Dance Like They Do is back.

I haven’t posted for some time so to the millions of you out there that have been clamouring for a sign, a signal, a sentence from me over the last 2 months: I am truly sorry.

But I haven’t been sitting on my arse. There follows a series of short posts on a couple of things that have caught my eyes, ears and little grey cells over the last few weeks.

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Rooftop Film Club @ The Queen of Hoxton

So this summer Secret Cinema seems to have taken a vacation and slunk off to its Bat-Cave in order to indulge in a bit of R&R after a bit of an Icarus-like couple years.

I’ve said it before (at length) on this very blog, but size isn’t everything and at one stage Fabien Riggall and his gang messed up. Having said that, after the ‘Laurence of Arabia Incident’ I did attend ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ in Notting Hill and it was tremendous – Calpol-flavoured doughnuts and all. A wider choice of dates meant the audiences each night decreased making the whole experience a much more pleasant one. Good work sirs.

But if punters were worried that they wouldn’t be able to get their fix of ‘I-was-there’ cinema this summer they needn’t have. There still exists, in London at least, a huge array of events to satisfy the multiplex-weary filmgoer. Here’s just a few:

Nomad Cinema appears to be the most prolific with huge programme of films on offer right up until mid-September. Each screening is staged in a different location designed to compliment the film – it’s a bit like Secret Cinema without the actors, mystery or prices. I’m off to a screening later in the year thanks to the lovely folk at Qype so I’ll keep you posted.


The Scala cinema lives again for one summer as the folk behind the notorious screen in Kings Cross (which includes the fantastic Stephen Woolley of whom I’m a huge fan) roll out a programme of debauched and deranged classics at various independent cinemas in London. There’s a great write-up about the events and the old cinema itself here.


Future Shorts, the folk behind Secret Cinema, are staging a one-off event in its absence. It sounds like a Secret Cinema event minus the secrecy and whilst for some that will be more attractive, for others it slightly defeats the object of the exercise. The Lost Boys and Top Gun will be showing at their Californian-themed location on the 3rd and 4th September. Right on.


Finally, if you’re a landlord with a beer-garden you need to get that king-size sheet and rented projector sorted pronto and follow the Queen of Hoxton’s lead and its ‘Rooftop Film Club’. They’ve been showing a great programme of flicks on the bar’s terrace overlooking the City all summer. Lucy and I spent a great night watching Who Killed Roger Rabbit? in July so book now or follow them on Twitter for updates. (I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the Queen of Hoxton despite its look-at-me trendiness although it never ceases to amaze me how rude the bar staff can be.)


Take your pick.

Or you could of course head to the actual cinema. They still exist don’t they? 3D’s dying out isn’t it? You can’t watch something under the stars but, then again, you’ll probably be warmer.