This August Bank Holiday weekend (24th-27th August), the 10th edition of Movies on the Meadows will bring more than 12 films, over 4 nights, to the picturesque setting of Grantchester Meadows, promising ‘magical nights’ and ‘millions of stars’.
In 2017 over 3,000 people enjoyed the largest outdoor screening event in UK and 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever. You can bring your own picnic or browse the varied food and drink on offer from local vendors, before snuggling down under the stars to watch the evening feature on giant inflatable airscreens.
Leading the impressive lineup of titles for Friday is hit musical The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman and an impressive ensemble cast. This is supported by Pixar’s vibrant and moving 2018 Oscar winner Coco, as well as Spielberg’s gripping first feature film Duel.
Saturday sees monster hit of 2018 Avengers: Infinity War, the latest and arguably the greatest Marvel adventure yet, which will be supported by an adventure of a different kind in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in a hilarious sequel to the Robin Williams family classic. Saturday’s line-up is completed with the charming Local Hero from acclaimed director Bill Forsyth.
Headlining on Sunday is the undisputed king of marmalade-eating CGI bears who returns to the big screen for that rarest of things (excepting The Godfather and The Terminator) – a sequel that may just be better than the original. Paddington 2 has been a huge hit with both audiences and critics alike, with a 100% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website, which declared it to be the best reviewed film in the site’s history, receiving 164 consecutive positive reviews from critics.
Sunday also offers the opportunity to see the epic Dunkirk outdoors on a big screen in a setting which can only add to the already special experience of one of Christopher Nolan’s greatest film-making achievements. Spielberg’s 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark will also benefit from being shown in all its widescreen grandeur.
Monday completes a Spielberg hat-trick with his latest ‘sweetly nostalgic’ sci-fi thrill ride, Ready Player One, as well as bringing Movies on the Meadows favourite Wes Anderson back to Grantchester with the funny, fresh and inventive Isle of Dogs. The weekend’s final offering is enchanting Japanese animation Mary and the Witch’s Flower.
Each night all three films will show simultaneously on three separate screens. This enables attendees to choose any of the three films, without their whole party having to choose the same film. Movies on the Meadows is a ‘silent disco’ screening so each customer will be provided with a 3 channel pre tuned radio (you will need a returnable £5 cash deposit per radio).
The organisers suggest that the audience bring their own headphones (3.5mm jack), camping chairs or blankets and warm clothes. The venue is accessible for disabled patrons, despite being on slightly bumpy ground, and disabled patrons can park close to the event entrance. Dogs will be allowed so long as they do not cause disruption to the event. The events will go ahead, come rain or shine, and will only be cancelled in case of severe inclement weather i.e. if it is not safe for the event to go ahead. Refunds will only be given if the event is cancelled.
Movies on the Meadows is presented by non-profit organisation (registered charity) the Cambridge Film Trust, which re-invests all profits from the event into delivering the annual Cambridge Film Festival, which will run from 25th October to 1st November 2018.