This post is long over-due as it is about an event I attended at the very beginning of September. After our coverage of Casablanca, Future Cinema invited us back to attend another of their immersive cinema spectaculars. The film in question was Dirty Dancing and I couldn't resist taking a few cameras along to capture it. Follow the link here to see the footage.
Like many ladies, Dirty Dancing has been a firm favourite for years and surprisingly for me, it isn't the dancing as much as the music that really captured my attention. Early '60s hits from the likes of Otis Redding, Mickey & Sylvia and the Ronettes were blasted across the corner of Hackney Downs that had been converted into Kellerman's family resort.
|My crew for the day, Katie and Hayley|
Dotted about the 'resort' were all sorts of activities you'd expect to find on a family vacation; archery, aerobics and life-drawing were just some of the things you could get up to. There were also plenty of food stalls present, with styles as varied as lobster, macaroni cheese and venison! I had a schnitzel burger from Speck Mobile and it was amazing - the best value of all the stalls I looked at and was incredibly tasty.
When we settled down on our blankets to enjoy the film, the legions of Johnny Castle's adoring fans started getting rather excited and were almost beside themselves by the time Mr Swayze made his first appearance (I think drink may have helped as well). Just as key scenes of Casablanca were acted out during the build up to the film, all of the dances (clearly most important parts of the film) were performed around the resort throughout the film.
I think I actually enjoyed this more than Casablanca, mainly because it felt like you were on holiday with 4,000 (mainly female) Dirty Dancing fans. Future Cinema's next venture is bringing Ghostbusters to life. It's not quite in our time range, but I can't wait to see what the next classic film to be given the Future Cinema treatment.