entrance. Some signage would have been good FFS. The nice security guard at Gate 1 had a stack of pre-printed google map directions to the entrance right at the other end by Chelsea Bridge - clearly we were not the first.

Once inside there were usual sort of food stalls and bars. We thought we would treat ourselves to a Perrier-Jouet at the champagne tent but they sold out so we went down scale to prosecco. And then when in our seats we ordered red wine and they'd sold out of that so we had to drink rose.

We went for a 'pod' which was like our own private box with comfy seats and a roof in case it rained. We had headphones and waiter service for food and drinks.

The film itself, Breathless (1960) was entertaining and a classic - so I read later - of French New Wave cinema. Read more on IMDB...

As we left the old derricks silhouetted against the sky were an atmospheric reminder of the power station's coal burning past.

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